Prescription Human Chorionic Gonadatropin (HCG) is available for individuals who are 18 and older, who would like to use this method for weight loss, who want to restart their metabolism, or who have not responded well to other prescription medications. HCG is a hormone that is created by the placenta that can help rid the body of fat with the combination of a special diet. HCG is not approved by the FDA for weight loss, but it has been available for over 60 years with low side effect risks. The average weight loss is 1/2 to 1 pound daily, and most of the weight loss is fat, not muscle.
It can work well for individuals who have a little or a lot of weight to lose. When you feel you have lost the weight you want, you will need to take a 6-week break from the medication. The HCG injections are mixed with prescription Vitamin B12, which may help with metabolism, energy and weight loss. With HCG, you will eat a 750-950 calorie diet consisting of lean proteins, certain fruits and vegetables and limited breads, depending on your activity level. There is a maintenance program that you follow after each HCG session to ensure you keep the weight off. If you're taking medications for diabetes and/or blood pressure, these medications may need to be adjusted as you lose weight. Some common side effects of HCG include constipation, nausea, headache, irregular menses and an increased chance of getting pregnant.
The initial medical evaluation costs $250, which includes an HCG Recipe Book and a box of meal replacements. This is for clients who have never been seen in this clinic for weight loss or have not been seen in the clinic in the past year. There are two options for the HCG program; injections you can receive in the clinic or injections you can do at home yourself. You can receive a 14-day dose injection in the clinic of HCG and prescription Vitamin B12 that stays in your body for 10-14 days. The cost every two weeks is $75 and includes the evaluation, body composition analysis, instructions, support, injection fee, maintenance program review and a permanent healthy eating plan. You can receive a total of four HCG/B12 injections in one session. If you would like to do the injections at home, the cost is $150 for the 20-dose session or $300 for the 40-dose session. These sessions include the evaluation, initial/mid/end body composition analysis, instructions, support, supplies, maintenance program review and a permanent healthy eating plan.
If you have had blood tests such as thyroid, glucose, cholesterol, blood count, chemistry (liver, kidney and electrolytes) in the last year, please bring a copy with you to your first appointment. If you choose to do a second session and do not bring them in, you will be required to pay $50 for me to order and interpret the required blood tests.