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What is HCG?

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What is HCG?

Mark Neumann

HCG, an abbreviation for human chorionic gonadotropin, is a human hormone that develops in the placenta shortly after conception. It helps to provide nourishment to the developing baby as well as the pregnant woman.

People of both genders have trace amounts of HCG in their body. When a woman becomes pregnant, her body produces significantly more HCG until the time of delivery. However, she has the most HCG in her system during the first trimester. It is the presence of this hormone in the urine and blood that helps to confirm a pregnancy. Some tests are so sensitive they can pick up increased levels of HCG within days of conception.

What Does a Pregnancy Hormone Have to Do with Weight Loss?

More than 60 years ago, a medical researcher discovered that the same hormone that helps pregnant women nourish their developing babies can help people lose weight. When you receive HCG injections, it helps to reset your hypothalamus and trick your body into believing it is full after eating a very small amount of food. By combining HCG injections with a low-calorie diet, you can finally achieve the weight loss goals you desire.

Burn Fat, Not Muscle

With other diets, you burn muscle before you start burning fat. This is a natural self-preservation response by your body to the reduced calorie intake. Unfortunately, it makes you feel weak, fatigued, and irritable. These problems can become so pronounced that you give up on dieting altogether. With the HCG diet, you burn only fat from the beginning. That is why you see people with such amazing results after only a few days or weeks on the program.

Could the HCG Diet Be Right for You?

Perhaps you have given up on trying to lose weight because you always get too hungry to stick to a diet. You do lose weight at first, but then gain it all back when you resume regular eating. Not only does HCG burn fat instead of muscle, it acts as a powerful appetite suppressant as well.

If you choose to work with Dr. Mark Neumann, you experience all the benefits of working with a medical weight loss physician, including supervision and feedback while following the program. This support is invaluable in helping you shed unwanted pounds.

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Dr. Neumann is happy to discuss weight loss programs in more detail during your consultation. Contact him today