HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a protein hormone produced
naturally by the placenta in women during pregnancy to support the body's
nutritional needs. The hormone enables the body to utilize its "adipose"
fat stores for much needed nutrients and calories during pregnancy. A
synthetic form of the HCG hormone is manufactured as a fertility hormone.
HCG is commonly used off'-label in very low doses for treatment of
obesity in HCG diet protocols.
A.T.W. Simeons, M.D., discovered that there are three types of body fat -
"structural fat", "normal fat" and "abnormal fat". Structural fat is the fat
tissue that surrounds and protects the organs and cushions the bottoms of the
feet. Normal fat is the fat tissue stored for energy utilized when calories
from food are not available. Abnormal fat is the “adipose tissue” that develops
around the mid-section of men and the abdomen, buttocks and thighs of women
that never seems to go away, no matter how much diet and exercise. Whether one
is considered obese or simply overweight, it is a disease identified by Dr.
A.T.W. Simeons that is caused by an imbalance in the metabolism. When the
metabolism is imbalanced, the abnormal fat stores are unable to be accessed by
the body and metabolized. The body burns structural fat along with muscle to
process the calories required for keeping the body healthy. Basically, diet and
exercise alone does not shed abnormal fat. Rather, the structural fat that
cushions the joints and bottoms of the feet is lost and is evidenced by pain in
these areas of the body. This is a common complaint of a person suffering from
Is Exercise Required on The HCG Diet
No. Exercise is optional and typically not recommended. Only light physical
activity such as walking, yoga or rebounding may be incorporated into your HCG
Will HCG Work For Weight Loss Without The
VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet)?
No. The calorie restriction of the VLCD protocol developed by Dr. A.T.W.
Simeons is designed to trigger the body to go into starvation mode or "in
ketosis". The HCG allows the body to access and mobilize the abnormal fat
stores (adipose tissue) to be utilized for the body's energy requirements.
Thus, suppressing hunger and making it possible for the body to adhere to the
VLCD and achieve dramatic weight and inch loss. Without the complications of
traditional calorie restricted diets that typically end in failure.
Do I Have to Order Any Special Pre-Packaged
No. The VLCD plan is actually very simple and consists of pre-planned, easy
to prepare tasty meals that are within a 500 calorie daily limit. You select
your favorite food items from the handy "HCG Diet Protocol Grocery List"
included with your HCG Diet Program, and purchase them from your local health
food or grocery store. The "Quick Reference Guide" and "Daily Progress Log"
also included with your HCG Diet Program will make your easy step-by-step meal
planning a breeze. Here are the basics of the VLCD plan:
Is There a VLCD Plan For
Yes. There are several tasty and satisfying meat alternative choices that
are listed on the "HCG Diet Protocol Grocery List" included with your HCG Diet
Can I Use Sugar-Free Products Like
Saccharin, Aspartame or Splenda During The HCG Diet Program?
No. Although these sugar substitutes are calorie-free, they are artificial
sugar additives that impact your body's glycemic index and blood sugar levels
that can slow or prevent weight loss. On the other hand, Stevia is all natural
and does not have any impact on the body's glycemic index or blood sugar
levels. Stevia Sweeteners are considered to be
the only HCG Diet approved sugar alternative, to be used in moderation.
Is it Beneficial to Drink Organic Yerba
Mate Teas During The HCG Diet Program?
Yes. Organic Yerba Mate is known to be very complimentary to the HCG Diet
Program. Drinking organic Yerba Mate teas throughout the day helps control
appetite, increases energy and improves mental alertness. It contains both
caffeine and therobromine, which is known to produce a slight muscle relaxing,
diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect – And, it is non-jittery. Yerba Mate tea
has more anti-oxidants than green tea and contains many vitamins and minerals.
Instant Teas are popular and most convenient to have on hand.
Do I Continue Taking My Daily Multi-Vitamin
During The HCG Diet Program?
No. The body will provide itself with most of the required vitamins and
minerals that are released from the body's fat storage. Typically, a
multi-vitamin is not recommended as most contain Vitamin D, which should be
avoided – with the exception of Vitamin D from natural sunlight.
How Does a Vitamin B-12 Supplement Play a
Role in The HCG Diet Program?
It is important to take a daily Vitamin B-12 supplement during the HCG Diet
Program. Vitamin B-12 plays a significant role in the HCG Diet Program by
boosting the body's metabolic rate, providing the body increased energy and
helping to protect the liver while it metabolizes a greater amount of fat than
usual. Vitamin B-12 aids in the metabolizing of carbohydrates, protein and fat
to produce energy, increasing energy levels and alertness, reducing
"brain-fog", improving sleep and reducing stress. Vitamin B-12
(Methylcobalamin) Spray has been demonstrated to be as equally potent as
the Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin) injectable.
Are There Any Recommended Supplements I
Yes. Since the HCG Diet protocol is basically dairy restricted and low
levels of calcium is common during pregnancy, calcium, magnesium and potassium
levels in the body may drop. This may be characterized by muscle spasms or
cramping, typically in the lower legs. Overexertion of muscles has a tendency
to trigger cramping, which is why only light physical activity is recommended
during the HCG Diet Program. To avoid this temporary, but annoying and
sometimes painful condition, supplementation of these minerals are
Why Did The FDA Ban Oral HCG
Since real pharma-grade HCG has become difficult to purchase online in
the US without a prescription and buyers typically shy away from the thought of
injections, marketers have brought to the market a sublingual HCG labelled as
"homeopathic" or "medical" HCG Drops. The sublingual method may require several
evenly spaced doses throughout the day and dosing may require holding under
tongue for several minutes. They typically contain only ingredients such as
stimulants, appetite suppressants, fillers and preservatives. These over-the-counter oral products have been banned by the FDA for the following
reasons. Product labels do not list actual ingredients or amounts. Most oral products do
not contain any actual HCG. Even if oral products may contain HCG, HCG
cannot be assimilated and controlled through digestion effectively. Any associated weight
loss is likely due to additives such as stimulants and appetite suppressants,
Why is The HCG Injetable Protocol The Only
Safe Method For The HCG Diet Program?
