FAQ: Slim in Time Program

What is HCG?

The medical term for HCG is Human Chorionic Gonaditrophin. It is a natural water-based hormone present in both men and women; although, it is produced in greater amounts in pregnant females. In non-pregnant persons, research suggests HCG similarly increases the metabolism similar to a pregnant female.

How does HCG work?

During pregnancy, HCG is produced in the placenta of the pregnant woman. It allows the fetus to access its mother’s stored nutrients. The HCG liquefies the contents of the fat cells, which allows the fetus to absorb the nutrients through the blood stream.

In overweight people, HCG seeks out the stored nutrients in the fat cells. Liquefying the content of the fat cell, these nutrients are then flushed through the bloodstream. This naturally stored energy supplies the body with upwards to 2000 plus calories per day. While burning this stored energy, the body’s energy level increases and appetite decreases. The cells are emptied and shrunk down to sizes much smaller than normal cells. Therefore, inches, as well as pounds are lost on the program.

Is HCG safe?

This HCG proprietary blend has been used safely for many years in weight loss treatments. Being manufactured in a sterile environment, there are no risks of disease being spread through use of this product. There are rarely side effects reported while using this HCG proprietary blend for weight loss.

Can vegetarians use HCG for weight loss?

Yes. Vegetarians can use this HCG proprietary blend following the Vegetarian protocol.

Should I do HCG Weight Loss?

The majority of men and women can use this HCG proprietary blend for weight loss. It is recommended that you consult with your trusted health care provider before you start. DO NOT begin the HCG diet if you are pregnant or nursing.

Does HCG Weight Loss work for men?

Sure. Although HCG is associated with pregnancy, it can safely be used by both men and women that are looking to get their weight under control. This HCG proprietary blend used for the HCG weight loss protocol is actually already found in men.

How much weight will I be able to lose with HCG Weight Loss?

Research shows that a small, daily HCG dosage results in a weight loss of 0.5 to 2 lbs per day when accompanied by a very low-calorie diet. Factors that contribute to faster weight loss.

Include adding/increasing vegetable intake and mixing salad with each meal. Fiber intake is extremely important, as is water intake.

Isn’t it unhealthy to lose weight that fast?

Typically, it is very unhealthy to lose weight that fast. However, this HCG proprietary blend  is what makes the difference in this protocol. HCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeons protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue. It is not muscle nor is it the structural fat that your body needs that usually gets depleted during “dieting.” For this reason, HCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of greater health and marvel at the loss of various negative health risks they had before starting the diet.

What is the difference between HCG drops and HCG injections?

HCG proprietary blend drops are taken under the tongue and directly absorbed into the body. Our homeopathic HCG proprietary blend does not require a prescription. HCG injections must be prescribed by a doctor and are administered by a shot into muscle tissue. Ouch!

How long should I take the drops?

You can take the drops for up to 6 weeks at a time. If you have more than 35-40 pounds to lose, you can do more cycles after taking a break of at least 4 weeks between cycles.

How long will a 2 ounce bottle of HCG last?

A 2 ounce bottle of premium HCG proprietary blend will easily perform a 30 day program no matter the dosing amount.

Does your HCG proprietary blend come pre-mixed?

Yes. It comes pre-mixed and ready to use.

Do I need to take a 4 week break after 34 pounds lost?

It is a personal decision. However, Dr. Simeons suggests you must in order to avoid developing immunity to HCG; however, he also adds that, “The only exception we make is in the case of very obese patients who may be allowed to lose an additional 5-6 lbs. if this occurs before the cycle is up.”

Do I have to stop the HCG while I am menstruating?

It is a personal decision. However, Dr. Simeons states to do so, presumably to prevent a heavier flow. The majority of people have not done so, with no ill effects.

Can I take Birth Control pills while doing the HCG injections?

Dr. Simeons states that oral contraceptives may be used during treatment.

Am I safe to take antibiotics on the HCG diet?

Antibiotics are safe to take during the HCG diet. Please follow the instructions provided by your physician.

Can I take over the counter pain relievers?

There is always a chance that adding a chemical to our system can stall or slow down the process of fat loss. Chemicals are typically acidic in the body. When the body becomes acidic, it has to retain water and fat to neutralize the acid. This could be interpreted as a stall on the scale. However, when the body has regained a safe pH, it will release the toxin, chemical or emotion and weight reduction will continue. Use pain relievers if necessary and remember to not be alarmed if your weight loss is slowed a bit. This too shall pass.

