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Knowing All There Is To Know About hCG

What is hCG?

HCG, also known as human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone found in the urine of pregnant woman and is currently being marketed as a miracle weight loss. During pregnancy, women produce the hormone in order to assist in the development of the fetus and ensure a successful pregnancy which results in the birth of a healthy infant. Human chorionic gonadotropin has two basic functions: one is to develop sexual organs in the unborn fetus and the second is ensuring there are enough calories and nutrients available for both mother and fetus.

With over to thirds of American adults overweight or obese it’s no wonder that so many people are out there looking for quick weight-loss solutions. Hence, the fitness craze which includes books, videos, training programs, 60-day, 30-day plans, etc. – all a part of a multi-million industry that continues to grow.

What is hCG diet?

The hCG diet has developed quite a bit of momentum since it was first suggested in the 1950s by British endocrinologist Albert T.W. Sigmeons when he published Pounds and Inches a book designed to fight obesity. His conclusions were based upon studies he did in India where he was observing and treating calorie-deficient pregnant and overweight male children with pituitary problems.

It’s believed that hCG stimulates the body to produce chemicals to use fat stores in the blood as energy. That means that nutrients that are normally stored inside of fat stores are released in the blood, helping to provide the sustenance our bodies need to remain energetic and healthy.

For those that supplement hCG in their daily diet in conjunction with a 500 caloric intake will elicit rapid weight loss. Restricting diet only lasts for a couple of weeks, before daily calorie intake can increase as metabolic levels are reset and balanced to normal levels. The argument, of course, being that if a person is overweight to begin with then cutting back significant calories for a short period will help the body go back to a normal health and weight, and hCG is supposed to stimulate this effect.

The hCG diet has shown some promising results, but the jury is still out on whether or not the hormone itself leads to weight loss. For those participants who have followed the diet faithfully as instructed reports of as much as .5 to 2 lbs were lost per day, with anywhere from 30 lbs in as little as 30 days. But scientists and health professionals believe that this is more a result of reducing caloric intake and not a result of supplementing with hCG.

Over the counter hCG as a weight loss drug has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration, and as a classified prescription drug (used in some fertility treatments) is still inconclusive as being effective for weight loss. To date, the scientific consensus is that any weight loss reported by using hCG is due primarily to the fact that participants are restricting their diets to extremely low and unsafe levels.

How Does the HCG Diet Work

What is the hCG hormone diet?

The hCG diet, or human chorionic gonadotropin diet, has shown some pretty substantial results when it has been followed faithfully and accurately. The hCG diet works by injecting human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone found in urine of pregnant women, into the body and adhering to strict low calorie diet. Human chorionic gonadotropin is supposed to decrease hunger and promote the use of body fat as the primary source of fuel for your body.

How does the hCG diet work?

The diet calls for participants to restrict their daily caloric intake to no more than 500 calories coming from mostly unprocessed foods along with hCG injections. The plans are supposed to last about 45 days in which time participants will have reset their metabolism and have lost several pounds (sometimes as much as one to two pounds a day). The phase of limiting daily caloric intake to just 500 calories a day only lasts a few weeks. After your metabolic levels have been reset, then participants can gradually increase their caloric intake to normal levels (not, of course, to the intake that existed before the diet commenced).

How does the hCG diet curb hunger?

With so many success stories surrounding this diet, it’s no wonder there are thousands of people in the U.S. and worldwide asking about how the hCG diet work to cut hunger – especially when you are limiting calories to just 500 and so many dieters claim to not feel hunger when they eat so little. The secret might lie in the reaction our bodies will have from increased levels of the hormone. The hormone stimulates weight loss by using fat as the primary source of energy that the body burns, instead of using muscle which the body needs to sustain healthy levels of metabolism.

Does the hCG diet fail?

Most participants that have reported failure on this diet have done so primarily for one of two reasons: 1) participants have returned to negative eating habits as soon as they’ve lost the weight and have completed the diet; and 2) participants have failed to follow the hCG diet’s protocol accurately and as directed. Also, the hCG diet does not normally require additional exercise, since exercise will require that dieters take in more calories than the 500 daily allowance. Adding exercise can greatly alter the effects of the diet and leave your body not taking in the minimum nutrients it needs to maintain energy and reset itself to healthy and normal levels.


The hCG diet is undeniably a tough one to swallow, but one can’t deny that results have been promising. The combination of hCG injections and limiting caloric intake to just 500 calories a day has shown great results. The trouble, of course, is that it’s not entirely known what is causing such drastic weight loss. Is weight loss more a result of calorie deficiency or does hCG truly promote fat loss and curb hunger? The one thing one could be certain of is in order to find success with the diet plan, it’s important that you make a sensible plan and stick to it.

