Taking human growth hormone (HGH) can improve the health and appearance of people with hormone deficiency. Patients who take HGH notice increased energy levels, more muscle tone, improvements to their skin quality, and more.
Human growth hormone is not a fix for weight gain caused by overeating or lack of exercise. However, sometimes weight gain is caused by a hormonal imbalance and changes to your lifestyle don’t help. In this case, the hormone imbalance might be causing other health problems as well and needs to be treated by a doctor.
You and your doctor can discuss HGH and decide if it is right for your hormone imbalance. You’ll need bloodwork and a prescription for HGH before you can begin taking treatment. Your doctor won’t prescribe hormone replacement therapy if your weight is not related to a hormonal imbalance.
Growth hormone treatment is not a diet plan or a tool for generalized weight loss. This means that if you don’t have a growth hormone deficiency, you won’t see any benefit from GH and could even experience dangerous side effects.
HGH therapy is not a diet plan or a tool for generalized weight loss
However, if your weight gain is from a hormonal imbalance, growth hormone can help you lose weight and make serious improvements to your overall health.
Do HGH injections work for weight loss?
One of the first things you’ll notice when you start an HGH therapy is an increase in energy. When you have more energy, you can stay on your feet longer and increase the intensity of your workouts. This allows you to burn more calories than ever before.
HGH also increases your metabolism, allowing your body to burn calories without depositing them as fat. While low levels of growth hormone can cause the body to turn calories into fat, healthy growth hormone levels let the body use those calories as energy fuel.
There will be even more changes as you continue getting injections. You’ll gain lean muscle as you lose body fat. Keep in mind that gaining lean muscle might mean that the numbers on the scale don’t budge, but your body will look and feel drastically different.
Additionally, having increased muscle mass will cause your body to burn calories even faster. Your energy will continue to increase and you’ll build endurance, meaning you can continue to increase in the intensity and fat burning of your workouts.
Is HGH effective for fat loss?
If you have a hormone deficiency, yes. HGH has been shown to be very effective for fat loss. As a study conducted by The Division of Endocrinology at YongDong Severance Hospital in Seoul, South Korea found:
GH treatment and dietary restriction on lipolytic and anabolic actions, as well as the consequent changes in insulin and GH secretion in obesity. 24 obese subjects (22 women and 2 men; 22-46 years old) were fed a diet of 25 kcal/kg ideal body weight (IBW) with 1.2 g protein/kg IBW daily and were treated with recombinant human GH (n = 12, 0.18 U/kg IBW/week) or placebo (n = 12, vehicle injection) in a 12-week randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial. GH treatment caused a 1.6-fold increase in the fraction of body weight lost as fat and a greater loss of visceral fat area than placebo treatment
What is the optimal HGH dosage for weight loss?
There is no set dosage of HGH for weight loss. This is because weight loss is not the primary aim of hormone replacement therapy. By taking the amount appropriate for your growth hormone deficiency, weight loss is likely to occur.
Your doctor will do bloodwork to determine the hormone levels in your body. Then you’ll be prescribed dosage to raise your levels to a healthy range. This will result in improvement for all your symptoms, including excessive weight gain.
However, as a general rule, you can expect to take between 4 and 8 IUs a day when fat loss is one of your goals. You’ll likely give yourself two injections a day over the course of several months. The speed of your results will vary, but most people see significant weight loss by their third month of treatment.
How to give yourself an injection?
You must inject growth hormone as prescribed by your doctor. After you get your prescription you’ll get training and instruction on how to give yourself an injection. You’ll pick up your prescribed GH, along with needles, bacteriostatic water, and other supplies at your pharmacy.
Then you should mix your HGH with the bacteriostatic water to reconstitute it, and store your mixed HGH in syringes. Most types of growth hormone injections require refrigeration. After that, you can make yourself an injection of GH into your upper thigh, or other places instructed by your doctor.
Is it safe to take HGH for weight loss?
You won’t be taking growth hormone solely for weight loss. Even if fat loss is the result you’re most looking forward to, GH will primarily be treating your hormone deficiency. The weight you lose will be part of an overall improvement to your health.
Taking HGH under the care of a doctor is safe and effective for treating a hormone deficiency. It is not safe and legal to take HGH that has not been prescribed to you
HGH weight loss results. Patients before and after stories
Many people see significant results from HGH. Your results will depend on your body, dose, overall health, and lifestyle. Check out some before and after photos and read success stories below:
“I was having trouble losing weight no matter what I did. I tried diets. I tried removing certain foods from my diet completely. I tried exercise programs. No matter what I did, I couldn’t lose any weight.
I mentioned this to my doctor during a physical and was really surprised when she suggested I might have a hormone deficiency. She ordered some blood work, and it turned out she was right. I started taking growth hormone treatment and noticed the change right away.
Within a week or so I had way more energy. I was losing fat all over my body a couple of months later. I really noticed the difference around my stomach. My arms and legs also felt a lot more muscular. I dropped several clothing sizes and gained a lot of confidence.
I feel better than ever and motivated to keep up with my exercise routine. I’m really glad my doctor recommended HGH.”
“I thought my weight gain was genetic. A lot of people in my family are plus-sized, so I wasn’t surprised when I started to put on weight. I was surprised at how bad I felt, though. I was tired all the time, and my joints ached.
I was having trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, and trouble feeling the motivation to do anything. I started to wonder if there was more than genetic weight gain going on. And it turns out, I had a hormone deficiency.
I started taking HGH injections, and it’s been like night and day. I’m not in pain anymore. I sleep and actually wake up feeling rested. I’ve never had so much energy or felt so alert. Plus, the changes to my body have been incredible.
I’ve lost inches from my waist, hips, tights, and arms. I’m fitting into sizes I never would have thought I could, and I feel great.”
What else can help to increase growth hormone levels?
If you’re unsure about HGH injections and want to try other options first, there are some steps you can take. You can try to boost your own GH levels naturally.
Some of the most effective ways to increase your growth hormone secretion are losing fat and increasing your exercise amount.
However, if you’re struggling to lose weight and are having trouble exercising, there are some other methods you can try. Some ways to increase your growth hormone levels include:
- Get more sleep — Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to increase growth hormone production. Lack of quality sleep can read to an overall lowered production of HGH. You can take melatonin or other supplements to help you get a healthy night’s sleep.
- Eat earlier in the day — Your body makes and releases growth hormone overnight. Eating meals late at night, especially ones high in sugar or refined carbs, can increase your insulin levels. This spike in insulin will cause your body to produce less growth hormone overnight.
- Try intermittent fasting — Intermittent fasting is a diet technique that involves only eating during a set window of time or strictly regulating calories on certain days. For example, you eat for 8 hours of the day and fast for the other 16. GH levels will increase with just a few days of intermittent fasting.
- Try to lower your sugar consumption — Eating foods high in sugars and refined carbs can increase your insulin levels. Insulin spikes can lower your GH levels. This doesn’t mean that occasional sugar will affect your hormone levels permanently, but eating a balanced diet overall can help your body produce healthy levels of HGH.
- Take gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) supplements — Taking GABA supplements can lower your stress and improve your sleep. Some studies have also found it can lead to increases in your growth hormone production.
- Take arginine supplements — There is evidence to suggest that taking arginine supplements can increase your body’s HGH levels. Arginine supplements can be especially helpful if you’re unable to exercise frequently.
To conclude, GH injections are not prescribed for weight loss alone. However, if diet and exercise aren’t helping you lose weight, you could have a hormone imbalance. HGH treats hormone deficiencies, and as a result, causes weight loss.
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