Is it important for me to take my HCG drops at a certain time during the day?

It is good to have the HCG proprietary blend drops taken throughout the day to help suppress your appetite. Some people are very specific about their timing, others are somewhat random in taking their HCG proprietary blend drops. There isn’t a set in stone rule for taking the HCG. As long as you are taking the drops in spread out intervals during the day, that is good. Try to take HCG  proprietary blend drops sometime in the morning, it doesn’t have to be before a meal. Then take another dose sometime mid-day or early afternoon. Take your last dose sometime in the evening or before bed. The best time to take your HCG proprietary blend is when it fits into your schedule and you don’t miss taking it.

Will I feel hungry on a very low-calorie diet?

You may feel mild hunger several days during the first week. However, by the 2nd week, you will be used to the very low-calorie diet. This is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate; but, largely due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released. If you are hungry – vary the times of your fruit to decrease any hunger sensations.

How many ounces of vegetables can I have per day?

There really is no limit on the veggies. The only limit is the total of 500 calories/day. So you can have a huge amount of veggies (since they are so low in calories) to make up the difference; up to a total of 500 calories for the day. Also, consider using the Miracle Noodle to add bulk to your diet with no calories added. (See enclosed information.)

Should I mix veggies or not?

Dr. Simeons states in the “Pounds and Inches” article NOT to mix veggies. Some dieters also have reported that mixing vegetables caused a stall in their weight loss.

I’m a vegetarian. What can I eat?

You will eat the same veggies, fruits and crackers that are mentioned in the normal HCG protocol. For protein, you will have 8 oz. Skim milk or a 1⁄2 cup cottage cheese. You can also have white fish.

How important is water consumption? I only really drink tea and coffee.

Very!!! Water is vital to the body functioning properly. Water helps to flush toxins out, (you’ve heard that before). Here’s why: When the body releases waste from the cells, which happens every second of the day, it has to protect itself by moving this acidic waste out of the system. One way to decrease acid in the system is to dilute it with water. So, here’s a good scenario: You are doing great in your fat loss; you’ve had 3 good days of losing .8, .6 and 1 pound. You’re thrilled! Then whammm, you stall for 2 days in a row. What happened? One possibility is that your body is diluting the newly released acid in your body by retaining water. This dilution will allow your body to remove these toxins more easily without harm.

So, after your 2 day stall, you miraculously drop 1.2 pounds! Your body neutralized the acid and was able to release the waste and the extra water it took to neutralize it. This is why consumption of water is so, so, so important! When we lose weight at this rate, our body is releasing fat soluble toxins back into the system. More water will help your body neutralize the acidic toxins with greater ease. Tea and coffee are, by nature, acidic. If this is all you are drinking, you are keeping your body in a state of acidosis. Rethink your lifestyle choices and benefit greatly!

Do I have to eat all 500 calories each day?

Although Dr. Simeons states dieters who don’t want to eat all 500 calories a day can omit anything they wish. Some dieters have reported better results when eating all 500 calories each day rather than omitting them. We recommend NOT eating less than the 500 calories.

Can I use salt?

Yes. There are no restrictions on the use of salt; but, be sure to read the ingredients on any seasonings you use to be sure they don’t contain any added sugar.

Can I drink alcohol while I am taking the drops?

No. Alcohol is not allowed during Phase 2 while you are taking the drops. However, you can drink in moderation during Phase 3 so long as you are careful to avoid drinks containing sugar or starch.

I’m a big soda pop drinker. Can I continue to drink diet soda while I’m on the very low calorie diet portion of Phase 2? It is important to understand that the chemicals in diet soda have a negative effect on our glandular organs, hormones and our nervous system. The toxic effect of the artificial sweeteners on our body has been proven and should be avoided now and always! I know that is not what you want to hear; however, there is an alternative.

