Question & Answers
What you need to know about Oral HCG
Reprinted from WebMD and Additional Research Information (non-WebMD sources)
The hCG weight loss treatment: The HCG treatment consists of a very low calorie diet (VLCD) in combination with HCG hormone treatments. During the 23-40 day treatment, you regularly take a small amount of HCG into your body. You can expect to lose between .5-1.5 lbs per day. There are no guaranteed results and the FDA cautions against anyone making claims that there are such guarantees. Clinically, we’ve observed enough consistent results that we are very confident with what we’re stating. The FDA strongly recommends against buying HCG randomly on the internet. Our program is chiropractic physician supervised.
HCG and how it works: hCG is a hormone naturally produced in the body. It has many functions including medical treatment of a variety of conditions. It is the pregnancy hormone. This hormone allows the body to metabolize “stored” fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. This acts as a fail-safe mechanism when energy is required immediately. For homeopathic weight loss formulas, only a small amount of HCG is use to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using HCG in this way does NOT mimic pregnancy; in fact, both men and women can safely utilize it.The HCG weight loss program serves to improve glandular and metabolic function while evoking fat loss and improvement of health. It encourages physical wellness, which allows you to lose substantial stores of body fat and calibrate your metabolism.
Safety: HCG is very safe. Homeopathic remedies have been shown to have no side effects with medications, however, as with any diet, it is highly recommended that you first consult with a doctor before starting this or any other diet program. Is HCG Safe for men? HCG is already in men. It is in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant women. Men normally have even faster results and tend to lose more weight than women do. Women on the other hand, tend to lose more inches!
Dr. Simeon’s discovered that using small amounts of HCG it could reset and adjust the hypothalamus to operate at normal levels as well as burn the “mobile fat”; fat that is stored around the hips, thighs, belly and upper arms. It will however leave the so-called “structural fat”, which can be found in the muscles and protects the organs, untouched. This way the excess fat will disappear even faster, a more effective and efficient means of losing fat in our “problem areas” and losing unnecessary weight.
It is true that normally when dieting and reducing calories and fat, our bodies store fat and our metabolism slows down because fat is really a life-saving source of stored energy. When using a low calorie and fat diet in conjunction with HCG, the hormone signals the body to use stored fat for energy, and eliminates excess fat reserves. It is a natural process so no ill effects on your metabolism will result. Note that HCG works to mobilize excess fat for utilization by the body only when there is a significant decrease in calories and fat coupled with additional energy demands; as in a sensible low calorie and fat diet and exercise program.
History: Dr. ATW Simeons discovered in the 1950’s that small doses of hCG given to overweight men and women decreased their appetite, and made them lose inches around their hips, thighs, buttocks, and stomachs. Thousands of people have used HCG for weight loss, however millions more are just learning about it.
How do they make it? Homeopathic remedies are made from the elements found in nature –mineral, animal, and plant extracts are the base of these natural remedies which are then diluted through altering the degree of concentration to avoid creating side effects that can be disagreeable. Paradoxically, the more a homeopathic remedy is diluted the more effective a remedy will work. There is a very distinct process for making homeopathic remedies.
For example, when making a homeopathic remedy which is of plant or animal nature, the extract, which is a soluble substance, is dissolved in a mixture of alcohol and water (approximately ninety percent pure alcohol and ten percent distilled water). Then this mixture is set-aside for two to four weeks. It is periodically shaken and then is press strained once it has cured. This yields a remedy referred to as a “mother tincture.” The mother tincture is diluted to produce different remedy potencies. To do this you use one of two scales: the decimal (x) and the centesimal (c). And an alcohol/water mixture is used for dilution in various stages. Between each of the stages of dilution, the diluted tincture is succussed (shaken vigorously). Also, the decimal scale dilution factor is 1:10 and in the centesimal it is 1:100.
