HCG Diet and HCG Weight Loss Programs for Women
San Diego HCG Doctor, Melinda Silva, M.D. has been working with her clients for a number of years to treat obesity and specializes in customizing weight loss programs for both women and men alike. The HCG Diet can effectively treat people who suffer from obesity by helping them lose weight in a fast, safe, and effective way.
The human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone is actually a naturally occurring hormone produced in women that’s sole function is to nourish a developing baby, utilizing “stubborn fat” stores in the body during pregnancy as a source of energy and nutrients.
The HCG hormone is critical in aiding the body’s removal of fat reserves. With the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Hormone, individuals on a restrictive low-calorie diet begin to burn these excess fat stores housed in unappealing places in the body, such as arms, thighs, or stomach.
The difference between the HCG Diet and other low calorie diets is that other diets not only burn fat, but they also tend to burn away muscle as well. The HCG Diet utilizes the HCG hormone to specifically and accurately locate only the places where the body naturally tends to store excess fat and to metabolize and burn only those fat reserves for the body.
The HCG Diet plan is a maintenance of a healthy low calorie diet combined with prescribed daily amounts of the HCG Hormone by your San Diego HCG Doctor, Melinda Silva. As the day proceeds, the HCG Hormone works to locate and break down the fat stores, or the “stubborn fat” that normally are incredibly difficult to burn with other diets and exercise, so that these nutrients can flow through the body’s metabolic processes via the circulatory systems. The energy that is converted from this “stubborn fat” is what prevents the degeneration of lean muscle and other types of tissue throughout the body while dieting.
Fat, itself, serves a number of functions – to insulate and keep the body warm, to protect the body and internal organs, to aid in the intake of nutrients and vitamins, as well as to efficiently store and reserve energy. It is the most efficient way for the body to store energy. Where carbs and protein within the body allow the conversion of only around 4-Calories per gram, fat allows the body to convert 9-Calories per gram – compared with other forms of storage and energy conversion, it is more than twice as efficient!
Since HCG is a hormone, women are instructed to begin their daily doses of HCG and to begin the HCG Diet after the last day of their menstrual period. Female patients must also avoid topical creams and skin ointments that contain fatty oils and anti-inflammatory components since they readily absorb into the skin. This, in turn, affects the endocrine system’s ability to regulate fat metabolism and ultimately compounds the underlying fat layer. Roughly 80-90% of the body’s fat is stored just underneath the skin, or subcutaneous layer. One reason why “stubborn fat” becomes hard to metabolize is due to the unnatural and foreign substances inherent in food as well as skin care products. It is important not to further disrupt our body’s metabolic processes by adding anymore while on the HCG Diet.
Healthier Energy Levels
Losing excess weight and normalizing the body’s metabolism means more energy for the body to use elsewhere. With less weight to carry and an improved and healthier diet, not only is the body being fed more nutritious-rich foods, it’s ability to absorb, process as well as utilize these nutrients improves as well. Ultimately, this stabilizes blood sugar levels within the body’s circulatory system and creates more energy for the body to burn throughout its daily functions.
Normal Menstrual Cycles
Adipose tissue (fat) contains the hormone, estrogen. Excessive amounts of estrogen interfere and imbalance the body’s hormone levels, causing a flux in a woman’s menstrual cycle due to the irregular hormonal changes. By decreasing fat content within the body, estrogen levels become contained within the body’s homeostatic range. Regulating your weight also regulates estrogen levels, which indirectly regulate the menstrual cycle as well.
Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an incredibly common endocrine disorder among women that involves a wide range of causes and symptoms. These include anovulation (menstruation without the release of an egg), which can lead to infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, and amenorrhea, and hormonal imbalances involving high levels of masculinizing hormones (androgen hormones) leading to acne and hirsutism (condition of excessive hairiness). Because the HCG Diet regulates fat stores as well as hormone levels, proper dieting and the loss of excessive weight can help treat PCOS. Successful weight loss is the most naturally effective method of restoring balanced hormone levels and thus reestablishing a regular menstrual cycle as well as preventing PCOS and its associated conditions.
