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How Can the HCG Program Change My Relationship with Food?

How Can the HCG Program Change My Relationship with Food?

Trying to lose weight can be a frustrating experience. You follow the latest diet trends or the tried-and-true wisdom to eat less and move more, but the pounds just don’t budge. Or, you may dedicate yourself to a diet plan and manage to lose weight, but you, along with 80-95% of dieters, gain the weight back. 

Our experienced team at Ego knows how difficult it can be to lose weight and keep it off. Dr. Emma’s HCG Protocol could be the answer for you. This medically supervised program combines a low-calorie diet with injections of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) to help you lose weight quickly and safely. 

But you don’t just lose weight; you change your relationship with food. Here’s how the HCG program works and how it can help reform your physique for the long term. 

About the HCG program

HCG is a hormone that stimulates the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that regulates hunger and metabolism. Dr. Emma’s HCG program consists of three phases:


During the first two days of the program, you receive HCG injections while eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet. This phase sets your body up for the calorie restriction that’s to come.

Weight-loss phase

This is when you eat a very low-calorie diet while you continue to receive HCG injections. HCG suppresses your hunger but also helps you maintain muscle mass. Eating a low-calorie diet helps you burn off fat. 

The low-calorie diet consists of lean proteins, vegetables, and low-sugar fruits. We give you lots of ideas for meals so you feel satisfied.

Maintenance phase

During the maintenance phase, you transition back to a normal diet. You gradually increase your caloric intake, but avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar and starch. We support you throughout this phase to make sure you don’t gain the weight back. 

A reset of your appetite

One of the remarkable aspects of the HCG program is its ability to reset your appetite. The combination of HCG injections and a low-calorie diet reduces cravings. 

By following the program's guidelines and incorporating healthy, portion-controlled meals, you gradually retrain your appetite to crave nutrient-dense foods, leading to healthier choices and reduced reliance on unhealthy snacks.

Restoration of healthy eating patterns

Emotional eating can stand in the way of developing healthy eating habits. The HCG program helps you break this cycle.

Through regular check-ins, we provide medical guidance, emotional support, and counseling. And by addressing the underlying emotional triggers that lead to overeating or making unhealthy food choices, we help you develop healthier coping mechanisms and gain control over emotional eating. 

This newfound awareness and mindfulness can have long-lasting effects on your relationship with food.

Education on portion control and nutritional choices

The HCG program places emphasis on portion control and nutritional balance. During the program, you receive guidance on creating balanced meals that meet your body's nutritional needs while keeping calorie intake in check. 

This education helps you develop a better understanding of portion sizes, macronutrients, and the importance of a well-rounded diet. 

The knowledge and skills you acquire during the active phases of the diet help you maintain a healthy relationship with food.

The HCG program helps you lose weight quickly, but also changes your relationship to food in the long run. You can then make conscious food choices even after completing the program. We teach you that food is not just a source of pleasure or emotional escape, but a source of nourishment and overall well-being. 

If you’re serious about losing weight and feeling empowered to keep the weight off for the long term, contact us at Ego today. Call to set up an appointment at our Modesto or Lodi, California, office or use this website to request a visit.

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