Weight Loss FAQ

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How much weight can I lose, and how fast?

The answer will vary for each patient, depending on how much they want to lose, how well they follow their nutrition and exercise plans as well as other metabolic and health factors. Usually our clients who are committed to our program will lose 5-10 pounds the first week, and up to 30-40 lbs pounds during the first 40 days!.

What is the nutritional plan?

The plan consists of foods designed to lower blood insulin levels which in turn increases the body's ability to burn fat and reduces the craving for sweets and starch. The typical low calorie diet will consist of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and essential fats, all taken in proper quantities.

Is it necessary to exercise on the program?

Exercise is an important component of any weight management program. While most weight loss occurs due to a decrease in caloric intake, physical activity will help further weight loss as well as help prevent weight regain. We recommend beginning slowly and increasing intensity and duration gradually. The end result will be a tremendous improvement in overall health, energy and quality of life.

What is HCG and how does it work?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone that is produced naturally in the body. It has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions. This pregnancy hormone has a property that allows the body to mobilize fat and use it for both mother and fetus. For weight loss, only a small amount is needed in order to capitalize on this same mechanism.  

Would I lose the same amount of weight without the HCG?

You can lose weight by simply eating fewer calories and fat. However, because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle before fat. This in turn causes cellular metabolism to slow down, causing weight gain. The HCG helps to eliminate your stored fat and distributes any existing healthy fat more evenly throughout your body.

Do I have to take HCG by injection?

Subcutaneous injection is recommended because it has the best absorption.

What happens when I have finished the HCG?

Once you have completed 40 days of injections you must stay off the HCG for 6 weeks. If HCG therapy is started before the 6 week resting period, resistance to the medication may result. You may increase your caloric intake at this time by eating as many vegetables, proteins and fruits as you wish, with the exception of corn and yams. During this period it is imperative to avoid all starches including cereal, granola, yogurt, milk, sweets and alcohol (low moisture skim mozzarella cheese is acceptable as a snack on occasion.

What happens if my weight plateaus for a few days?

It is very common for patients  to have a 2-4 day weight loss plateau. Most plateaus are the result of a hormonal imbalances which existed  prior to therapy. These imbalances typically occur in perimenopausal or  post hysterectomy patients. If  the patient  requests, we can perform a further hormone evaluation.  

These tests may include Testosterone, Estradiol, Progesterone, Growth Hormone-(IGF-1), DHEA, and Cortisol levels. All of these hormones, when imbalanced, may lead to a decrease in the metabolic rate and result in a decreased rate of weight loss. Dr. Harrell offers Hormone Replacement Programs that are physician monitored for those that qualify. We utilize natural compounded bio-identical hormones (extracted from plants).

We can prescribe the proper combination of hormones based on your individual deficiencies. Another cause for a weight loss plateau may  be constipation, which is very common on a high protein diet. It is possible to hold up to 5-7 pounds of stool in your colon over a period of several days. It is important to exercise and drink plenty of fluids which increase the speed in which food passes through the intestines. A fiber-rich supplement will assist  by creating a mild laxative effect, suppressing appetite and helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

What should I do if I forget to give myself the injection?

HCG remains in the body for about 3 days. It is best to give yourself the injection as soon as you wake up. However, if you forget and don't remember until several hours later, you may simply give yourself the injection at that time. If you skip an entire day, do not double your dose the next day.

Will HCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking?

HCG is not contraindicated with any medications. You may continue ALL medications prescribed to you by your primary care physician.

Dr. Jon Harrell prides himself on caring about more than each patient's looks. At The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, we also focus on your well-being, which is why we offer a robust Wellness Program in addition to the cosmetic surgery options at our office in the Miami area. Please call (954) 526-0066 or complete our online contact form to learn more.