You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who is not in some way concerned about their health, weight, and waist circumference. It seems folks everywhere are trying to get “beach ready” and lose weight. While there is much to be said about being happy with your body as it is, we cannot deny the fact that our country, and much of the world, is experiencing an obesity epidemic.
Obesity endangers the public by putting its overall welfare at risk. Excess weight taxes the cardiovascular system and increases the chances of developing high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, and elevated cholesterol. Being overweight can be very dangerous not only physically, but mentally, too. In fact, the addictive food behaviors associated with being overweight are comparable to the addictive effects of alcohol and drugs.
Weight Loss Methods
There are weight loss centers, gyms, and a variety of food-limiting diets that urge you not to eat anything from grapefruit, to bread, to cooked vegetables. There is even a diet that maintains that with proper focus, one can reach a state of consciousness that makes food unnecessary. Diets that restrict food groups (and air) are often doomed to failure. With that often comes the belief that you will never be successful at losing weight.
Waiting to see the results of your dieting efforts can be exhausting. Patience may be a virtue but it is downright frustrating when you are working hard to follow a plan, only to have the scale tell you, you have gained more weight. The HCG diet however has been successful in both helping people lose weight and see results.
The HCG Diet
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a hormone found in high concentrations in pregnant women who are in their first trimester. An endocrinologist by the name of Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons discovered the link between use of this hormone and weight loss, in men and women alike, in the later half of the 20th century. Since then, the HCG diet has developed into three phases which include the use of oral HCG drops or injections in order to help increase metabolism and fat burning.
- The first two days of the HCG diet plan require individuals to eat with abandon- yes, you read that correctly! The goal is to increase fat stores so the body is well prepared for the caloric drop that happens in the next phase.
- The second phase lasts for a little more than two weeks and requires individuals to eat no more than 500 calories a day. It is important to note that in both phase one and phase two, patients are to absorb a prescribed amount of HCG before breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Phase three lasts for two days and encourages patients to slowly increase their caloric intake without the use of HCG.
These variable phases repeat every 26 days and continue on, under the guidance and care of a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
The HCG diet does not exist in a vacuum of drops and calories. The foods patients choose must contain high quality nutrients and fit the regimen accurately. Additionally, patients are encouraged to stay well hydrated and exercise when their caloric limits increase. Working out on 500 calories is not ideal, but high calorie intake days can sustain a solid exercise routine.
A personalized approach
While the HCG diet may feel like a one size fits all program, it is so much more. Body Systems Wellness provides the HCG plan to clients who have had a nutritional and physical assessment, and can develop an exercise program that is right for them. Losing weight is not the only goal in mind here. Together, we strive towards creating a plan that fits into your everyday life and how you conduct it. It is these kinds of changes that allow for the most lasting, realistic improvements.
In addition to HCG, Body Systems Wellness also offers weight loss IVs, calorie regulated diets, consultations about weight loss and lifestyle, and a host of other services aimed at improving your life. Our patients are individuals who deserve nothing less than the personalized treatment plans we provide.
Are You Ready to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals?
The medical team of Body Systems Wellness in Glendale, California, is led by Dr. Shahen Kurestian, DC. As a Doctor of Chiropractics, Dr. Kurestian understands the importance of overall body wellness and health and will work with you to create an individualized plan of care that helps you maintain your weight loss goals and convictions. In your pursuit of living a life that is rich in quality, quantity, and safety, we encourage you to call our offices for a free consultation today.