If you need the bubbles, there is a way to get it without putting so much strain on the body. Sparkling water, low sodium club soda, mineral water, seltzer water, etc., all have fizz. Add Stevia to the seltzer water of your choice and you now have a soda that is much less harmful to the body. Natural Vanilla Stevia has a very smooth aftertaste and can give sparkling water the flavor of Cream Soda. Now add any flavored Stevia (Sweet Leaf brand carries many flavors) and you can have root-beer, lemon-lime, orange, etc. This is a great alternative and another wonderful advantage to using Stevia is that it actually helps to balance blood sugar levels in the body! Double Bonus!

Do I need to exercise on this diet?

That’s the beauty of HCG diet. Dr. Simeons clearly states NOT to exercise. He said all you have to do is to follow the HCG diet protocol and lose the weight first. The reason that you don’t have to exercise is because the average person burns about 3000 calories a day just in normal activity and you are only eating 500 calories a day in food — so you can see how you lose the weight. Many dieters have reported satisfactory weight loss without exercise. Some HCG clinics actually ask their patients to wait until they are down to within 10-20 pounds of their goal weight before beginning any impact or strenuous exercise. Leisure walking, slow cycling or swimming is always considered acceptable while on the HCG diet.

Would just a low calorie diet alone make me lose weight?

No! A low calorie diet alone does not distinguish between structural tissue and fat cell content. Furthermore, a low calorie diet alone will cause a great decrease in energy levels.

What about wrinkles and stretch marks?

With HCG treatments, abnormal fat deposits disappear. Double chins, pot bellies and fat around the thighs are normally the first to go. The treatments do no deplete the structural and other essential tissue that is needed in order to maintain a healthy look. The body regains and maintains a natural, fresh appearance throughout the program.

What kind of make-up/cosmetics can I use?

Mineral make-up is best. Whatever you use must be oil free. Be sure to read the ingredients on everything you put on your skin to be sure it doesn’t contain oil. If you use products containing oil, you will stall your weight loss.

What about shampoo/conditioner and toothpaste?

Most people can safely continue to use their regular hygiene products without affecting their loss.

Can I use lotion?

Be sure to read the ingredients on anything you put on your skin to be sure it is oil-free. There is a possibility that if it contains oil, your body will absorb it and cause you to not lose weight. Baby oil, mineral oil and corn huskers lotion are all safe alternatives.

What are some of the reasons why a person’s weight stalls on Phase 2?

Every person’s body is made up of different cell memories, conditioned responses, stress reactions and emotional triggers. Because of this, each person is a new individual case when it comes to this program. Where one person may have extreme success in losing quickly without many (or any) stall patterns, another person may feel that their Phase 2 is riddled with ups and downs or stalls on their weight loss chart. It is important that we do not compare our weight loss with anyone else. There are a good portion of people that lose an average of .8 pounds per day over the course of each round; however, there are many people that average anywhere from .4 to .8 pounds per day. (Take your total weight lost so far and divide that by the total number of days you have been in Phase 2 to find your daily average weight loss.)

If we started this program with the perception that we would lose 1⁄2 pound a day, we would be so happy that we were losing 1 pound every 2 days… Right? But, because some people lose weight a bit more quickly, we become disappointed with our own amazing results!

Here are some reasons for stalls or gains:

– Addition of oils or fats into the diet or absorbed through the skin.

-Old weight set-point (your body feels safe at this weight).  – Emotional issues: fear of success, fear of attention or advances from opposite sex, fear of giving up the excuse to be: sad, lonely, sick, tired, less than wonderful, less than

beautiful, less than needed, less than worthy, less than…  -Release of toxins (fat soluble toxins) back into the system which increases acidic nature of the internal terrain of the body. When the body becomes too acidic, it retains water to help alkalize the internal terrain. This extra water retention can show up as weight gain or a stall.

It’s time for Phase 3 and I’m sooooo scared to eat!

Let’s face it, Phase 2 is “safe.” We have a certain portion of food that we eat, in a set manner that has finally moved us in a new direction with regards to our stubborn weight. It is scary to come away from that safety net to what seems like “the scary world of food.” Let me tell you though, you will LOVE Phase 3!

This was my rule for Phase 3: Eat when hungry, stop eating just as soon as the hunger pangs go away and wait for the body to tell you when to eat again. It is that simple! The biggest lesson I learned in Phase 3 is that the old habits of hoarding and gobbling massive meals has to be a thing of the past. Just light meals here and there throughout the day especially during Phase 3.

