What is HCG?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone normally found in both men and women in small amounts. HCG levels are substantially increased in pregnant women by the developing fetus. It is produced in very high amounts in pregnant women. In men, HCG’s analogue is produced by the pituitary gland: LH (Luteinizing Hormone) and FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone). LH stimulates Leydig cell production of testosterone in men. LH works synergistically with FSH. For this reason, it is usually prescribed in large doses to treat young males with undescended testicles and infertility in women. In considerably smaller amounts, it is used in very low-calorie weight-loss diet programs, like the one formed by Dr. Simeon.

How does HCG work in weight loss?

HCG works on the hypothalamus in the brain to signal release of stored fat into the bloodstream. This released fat is used to provide energy and decrease appetite. This process prevents the breakdown of fats that are essential in normal healthy people such as intramuscular fat, fat around vital organs and fat around vessels. This is especially important in a very low calorie diet because the body will break down fat regardless of its location.

Is injectable HCG safe for weight loss?

As prescribed for weight-loss, the medical risks are very few. We recommend that you consult your physician prior to beginning any diet. Refer to our diet instructions and medical questionnaire. Like most medications, there can be possible side effects. The most common side effects seen with HCG are headaches and constipation. For women, changes in the menstrual cycle are possible. These possible side effects are relieved after completion of the HCG Diet.

**Please note that the homeopathic forms of HCG are not regulated and have been rejected by the FDA for any use.

Why not just go on a 500 calorie per day diet and not do any HCG injections?

A 500 calorie a day diet is similar to putting your metabolism into starvation mode. Starvation mode won’t discriminate what kinds of fat to mobilize. Additionally, with starvation mode the body tends to utilize protein from your muscle tissue to compensate for the caloric deficiency. Long term this is highly negative because it causes your basal metabolic rate (amount of calories needed daily to maintain body weight) to decrease. This is because muscle cells require energy for maintenance, whereas fat cells are essentially inert. Thus vital fat, critical to a healthy human, will be mobilized. This puts vital organs, vessels, and the brain at risk. HCG is believed to mobilize the unnecessary fat that is stored deep in the body in order to safeguard the essential fat.

What is the controversy about low calorie diets using HCG injections?

In the 1970s, the FDA stated that when HCG was combined with a very low calorie diet, there were no convincing weight-loss results when compared to a low-calorie diet alone. That statement is now rejected by modern age weight loss specialists as it is not the weight loss that is important, but the fat loss. Remember that initially when there is fat loss, weight may not decrease proportionately. As steady weight loss continues, the remaining fat stores are redistributed throughout your body. When your fat “equilibrium” is reestablished, that is when you truly see the results of your hard work on the scale and in front of the mirror. Additionally, the majority of HCG Diets don’t utilize actual HCG. Homeopathic HCG is at best, simply ineffective. At worst, homeopathic/oral HCG products may not even contain actual HCG.

How much weight can I lose with HCG?

When combined with the 28 day Dr. Simeon weight loss diet and reasonable exercise, injections of HCG

(175 IU per day) can result in the loss of 0.5-2lbs per day.

Can men lose weight as well with the HCG low calorie diet?

Yes. The weight/fat loss results are similar to those of women. Remember that at these low doses, risks and side effects are rare in men or women. There may be benefits from the pituitary analogue of HCG, LH (Luteinizing Hormone) effects on Leydig cell testosterone production for men.

What do I do if I stop losing weight while on the HCG Diet?

A standard plateau may last 4-6 days and can occur during the second half of the HCG cycle. The plateau will correct itself, but you may want to try the “Apple Day” to try to break the plateau. The apple day consists of eating only apples when hungry and drinking water only to quench your thirst for 24 hours. Some may see a loss the next day. Another option would be to add a lipotropic injection to the HCG program. Be sure to avoid several other things: chewing gum, vitamin pills, over the counter medicines, etc. These items contain sugar and/or fats. If you are taking prescription medications you can expect to lose only half the weight. Some people may hit a plateau in weight but can see a continuous difference in measurements.

Can I exercise while on the HCG diet?

Yes. However, it is important to remember that a 500 cal per day diet limits the body by decreasing the extra energy that food provides. Therefore, exercise is not required. However, if you intend to exercise while on the diet, we recommends adding 200 calories to your food intake right before exercise (i.e. a protein shake). Another option is modifying your exertion by decreasing it if you typically work out hard and increasing it mildly if you are usually sedentary. Most importantly, listen to your body and stop or scale back exercise if exhaustion occurs. A good amount of exercise for most people on this diet is 25-30 minutes of daily walking.

How do I prevent gaining the weight back after the diet is over?

Learning your body’s response to a low calorie diet and understanding the basic principles of this diet will help. Remember, this diet is not just for the quantitative loss of unwanted fat and weight. This diet, if done properly, is designed to change your metabolism by changing your knowledge about fat loss and your eating habits in general. Understanding the physiology of fat metabolism is critical but easy to learn, and following the basic guidelines of this diet will ensure reasonable weight loss and long term weight maintenance.

Is HCG approved by FDA for weight loss?

Legal notice and disclaimer; the United States FDA has not approved HCG for use in weight-loss treatment. The use of HCG for weight loss is an “off label” use which means that it is considered safe when prescribed by a licensed physician.

DISCLAIMER: HCG has been approved by the FDA for treatment of other conditions. Therefore, we does not guarantee any specific weight loss result. Information provided on this site is based on analysis of scientific studies, historical research, and results from other HCG patients.

What are some important things to remember while on this diet?

Drink plenty of water, 10 eight ounce glasses of water should be consumed every day while on this diet.

Vitamin replacement is essential. A good B-complex vitamin injection should be sufficient, however, one must remember that potassium can be lost quickly and muscle cramps may occur. Supplemental Vitamin k may be needed. Therefore, one should consult his physician prior to taking vitamin K. Consult your physician prior to the HCG diet. Some people do not respond well to a low calorie diet. It is critical that you fully understand this diet prior to commencing. If you have any questions, consult your physician. Listen to your body. One should not experience any extreme symptoms such as exhaustion, headaches, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness. Any extreme symptoms must be discussed with a physician. Alcohol consumption during this HCG diet is not recommended. However, if you have to drink, clear alcohol such as gin or vodka can be consumed in small amounts being sure to avoid sweet mixers altogether.