To produce a 1x potency of HCG for example, one drop of the mother tincture is added to 10 drops of an alcohol/water mixture and succussed. To produce a 2x potency, one drop of the 1x mixture is added to 10 drops of an alcohol/water mixture and succussed. The number of a homeopathic remedy shows how many times it has been diluted and succussed, for example, HCG 60x has been diluted and succussed sixty times.
If you have tried homeopathic medicines and witnessed the body’s natural ability to heal itself when stimulated by homeopathic remedies you will come to appreciate their benefits. There are times when antibiotics save lives and they can be over-prescribed. Many times, there are natural means could be taken to restore the body to balance. So, if you have yet to try this form of natural healing please recognize that homeopathy is one of the safest, most effective, natural remedies available.
Manufacturing and quality control: Our exclusive homeopathic HCG formula is manufactured by our FDA inspected laboratory, which produces other naturopathic and homeopathic supplements. All homeopathic formulas are made entirely here in the U.S.A. and are registered with the FDA and are assigned an FDA Establishment number, which is on the display panel of the label on our bottles. For your safety, regular FDA inspections ensure compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs).
Couldn’t I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without HCG? Simple enough, you can lose weight by eating fewer calories and fat, but because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle weight before fat weight. This causes cell metabolism to slow down. In the end, it would make putting on future pounds easier, possibly decreasing muscle mass. By using Carolina HCG with the very low calorie diet, unwanted fat is made available for energy and the remaining is eliminated. The very low calorie diet is essential in preventing immediate refilling of emptied fat cells. You benefit by eliminating excess fat without affecting your bone and muscle density. Therefore, with HCG you can lose the weight quickly and you have the chance to keep it off! What you make of that opportunity will be up to you! We will guide you there!
What is the difference between prescription and non-prescription HCG? Prescription hCG is a synthetic version of the actual hormone hCG. Prescription HCG can be very effective but must be obtained and monitored only by a licensed medical physician. Prescription HCG is administered by injection and can have many unwanted side effects. It is common to be included with Phenteramine, a stimulant (amphetamine) / diet suppressant. This can also accompany side effects. This means 40 injections over 40 days typically or weekly injections. Carolina HCG is a non-prescription hCG formula, is homeopathically derived and blended with effective amino acids, which makes it obtainable without a prescription, safer, more affordable. We observe the same weight losses with Carolina HCG patients as patients taking prescription hCG injections.
Will HCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking? What about birth control pills? Carolina HCG does not interact with ANY medications, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera.
Will I get hungry on this low calorie diet? It is common to feel mild hunger during the first few days. This will pass and by the second week you will find your servings of food to be enough. Because HCG mobilizes fat and makes it available to your body as a source of energy, it naturally reduces appetite. So even though you are taking in fewer calories, your body can access energy you have stored in fat cells. Drinking lots of the green tea all day helps as a natural appetite suppressant and your energy level. Most people have plenty of energy and feel good while on the program.
How much weight can I expect to lose on the program? Most people will lose between 20-40 pounds on the 42-day program. Everyone is different. It depends on many factors including how much excess weight you have and how much weight needs to be lost. Often, people lose 7-10 lbs in the first week. Men lose more pounds. Women lose more inches. We see it all the time.
Does the weight loss slow down after the first two weeks? Many times there is a large amount of weight loss in the first week, then a plateau or leveling off of weight loss. This does not mean that your weight loss has stopped. Typically, inches are being lost continuously while on the program, and after a period of time, patients will experience another large drop on the scale. Weight loss is achieved in this stair-step fashion many times.
Are changes in menstrual cycles possible? There are no reported changes to menstrual cycles that we are aware of due to the nature of homeopathic remedies and the dilution of hCG. Do not begin the Carolina HCG diet if you are within a week of starting your menstrual period. This mostly has to do with water retention and hunger. Wait until the last two days of your menstrual cycle or when it is completely finished to start HCG.
What about pregnancy and taking HCG? If you are pregnant do not take Carolina HCG. If you become pregnant during the HCG program, stop the program and consult your physician. Do not take HCG if you are breast feeding.