Those old food habits must go! You need to retrain your brain in Phase 3 to graze and use food as fuel, not as entertainment or as a solution for emotional ups and downs. I learned that my body asks for water, many more times during the day than food. So, a good rule of thumb to start with is this: When you feel hunger or cravings, drink water first then go for the food. The other thing I did was to make sure I was getting some kind of protein with every meal or snack. Hard boiled eggs and string cheese can be very handy. Add them to any other food like apples, carrots and nuts.

Here is a sample Phase 3 day of eating:

Breakfast: Bacon and spinach omelet. Snack: Nuts and cheese. Lunch: Protein shake and small salad with avocado. Snack: Almond butter with an apple.

Dinner: Small piece of grilled meat with veggie. Dessert: Plain yogurt sweetened with Stevia and some frozen blueberries.

Yes… compared to Phase 2, this is a bunch of food! But you’ll be amazed at when you get on the scale in the morning, your weight only moves slightly up and down the scale within your 2 pounds of the last HCG weight. If you happen to eat something that is inflammatory to your body, you’ll know it because the scale will be higher. Easy resolve. Just fast with liquids for breakfast and lunch (you can have V8 juice now) and have a big juicy steak with an apple or tomato for an early dinner. This will bring you down to a lower weight and you are back on track again! Embrace Phase 3 – it is wonderful!

Will I gain the weight back after the HCG diet?

Your appetite will be changed after the HCG diet along with your eating behavior and body metabolism. You will be able to eat moderately without feeling the need to overeat. A healthy lifestyle and diet along with minimum amount of physical exercise will be sufficient to maintain your weight.

Should I continue on the HCG diet after my weight loss goals have been met?

While on the HCG diet, you must take the HCG proprietary blend drops a minimum of 23 days (2 days loading and 21 days on the low calorie diet). This gives your body enough time to initiate the reset of your hypothalamus gland. You can take the HCG proprietary blend drops for up to 40 days at a time before moving to maintenance. If you hit your weight loss goal between day 23 and day 40, you may stop the HCG proprietary blend drops immediately; continue the low calorie diet for 72 hours, and then move onto maintenance. If you hit your weight loss goal before the 23 days, you’ll want to continue the HCG proprietary blend drops but increase your calorie intake to 800-1000 calories for the rest of the treatment. The best way to increase your calories is to add 1-2 extra servings of approved protein, vegetables and fruit.

After you have completed the diet with the HCG proprietary blend drops, you will move onto maintenance. This phase will complete the reset of your hypothalamus gland. If this is your first round of HCG, you will do 6 weeks of maintenance. The first 3 weeks will give you a lot of new choices for food; but, you will avoid all sugars, artificial sweeteners and starches. You will increase your calorie intake during this time; but, don’t focus too much on the calorie intake. You’ll continue to weigh yourself every morning, after you use the restroom and naked, to ensure you stay within 2 lbs. of your last HCG dose weight. The last dose weight will be your morning weight the last day of your HCG  proprietary blend drops. After the first 3 weeks are over, you’ll move to the second half of maintenance. During this half, you will slowly reintroduce sugars and starches. Start with whole grains by adding a new one each day. If your weight goes up, then discontinue the most current grain until your weight stabilizes, then re-introduce the next starch or sugar.

If you have done multiple rounds of the HCG diet, the length of time you are on maintenance will increase. Between a second and third round, you will be on 8 weeks of maintenance. Then between a third and fourth round there will be 12 weeks of maintenance; between a fourth and fifth round, there will be 20 weeks of maintenance. And between a fifth and sixth round, you’ll want to do 6 months of maintenance.

Where are your HCG products manufactured?

All of our HCG proprietary blend products are manufactured and bottled in FDA approved and regulated facilities in the United States of America.

Why all the controversy regarding HCG for weight loss?

In 1974, the FDA stated HCG was of no use for obesity management because its administration rendered similar results regarding weight loss both in treated and non-treated patients. However, when evaluating the efficiency from any obesity treatment, we must assess whether the procedure decreases body fat to a greater extent when compared to other approaches. We do not have to assess weight loss – fat loss is the answer. Studies show that weight loss from the HCG diet protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissues rather than muscle or structural fat from other diet plans. In other words, although the HCG diet does not render weight loss better than any other very low calorie diet; HCG treated patients lost more body fat than non-treated patients.

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