Oftentimes when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race. But sometimes we want to see the pounds fall of the scale quickly and there is a way to get ‘er done: The HCG Diet Protocol!

How Does HCG Work for Weight Loss?

The HCG diet came about during the 1950’s by a British doctor, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons. He created a rigid protocol in combination with the HCG hormone (also known as the pregnancy hormone), which allows the body to use fat as a form of energy without cannibalizing organs or muscle.

The HCG hormone alone does not cause any weight loss. HCG is a placental peptide hormone produced and released during pregnancy (but don’t worry – it is safe for women AND men). Dr. Simeons theorized that this hormone regulates the metabolic systems of the body, making fat reserves readily available when food is not available. When placed in the right environment and timed with a low-calorie diet of specific foods, the HCG protocol allows both men and women to live off their excess fat.

What is the HCG Diet Protocol?

The HCG Diet Protocol is broken up into phases. PHASE ONE is the loading phase and for most people, this is the fun part! The loading phase lasts for three days and the patient is supposed to eat DOUBLE the amount of food they normally eat. High-fat foods are best, and despite any initial reservations, this phase is critical for success on the HCG protocol. This phase revs up the metabolism and prepares the body for the phase two, which is the low-calorie phase.

PHASE TWO lasts for 23-45 days. During this phase, the protocol is to eat only 500 calories per day, and only very specific foods which are outlined in the manual. This may sound crazy, but we’re not pulling your leg – this is the protocol! During this phase, patients lose on average between 1-2 pounds per day. Yes, per day! The weight loss is fast, but only if the strictest adherence is given to the diet.

PHASE THREE is the transition into maintenance and this phase lasts for 3 weeks. Phase three is also strict and consists of a low-carbohydrate and low-sugar diet in order to re-regulate the hypothalamus. During this phase, a new weight “set point” is established. After the first 3 weeks of phase three, grains can slowly be added back into the diet while maintaining the new weight and set point.

The HCG Diet Protocol requires quite a bit of self-control, and if a patient is not willing to adhere to the guidelines, weight loss may not be achieved. But when done correctly, patients can see and feel the rapid weight loss, and keep it off for good.

When it comes to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance, as always, the traditional rules of healthy living still apply. A patient can have amazing results using the HCG Diet Protocol, but if that patient doesn’t change the dietary and lifestyle habits that once caused the weight gain, any weight lost on any diet will be short-lived.

If you would like to know more about the HCG Diet Protocol, we can answer any of your questions and we offer a 100% free consultation. Schedule yours today!

The Golden Rules For Your Weight Loss Journey

Have you been watching your weight slowly climb over the years? Does the thought of making changes overwhelm or upset you? WE HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU, SO READ ON!

Beginning to take charge of your life is a monumental decision, but each step does not need to be so grand. You don’t need to work out for hours each day and never enjoy a scoop of ice cream again in your life. YAY! To get started, we have put together the two golden rules of weight loss that you need to remember:

1. Create a calorie deficit
2. See number 1 again

Just kidding! There is only one golden rule of weight loss, and that is to create a caloric deficit! You need to burn more calories than you are taking in. It truly is that simple! But then, why is it so hard? That is where things get, uh, complicated.

A simple internet search will yield millions of results regarding weight loss, weight gain, weight management, exercise plans, special diets, etc… It is very challenging to sift through all of the information and quite frankly, dogma. Should we eat carbs? What about meat? Or vegetarian? Should we eat less at night? Or skip breakfast? But isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? It isn’t anymore? **HEAD EXPLODES**

Thankfully there is an entire army of trained health professionals trying to correct half-truths and pseudo-science. The weight loss strategy of counting calories is not very sexy and doesn’t have a catchy tagline with huge promises. But the University of Vermont conducted a study that showed counting calories to be the best predictor of weight loss success and that, even better, it only took an average of 14.6 minutes per day to do! You can read more about that study right here.

