San Francisco HCG diet & weight loss treatment for body contouring & sculpting. HCG diet & weight loss advantages and disadvantages from San Francisco’s finest non-surgical fat reduction experts at Azalasf.com.
In an effort to control their weight and for fat reduction people may be drawn to a quick-fix or fad diet to lose pounds quickly and with little effort. Under this category is the highly controversial HCG diet. It’s an approach that results in rapid weight loss by cutting calories to 500 per day. Integral to the success of this diet is the intake of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone which can be administered via injections, pills, drops or spray.
The HCG diet is based on the work of A.T.W. Simeons. He was a British doctor who in 1954 theorized that HCG could help patients improve their metabolism and access their stubborn fat reserves while experiencing very little hunger. In addition to limiting calories there are certain food restrictions as well. Fruits and starchy vegetable are forbidden as well as normally healthy foods such as fish, nuts and even some types of vegetables.
The biggest limitation of HCG is that like all fad diets patients can quickly regain the weight. This usually occurs once they return to their normal eating patterns. The HCG diet can work at first because patients are consuming fewer calories. Safe, long-term weight loss, however, takes time. Furthermore, restricting calories to 500 per day can result in a number of short and long-term side-effects. These include: fatigue, dizziness and nausea which can morph into nutritional deficiencies, electrolyte imbalances and other serious health problems down the road. There’s also the high cost of HCG injections which can add up and of course the unknown risks of messing with one’s hormones.
Patients who want to lose weight safely and permanently may want to consider sensible eating and a regular fitness program as part of a healthy lifestyle change. Once within 20-30 lbs of their ideal body weight, CoolSculpting can be done for targeted fat removal. Freezing fat can get rid of those stubborn bulges that don’t seem to respond to diet or exercise.
How does CoolSculpting® work? During the treatment fat cells are destroyed through a process called cryolipolysis. It’s essentially freezing adipose tissue causing cell death. Special applicators are attached to the body using a light suction, gradually cooling the area to -11°C. Subsequently the dead fat cells are removed safely and permanently from the body. After 12-16 weeks, the treated area is visibly contoured and reduced by 20-25%. CoolSculpting® is FDA approved to treat the stomach, love handles, inner and outer thighs, bra/back and arms and multiple areas of the body can be treated on the same day.
CoolSculpting® costs depend on a number of factors such as how many applicators are used and which areas of the body are being targeted. Each cycle normally takes 35-80 minutes and 2-3 sessions per area are recommended for satisfactory results – although many patients see a noticeable improvement after only one session. CoolSculpting® is like peeling an onion – each session removes a layer of stubborn fat.
For a personalized assessment and to learn if CoolSculpting® is right for you, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our experienced clinicians at Azala Medical Aesthetics who will help you create a customized fat reduction and body contouring plan.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.