Weight Loss Programs
HCG Weight Loss Program
In 1954, an endocrinologist, Dr. Simeons, discovered that a natural hormone found in the body called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) could accelerate fat mobilization from certain area of the body when combined with a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). It is proposed that HCG has the effect of “unlocking” the body’s fat stores so that metabolism can safely burn these energy reserves to power daily bodily functions. The special component to weight loss with HCG is that it is a muscle-sparing form of weight loss. A benefit to the use to HCG is that it releases about 1500-4000 calories per day into your system thus preventing hunger and preventing the body from entering starvation mode.
This program will address and correct:
- Low metabolism
- Intense and constant hunger
- Food cravings
- Emotional eating
The HCG will be taken for a period of 26 days or 40 days, depending on the amount of weight to be lost. Also included are weekly visits and coaching with our nutrition and fitness coach which will continue through the 6 week maintenance period.
Candidates for this program include:
- Patients with 15+ pounds to lose or those over 30% body fat
- Patients who are capable of sticking to a highly structured and monitored weight loss program
- Patients who are obese and have several health risks related to obesity
- Those looking to lose the “last 10 pounds” of stubborn weight
The average weight loss on the LONG HCG program (40 days) is 20-25 pounds for women and 25-30 pounds for men. For the SHORT HCG program, women can expect a 10-15 pound loss and men, a 20-25 pound loss. Results will vary by individual based on program adherence, gender, body fat ratio, and individual metabolic rate. The average rate of weight loss is half a pound to one pound per day. We have not found any significant difference in rate of loss between the sublingual form versus then injections.
A ketogenic diet is any diet that forces the body into a process called ketosis, whereby fats are burned instead of carbohydrates for use as energy. A ketogenic diet calls for the dieter to consume high amounts of fat, adequate amounts of protein, and very low amounts of carbohydrates. Our bodies are used to turning carbohydrates into glucose to use for energy. When we enter ketosis by sufficiently limiting our carbohydrate intake, our livers start breaking down fat cells into fatty acids and ketones, to be used as energy instead.
A ketogenic diet is very effective for:
- Fat loss
- Managing hunger
- Managing sugar cravings
- Controlling insulin spikes and swings in blood sugar
- Preventing and treating certain types of diseases. Cancer cells thrive on glucose and carbohydrates thus the Ketogenic diet is often seen as a useful way to help improve the effectiveness of cancer treatments.
Fasting (the complete abstinence of food) and ketogenic diets are metabolically very similar. The ketogenic diet attempts to mimic the metabolic effects of fasting while food is being consumed. This diet consists primarily of fat, making it very tasty and satiating, with a focus on plant oils, avocados, nuts, grass-fed butter, ghee, etc. Protein intake is moderate and consisting of grass-fed and organic meats and carbohydrate consumption is low and consists of water and fiber-filled above-ground vegetables.
This non-restrictive and healthy method of eating is easily implemented, effective, and delicious—making it a popular choice for patients looking to lose weight and improve their health. Our health and nutrition coach will help guide you through this program every step of the way!
Intermittent fasting is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it is not a “diet” in the conventional sense. It is more accurately described as an “eating pattern.” Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week.
Humans have been fasting throughout evolution. Sometimes it was done because food was not available, and it has also been a part of major religions, including Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t have supermarkets, refrigerators or food available year-round and yet were healthier that Americans are today. They often went for long periods time of time without food while looking for their next food source. In fact, fasting from time to time is more “natural” than constantly eating 3-4 (or more) meals per day.
With intermittent fasting:
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH) increases by as much as 5-fold
- Insulin sensitivity improves
- Cellular repair takes place
- Hormones are released that aid in fat-loss and muscle construction
- Weight loss occurs
- Muscle building occurs more efficiently
- Inflammation reduces
- Blood lipids normalize
- Alzheimer’s risk deceases
- Cancer risk deceases
- You live longer!
Most people should be doing some form of fasting as even fasting just once a month is shown to have health benefits. Our health and nutrition coach will help you learn how to work this concept into your lifestyle for optimal results.
To schedule appointments or get more information about Weight Loss Programs, Call 407-269-8711 SaJune! Serving clients in Orlando, Baldwin Park, and Winter Park, FL.