Societal pressures have made being a confident woman incredibly tough within our culture today. The burden to maintain an appealing and attractive outer appearance itself can lead to a host of health concerns. The HCG Diet can help you lose weight, thus restoring confidence, as well as a greater sense of well-being and overall happiness. Health and confidence are synonymous and losing excess weight is a critical step towards a higher self-esteem.
Closer Intimate Relationships
Along with confidence and a higher self-esteem, benefits of losing weight include the ability to socialize with poise and grace. Naturally, others perceive health and confidence as incredibly desirable traits. Your ability to attract others into your life as well as maintain deeper and more meaningful relationships directly correlates to your health.
Healthier Cardiac Function
Although 80-90% of adipose (fat) tissue can be found in the sub-cutaneous layer of the skin, excess amounts of lipids (fat cells and molecules) eventually enter into the circulatory system. This is incredibly threatening to the natural flow of blood from our heart through the arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules, and veins before returning back to the heart. Fat naturally likes to bind together and comprises a majority of the excess weight associated with obesity. Overtime, clots and blockages begin to restrict the natural flow of blood, which increases blood pressure, cholesterol levels, as well as the risk for heart disease and heart failure. By bringing your weight back to a healthy state, you eliminate excess fat, lipids absorbed into the blood stream, and your chances for these lipids to cause more damage and suffering.
Treatment and Prevention of Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome (OHS)
Obesity is also associated with breathing disorders such as sleep apnea and hypoventilation. Excess fat, especially in women, can obstruct the normal breathing pattern of patients effecting sleep patterns and distorting oxygen levels within the body. OHS, if not treated, can lead to further health complications and even premature death. Losing weight on the HCG Diet is a critical step in preventative care that can help to decrease levels of carbon dioxide within the blood, as well as restore healthy levels of oxygen.
Improved Liver Function
Because excess fat can enter into the blood stream, the liver becomes affected, as it is responsible for regulating the quality and composition of the blood. An essential organ, the liver functions as the filter that maintains and regulates levels of toxicity in the blood. Too much fat in the blood means too much fat that the liver becomes tasked with cleaning up. Obesity saturates the liver with excess fat, causing nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) such as steatosis, steatohepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, as well as hepatitis, cancer, and even chronic liver failure. By eliminating excess fat through the HCG diet, you also decrease your chances of fat negatively affecting the liver and its ability to function as well.
Decreased Insulin Resistance (IR)
Increased and excessive intake of fatty, sugary, and oily foods lead to an inability of liver, muscle and fat cells to respond properly to the hormone, insulin, which functions in helping metabolize glucose in the blood. As a result, glucose builds up in the blood (hyperglycemia) and cells are not properly able to utilize insulin in their metabolic processes. This sends a signal to the body to produce more insulin, which can lead to Type II Diabetes as the body becomes desensitized and ultimately becomes unable to process glucose. Although it is not exactly known what causes IR, it possesses a strong correlation with poor dieting as well as obesity. By modifying your diet, these chronic illnesses can be avoided and the HCG Diet can help since weight loss and a healthier diet are known methods in treating Insulin Resistance and the other diseases affiliated with it.
Prevention and Treatment of Osteoarthritis
Women who suffer from obesity are also at a greater risk for developing osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition of the connective tissue surrounding the joints in the knees, lower back, and hips. Losing weight on the HCG Diet can greatly reduce your chances for developing osteoarthritis, as well as reduce the occurrence of pain if you are already suffering from it. Consult Melinda Silva, M.D. to learn more about how your diet can increase the regeneration of healthy connective tissue in your body.
Preventative Cancer Treatment
Obesity is also linked with an increased risk of cancer. Abnormal and uncontrollable cell growth is not uncommon in obese women, especially within the endometrium (inside the uterus), gallbladder, colon, and breasts. As a mother of four, Dr. Silva understands the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and weight. Consult your San Diego HCG Doctor to learn more about cancer prevention and the HCG Diet.
The benefits of the HCG Diet listed above are only the tip of the iceberg as there are dozens of other health complications associated with obesity. Your San Diego HCG Doctor, Dr. Silva can help! Don’t let weight hinder your health, lose weight on the HCG Diet and ensure that you age in health and happiness.