Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program
Based on the Simeons’ HCG/Very Low Calorie Diet Protocol
Welcome to Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program
and the exciting opportunity to achieve a healthy new life.
With Dr. Sager’s guidance, you can expect
|To lose between ½ and 1 pound EACH DAY you are on the Program, while
|Resetting your base metabolism
|Without exercise, hunger or the expense of prepared foods, and
|After completing the Program, the weight and inches should NEVER RETURN
Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program involves a strict diet. However, unlike other weight loss programs, Dr. Sager’s Program is NOT A LIFESTYLE CHANGING REGIMEN. Rather, it requires diligence for a short period of time in order to reach attainable weight loss goals. You will re-set your metabolism and enjoy renewed vigor and vitality in a new, slimmer body after you resume normal, sensible eating.
Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program offers the opportunity for A DEFINITIVE AND PERMANENT LOSS OF WEIGHT IN A FINITE AMOUNT OF TIME!
Dr. Sager, a physician and Board Certified internationally accredited Medical Acupuncturist (see accompanying Curriculum Vitae), is committed to your success as you follow his Enhanced Weight Loss Program. In order to maximize success, Dr. Sager will add Medical Acupuncture, and, occasionally, Homeopathy, to your individualized prescription. These will enhance your ability to stay comfortably on the diet and achieve your goals.
Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program is based on the Simeons’ hCG/Diet Protocol. The Simeons’ Protocol is not a fad or a gimmick and is not new. In fact, it has been used successfully for more than 60 years. It is based on a calorie restricted diet combined with hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotrophin). hCG is a natural, non-sex linked hormone, which, when coupled with a very low calorie diet, dramatically decreases hunger and shifts metabolism to mobilize and burn abnormal fat stores. Over a period of weeks on Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program, the hypothalamus weight set-point in the brain is lowered so that your weight and inches should never return.
Unlike Simeons’ original approach, which required daily injections of hCG, Dr. Sager is able to offer his patients oral sub-lingual (under the tongue) tablets combined with the appetite suppressant effect of Medical Acupuncture. Further, at each office visit, Dr. Sager will personally administer a full body sensor evaluation (Phase Angle) to monitor your Body Mass Index, Body Fat, Visceral Fat, Body Age, Skeletal Muscle, Resting Metabolism and Body Weight. With this multi-disciplinary approach, the vast majority of patients have little or no difficulty achieving and maintaining their weight goal.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is hCG?
Like thyroid, insulin, cortisone and adrenalin, hCG is a hormone. Unlike those normally circulating chemicals, hCG has no direct action on any endocrine gland and has no sex-linkage. hCG is NOT a sex hormone. It is exclusively produced in the human pregnant female. Its function is to facilitate the release, when necessary, of the mother’s abnormally banked and inaccessible fat stores so as to nourish the developing fetus. While on a fat free, very low calorie diet (500 cal.) and taking hCG, a person will rapidly lose this weight without feeling hungry.
2. How does Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program work?
Using hCG, Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program causes the body to replace ingested caloric values with stored fat calories. This results in weight loss and amazing body transformation. It also results in altering your resting metabolic rate "RMR", so as to inhibit regaining the weight.
hCG enhances weight loss success through 3 effects: (1) hCG significantly decreases/eliminates hunger and cravings; (2) It is theorized that hCG re-sets the hypothalamus and thereby affects metabolism at many levels and (3) hCG mobilizes the usually unavailable abnormal fat stores which your body will then use for energy while you are on the very low calorie diet (VLCD). In other words, you may normally require 1500-2500 calories/day for fuel/energy. While on Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program and consuming only 500 calories, the hCG releases the usually unavailable abnormal fat stores into the blood stream to make up the difference. As a result, you will actually have the 1500-2000 calories circulating in your blood stream – 500 from food intake and 1000-1500 from your own normally inaccessible fat stores. This is why you will not experience hunger or food cravings when on the hCG/VLCD.
3. Is hCG safe?
hCG for weight loss has been shown to be effective and safe for both men and women. Decades of use with the Simeons’ Protocol has proven hCG to be extremely safe. The amount of hCG taken daily for the Program is far less than the amount produced daily in the pregnant woman. hCG is at times found as a tumor marker. Men and women should not take hCG if you have a hormonally responsive tumor or cancer (such as breast, ovarian, testicular, prostate).
Additionally, those with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer in an immediate family member should not take hCG.
4. How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?
You should expect to lose approximately 15-25 pounds per month, or about ½ to 1 pound of weight each and every day. Some who have greater weight to lose may lose even more rapidly. It is extremely important to follow the program very strictly in order to succeed.
5. Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program (VLCD). Will I get hungry on this plan?
While on Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program, the hCG mobilizes abnormal fat stores for energy and this naturally leads to a decrease or elimination of hunger and cravings. The explanation is simple: While taking in only about 500 calories/day, your body will utilize the abnormal fat stores for the additional energy needs of the body. Thus, while your caloric INTAKE may be only 500 calories per day, your caloric UTILIZATION from the burning of abnormal fat stores will result in an ACTUAL daily caloric intake of 1500 – 2000 calories per day. This is why most people experience little or no hunger or cravings while on the Program. If hunger or cravings become a continued problem, Dr. Sager will add Homeopathic remedies to assist you. Please consult with Dr. Sager if this is a concern or problem for you.
6. Will hCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking? What about birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?
hCG has not been shown to interact with any medications, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera. You must give Dr. Sager a complete list of all medications you are taking and notify him, should your medications change or dosages increase or decrease.
7. Do I need to exercise in order to lose weight on Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program?
No. Most patients we have treated have not exercised while they were on the Program. Some cannot exercise at their extreme weight, others have pain problems worsened by excess weight. If you can exercise, it is encourage that you walk a distance of only ½ to 1 mile/day, if you are new to exercise and 1-3 miles/day if you are experienced. Be mindful not to push either the intensity and/or duration of exercise. Until reaching your goal weight, more exercise is not recommended. You will find exercise to be easier and more rewarding, with fewer injuries after you achieve your goal weight.
8. Will my metabolism slow down if I am on a very low calorie diet?
Normally, when you significantly decrease your caloric intake, the body goes into Starvation mode, storing fat and decreasing metabolism as a life-saving mechanism. The is not true when hCG is used in combination with a very low calorie diet (VLCD). The hCG causes the usually unavailable abnormal fat stores to be utilized used for fuel/energy so that your body does not reduce metabolism as if it is facing Starvation.
9. Can I lose the same amount of weight while eating a very low calorie diet without using hCG?
Many people can lose weight by severely reducing their caloric intake. Doing so, however, can lead to the Starvation Syndrome which causes metabolism to slow down and muscle as well as readily available fat stores to be lost. Further, after resuming a normal dietary caloric intake following a period of Starvation, the body typically increases storage of abnormal fat to prepare for a future possibility of Starvation.
Therefore, many who simply reduce their caloric intake drastically will find that while they lose some weight, they commonly lose muscle in addition to fat and then experience a rebound in their weight, often gaining additional weight after resuming normal dietary intakes. This is frequently referred to as the “Yo-Yo Syndrome.”
When hCG is added to the very low calorie diet (VLCD), hunger is significantly reduced or eliminated and the hypothalamus in the brain (the Metabolic Center) is believed to be re-set. This results in the body selectively burning abnormal fat stores for energy while maintaining the essential fat stores (around organs and joints) and muscle. Additionally, the new metabolic level re-set is effective against re-gaining the old weight.
10. Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle taking hCG?
As the amount of hCG taken on Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program is quite small, there are no changes to be expected with your menstrual cycle. Likewise, hCG will not affect your ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase your chances of getting pregnant. If you are trying to, or do become pregnant, you should stop the hCG and notify Dr. Sager at once.
11. Why do some people call hCG the “Weight Loss Cure”?
Dr. Simeons, in the 1950’s, referred to his protocol using hCG as the “Weight Loss Cure” because the combination of hCG and the very low calorie diet (VLCD) is designed to reprogram your body to use abnormal fat stores for energy when dietary calories are reduced. Also, he believed that the program re-sets the hypothalamus in the brain.
12. Is it healthy to lose 1 to 2 pounds a day with the hCG diet?
hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight loss following Dr. Sager’s Enhanced Weight Loss Program comes directly from adipose, or fat tissue, rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight lose comes directly from fat and does not strip the body of necessary muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health. At the same time, hCG causes the release of excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body. For this reason, hCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.
13. Why the 500 calorie diet – VLCD (very low calorie diet)?
A 500 calorie diet will normally activate the body’s Starvation mode. However, in the presence of hCG, the usually unavailable fat stores will be mobilized to supplement this very low oral caloric intake. Additionally, when this program is followed over a period of time, the hypothalamus, the brain’s homeostatic center, is recalibrated resulting in a lower weight set-point so that you maintain the weight loss and don’t experience the “Yo-Yo Syndrome.”
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