With summer approaching, we see a lot of patients who want to get rid of weight quickly so that they can fit into their swimsuits and shorts again. We have never seen a diet work as quickly as the HCG diet. For many people, it is a great way to get a jumpstart on losing those unwanted winter pounds!
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is available from many sources and it can be difficult to decide which route to take. You can buy HCG online, at vitamin stores, or from a physician. Is there a difference if you buy it online or from a local store versus getting it from a physician? Yes, there is and here is why–
The Federal Drug Administration regulates HCG, and it can be delivered in two forms—homeopathic and prescription. Homeopathic HCG is watered down or diluted to 12, 30, or even 60 times less than its original strength. This means if you were to test the bottle for the ingredient HCG, it would be so diluted you might not even be able to detect if HCG is even present in the solution. This dilution allows retailers to sell HCG without a prescription.
Homeopathic HCG is almost entirely distilled water. However, some people do still lose weight on homeopathic HCG. This is because they are following the HCG diet plan, which restricts their calories to 500 per day. This can be dangerous because you could lose muscle and deplete your body’s nutrients. Irritability and fatigue may become common for people who use these types of HCG diets.
Prescription HCG is not diluted. It can only be dispensed from a pharmacy. That means that you can only get the real HCG from a doctor’s office. When using prescription HCG with the appropriate diet protocol, you can lose fat instead of muscle. Most of our patients lose about 1 pound a day on the three-week program (18-25 pounds is the average) without the harmful side effects because your body burns fat instead of muscle to provide the calories you need.
When you are ready to start an HCG program it is important to know the source of the HCG and if it is prescription or homeopathic. In the case of HCG, cheaper is not always better. There is not really a price tag when it comes to your health! It is a good idea to do some research and to consult a qualified medical professional. In fact, come see Dr. Budnick at DreamBody Medical Centers if you want more information before you make this important decision. Book a consultation and we will help you decide if HCG is right for you!