What is HCG and How Does It Work?

At Renovus Medical Spa, the HCG Diet combines a lower daily calorie intake with physician-prescribed injections of HCG, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.

HCG, a hormone which is elevated during pregnancy, assists in weight loss Wilmington NC for those who are not pregnant by lessening food cravings and helping to liquefy fat.

The two main components of the diet are regular injections of HCG and an 800-calorie daily diet. HCG Diet advocates believe the HCG injections allow a dieter to reduce the side effects typically associated with a low-calorie diet, such as hunger.

Based on studies done in the 1950s by a British doctor, Albert T. W. Simeons, his research noted that small doses of HCG administered, without dieting and weight loss, caused changes in the body measurements with hips and waists becoming smaller. Although first thought caused by redistribution of water, it was later found that once body fat is made fluid, nutrition (energy from fat) is released to the bloodstream, reducing hunger, with byproduct wastes eliminated normally from the body. Put most simply, Dr. Simeons held that HCG causes pregnant women’s bodies to release secondary stores of fat, primarily held around the thighs, hips and stomach, to feed their growing fetuses. He was led to this conclusion by researching the mystery of how malnourished, low-weight women could give birth to robust healthy-weight babies.

Injections of HCG are prescribed until the weight loss goal is met, and for a short time after to establish a healthy maintenance level, all under the supervision of Dr. Donald Clemons.