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Commonly asked Questions about the HCG Diet
|May 29, 2013|
"THE NATURAL PATH HCG DIET"
ASK THE DOCTOR A QUESTION ABOUT THE HCG DIET
Do you feel that the Natural HCG Diet is safe?
The HCG Diet program led by Dr. Robert Madda& Dr. Cara Phillipo at the Natural Path in Portland, Oregon is very safe. In general, women experience extremely high levels of HCG during the early months of pregnancy and can be pregnant many times without adverse effects. The small amount used for weight loss on the HCG Diet has very few negative side effects. We have led hundreds of people through this HCG Diet program with very few problems. Our HCG Diet program is medically supervised and we monitor you throughout the diet.
If the HCG diet works so well for weight loss, why don’t pregnant women lose weight?
It is the HCG DIET that causes the weight loss. HCG works to release fat that can be used by the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat. The HCG Diet works to create weight loss with the specific diet that is followed. If a pregnant woman were given very little food to eat through her pregnancy, she could still give birth to a normal birth weight baby due to the fat mobilizing effects of HCG.
For weight loss, we use a very low calorie diet to trigger HCG to help rid the body of fat.
Dear Doctor, Wouldn’t I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without HCG? Will my metabolism decrease over time?
Many double blind studies have been conducted that give the answer to this question. If you just follow the very low calorie diet in phase II of this program and do not use the HCG, you will lose weight. The problem is, you will be very hungry, tired and most importantly you will be losing muscle and structural fat that we need for protection. It is crucial to have HCG in combination with the diet. The HCG Diet allows your body to become reshaped or re-sculpted and has not been shown to alter metabolism in a negative way. We have followed our patients for a year and although some will gain back the weight due to poor dietary habits; most will learn the proper way to eat and maintain their weight loss through the HCG Diet program.
The HCG Diet is very low calorie, will I get hungry? Is 500 calories per day safe?
The HCG Diet mobilizes fat and makes it available to the body as an energy source, it naturally reduces appetite in most people. Therefore, even though you are taking in fewer calories, your body is able to access the energy you have stored. Most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the program. Sometimes, people report feeling hungry during the first few days. Loading properly in Phase I or the “loading phase” will almost always alleviate this issue. We rarely have patients who complain of hunger during our Natural HCG Diet. Research now confirms that eating a calorie restricted diet actually increases overall health, has anti-aging effects and increases life span. More importantly, when you are following this diet with HCG injections, your body will release from fat about 1500 calories of nutrition. This is why in phase II most people are not hungry and have increased energy levels on the HCG Diet.
Dear Doctor, Will the HCG Diet interfere with any medications I am currently taking?
HCG at this dose is not shown to interact with many medications and there are very few side effects other than the potential to aggravate gall bladder issues and gout symptoms in some people. In some cases, we will discuss the cessation of thyroid and bio-identical hormone use during the program. We will extensively research medication interactions with HCG and other hormones to be sure the diet is safe for our patients to follow.
Disclaimer: The FDA states that HCG HAS NOT BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO BE EFFECTIVE ADJUNCTIVE THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY. THERE IS NO SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT IT INCREASES WEIGHT LOSS BEYOND THAT RESULTING FROM CALORIC RESTRICTION, THAT IT CAUSES A MORE ATTRACTIVE OR "NORMAL" DISTRIBUTION OF FAT, OR THAT IT DECREASES THE HUNGER AND DISCOMFORT ASSOCIATED WITH CALORIE-RESTRICTED DIETS.
The HCG Diet offered at the Natural Path is 100% physician supervised; we find incredible results from the HCG Diet at our office. Check out www.naturalpathmed.com to learn more!
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