Weight Management and Enhanced Wellness
Weight loss is on most of our minds these days, and there is a way to lose weight quickly and safely! Dr. Axline and his team offer our patients physician-supervised and clinically-proven approaches that help our patients to achieve and maintain a healthy weight that contributes to their overall well being and happy lifestyle.
Over the years, Dr. Axline has helped hundreds of his patients improve their overall health and successfully lose weight with two specific programs: the ketotonic diet and the hCG shots. We all need a boost at times to get started on the best weight loss program. Dr. Axline will spend time with you to learn the best option for you and his team will coach you along the way. We can help you get your weight back on track and stay on track with our weight loss programs below!
What is a ketogenic diet?
A ketogenic diet is a very low-carbohydrate way of eating that delivers moderate amounts of high-quality dietary protein and high amounts of healthy dietary fat. This reduction in carbohydrate intake helps the body shift toward a state that promotes the breakdown of fats (from the diet and your body) to produce ketone bodies and enter a state known as “ketosis.” When following a ketogenic diet, your brain, as well as other organs, depends on ketones as an energy source. Ketones are produced in the body once you have reached a state of ketosis and can be measured in the blood and urine to ensure that you stay in ketosis during the keto diet. Read more about the Ideal Keto Calorie Intake.
Benefits of the Keto Diet
- Mental Focus
- Blood Sugar Management
- Weight Loss
- Increased Energy
- Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
What is hCG?
hCG is a hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy and was first used to help weight loss after several physicians noted that overweight women actually lost weight when they were pregnant. More than a dozen medical studies have shown that combined with a low-calorie diet and exercise, hCG increases fat loss and helps with loss of inches. hCG has not been approved by the FDA for weight loss, although it has been approved for the treatment of other medical conditions, called “Off-Label Usage” and occurs quite frequently in the medical profession. Medical providers such as Dr. Axline administer hCG in extremely low doses for with weekly injections of 20 units and are finding remarkable weight loss results.
Benefits of hCG
- Positive Effect on Mood
- Increased Energy Levels
- Relief of Back Pain
- Relief of Migraine Pain
- More Rapid Loss of Inches
“I am so glad that I tried the hCG diet. Before I started, I didn’t believe that I could eat only 500 calories per day and not feel hungry. I was pleasantly surprised. It has really made me reevaluate my previous eating habits. Using hCG, I never feel hungry even with so few calories.” – Kelly O.
“I’ve never been so happy with a diet in my life. The keto diet and regular exercise have made me into the healthy mom and wife my family and I deserve.” – Carrie D.
What does a healthy ketogenic meal look like?
A ketogenic meal is comprised of approximately 10% of calories coming from healthy carbohydrates such as leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, and limited amounts of legumes and berries; 20% of calories coming from proteins such as omega-3-rich fish and grass-fed animal protein; and ~70% of calories coming from high-quality fats such as avocado, unsaturated and medium-chain triglyceride oils, nuts and seeds, and coconut.
What are the benefits of a ketogenic diet?
The benefits of following a ketogenic diet may include weight loss, an increase in cognitive performance, balanced blood sugar, and improved cardiovascular health.3-8
Mental focus—With a ketogenic diet, the brain utilizes ketone bodies instead of glucose as its primary fuel source. This switch can encourage more nerve growth factors and synaptic connections between brain cells3 and result in increased mental alertness, sharper focus, and improved cognitive capabilities.4
Blood sugar management—Studies have shown that low-carbohydrate diets help support insulin metabolism in the body. This is because the absence of carbohydrates from the diet helps your body maintain blood glucose levels by breaking down fats and proteins.5
Weight loss—A reduced calorie ketogenic diet encourages the utilization of body fat as fuel, and clinical studies support its use for weight management. Additionally, a ketogenic diet may help to suppress appetite and reduce cravings.9
Increased energy—Carbohydrates only go so far to sustain energy throughout the day, and especially during a workout. In ketosis, your body uses fat as fuel instead of glucose, to provide the brain with a consistent supply of the ketone bodies necessary to sustain physical performance.10
Cardiovascular and metabolic health—A ketogenic diet has been shown to help support blood lipid and fatty acid metabolism.11
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- Volek, JS, et al. Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women. Nutr Met. 2004 Nov;1:13.
- Meyer J. The Ketogenic Diet and Mental Performance. Available at: http://blog.prymd.com/the-ketogenic-diet-and-mental-performance. Accessed September 13, 2017.
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- Yancy Jr. WS, et al., A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes. Nutrition & Metabolism 2005; Dec 1; 2:34.
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- Volek et al. Body composition and hormonal responses to a carbohydrate-restricted diet. Metabolism 2002;51(7):864-70.
- Yancy Jr WS, et al. A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med 2004;140(10):769-77.
