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The following information is for educational purposes only. Due to new FDA Compounding Guidelines and Telehealth Certifications,
Nu Image Medical no longer offers the HCG Weight Loss Program. GOOD NEWS! We have developed something better and easier: WAYT-less!

HCG diet Safety

HCG diet Safety
HCG, the short form for human chronic gonadotropin, is one of the most frequently prescribed weight loss drugs on the market, and short of something along the lines of surgical solutions for obesity like a gastric bypass, HCG and it's complimentary calorie restricted diet can cause nearly the most dramatic weight loss in a short amount of time of any diet out there(not to mention it's more economical than surgery). 

One of the most asked questions about the diet, and rightfully so, is whether or not it's a safe option for weight loss. And honestly, as long as you're not pregnant or have a pre-existing medical condition, the answer is yes. Safety always should be your number one priority though, and you should always consult a physician before starting the diet; and when you do, make sure to practice the basics of medical hygiene such as immediately disposing of syringes when you're done with them, and doing so in a puncture resistant container far away from children and house pets. 

HCG, both generic and brand name, ranges from pre-filled syringes sent to you ready to inject, to powdered formula along with sterile saline water to mix and draw into the syringe themselves (while following the directions to the letter, of course). 

One of the biggest advantages of the HCG diet is the appetite suppression characteristic of the hormone, which allows the dieter to maintain the low calorie diet without the hunger pains that normally come with them. Along with this natural weight loss, it tends to leave less loose skin than a gastric bypass would, and any other possible complications that could come with surgery. 

HCG protects muscle from being lost. In fact, there is more of a pure fat loss, which causes a shrinking in inches and size of clothing. The great result is that one can become leaner, in a smaller clothing size, but with more muscle. This muscle allows for a stronger metabolism and helps people maintain their weight loss long after their diet is completed.

While being relatively expensive compared to less proven diet pills or supplements, countless people online sing the praises of the hormone and support the research that a mere month of injections taken twice daily will greatly improve the body's natural metabolic levels, which is the key not only to the actual losing of the weight, but the maintenance of it for years to come. 

Another common fear that many people admit to not have grown out of is a fear of needles. And while this is a fear many of us share, research has shown that homeopathic solutions tend to have less results than direct injections. Moreover, the syringe used with the diet tends to be subcutaneous, which is thankfully smaller and gentler than the intramuscular injections most people are used to getting at the doctor's office.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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