HCG Diet FAQs

Terrell Swanson, M.D. an HCG Diet Doctor in Jacksonville, Florida offers the HCG protocol to men and women to help them lose up to a pound of fat a day! Before beginning the diet, it’s understandable to have some questions about the HCG diet and how it works. Terrell Swanson, M.D. in Jacksonville, Florida has answered some of the most common questions about the HCG protocol and beginning the diet. If you don’t see your questions listed below, please call Terrell Swanson, M.D. today for a personalized consultation!

What is HCG?

The HCG diet consists of a very low-calorie diet supplemented with daily injections of the HCG hormone. Injections are fast and easy, and during your initial consultation with Terrell Swanson, M.D. you will be taught how to inject yourself with the HCG hormone. While a very low-calorie diet by itself may help you lose weight, supplementing your diet with HCG will help to prevent you from experiencing the side effects of hunger that often accompany other low-calorie diets. HCG and your metabolism interact to burn those excess stores of fat your body saves, while preserving muscle mass and shaping muscle tone. And, just as important, HCG helps stave off feelings of anxiety and depression that can accompany diets with very low caloric intake.

Who discovered HCG?

While in India in the 1950s, Dr. ATW Simeons witnessed malnourished women giving birth to full-term, healthy babies. It was then that Dr. Simeons realized that HCG was the hormone responsible for this unbelievable feat. Dr. Simeons was the first physician to understand that HCG is produced naturally in the bodies of pregnant women to break down stores of fat and deliver nourishment to the developing fetus, even when the mother was malnourished herself.

How long has the HCG diet been around?

After Dr. Simeons first discovered the effects of the HCG hormone in the 1950s, he began using a combination of a low-calorie diet and daily HCG supplementation in the very first HCG diet plans on overweight patients. After 60 years physicians on the cutting edge of medicine are still using HCG diet plans to help patients achieve their weight loss goals.

How long is the average HCG diet for?

Each diet program is individualized for maximum benefit and effectiveness. Depending on how much weight you want to lose and the recommendations by your weight loss professional, an HCG diet can last anywhere from 23-40 days. Each person’s body is unique and each diet program is designed for that person’s specific needs. A weight loss professional will help you determine the correct length of the program based on your goals and your unique body structure. Consult Jacksonville, Florida HCG Medical Weight Loss Doctor, Terrell Swanson, M.D. to begin your new, healthier life today.

What can I eat on the HCG diet?

The HCG diet focuses on low calorie meals that include lean proteins like steak and chicken, in addition to fresh vegetables and fruits that are low in sugar. Dieters that are vegetarians can also enjoy the benefits of the HCG diet by supplementing lean meats with foods that are sources of lean protein. Consult Terrell Swanson, M.D. today about what foods are right for you.

How much weight can I lose on the HCG diet and how fast?

Results will vary from person to person, but most people lose about a pound to a pound and a half per day, or up to 45 pounds in a month during the initial phase of the diet. Due to varying body chemistries and the personalized nature of each patient’s diet plan, it’s important to focus on your own body and results instead of comparing your weight loss to that of others. The weight will come off if you adhere to your diet’s guidelines and supplement your diet with the HCG hormone. Terrell Swanson, M.D. will supervise your diet program so that you lose weight quickly and safely.

Who is a good candidate for the HCG diet plan?

Patients with a BMI at or above 20%, patients with 15 to 20 pounds of body fat to lose, and those diagnosed with clinical obesity may all be good candidates for an HCG diet plan. The HCG diet is a high-performing medical weight loss plan and should be undertaken only with the consent and supervision of a medical weight loss professional. Talk to your doctor today to find out more about if a medical weight loss plan consisting of an HCG diet is right for you.

How can women benefit from an HCG diet?

The HCG diet offers numerous benefits, which include rapid weight loss, reduced appetite, reset metabolism, relearned eating habits, and the prevention of obesity related health conditions. Women can benefit from the HCG diet as it helps them to regulate levels of estrogen. Body fat contains estrogen, and when body fat is lost, estrogen levels can also begin to decline. This is beneficial as it can help a woman’s body regulate and maintain a proper hormonal balance without the influence of excess body fat and stored estrogen causing undesirable side effects.

How can men benefit from an HCG diet?

Men can also obtain a wide number of benefits from an HCG diet plan. Men’s bodies also store estrogen in body fat, which can suppress testosterone levels and reduce the ability to build muscle. When men lose significant amounts of weight, change their eating habits and participate in regular physical activity, they can improve the effectiveness of their metabolism and also help stimulate testosterone production.

How will I keep off the weight after completing an HCG diet plan?

Most patients are able to keep the weight off after finishing an HCG diet as the HCG hormone has helped their metabolism target body fat. Instead of losing muscle mass or water weight which is common on some low-calorie diet plans, patients on an HCG diet plan experience high percentages of body fat loss. Most patients have also learned healthier eating habits as well as developed some type of regular regimen for physical activity. After losing significant weight on an HCG diet plan, patients that continue to make healthy food choices and stay active are able to keep the weight off without issue.

Dr. Swanson’s HCG weight loss program in Jacksonville, Florida can help you reach your weight loss goal. Terrell Swanson, M.D. is interested in helping you to permanently lose weight and improve your overall health. To learn more and to ask more questions regarding the HCG diet, contact Jacksonville, Florida HCG Diet Doctor, Terrell Swanson, M.D. to schedule your FREE consultation!