Overview

A common—but frustrating—side effect of hormone imbalance is weight gain. Many Kelowna patients visit us eager to lose this excess weight as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Given the right circumstances, these patients can be candidates for the HCG diet, which takes advantage of the hormone-altering effects of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Present at high levels in early pregnancy, HCG helps to maintain the production of important hormones like progesterone and estrogen, which are essential for the development of the embryo and fetus.

How it Works

When administered outside of pregnancy, via medically-supervised subcutaneous injection, HCG is known to elevate hormones that aid in weight loss (like testosterone), suppress appetite, and boost metabolism to promote fat loss while preserving muscle. When paired with a strict diet, these injections change the way in which you lose weight by creating an anabolic (muscle building) state, to counteract the catabolic (muscle breakdown) state that typically comes along with a reduced calorie diet. As a result, muscle is preserved, and a higher level of fat loss is achieved while maintaining a strong metabolism.

Results

The HCG diet is not a quick fix, it’s a major commitment, and the guidelines we provide must be followed very strictly and without flexibility. Undergoing the HCG diet with proper medical supervision and support is absolutely crucial; HCG should only ever be acquired via physician prescription.

The amount of time you spend on the HCG diet will be at the discretion of your doctor, but is usually anywhere from 30-45 days. Once your diet is underway, you’ll see us for weekly appointments where we’ll monitor your health and progress throughout the entire process. We can also help you formulate a plan for maintaining your weight loss and lifestyle changes following the diet.