It sounds so incredibly easy but the truth is, many people don’t accurately report their caloric intake. A treat here, a handful of nuts there – those things can really add up when they’re not accounted for in food logging especially if those little incidences happen several times throughout the day. It takes a great deal of honesty and accountability in order to count calories and oftentimes, our lack of honesty with ourselves is what led to greater weight gain to begin with.

If you’re interested in counting your calories, there are so many resources available to you. There are apps like Lose It or My Fitness Pal where you can keep your food log right there on your smartphone. You can just write your calories down on post-it notes or a blank notebook if you prefer – no need to be fancy if that isn’t for you! You can find the calorie counts for fresh produce using a little bit of Google researching. If you’re counting calories and are feeling hungry, add more protein to your diet. It will help you feel fuller for longer, which will enable you to stick within your calorie budget. And of course, make sure you write everything down, including the treats! Work the treats into your daily calorie budget as part of your healthy, balanced diet, because living without treats is not living your best life.

If you’re at the beginning of your health journey, we celebrate you! It takes a lot of courage to make big or small changes in our lives. South Valley OrthoMed is here to help in any way that we can, but even if you don’t end up working with us, we want everyone to be living their best life possible. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information!

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” –Malcom Gladwell

Evan’s incredible six-week transformation!

Before and After

Here in our office at South Valley OrthoMed, it’s not unusual for patients to express excitement over progress they’ve made. When the long struggle to achieve weight loss goals finally begins to see significant progression, that excitement really should come as no surprise. Patients come in for their weekly visits feeling better, looking better, and eager to share their excitement with us!

One particular patient went way above and beyond just an excited weekly update. This particular patient took the time to tell us his entire story of what initially helped lead him to us, and where we helped lead him. He sent this to us and gave us permission to share it with everyone else.


My name is Evan and I want to tell you a bit about my weight loss journey over the past couple of months.

To start, a little bit about me; I currently work on a SWAT team for a local law enforcement agency and have been on the team for 18 months now. I have always been a bigger guy going back to my younger years playing sports. I have been living with a fracture in my back for over 15 years now and it gets worse and worse as the years go on. As you can imagine the extra weight I carry around does not help.

I was complaining about my weight to a close friend of mine and she recommended that I try the 6 week weight loss program offered by South Valley OrthoMed. At first I was a little skeptical because of previous diets that I had been on, but after sitting down with the team at South Valley and seeing the program, I decided to go for it. At the time of weigh in I was 251 pounds and had a goal of 225lbs by the end of the 6 weeks. My only concern was that I wanted to ensure the weight I would be losing would be fat and not muscle, as I wanted to keep some of my size.

I was given an extensive packet on the program with many resources to help me succeed. I was also encouraged by the team at South Valley to consider this a “Lifestyle Change” instead of a diet. I began the program and used the resources given to start my journey. Like with all changes, the weight started falling off pounds at a time but something was different this time… I actually had more energy and felt amazing. I was sleeping better and able to train harder than I had in a long time.

I was given 3 injections per week to help with my energy and ensure my body would eat my fat and not my muscle. This in addition to taking a daily dose of Phentermine to help curve my appetite, a solid workout plan and balanced diet made things seem effortless at times. The best part was seeing my family, friends and teammates in shock of how quickly I was getting back into shape and all the compliments that came with that.

There was only one point where I became discouraged. I went into the clinic for my weekly assessment and found that I had not lost any weight in that 7 day period. This came after a hard week of training and not one ounce of cheating the diet plan. I insisted there must be something wrong and wanted further assessment. With no hesitation at all they did another body composition test which showed that I had gained over 5lbs of pure muscle. From there I was hooked and bought in 100% to the lifestyle change.

