Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG, is a natural water-based protein hormone that develops in the body of a woman shortly after conception. Often called the pregnancy hormone, hCG levels in urine and blood can be tested and are used to confirm pregnancy. The purpose of the hCG hormone during pregnancy is to encourage the production of progesterone, which aids in thickening the lining of the uterus to give the fetus a safe place to grow. The development of the hCG hormone during pregnancy also helps to prevent the body from rejecting the new tissue. hCG also ensures that the developing fetus has all of the nutrients it needs to survive and grow by encouraging the body to release excess stores in fat cells.
The function hCG has on the human body in encouraging the release of excess fat storage has been a remarkable breakthrough in weight loss for the seriously overweight. It literally seems to work like a laser, pinpointing and dissolving fat storage so that the cells shrink to normal size, without any side effects common with other weight loss treatments like increased heart rates or nervousness. Several studies have shown that hCG, when injected into male or female patients, encourages the body to preserve lean muscle but burn fat. When combined with a reduced calorie diet and stretching exercises, weight loss might exceed up to a pound a day, and because of the way the hormone works, patients do not experience hunger or loss of energy while on the treatment.
hCG weight loss treatments have allowed seriously overweight and obese patients to achieve a significant amount of weight loss quickly and safely without having to endure the risk, complication, and recovery time of invasive surgery. Complications range from GERD, to infection, to additional surgery and occur with regularity in more invasive weight loss treatment, but hCG is delivered by injection. Often, patients can lose up to 40 pounds or more in the first month of treatment, and the benefits do not diminish with additional treatment cycles. With such significant weight loss, many seriously overweight patients are able to reduce or stop taking medicines for high blood pressure and diabetes.
More importantly, the significant weight loss in the seriously overweight is fat loss, not lean muscle loss, so metabolism is not diminished in the process. Many overweight patients who seek hCG treatment achieve health benefits that extend beyond losing weight; cholesterol levels and blood pressure are often significantly reduced.
Because the results occur more quickly than with traditional methods of diet and exercise, the overweight patient receiving hCG weight loss treatment is motivated to continue exercising and changing lifestyle habits because they are immediately rewarded with visible results. Many overweight patients who have tried different diets and weight loss plans see hCG treatment as a final attempt at preventing invasive surgery. With complications occurring in as many as 1/3 of all weight loss surgery patients, hCG is an effective and safe alternative for the overweight and obese to be able to take control of their health.