- Gibson AA, et al., Do ketogenic diets really suppress appetite? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obes Rev. 2015; 16:64-76.
- Volek J.S., et al. Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners. Metabolism. 2016 Mar;65(3):100-10.
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What is keto-adaptation? How long does it take to adapt?
Keto-adaptation is the process the body goes through during the ketogenic diet as it switches to using fat as an energy source rather than glucose. The length of time varies for individuals but typically starts a few days after being on a ketogenic diet. Within a week to two, many people report positive effects of keto-adaptation.
During the keto-adaptation process, which noticeable changes are expected?
During the keto-adaptation process, some people may experience certain mild effects termed the “keto flu.” These changes occur as the body gets used to the process of switching to burning fat instead of carbohydrates as the main source of energy. Some people describe this as a feeling of withdrawal. People undergoing these changes have reported feeling drowsy, achy, nauseous, dizzy, and irritable. Some may even experience cramping, stomach pains, and muscle soreness.
How long do these effects last?
It varies, but the keto flu lasts typically a week or less for the average person, and not everyone experiences these effects. However, below are some ways to help your body through the adaptation process.
- Increase electrolyte intake, but avoid electrolyte sports drinks with high sugar
- Drink more water
- Eat more quality fat
- Take an exogenous ketone salt supplement
- Increase in exercise
- Get plenty of sleep
How long can I be on the ketogenic diet? Is it safe long-term?
Depending on your health goals, your practitioner may recommend a specific time period for you to be on the ketogenic diet. There are many people and cultures that go into ketosis and stay there for a long period of time without any negative effects.6
Can I Drink Alcohol On This Diet?
You can consume alcohol while on keto, but you must be wary. Those hidden carbs can creep in again. The main takeaway point is to drink liquor instead of wine, beer, and cocktails, which are all full of carbohydrates. Clear liquor is your best bet, but make sure you are steering away from flavored liquors, as they can contain hidden carbs.
Is hCG Safe?
hCG is extremely safe. Women may experience very high levels during pregnancy with no adverse affects. Currently there are no known established clinical side effects to homeopathic remedies and medicines but as with any diet we recommend that you consult with a doctor before starting this diet and if you have any swelling, shortness of breath, dizziness or heavy redness consult a doctor or medical professional immediately.
Is hCG safe for men? The HCG hormone is naturally present in men. It is found in every human tissue, including males, pregnant women, and non-pregnant women. Men get even faster results and tend to lose more weight than women.
Wouldn't I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie diet without hCG?
You can lose weight simply by eating fewer calories and fat, but because the body stores fat during times of deprivation, you will most likely lose muscle and bone before fat. This causes cellular metabolism to slow down, so in the long run, it would make gaining weight easier, as well as decrease bone density and muscle mass. By using hCG with the low-calorie diet, extra fat is mobilized for energy and the rest is eliminated; the low-calorie diet is vital in preventing immediate refilling of emptied fat cells. You benefit by preferentially getting rid of excess fat without affecting your bone and muscle. With hCG you can lose the weight quickly and keep it off!
Will hCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking?
What about birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections? hCG formulas do not interact with ANY medications, including birth control pills or Depo-Provera.
Can I exercise daily?
No exercise! Or if you must exercise, low key exercise only. You can do about 20 min. of walking a day and a few sit ups or push-ups if you feel that is needed. Exercise burns calories and therefore causes your hunger to increase. The combination of low calorie intake and exercise could cause your body to go into starvation mode. This can negatively impact your stamina and commitment to the diet. So take it easy. And remember, you will be losing fat. So when you do go back to the gym, it’s a skinner, more energetic you!
How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?
Most people will lose between 25-35 pounds on the 40 day program. Everyone is different. It depends on many factors including how much excess weight you have and how much weight needs to be lost. Often, people lose 7-10 lbs in the first week.
Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle taking hCG?
Because the amount of hCG is so small, there are no changes to your menstrual cycle. Likewise, hCG will not affect your ability to become pregnant, nor will it increase your chances of getting pregnant. It is best to avoid starting the hCG diet if you are within 5-6 days of your menstrual period. Wait until after your menstrual period is complete to start hCG. Once on hCG and you have a menstrual cycle, you can maintain the diet and continue taking hCG.
Can I Drink Alcohol on the hCG Diet?
In the original hCG diet protocol by Dr. Simeons, it does not mention or account for alcohol. It has found that some hCG Users whom have been drinkers or even those that are borderline alcoholic, do surprisingly well on the hCG diet. If the simple instructions are followed correctly, the hCG diet will get them out of their drinking routine. These users have even said that they don’t even feel the need to drink while on the hCG diet because hCG works with the hypothalamus gland which controls the emotional eating/ drinking part of the brain, along with other aspects.