The hCG Diet was first introduced by Dr. Simeon who wrote the original Pounds and Inches protocol over 55 years ago.
Clinical observation and medical research have continually shown the hCG medical weight loss diet to be successful and effective when followed properly.
This is not a fad diet…this is a medically supervised weight loss program.
Dr. Simeon’s original protocol (Phase 2) consists of 42 days of hCG administration along with a VLCD (very low calorie diet). The foods include lobster, shrimp, whitefish, sirloin, poultry, vegetables, limited fruits/yogurt, and even pretzels!
In six weeks, Skinny Me’s unique meal plan in conjunction with a administration of the hCG hormone promotes significant weight loss. Typically 20-35 pounds for women and 30-55 pounds for men. This program is safe and effective .
Maintenance (Phase 3) is the most important part of our program. Phase 3 ensures the weight stays off. The Skinny Me staff teaches you the steps to reset your hypothalamus which will maintain your new lower set body weight.
The main job of the hCG hormone is to gather excessive or abnormal fat (which over time can cause heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes) and release 1500-4000 fat calories into the bloodstream. When the fat cells are released they produce Leptin, which is natural appetite suppressant, therefore you experience the sensation of fullness after eating.
Will I regain the weight?
The three week maintenance phase is the most important part of this program.
It is ALL about your hypothalamus and you at this phase. hCG is no longer in your bloodstream. This gland regulates your bodies “set point” or weight. Once you have completed the weight loss program it is our goal is to teach you the method devised by Dr. Simeons to reset the hypothalamus to “protect” you at your new body weight.
What is the point of losing the weight if you just regain it- plus more?
With hCG you are flooding the fat and do not experience any muscle atrophy so the rebound (weight gain) is not a part of this equation. Your nutritional coach will go over all the benefits of resetting this fabulous gland.
Is hCG safe?
This program is safe and effective. hCG is an all natural hormone and has no drug interactions. Pregnant women naturally produce about 200,000 units of hCG after conception. During the course of our program, you will only be using 200 units of hCG per day.
Does hCG work for men?
Absolutely! hCG works by influencing the way the hypothalamus tells the body to regulate its metabolism, hunger level, and set body weight. Men and women both have a hypothalamus gland, so it works for everyone! Please see our Man Plan for more info!
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What forms of hCG are available?
We offer hCG in the form of a sublingual tablet and injectable liquid.
Tablets are taken by placing one tablet under the tongue twice per day, 8 hours apart. They taste like mint and dissolve within about two minutes.
The injectable liquid is injected with a syringe once per day. The syringes are the same size that are used for allergy or diabetic injections and are not painful. We will teach you to inject yourself and we will provide you with syringes and alcohol wipes at no additional cost.
Why do I need to take hCG every day?
It takes hCG 48 hours to reach therapeutic levels in your system. hCG must be administered at the same time of day every day to maintain therapeutic levels. Once every 24 hours for injections or one tablet twice per day (8 hours apart). The concept is similar to when a doctor prescribes an antibiotic and tells you to take it at the same time every day for it to be effective.
Will I be hungry on the program?
Once hCG reaches therapeutic levels in your brain, your hypothalamus and pituitary gland will trigger your body to release your own stored body fat into the bloodstream. You will be flooding 1,500-4,000 calories of your own stored body fat into the blood stream. Your body cannot distinguish whether these calories are coming from internally stored fat or food. You will essentially be tricking your body into believing that you have just eaten and it will process the fat calories as fuel rather than storing them. We follow Dr. Simeons 500 calorie protocol, so your body will actually be processing the 1,500 to 4,000 calories that come from your internal fat plus the 500 calories you will be eating per day.
The release of stored body fat into the bloodstream also triggers the release of a hormone called Leptin. Leptin is natural appetite suppressant that enhances the sensation of fullness after eating. Leptin deactivates the hunger center of the brain, communicating to the conscious mind that you have adequate fuel and diminishes the urge to eat.
What is the difference in hCG drops verses injections & tablets?
Clinical research has proven injectable hCG and hCG tablets to be the only effective methods of administering hCG. hCG is a pure, live hormone that arrives in a concentrated powder form and is reconstituted into a liquid formula by a compounding pharmacy. Genuine hCG can only be prescribed by a licensed medical professional. On the other hand, hCG drops are available everywhere to anyone because they are not a prescribed medication. As of December 2013, the FDA has banned this form of psuedo-dosing and false consumer advertisement. So do not be fooled!
I have done the hCG program before, how is the Skinny Me! program different?
hCG must be administered daily to maintain levels in the brain that are effective for weight loss. hCG must be taken daily for two consecutive days before it reaches therapeutic levels in the body. Having only one…or even three injections weekly will not allow hCG to reach or maintain therapeutic levels in the blood stream, which renders it ineffective for weight loss.