Beware of HCG Drops

For anyone looking to drop unwanted pounds fast (as much as 30 lbs. in as little as 30 days) then you might have heard about the wonders of hCG. And while this diet has gained momentum in the last few years and those who have tried out the diet have shown great results there are many things a consumer should know before handing over their cash.

hCG Background

The human chorionic  gonadotropin hormone is a naturally occurring hormone found in pregnant woman. During pregnancy, women produce the hormone to ensure that valuable nutrients and calories are delivered to the fetus. In the mid-1950s Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons discovered that hCG could be administered to overweight patients as an effective weight loss treatment.

Injections versus Drops

Timed doses of hCG injections are prescribed and administered by a health professional to supplement a restrictive diet plan that calls for the a maximum caloric intake of about 500. The hCG diet lasts about a month with as a many as 3 – 4 injections per week throughout the plan. The FDA, however, has not approved the hormone for weight loss as no scientific proof has been produced that support the diet’s claims. Despite this, the diet has seen a recent surge in popularity and has prompted a new generation of health practitioners to put the hCG diet to the test.

Shortages of injection-type hCG supplies and even the negative scientific news about it, led to an influx of a homeopathic alternative ingested as drops one takes by applying beneath the tongue. So far there isn’t any significant evidence that oral hCG drops contain very much of the hormone to be effective. Also, restricting diets to only consume 500 calories from unprocessed food doesn’t provide the minimum caloric levels to satisfy hunger and carry on through daily activities, as well as provide you with the minimum nutrients you need for good health.

When calories aren’t sufficient enough to sustain regular daily activities, one’s body also begins to lose muscle mass as the body adjusts and attempt to fuel itself by using muscle as a source of energy. This, however, is terrible news for anyone trying to lose weight because it’s muscle that actually maintains one’s metabolism. In addition, as soon as weight is regained it will likely return as fat, and since one will likely have a lot less muscle when the fat returns it will be even more difficult to lose the weight.

This, of course, is bad news for companies promoting the homeopathic alternative drops. Since, hCG levels in these drops are so low, the positive claim of being able to diet without losing muscle mass doesn’t apply. Recently, too the FDA has made attempts at banning these homeopathic alternatives from stores.

While the jury is still out about the hCG in general, it’s more than accepted that hCG drops do not have any weight loss benefits as manufacturers claim. As such, expect to find drops increasingly hard to find as consumers eventually move away from even trying them out.

The Benefits of HCG Injections

History of hCG

Human chorionic gonadotropin, also known as hCG, is a naturally occurring hormone found in pregnant women. One of the processes of hCG is to ensure there is a steady supply of nutrients and energy to the fetus by moving using fat stores of the pregnant woman as the primary source. The original protocol for the hCG diet was developed by Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons when he noticed that the prescribed doses of hCG to the average person would produce the same effect of utilizing fat stores instead of muscle for energy

Understanding hCG Injections

Timed doses of hCG injections mean that your body has a steady and constant supply of energy to use throughout the day. After adjusting to the restrictive diet and hCG injections (about a week) your body won’t feel hungry or tired. The hCG hormone is also supposed to help you reset your metabolism back to healthy levels, away from the levels you had when you were overweight or obese. This means that your body will be able to keep off the weight after you’ve lost the excess fat.

When you try to diet without hCG, your body’s metabolism slows down believing that you are starving or more appropriately trying to store fat energy for the long haul. That’s why it’s important to get your metabolism to healthy or high levels so that your body knows that it’s not starving and begins to burn fat stores instead of muscle. With hCG injections your body listens to the hormone and mobilizes and utilizes energy reserves from fat, enabling you to diet safely and comfortably lose about a pound a day until you’ve reached your healthy weight goal and can maintain the weight on your own through better, healthy eating and regular exercise. Injections can be had at any point in the day and can be administered on either sides or just under the belly button.

Benefits of hCG Injections

One of the main benefits of hCG injections is that you are under constant supervision. Usually a patient needs to receive weekly doses of the injection for about a month, but each case can be individually prescribed and vary depending on the patient’s needs, weight and general health. There are some clinics that allow a self-administered treatment of injections be part of one’s routine. However, the patient still needs to be instructed on how to properly administer the injection and properly store the hCG doses.

About 80% of patients report that hCG treatments work and very few if any side effects have been reported. Still though, patients considering the hCG diet should first consult a nutritionist or health physician to ensure that this is in fact the right plan for them as well as to discuss any pre-existing conditions that could get in the way. Despite the fact the FDA has not approved hCG as a weight loss treatment, new studies waiting to be published might  shed light on the subject and encourage the FDA to reconsider the supposed positive effects of the hormone as.