Can I Drink Alcohol on the HCG Diet? Many patients have said that they don’t feel the desire to drink alcohol while on the HCG diet. If you drink alcohol, you may lose 48 hours of progress. Don’t.
Is it ok to skip a meal or protein at one of my meals? NO!!!! Never skip any of your meals. It’s important to eat all of your 600-800 calories plus the extra protein / supplements we recommend so that you lose fat and not muscle.
Can I exercise daily? There are two ways to approach this. No vigorous exercise on the 600-800 calorie weeks. If you must exercise, do low key exercise only. You can do about 20 min. of walking a day and a few sit-ups or push-ups if you feel that is needed. Exercise burns calories and therefore causes your hunger to increase. The combination of low calorie intake and exercise could cause your body to go into starvation mode. This can negatively impact your stamina and commitment to the diet. So take it easy. And remember, you will be losing fat. So when you do go back to the gym, it’s a skinnier, more energetic you! You can do this with 600-800 calories / day all the way through OR, On the third week and fifth week, we want you to increase to 700 calories and take (non vigorous) walks 30-40 minutes each day. Make your increase mostly protein based. There are 4 calories/ gram of protein. 100 grams = 3.5 ounces. For every 100 calories burned with exercise, you must consume an extra ½ to ¾ ounce of lean protein. When you exercise, caloric demand is immediate. Since your intake of carbs is very low, you would burn them QUICKLY. Since HCG blocks your body from burning protein, it would have to burn fat for the calories. Your body can not burn fat fast enough to meet the immediate caloric demands. Because of this, you fatigue rapidly and potential for injury is high. Also, the combination of a very low calorie diet and exercise can cause the starvation mode where your body decreases its metabolism and holds on to the weight you’re trying to lose. If you stick to the plan, your weight loss will benefit you when you return to regular exercise because people with lower body fat burn more calories when exercising versus those with higher body fat percentages. People with lower body fat have more energy and your eventual work outs will be more effective and efficient with less potential for injury to weight bearing joints!
Do I have to take vitamins while doing this diet? All HCG programs recommend a multi-vitamin with all essential components, however, you may be surprised how little of your multi-vitamin you actually absorb! We are very confident that the use of an excellent nutritional supplement like VEMMA or Juice Plus or a whole food supplement will solve a number of issues for supplementation on an HCG weight loss program.
What if I cheat? You must follow the program. Any changes you may want to initiate on your own will have negative effects. Even minor changes may cause unwanted setbacks in weight loss. We observe that patients lose two days of progress when they “cheat”. Do not cheat. Expect to not do as well as you would if you do cheat.
Is it normal to get a headache during the first week? Some people may experience light headaches during the first week, because your body is releasing fat cells / toxins very rapidly and you will be going through a detoxification stage. Taking an Aspirin or Tylenol is allowed as long as it’s not sugar coated. Make sure you are drinking the required amount of water!!
If I keep taking the drops after 42 days, will I keep losing weight? After 42 days you must take a break for at least 3-4 weeks before you start another session. This is to make sure your body doesn’t become immune to the HCG. You will need 1 bottle for a 42-day round. Just remember the last 3 days of your plan, you take no drops and continue diet for 3 days until the HCG is out of your body before going into maintenance. Exercise is encouraged once you start maintenance and are back to a 1200-1500 calorie diet.
Can I wear makeup? The answer is yes. BUT avoid lotions, moisturizers or liquid make-ups with oil. HCG is very sensitive to oils, creams and fats. These could slow the weight loss process down; you only want it to target your stored fat. You can use any mineral makeup or pressed powders and of course oil free foundations are fine. Other types of eye makeup and lipstick are fine. Stay away from lip glosses and Chapstick. If your lips get dry the protocol says to use Carmex. It also says if needed, you can use mineral oil (baby oil) as a moisturizer.
Use “BARE MINERALS” mineral powder makeup!
Can I continue to take fish oil? We acknowledge that Fish Oil has many positive health benefits. During the 42 days on this program, you should NOT TAKE IT.