If you’re trying to lose weight, you may have heard of hCG shots, which can deliver quick, efficient weight loss in as little as 8 weeks. This treatment could sound too good to be true, and you may be wondering: are hCG injections safe for weight loss? Can they really help me shed unwanted weight and get my health back on track? At Infinity MedSpa in Sudbury, MA, our trained and experienced doctors skillfully combine these natural hormone shots with a strict, short-term diet to help you achieve safe, long-term weight loss.
Are hCG Injections Safe?
hCG shots have been used for decades in the medical community. Found in small amounts in both men and women, the hormone–which is called human Chorionic Gonadotropin–has treated everything from infertility in women to undescended testicles in adolescent males. When a woman becomes pregnant, this hormone reaches its highest levels and exists mainly in the placenta, signaling to the rest of the body that it is pregnant.
hCG for weight loss was first suggested in the 1950s, but are hCG injections safe for weight loss today? When injected to aid in weight loss, hCG signals the hypothalamus to begin releasing and burning the body’s stored fat deposits. These deposits, which your body saves to store energy, can develop as pockets of fat anywhere on your body. They may create lumps or rolls and can impact your health, activity levels, and self-esteem.
hCG injections are safe to use to reduce or eliminate these fat deposits and, when combined with a special, 500-calorie diet, these injections can cause faster, more effective weight loss in 8 weeks or less. This process is always closely overseen by one of our professional doctors.
How Does the Combination of hCG Injections and Diet Cause Weight Loss?
On their own, hCG injections can cause some fat-burning and minimal weight loss over time. However, to reap the full benefits of this treatment–including re-balancing your metabolism and achieving maximum fat-burning–we combine injections with a 500-calorie diet. This diet supplies your body with the minimum required nutrition during treatment, causing your body to burn more fat and lose more weight. hCG signals the brain to only target nonessential fat, which means that fat that is vital for your muscles, blood vessels, and organs will not be burned.
Since your body is burning fat for energy, your appetite will be smaller than normal, making it easier to maintain the strict diet we prescribe. While this diet is not safe for long-term use, it is able to safely reset your metabolic functions with short-term use. It will cause your body to shed up to 1-2 pounds each day and successfully reduce your weight in a short amount of time. Once your final results are visible, you can plan to maintain or enhance your ideal image with a long-term, sustainable diet and regular exercise.
What Are the Advantages of Treatment?
This treatment offers one of the fastest, most effective weight loss options available today. In as little as 8 weeks, you could lose a significant amount of weight, see your body completely transformed, and reset your metabolism to better regulate your normal appetite. Unlike fad diets, which often see patients regain weight almost immediately, patients on this diet are far more likely to successfully maintain their results in the long run. In addition, the entire treatment process is closely monitored by one of our doctors to ensure your safety.
The hCG injections, which are typically administered daily, are almost painless and have no side effects for most patients. Once the treatment process begins, our patients lose a minimum of .5 pounds and a maximum of 3 pounds each day on average.
Are hCG injections safe for everyone? In general, yes–most patients without significant dietary restrictions or medical conditions can pursue this treatment safely and see excellent, long-lasting results. Our doctors can help you decide whether this treatment is right for you, but it is certainly one of the fastest ways to safely transform your body.
What Kind of Diet Is Involved?
In order to cause dramatic weight loss, we combine hCG shots with a 500-calorie diet. This diet, which consists of 2 meals per day, requires you to avoid sugar, butter, and oils, among other foods. Each meal includes one protein, one vegetable, one fruit, and one piece of bread, portioned to meet the 500-calorie limit. You are allowed to drink unlimited water during this diet, and we recommend that you drink 1 glass of water every 2-3 hours to keep your body hydrated and help you feel full between meals.
You are also permitted to drink unlimited coffee and tea during this treatment. Some patients find that drinking caffeinated coffee or tea with a severely restricted diet causes them to become anxious or hyperactive. In this case, we recommend limiting your caffeine intake or drinking caffeinated beverages only after meals. Decaffeinated coffee and tea are also options. In general, our patients find that the fat-burning process triggered by the hCG helps them feel fuller and more satisfied throughout the day, making it easier to maintain this diet.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
One of the biggest questions we get from patients considering this treatment is: are hCG injections safe for long-term weight loss use? The short answer is no–this treatment plan is intentionally limited due to its intensive nature. It is not healthy for the body to maintain this fat-burning state and exist on a 500-calorie diet for a long period of time. While one of our doctors will recommend a personalized treatment plan for you based on your unique situation, an average treatment lasts approximately 8 weeks and rarely extends past this point.
