Maintaining a Healthier Lifestyle with the HCG Program

Healthier Lifestyle, Dr. Jessica Cho, HCG Program

More than one in every three American adults is considered overweight or obese, so it comes as no surprise that people are looking for a boost. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a prohormone that offers numerous health benefits, including weight loss. It’s used as an adjunct to a comprehensive weight loss and wellness plan to help you trim down and feel your best.

Here’s how HCG can help you maintain a healthier, more vital lifestyle.

What is HCG?

As a prohormone produced early during pregnancy, HCG acts as a precursor to other important hormones that regulate a wide variety of processes in your body. Here at Wellness at Century City, we specialize in integrative medicine, and to that end, Dr. Jessica Cho offers an HCG program. It’s designed to enhance your metabolism and control your appetite so that you can adhere to a reduced-calorie diet without the struggles of hunger and cravings.

When used as part of a comprehensive weight loss plan, HCG can add a boost to your weight loss efforts and increase your motivation to make healthier lifestyle choices.

HCG helps improves body composition

On the typical controlled-calorie diet, your body burns a combination of fat and lean mass, sometimes favoring lean mass because it requires more calories to maintain. On the other hand, HCG encourages your body to burn more fat for fuel, sparing lean muscle. This can help you achieve a healthier body composition than diet and exercise alone.

Why body composition matters

In many aspects, your body composition matters more than your weight. It’s often a more useful indicator of your health status. When you step on the scale, the reading simply tells you the weight of all your body tissues, which includes water and bone.

In contrast, your body composition reveals the proportions of fat and lean muscle in your body. Weighing 150 pounds and having 35% body fat has much different health effects than carrying the same weight with 10% body fat. The HCG program can help you achieve a healthier ratio of fat to lean mass.

The HCG program can boost metabolism

HCG can help boost your metabolism so that your body burns calories more efficiently. Additionally, because it encourages retention of lean mass to improve body composition, you’ll continue to experience a boost in metabolism long after the program is complete.

Metabolism refers to the rate at which your body uses energy. Because lean mass is heavier than fat, your body uses more energy to maintain it. With an improved fat-to-lean-mass ratio, your body will burn more calories as your body composition improves. A boost in metabolic rate will help you keep the weight off in the long run.

Kickstart better eating habits with HCG

Without the hunger and cravings that cause most people to ditch their healthier eating habits, the HCG program can help you kickstart your way to eating healthier, more nutritious foods. Developing new habits takes time. While on the HCG program you may consume certain fruits, nonstarchy vegetables, and lean meats. These foods are staples of a healthy, nutrient-dense diet.

As you ditch high-fat, high-sugar, processed foods, you’ll get used to eating fresh and frozen whole foods that contain important vitamins and minerals. After the program, you’ll return to a more liberal calorie intake but continue to choose nutritious foods that promote health and weight management.

Reduce your risk of chronic disease

Being overweight, even slightly, carries health risks. Losing even a modest amount of weight significantly lowers your risk of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes.

The HCG program can help you lose weight and reduce your waist circumference, which is tied closely with health risks. If you carry most of your fat around your waist, you’re at an increased risk for heart disease.

 

Don’t wait to take charge of your health. For more information and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cho, call our Los Angeles office or request an appointment online.

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