Through hard work, determination and the total support from the team at South Valley I completed my 25lb weight loss goal in 5 weeks rather than 6. I continued on with my training and by the 7 week mark I was at 220lbs and in the best shape I had been in since graduating the police academy. I continue to train today and follow the guidelines that were given to me day 1 of the program. I’m happy to report that I have not gained any of the fat back that I had lost and maintain my weight around 220 pounds and gain more muscle every week.

As you can see in the before and after pictures, I have taken inches off of all those trouble areas like my stomach and thighs but I did not sacrifice any of my muscle mass to do so.

Just some fun numbers to report along with my weight loss…


PT Test Prior to 6 Week Program

PT Test After 6 Week Program

1.5 Mile run 15:07 1.5 mile run 13:16
63 Consecutive Pushups 79 Consecutive Pushups
59 Situps in under 2 Minutes 72 Situps in Under 2 Minutes
2 Pullups 11 Pullups
365lb Max Bench Press 335lb Max Bench Press

The numbers speak for themselves and it goes without saying that I would recommend this program and the professionals at South Valley OrthoMed to help with any of your lifestyle change goals. I couldn’t have done what I did without them and am thankful for their kindness, support and unbelievable dedication to me as their patient and friend.

Tuesday Deal Day!

Every Tuesday in the month of May, come in for 20% off any 500ml IV Therapy treatment, 20% off all weight loss food products, or 5 for $75 Lipo Injections!!!

Society’s Uphill Slope of Weight Management

Medical weight loss should not be viewed as simply a cosmetic change to a person's lifeThere’s little question that Salt Lake City, and really all of Utah, values appearance. Whether that be through impressive landscaping of shopping centers, cleanliness of city streets, or personal appearance, people of Utah like things to look good. Because of this, a person’s desire to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle is often perceived by many to be purely a cosmetic one. And while society and pop culture certainly do place their own pressures on personal appearance, the goal of something like medical weight loss is primarily to focus on improving a person’s overall bill of health by making positive lifestyle changes.

The busy nature of the modern world presents a constant uphill battle for many people when it comes to weight management. Eating healthier and exercising properly are more time-consuming than their alternatives, and that’s extra time many people often don’t have. After months, or even years of a hectic, on-the-go lifestyle, little bits of weight that were added on here and there can eventually take a toll on a person. This isn’t always just limited to outward appearance either. The convenience of a lot of the food people eat while constantly out and about can add on plenty of other complications to a person’s health. Then consider the strain that increased weight can have on a person’s joints, and one can really start to see the various issue that can arise.

This is why medical weight loss, losing weight in general, should never be viewed as just some cosmetic improvement. For many patients in Utah, weight loss is just a cherry on top of other positive lifestyle changes that were made primarily to help them FEEL better, as opposed to just looking better. The sense of comfort, both physically and mentally, that can come to a person as a result of positive changes can truly be life-changing. And much like how day-to-day stresses and lack of time can contribute to a person’s health declining for a period of time, the positive momentum from eating and living better can carry people on to plenty more improvements in their own life.

So whether you’re a hard-working professional in Salt Lake City or a stay-at-home parent in South Jordan, medical weight loss can help set you back on a path to living a more energetic and healthier lifestyle. Your outer-self is sure to benefit tremendously, but your inner-self might just feel as healthy and alive as ever!

Tuesday Deal Day!

Every Tuesday in the month of May, come in for 20% off any 500ml IV Therapy treatment, 20% off all weight loss food products, or 5 for $75 Lipo Injections!!!

Tuesday Deal Day!

Every Tuesday in the month of May, come in for 20% off any 500ml IV Therapy treatment, 20% off all weight loss food products, or 5 for $75 Lipo Injections!!!

Tuesday Deal Day!

Every Tuesday in the month of May, come in for 20% off any 500ml IV Therapy treatment, 20% off all weight loss food products, or 5 for $75 Lipo Injections!!!

Tuesday Deal Day!

Every Tuesday in the month of May, come in for 20% off any 500ml IV Therapy treatment, 20% off all weight loss food products, or 5 for $75 Lipo Injections!!!