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The number of overweight Americans continues to rise. Current statistics show that two-thirds of American adults are overweight and one-third are obese. Obesity means one has excess weight and body fat. More specifically obesity is diagnosed by one’s body mass index (BMI). This is a ratio of body weight to height. The BMI is an indicator of body fatness. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight or with a BMI greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese.

Interpretation of BMI for adults (from Centers for Disease Control Website)

BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese


Obesity puts one at increased risk of many serious diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and certain cancers.

Risk Factors

There are several risk factors for overweight and obesity. This includes genetics which can affect the amount of body fat stored, location of fat, and the rate of metabolism-how your cells convert food into energy. One has increased chance of being obese if one or both parents are obese. This can be due to genetics or due to similar lifestyle habits. As people get older their risk increases too. People often become less active and their metabolism slows down. Lastly, women are more likely to be obese than men since they have less muscle mass and thus burn fewer calories.

Causes of Obesity

There are many causes of obesity. Consuming too many calories is a very common problem in America. Many calories are consumed from simple carbohydrates such as soft drinks, desserts, white breads and pastas. Too many calories combined with inactivity are a recipe for weight gain. One must burn enough calories through activity. Exercise also increases one’s metabolic rate. In addition, many people gain weight when they quit smoking which can slow one’s metabolism. Some women have difficulty losing weight after their pregnancy. Be aware that prescription medications such as corticosteroids (prednisone) or antidepressants may cause weight gain.

Lastly, hormone imbalances such as low thyroid (hypothyroidism) or insulin resistance (high glucose and insulin levels) contribute to weight gain. Since 40% of the American adult population has pre-diabetes, insulin resistance is quite common. [See Dr. Stengler’s article on Hormones: Your Secret Allies in the Weight Wars.]

To deal with this problem Dr. Stengler has developed his Excuseless Weight Management™ Program. This program allows each person to be treated individually by identifying factors which are limiting weight loss. Testing that helps the patient identify barriers to weight loss include:

  • Comprehensive hormone testing
  • Neurotransmitter testing
  • Glucose and insulin testing


Stengler Approach
A comprehensive approach to weight loss works best. By utilizing modern testing the doctors at Stengler Center can identify root problems with one’s slow metabolism. Then using integrative medicine techniques these weaknesses are addressed.

There are a number of different diet and lifestyle programs that can be used depending on the patient’s situation. This often involves the use of nutritional supplements and sometimes bioidentical hormones.

Lose weight fast with HCG!

For patients that need an aggressive approach we also have a lot of experience with a modified HCG weight loss program. The doctors, along with nutritionist Sandi Starr, also have great experience utilizing HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and a low calorie diet. 

  • Lose up to 1 pound a day.
  • Reduce your appetite.
  • Repair your metabolism.
  • Burn stubborn body fat.
  • Shed inches.
  • Increase your energy.

Imagine yourself 20 to 30 pounds lighter…
Your clothes fit and look great on you. You feel confident and attractive. You like what you see when you look in the mirror. Your friends and family compliment you. You have energy to do things like ride a bike, walk on the beach or play with your kids or grandchildren.

Just like Dr. Stengler’s many patients, you CAN get your body back and have a new lease on life. Draw a line in the sand and get started today.

To Learn more about HCG, CLICK HERE!


Patient Experiences

Easy and extreme results right away!


I lost 28 pounds in 30 days! 

Powerful experience. Easy, and extreme results right away. There was no intense carb/sugar withdrawal either. Plus, the healthy habits, ie: shopping, making lunch are great tools to take forward. Not to mention the financial gain by not running my ATM card through dozens of “food” stops through the day. That savings alone practically paid for the protocol. Of course, I need to buy new clothes since I have none that fit anymore!

~ Mike O. – La Jolla, CA



Dr. Stengler’s HCG protocol was the best thing that ever happened to me!

After having gained 40 pounds due to pregnancy, I had a huge difficulty losing it all. I was finding it hard to start running as well. HCG changed it all. In just 38 days I lost 20 pounds, without feeling fatigue, tired or disoriented as in most other diets. Now I am able to run, eat only what I need, think clearly and feel confident. It was harder as a vegetarian, but it was doable as results were very attractive.

~ Sri R. – San Diego, CA 



I LOVE the results I got from doing the HCG diet! 

I lost 20 pounds in 30 days and 2 and 1/2 inches off my waist. My regular doctor was skeptical so she ran blood tests when I had been on the diet for about 2 1/2 weeks and the results were wonderful. Hormone levels, cholesterol, triglycerides were all normal. My husband and friends can’t believe the difference. I feel better than I’ve felt in years!

~ Lanette C. – San Diego, CA



The scale actually became my friend!

Being in my late 40’s, I found that I could no longer wear clothes that I wore a few years back and the tighter the clothes became the more miserable I became.  With a demanding work schedule, going to the gym seemed an unreachable goal.  I had heard of Dr. Stengler through a friend that had lost about 40 lbs in a very short amount of time… just seemed to melt away. When I learned I could lose 20+ pounds in 30 days, I was thrilled! While being on the HCG medication, I truly had no hunger pains, ate a healthier diet than I had in years and had increased energy. What’s more, instead of dreading stepping on the scale each morning, I excitedly watched the numbers go down. The scale actually became my friend! I lost the 20 lbs I needed to lose and am back into clothes I never thought would fit again. If you’ve tried dieting, exercise and still cannot lose the weight, I highly recommend you scheduling an appointment with Dr. Stengler to see if HCG is right for you.  

~ Estrella L. – San Diego



Dr. Stengler’s HCG protocol has helped me tremendously!

I lost 30 pounds in 40 days. I am not short of breath. It is a lot easier for me to breathe. My worries of being overweight have gone away. I have learned how to control my hunger cravings and have changed my outlook on food.

~ Richard R. 


Now 28 pounds lighter, it is so much fun shopping…even in my own closet!

I lost 28 pounds in six weeks with Dr. Stengler’s HCG weight loss program.  The staff was knowledgeable, caring, and enthusiastic.  The diet plan was healthy, reasonable, and a wonderful nutritionist assisted me in my journey.  My BMI went from a 29.3 to a 25.8.  I went from having purchased my first size 14 pants to having plenty of room in my size 10 pants.  It is so much fun shopping, even in my own closet!  More importantly, I lost 15 inches total, and 6.5 of those inches came from my waist.  Gaining my waist back and loosing those muffin tops was really important to me.  Most importantly, however, I have continued to maintain my weight two months after completion of the program.  I look and feel younger and healthier and my husband feels like he has a new woman.  I would highly recommend Dr. Stengler’s program. Thank you! 

~RACB – San Diego, CA 



What a breakthrough! 24 pounds in one month

I had tried to lose weight for years with a strict low calorie diet (1200-1300 calories) and intensive exercise (up to 2 hours daily). Frustratingly, I was unable to lose weight. Dr. Stengler put me on a special diet along with a prescription of HCG cream. It helped to control my appetite and burn fat. I lost a total of 24 pounds in one month! Even better news is that I have been able to keep the weight off and have actually lost a few more pounds with a less strict diet without HCG for several months. It seems my metabolism is reset and I don’t crave the carbohydrates like I did before.

~ S. A. – San Diego, CA



I have gone from a size 12 pant to a size 8!

I am 62 years old and have spent the last year and half trying to lose weight—cutting back on food, exercise—nothing worked. After being on the HCG protocol for 1.5 cycles, I have lost 15 pounds, but more than that—inches! I have gone from a size 12 pant to a size 8 and am not done yet!! I am never hungry and have never felt better in my life. And I have lots of energy! 

~ Pam I. – Santee, CA 



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