Whether you are looking for ways to jump-start your weight loss or are searching for a long-term comprehensive program for weight management, Chadds Ford Wellness is available to help you. We offer the HCG diet which is a medically managed weight loss program consisting of a very low calorie meal plan and daily subcutaneous injections of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to assist with satiation. Cycles of HCG are done for either 21 days or 40 days depending on how much weight loss is necessary. Men on average lose 1 pound per day. Women usually lose approximately ½ to 1 pound per day. During this time, alcohol and sweets are not allowed and only meal plan approved carbohydrates may be eaten. Exercise is not allowed either due to the dangers of exercise while on a very low calorie diet (VLCD). Patients on the HCG diet must go into a maintenance phase after the first cycle is completed in order to transition back into eating normal, healthy food. Depending on how much weight you have lost after your first cycle, a certain number of calories is determined for you to eat in order for you to maintain your weight loss. After this 40-day maintenance break is taken from injecting HCG, patients may start a second cycle to achieve even more weight loss. To sustain your new physique we are also able to design a custom exercise program for you.
The HCG diet has been used for weight loss since the 1950s. It is a highly controversial weight loss plan. It has been said that this diet is ineffective in nature due to the results of a randomized controlled trial done in 1970. The participants were split into two groups, one of which consulted with nurses and physicians daily while eating a 500 calorie diet and the other injected themselves with HCG while eating 500 calories a day. The results showed the same amount of weight loss in both groups. This was interpreted as a “failure” as the HCG group did not produce a statistically significant different result than the group who was medically managed on a daily basis. However, this was a poorly designed study with an incorrect conclusion. The majority of us cannot afford to meet with a nurse or physician daily for encouragement to stick with a 500 calorie diet. If simply injecting yourself with HCG daily can help you commit to a VLCD it is a cost effective, efficient way to lose a significant amount of weight quickly while eating real food and without strenuous exercise.
Numerous practices have actually been shut down for offering the HCG diet due to their guarantee of weight loss. If not used properly this diet may not work. The literature shows that the majority of patients who participate in the HCG diet lose weight but gain most of it, if not all of it back. However, this diet should be thought of as a means of achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Without the addition of a balanced diet and consistent exercise after finishing the weight loss plan, you may gain back the weight you have lost.