Also, being injected subcutaneously (in fatty areas, such as the stomach) has been proven to be ineffective due to fat blocking proper absorption of the injected hCG from reaching the blood stream. For the body to properly absorb hCG, it must be s injected intramuscularly (in the upper arm muscle or in the lateral thigh muscle) where it can freely enter the bloodstream.
What else do I need to purchase other than the food I eat?
You will need:
- A journal to record your daily weight, food intake, fluid intake, and calories.
- A digital weight scale. You will be weighing yourself every morning after emptying your bladder and without clothing. It is important that you have a digital scale because you will see your weight decrease by ounces if not pounds every day!
- A food scale. Any basic food scale will work as long as it measures ounces/grams. Weighing your meats and proteins accurately will help ensure your weight loss success.
- Multi-vitamins, a calcium supplement, and a potassium supplement.
- Oil-free body lotion. Only Johnson & Johnson Brand Baby Lotion (pink bottle) is allowed on large areas of your body. It does not contain oils that can absorb into your skin. Remember: your skin is the largest organ of your body and can absorb oil from lotions. Oil is a fat which can inhibit the effectiveness of hCG.
- hCG. Our compounding pharmacy charges $30 for 21 days worth of hCG in the injectable form and $38 for 21 days worth of hCG in the tablet form.
Why Do I have to take supplemental vitamins?
While on a low calorie or restricted diet of any kind it is always wise to maintain healthy nutritional levels. While on the hCG program, it is essential to take a multi-vitamin supplement for daily nutritional balance. A daily calcium supplement with a minimum of 600 mg is required because the hCG weight loss program has limitations on milk/dairy products. 300 mg of potassium per day will prevent leg cramps, muscle spasms, and restless legs. Potassium is a water soluble supplement as well as an electrolyte that is eliminated from your body every time you urinate. The hCG protocol requires that you drink up to a gallon of fluids per day. Therefore, it is extremely important to take 99mg of potassium three times per day to maintain proper levels.
Can I exercise while taking hCG?
While following the hCG protocol, it is vital to consume 500 calories per day for brain and body function. Cardiovascular exercise will slow down weight loss and is discouraged. Any type of exercise that raises your heart rate above 120 beats per minute will burn too many calories, throwing the brain into “starvation” mode and stopping the flood of fat! However, it is recommended that hCG patients do engage in low intensity forms of exercise such as: daily walks, yoga, pilates, and weight training.
Professional athletes that have done the Skinny Me! Protocol successfully but requires a customize weight loss program while in training.
What happens if I do not consume 500 calories per day?
Believe it or not, hCG is such an effective appetite suppressant that many patients have trouble consuming even 500 calories in a day. The 500 calories are required for brain and body function while on the hCG protocol. If less than 500 calories are consumed per day the endocrine system (the hypothalamus and pituitary glands) put the body into “starvation” mode which literally stalls weight loss.
How long is then Skinny Me! program?
Skinny Me! follows Dr. Simeon’s protocol of 42 days of weight loss followed by 21 days of maintenance.
During the first two days of the program you will need to gorge on foods that are high in fat. This process and the medical reasoning behind it will be explained to you by your nutritional coach during your consultation.
The remaining 40 days of weight loss will follow Dr. Simeon’s 500 calorie Pounds and Inches protocol.
The last phase of the program lasts for 3 weeks and is called Maintenance (Phase 3).
Your coach will explain how to properly follow the maintenance phase. Complete compliance with the maintenance phase will reset your hypothalamus to recognize and maintain your new lower set body weight and help to ensure that you don’t gain the weight back.
What can I expect during my consultation?
Your initial Skinny Me! appointment will take about an hour and a half. We will assess your weight, body measurements, BMI, body fat percentage, visceral fat percentage, and muscle percentage. Our medical practitioner will then check your vital signs, review your medical history, and write your prescription for hCG. You will then spend about one hour with one of our certified nutritionists who will explain the metabolic process of hCG and how to successfully complete the program.
From Our Clients
I have just finished my 2nd round of 42 days of hCG and lost a total of 52 lbs. I weigh just 4 pounds more then I did when I was in the Marine Corps. In fact I fit into my dress blues which I haven’t worn in years! I feel better than I have in years. Thank you Skinny Me for helping me find my body back.
- Shelly A
Working in a restaurant was a huge test of my self control ! However being able to educate myself on what I shouldn’t do made it so much easier. Everyone here was so motivating and helpful with recipes and pointers that the transition was smooth. I lost 23.2 lbs. and 35.5 inches…WOW!
- Danielle R
I used the sublingual’s hCG tablets after using the shots the first 21 days. They were fantastic. Never felt hungry on the second half of 500 calories, and they were convenient for traveling since they need no refrigeration. I highly recommend these tablets, and the Skinny Me program. I lost 21.75 inches and weight loss of 20 lbs.in 42 days.