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Can You Lose Weight With HGH?

By Heather Topham Wood ; Updated July 18, 2017

HGH, or human growth hormone, has been studied for its effects on reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass. In a 2001 study performed at Monash University in Australia, an increase of fat oxidation and weight loss were found in obese mice after a 14-day treatment with human growth hormone. However, further studies are needed before widespread use of HGH can be used to combat obesity. Speak to your doctor about the use of HGH for weight loss.

  1. Talk to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for the use of HGH. Not all overweight individuals should use HGH to lose weight. According to, individuals with a growth hormone deficiency or diagnosed with HIV or AIDS can benefit from HGH. Benefits include decreased body fat, increased muscle mass and increased exercise capacity.

  2. Receive a prescription for HGH as directed by your doctor. Synthetic HGH is only available in injectable versions. Types of HGH drugs include humatrope, nutropin depot, genotropin and omnitrope. The medication typically requires refrigeration.

  3. Inject the HGH drug into the skin. Your doctor will teach you how to inject the drug into your skin at home. If you have problems using the syringes, let your doctor know.

  4. Follow a low-calorie diet and exercise plan. Follow diet and exercise recommendations provided by your doctor. Eat a well-balanced and calorie-controlled diet made up of mostly lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Exercise for approximately 30 minutes on most days of the week.

  5. Contact your doctor if you experience any side effects. Potential side effects of HGH usage include arm and leg swelling, joint pain, muscle pain and enlargement of breast tissue in men.

  6. Warnings

    Do not take over-the-counter HGH supplements for weight loss. There is no proof of the effectiveness of these supplements and you may experience unwanted side effects after use.

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