Clearwater Aesthetic Medicine



A natural hormone is used to assist weight loss in our hCG weight loss program. This hormone is human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG. This hormone increases significantly during pregnancy, and helps to support a growing baby in its early stages. This hormone's function is to stimulate the body to mobilize and burn extra fat cells for energy. A very small amount of hCG is used during our weight loss program (compared to hCG surge in pregnancy) to stimulate fat cell burning while on a very low calorie diet. Normally our body goes into "starvation mode" during a very low calorie diet, in that mode the body stores fat. This is a protective mechanism by our bodies to prevent death during periods of starvation. When using hCG in conjunction with a very low calorie diet for a short period of time, you stimulate your body to burn excess fat cells while on a low calorie diet. So, you are in fact losing fat instead of storing it.

You must follow dietary instructions with supplements in our weight loss program in order for weight loss to occur. The duration of this weight loss program is 23 injections with 26 days protocol. The reason for limiting time on our weight loss program is due to the possibility of developing immunity to HCG.

Dead End Dieting & Weight Loss

Many people have tried many weight loss programs unsuccessfully. Numerous diets deal with reducing calories, which causes a downward turn and programs the body into obesity. When an overweight/obese patient tries a weight loss program by reducing calories to lose weight, they will first burn their normal reserve fat cells. Once the reserve fat cells are all used up, the body will start burning structural fat cells (both of these types of fat are necessary, and are not the kind of fat that leads to obesity). The last fat cell on the list to be used is abnormal fat, or the fat that causes people to be overweight. When patients get to this point they feel hungry, fatigued, and may stop their weight loss program. This type of dieting causes patients to feel exhausted, and have fat loss in the wrong places (from face leading to sagging skin versus belly, hips or thighs). The nutrients are also depleted, which leads to further complications. This is why the hCG weight loss program is set apart from other weight loss programs. Yes, we restrict calories, but when done in combination with using hCG hormone, your body is able to successfully burn fat. Not only is the body now burning fat, but also it is burning abnormal fat, so people are able to lose it in areas such as belly and thighs.

FAQs of the hCG Weight Loss Program

How safe is the hCG? weight loss program?

Very safe. Large amounts of hCG are released during pregnancy without any harmful side effects. HCG used in weight loss programs is only a fraction amount of what is naturally released in pregnancy. The only time it is inadvisable to use hCG is an allergy to hCG, or precocious puberty in teenagers, and any hormone related cancer. Than this weight loss program is not for you

Why don't pregnant women experience weight loss with hCG in their bodies?

When there is a significant decrease in fat and calories the hormone hCG works to mobilize and burn body fat. A body must go into a starvation state for hCG to work. This is why it is a protective mechanism in pregnancy, especially for women who do not know they are pregnant, and live in poor economic status where they may not have enough food available to them. The majority of pregnant women do not fall into this category; therefore there is no weight loss, but instead gain weight appropriate for the baby's growth. We use a very low calorie diet for our weight loss program to stimulate hCG to help rid a body of fat.

Will my metabolism slow down with low calorie weight loss plans?

The normal response to a low calorie diet is to store fat and slow metabolism to ensure survival. (This is seen as starvation by our body). However, when hCG is used in combination with a low calorie weight loss program, the body's excess fat reserves are burned as energy to support its needs. This stops our bodies from storing fat and our metabolism from slowing down during the short period of time while on the very low calorie diet & hCG.

Will I burn equal amounts of weight if I eat a very low calorie diet without hCG?

No, when you are on a very low calorie diet without hCG, your body goes into "starvation mode." In this mode your body is storing fat instead of burning it, in order to generate reserves to make it through periods of starvation. When the very low calorie diet ends, our body will store even more fat as normal calorie consumption begins, to plan for possible periods of starvation. This is a frequent cycle people tend to fall into when on a weight loss program; for this reason they never keep up the weight loss. With the hCG weight loss program, your body is stimulated to burn fat during a low calorie period, so it does not fall into cycles of storing fat as reserves. This keeps you from storing unwanted fat while on a weight loss program, and from gaining weight after the weight loss program.

Will the hCG weight loss program make me hungry during a very low calorie diet?

Some people get hungry, some don't it varies with each person. The hCG weight loss program stimulates your body to burn fat as energy, so your body's energy needs are being met. This helps reduce hunger in most people, because the body has plenty of energy to use (feeling hungry is the bodies way of letting you know your body needs energy). Therefore, hunger reflex is not stimulated as a response to low energy.

Will vitamins and nutrients be depleted on a hCG weight loss program and a very low calorie diet?

You are only on the very low calorie diet for a short time. Only the actual fat is burned up every time you lose a pound of fatty tissue, which will happen almost daily, All vitamins, proteins, and minerals contained in tissue are fed back into the body. Fat cells contain an abundance of nutrients that is why the body uses them as reserves.

Will hCG weight loss interfere with birth control pills, Depo-Provera injections or with any medication I am currently taking.

There will be NO side effects as far as hCG and medications are concerned. HCG does not interfere with any medications, including birth control.

What changes will there be to my menstrual cycle while on a hCG weight loss program?

Because the amount of hCG is very small patients should not experience any changes in their menstrual cycle. It also does not increase the chances of becoming pregnant or affect your ability to become pregnant while taking the hormone. Even though hCG is supposed to be a protective mechanism during times of starvation for pregnant women, we do not want to run the risk of a woman losing her pregnancy due to very low calorie diet so, treatment is not acceptable for women who are already pregnant or trying to get pregnant, due to the low calorie diet.

Is the hCG weight loss program a "weight loss cure"?

After a hGC weight loss program, your body reprograms itself to use stored fat for energy. The hGC weight loss program also helps you maintain your weight so you don't regain the pounds. This is generally the opposite of what most people have experienced with dieting, and this leads them to think of the hCG weight loss program as the cure to weight loss problems.

How much weight can I expect to lose on a hCG weight loss program?

Weight loss varies from individual to individual, and the closer you are to your ideal body weight, the slower you will lose weight. The average amount of weight loss is between 10 to 25 pounds for a three-week interval. A slow loser usually loses about 1/2 a pound a day on our weight loss program.

After the first month does weight loss slow down?

Most people loose a large amount of weight in the beginning, then level off. This does not mean they stop losing weight, only that they are losing it at a slower rate (most importantly, they are still losing). Some patients choose to do a second round of the hCG weight loss program. During this time period, they can have another large drop in weight, followed by a leveling off stage as well.

Is the hGC weight loss program for men also?

Yes, men can safely use the hGC weight loss program, as long as they do not have a hormone dependant cancer (such as prostate cancer). HCG is NOT a sex hormone, its actions are identical in men, women, and children. Through an indirect brain path, hCG regulates menstruation and facilitates conception, but it never virilizes a woman or feminizes a man.

Why do I need blood work to start the weight loss program?

The purpose of this is to ensure there are no underlying medical issues before we begin the diet, such as a thyroid problem, liver disease, or diabetes. We run basic blood work, which includes a Complete Blood Count (CBC), and Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), and Thyroid blood work (TSH and total T4) before our weight loss program begins.