Are There Any Side Effects?
For most patients, this treatment involves no major side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is feelings of hunger, but these are typically suppressed by the energy produced by the body’s fat-burning processes. We also recommend drinking plenty of liquids to help you feel full between your meals. We also recommend that you change your normal exercise routine to include low-impact exercises such as yoga or walking. These exercises will help you stay active while you experience lower energy levels during your treatment.
Will My Results Be Permanent?
Once your treatment is complete, the long-term maintenance of your final results is largely up to you. This treatment and accompanying diet require you to show your commitment to losing weight, but after you have lost weight, you must remain committed to maintaining your new body. The treatment process is divided into 3 stages, and our doctors work with you to help your body safely transition back into a normal diet. We recommend that your “new normal” include a balanced, nutritious diet and a regular exercise regiment at least 5 days per week.
By following a long-term, sustainable diet, you can continue to improve your body’s overall health and avoid gaining weight back after treatment. In addition, exercising regularly can lead to further weight loss and allows you to tone and sculpt your body to better match your ideal image. Finally, this treatment should ideally be the launchpad for a better, healthier life. Making permanent changes to your lifestyle can make the results of this treatment permanent while also improving your health, wellness, and quality of life for years to come.
What Should I Expect?
At our professional office, we are committed to making this treatment experience safe and transformative for each of our patients. Each patient’s individual treatment and results vary, but here is a general idea of what you can look forward to from this treatment:
To begin, one of our doctors will meet with you to discuss your unique concerns and desired results. They will review your medical history and current medications, along with any medical conditions or concerns which could interact negatively with treatment. Once your doctor approves you for treatment, they will take pictures of your body from the front and side. These pictures can be compared to your final results to give you a visual of the progress you make. Your doctor will record your current weight and explain your recommended personalized treatment plan in detail before you begin.
Your treatment process will be based on your doctor’s evaluation of your concerns, goals, and lifestyle. However, the general treatment process is divided into three stages.
This first stage is designed to jumpstart your weight loss process. You will begin having daily hCG injections, which are administered with a small, thin needle. For the first 2 days of treatment, you will eat foods that are high in fat and calories, which loads your system and allows the hCG to effectively signal the brain to start burning fat deposits for energy.
The weight loss phase typically lasts for 3-6 weeks and involves daily injections of hCG. In addition, you will eat 2 small meals with a strict 500-calorie limit each day. Thanks to the hCG triggering your body’s fat-burning process, your normal appetite should be suppressed, allowing you to continue with your normal daily activities as normal.
The final stage begins with your final injection of hCG. After this point, you will stop taking hCG as your body begins to return to normal. Your doctor will direct you as you begin to increase your daily caloric intake. During this stage, starches and sugars should be avoided for at least 3 weeks.
Once your treatment is complete, you can expect to see noticeable changes in your body. The most significant change will be a dramatic decrease in fat, especially in your abdomen, hips, flanks, and thighs. You will be able to compare your final results to the pictures your doctor took before treatment. Your overall weight should be decreased, and you should feel more satisfied and confident in the appearance of your body.
To maintain the results of your treatment, you will need to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Our doctors can help you make lifestyle changes and recommend additional treatments to help you achieve your ideal image. As long as you are consistent in your maintenance and remain committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, your results from treatment could be permanent.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are an adult man or woman who wants to lose weight quickly and start the journey to a healthier lifestyle, this treatment could be right for you. To pursue this treatment, you should be generally healthy and seeking to make long-term changes to your life and habits in order to keep your body at a healthy weight. This treatment is not ideal for pregnant or nursing women or patients with medical conditions such as diabetes, which could interact negatively with treatment. One of our doctors can help you evaluate your unique situation to determine whether this treatment is right for you.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re ready to learn more about this transformative weight-loss treatment, contact our team of experts at Infinity MedSpa in Sudbury, MA, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you achieve your weight loss goals!