HCG Diet Program Questions

HCG is the pregnancy hormone found in the human body. When used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet it has been shown to aid in the burning of fat, reduction of inches and a more sustainable weight loss than with the reduced diet alone.

How is HCG used?

HCG can be used either by putting drops under the tongue or by self-administering daily injections. In either case, the dietary restrictions are necessary to gain the full effect of the plan. Dr. Shakov uses both methods, although he finds the injection method to be more effective and to have less risk of error.

What can I expect during my initial HCG appointment?

Dr. Shakov will do a thorough medical examination to determine whether you are a good candidate for the HCG weight loss plan. After the exam and a consultation, Dr. Shakov will explain how the HCG program works along with what IS and is NOT allowed during the time. Measurements will be taken, a body composition analysis using the Bodystat 1500, along with a “before” photo if you are comfortable with that. Dr. Shakov will then schedule your weekly visits, during which you will be given a weigh-in and an optional MIC or B12 injection to help with energy levels and nutrient absorption. On alternating visits, you will be re-measured to track progress of your weight loss.

How long is the plan?

The HCG plan can be administered for 23 days or 40 days if you have greater than 15 pounds to lose. Patients with a large amount of weight to lose may need to do more than one session of HCG, using a modified diet plan in the “interval” weeks.

Who is a candidate for HCG diet?

Any man or woman who has at least 15 pounds to lose and is in good general health. You must be willing to adhere to the diet strictly.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients will notice a sharp increase of energy after week 1 and will want to work out. Although exercise is not required for the diet to work, it is important that you follow Dr. Shakov’s instructions and the HCG diet exactly as it is prescribed in order to avoid discomfort, hunger, and potential damage or injury to yourself.

There is a slight risk of reaction at the injection site, possible allergic reaction or risk of blood clots. For women, it is advised to begin after your menstrual cycle ends but there is no harm with the injections if you are menstruating during the diet. Some other possible side effects are headache and swelling.