Novarel is a brand of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) drugs. HCG is a hormone found only in pregnant women; however, in the 1960s, Dr. Albert T. Simeons suggested that it could be injected for weight loss. The HCG diet has gained popularity among dieters because it drops a considerable amount of weight in a short period of time. The plan is strict, and it requires dedication and a substantial amount of money, because health insurance does not cover the injections as a form of weight loss.
Speak with your primary physician about your plan to start Novarel for weight loss. The HCG diet is a very low-calorie diet, and you will only consume only 500 calories per day. Before starting the plan, check you are in the physical shape required to withstand low calories and whether or not the HCG will impact other medications you may be taking.
Find a clinic offering Novarel HCG. As of 2009, many weight loss clinics and some primary physicians offer HCG injections. Most clinics will give you the option of purchasing the hormone and performing your own injections or completing a clinic-supervised program. Weight Loss Guide advises that you allow only licensed professionals administer the HCG, to avoid complications.
Select your program. The HCG diet typically lasts anywhere from 15 days to a month, and the longest program Dr. Simeons recommends lasts 43 days. In addition, you will need to choose your method for taking the Novarel. You can select either intramuscular (thigh or buttocks) or subcutaneous (fatty tissue by the navel) injections. If you fear needles, ask your clinic about an oral drop.
Start the diet. Your doctor or clinic will give you a detailed list of foods you may eat while on the HCG plan. Depending on your clinic, you may not take Novarel every day to prevent developing immunity. Most dieters will lose between 1 and 2 lbs. each day on the diet.