Dr. Lionel Bissoon, M.D. – New York HCG Diet and Weight Loss Doctor
The HCG diet is based on the work of Dr. ATW Simeons. There are several aspects of the diet with the most important being the ability to give oneself a single injection on a daily basis. Most patients are a little indifferent about doing a daily injection, but once the program is explained in detail, they are willing to proceed with the self training. Once on the program, the injections are performed daily, it is best to do the injections the same time everyday.
The diet consists of calorie restriction to 500 calories per day. In my office I allow patients to eat approximately 700-750 calories per day. One of the most important premises of the diet is the use of fat and oils. On the HCG diet, you are not allowed to eat and drink foods which contain fats/oil. The data on this information is reasoned that when a woman is pregnant she makes and stores fat to feed the fetus. So with HCG, you are tricking the body to think it is pregnant and if you don’t eat fat, then you will break down fat.
Many skeptics are concerned about the limited calories on this diet. So, let’s do the math. Each pound of fat is 3500 calories. Thus if you have to lose 20 pounds you will multiply 3500×20= 70,000 calories to burn. Think of fat as money and calories is the currency. Your fat deposits are your savings and if you have to lose 20 pounds (70,000 calories) you have lots of resources in your bank to spend and you need to stop making caloric deposits.
The fat restriction is not only limited to what you ingest but what you put on the skin. Shampoo, hair conditioner, body lotion and skin cream all contain some fat. Applying these products to the skin once on HCG may affect your results as some of the fat may get absorbed through the skin. Dr. Bissoon tell his patients that a small amount of skin lotion is not going to make you overweight; if this is correct we have 100 percent obesity.
There is no exercise requirement on the HCG diet; in fact it is advised not to exercise. Dr. Bissoon does advocate a healthy lifestyle change and recommends 20-25 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every other day.
All weight loss programs start with a consultation. During the consultation we review your medical history, family history and social history. At this time, Dr. Bissoon will determine if you need laboratory diagnostic testing. As part of your visit, we will either draw the blood in our office or give you a prescription and you can go to any laboratory of your choice.
After the blood is drawn, we will perform a medical examination to include your height, weight, percent body fat, percent muscle and the Body Mass Index. In addition we may also take measurements and photographs. These parameters will be monitored on subsequent visits to monitor your progress.
Once the physical examination is completed, Dr. Bissoon will review the HCG diet in detail with you. He will review what you can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Although the HCG Diet does not require exercise, we encourage patients to get 20-25 minutes of cardiovascular exercise as this starts you on the road to life style change.
Dr. Bissoon will then teach you the technique of administering self injections. This training is easily learned by most all patients rather quickly.
We will make up a 30 day supply of pre-filled HCG syringes. This makes it easy for you to do you own daily injections without having to draw up the exact amount everyday. The syringes are placed in cold pack with an ice pack. Once you get home, you will remove the syringes from the bag and place it in the refrigerator.