Medical weight loss experts say that weight loss from HCG oral protocols are
unhealthy and do not provide the same positive health benefits as with the
authentic HCG injectable protocol. With oral products, weight loss is due to
the reduction of healthy fat (that protects the organs) and healthy muscle.
Negatively impacting the metabolism. The HCG injectable protocol is the only
method that provides the action of reducing fat from "abnormal" fat stores
while preserving healthy fat, healthy muscle and resetting the hypothalamus
gland and metabolism. The original authentic HCG 23-Day Diet Program and it's
VLCD (very low calorie diet) protocol by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons is an HCG
injectable protocol only and not designed for use with HCG oral products.
Is HCG Approved By The FDA?
Yes. HCG is approved by the FDA for the treatment of infertility. It is
typically used in much higher doses as a fertility hormone. There has been no
formal clinical trials required for the FDA to approve HCG specifically for
weight loss or the treatment of obesity. So, the FDA states that "HCG has not
been demonstrated to be an effective therapy in the treatment of obesity, and
there is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that
resulting from caloric restriction, or that it causes a more attractive or
normal distribution of fat or decreases hunger and discomfort associated with
calorie-restricted diets". However, FDA-approved medications are often
safely used "off-label" for the treatment of other conditions. HCG is often
safely used "off-label" in very small doses for the treatment of obesity. There
are many independent studies and individual results that have revealed positive
effects and proven results utilizing HCG for weight loss.
Are The HCG Injections Difficult to
No. Relax. Take a deep breath. You may be surprised to find that injecting
yourself is not difficult and after the first two or three HCG injections you
will feel like a pro. The HCG injection needles are the same insulin needles
used daily by diabetics. They are very tiny, thin and designed to be painless.
There may be one out of five injections that cause a little discomfort. There
are several recommended HCG injection sites and an easy 10-second trick to make
administration a breeze. These tips are explained in the Quick Reference
Guide's easy step-by-step instructions included with the HCG 23-Day
Diet Program and Supplies Kit.
Is The HCG Diet Program For Both Men And
Yes. The HCG Diet Program is for both adult men and women, excluding
pregnant or nursing women and individuals with a history of cancer, stroke,
pulmonary embolism or heart disease and are taking nitrates for it. Men seem to
experience faster weight loss than women.
Are There Any Other Side Effects From The
HCG Diet Program?
Yes. Premenstrual difficulties may be relieved. Abnormal loss of head hair
in obese individuals may cease. Brittle fingernails may become normal.
Professional singers may note an improvement in their voices. Blood pressure
and cholesterol readings tend to normalize. Arthritic symptoms are lessened.
Face may become full and healthy looking instead of the typical gaunt, creased
look typically seen on dieters after losing weight. The very low doses of HCG
used for weight loss produces little or no negative side effects. Some
individuals have experienced slight headache when toxins are mobilized or "in
ketosis", mild muscle cramping from overexertion or mineral depletion,
restlessness from increased energy and/or slight hair loss due to the temporary
hormone imbalance. Tylenol, calcium, magnesium and potassium may be taken to
prevent or reduce any negative side effects. There’s no need to be alarmed if
slight hair loss is noticed, it is only temporary and typically hair grows back
Can I Use The HCG Diet Program If I Have
High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol or Diabetes?
We would not be able to give you any medical advice. However, we have found
that many individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
have achieved positive results on the HCG Diet. HCG does not interact with
medications. However, blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes medications in
particular may need to be adjusted during the HCG 23-Day Diet Program. It is a
good idea to consult with your regular or local healthcare practitioner about
making such adjustments. Note: Your regular healthcare practitioner may not be
familiar with the HCG Diet Program and may discourage you due to lack of
understanding about the diet.
How Savvy Dieters Are Doing The Real Authentic HCG 23-Day Diet Program For Under $80?
Individuals with reasonably good heath and no major health issues or savvy
dieters already familiar with the HCG Diet Program benefit with affordable
pricing. HCG is typically prescribed by a healthcare practitioner. Although, it can be quite costly as most clinician-guided programs are not covered by health insurance. Most savvy dieters prefer a more self-guided approach and purchase the HCG Diet Program and Supplies
Kit separately, and purchase quality offshore HCG brands at very affordable prices. Offshore brands that are
manufactured under the same safety standards as the US. Don't be fooled by marketers advising that the only safe and
approved HCG is only available in the US. Quality offshore brands like Ovidac,
Corion and Hucog are verified approved brands manufactured in conformance with the
highest of world-class manufacturing standards and quality control. Stick with approved manufactured brands and stay clear of HCG from compounding pharmacies, blended HCG and brands manufactured in China. Note: It is allowable and your
right to purchase up to a 90-day supply of HCG without a prescription for personal use from
outside of the US. Savvy dieters can save hundreds of dollars for safe and equally successful
For more information, see the original manuscript by the inventor of the HCG
23-Day Diet Program protocol, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons "Pounds & Inches" A New
Approach To Obesity by A.T.W. Simeons, M.D.