HCG Diet

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The basic concepts of the HCG Diet were first made popular by A. T. W. Simeons MD in 1971 through his book entitled Pounds & Inches A New Approach to Obesity, but was only available at expensive spas and weight loss clinics.

However, since 2009 there’s been a massive surge in the popularity of the HCG Diet as it is now readily available for people to try at home.

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HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone

This hormone is excreted in the urine of pregnant women and is the marker of pregnancy as the fetus is producing and releasing the hormone as well as the placenta.

The HCG diet would be classified as a Fad Diet as there isn’t much evidence that HCG works in promoting weight loss in healthy adults, but only has been proven effective in boys with Fröhlich’s syndrome.

In fact, researching the history of HCG, shows that in the 60′s and 70′s some doctors were paid up to $100,000 a year to sit in a room and write prescriptions for HCG once a week for the weight loss clinics without ever seeing any of the patients.

In a recent double blind study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was determined that using HCG was ineffective in promoting weight loss.

HCG Diet Basics


The core of the HCG diet consists of following the following steps.

  1. Extreme Calorie restriction of around 500 Calories a day.
  2. Foods that are rich in lean protein.
  3. A daily injection of 125mg of the HCG hormone.

The diet proponents claim that the body will begin to burn fat reserves as the HCG prevents the body from breaking down muscle for energy.

The diet claims that weight loss of “26 pounds in 26 days” with up to 3100 fat calories being used for energy per day is possible.

Safer Alternatives

Medifast- Great track record and medically supervised.

Diet to Go- Delivers calorie and portion controlled meals directly to your door.

1200 Calorie Diet- Considered the safest level of calorie restriction.

Recommended Foods

Lean protein (fish, turkey, chicken, beef), celery, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, onions,  strawberries, grapefruit, oranges, apples, and tea.

Exercise

Exercise isn’t recommended on the HCG diet, in fact, it is discouraged.

Program Costs

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There are many HCG diets springing up everywhere as this fad continues to gain popularity.

Expect to pay around $140 per month for the HCG drops and additional costs for recipe guides, books, and meal plans.

Costs could be significantly higher for those that go to clinics for their injections and consultations.

Pounds & Inches A New Approach to Obesity is available online for $8.95.

 Many of the HCG drops for sale online are “homeopathic” and do contain real HCG.

Click here to try an online version of the HCG Diet.

See Also: HCG Recipes: Over 200 gourmet recipes that support those following the HCG Diet Plan.

Pros

  • Dramatic, fast weight loss is possible.

Cons

  • Weight loss is most likely due to Calorie restriction, not HCG.
  • Side effects include headaches, risk of blood clots,  restlessness, and depression.
  • Exercise is not promoted as part of overall health.
  • Calorie restriction is way below what is deemed safe by the majority of the medical profession.
  • Side effects of the long term use of HCG are not understood.
  • Some cancers could not be caught early as HCG injections will hide tumor markers.
  • Lifestyle changes aren’t stressed, but falls under the quick fix mentality.
  • HCG is not approved by the FDA

Weight Loss Due to Extreme Calorie Deficit

While many dieters are lured in by the HCG Diet’s claims of fast weight loss without exercise, dieters are warned to steer clear from the HCG diet as it is not a healthy way to lose weight and the use of HCG drops could potentially lead to other health problems down the road.

The 100′s of testimonials being promoted across the internet are no doubt from people who experienced weight loss, but did so because of the extreme Calorie restriction and the high protein diet which promotes ketosis.

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Jay bug

    I tried the drops they were difficult for me since I use to forget to take them or busy with my kids. I’m doing the injections my 2 time around lost 28 lbs my first time hoping to lose the same amount this time I only do the 28 day plan.

  • Robin Welch

    I’m on this diet & hcg injections right now–I love it, feel really GOOD. Which, combined with the gratification of losing the weight fairly fast, is very motivating. Wish I could stay on it all the time, it is so nice to feel good again. Lost 34 lbs since October, no desire to cheat on this, & it’s helped with medical problems. Where I go is medically supervised & they are very supportive, which is important, & they teach you all sorts of things to help keep it going. They encourage light exercise, btw. It is so pleasant I actually look forward to going (usually I dislike going to medical appointments). While I guess different diets work best for different people, this one seems pretty miraculous, best & happiest diet ever as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, this is my experience & I’m thrilled with it and very grateful.

  • lisa

    Could someone PLEASE tell me where I can find a reputable company to buy BIG from? I love in a very small town and no Dr here will prescribe it to me. So I’m left with finding it on the internet…Please if any one can help. I have thyroid issues and menopause and I really want to be down 20lbs, when my son comes home from serving in the Army..Thank you

    • Lucy

      I have used nu image medical and loved them. Great support and quick call backs all times of day or night.

  • JOAN

    Thank you Amanda!

  • mary

    I have tried the hcg shots. First of all, it’s kind of creepy giving myself shots in the stomach. I did it for about a week. I started looking pregnant so dumped the stuff. Big waste of money. Plus, I was afraid of the blood clots that are side effects.

  • Safiya

    If there are classes promoting healthy diets while on HCG, why can’t you all just cut out the HCG and eat better, exercise, and stop looking for a quick fix to EVERYTHING? As a society, we do not value dedication and perseverance, and we negatively affect our health every time we do crap like this. You’re supposed to know better. It’s sad to see adults falling for these garbage weight loss regimens all the time. My goodness.

    • JOAN

      Clearly you have not tried this diet because if you had you would know that it takes dedication, perseverance and commitment to succeed. This diet has been around for 50 years but it’s not easy. There is a strict diet with many food limitations that must be followed exactly. Anyone who is committed will succeed in losing weight and not gaining it back by learning new ways to eat. But I say again. It is not easy.

      • Melissa Slaba

        While I respect that each person is entitled to their own decisions, and opinions, and you may feel that this diet is the best way to lose weight quickly, you need to have all the facts. This diet is illegal over the counters, it is not approved by the FDA, there is no research showing the long-term damage the HCG hormone can have on a person, and consuming only 500 calories a day with lack of exercise is ridiculous. Lack of exercise causes a person’s muscle mass to atrophy and decrease, making them weaker. And consuming 500 calories a day causes lack of energy, and takes away nutrients needed for a person to be healthy. Look further into this diet before you tell people that the reason it didn’t work is because they didn’t follow it properly. People aren’t losing the weight from the hormone, but they are losing weight due to lack of nutrition. I respect each person’s decisions to do what they want, but unless you are a doctor prescribing this hormone as a diet, you can’t say it is a good diet for everyone. Please, look into this diet more, and please watch your own overall health.

  • Latoya

    I want to loose about 60lbs…Can the hcg drops help me loose the weight?

    • JOAN

      You can lose the weight. Absolutely.

      I was on the HCG diet for 40 days and lost 20 lbs. The people who complain that it’s “crap” or not effective or a fad are people who couldn’t stick to the diet protocol which is essential for losing weight. They are the failures. The ones who couldn’t hack the 500 calorie a day diet.
      HGC has been around for 5 decades because if you commit to it, it works.

      I will tell you this, first of all women do not lose the 1 to 2 pounds a day as advertised. Women will typically lose 1/2 to 1 pound a day. Men will typically lose 1 to 2 pounds a day but I couldn’t tell you why that is.

      Yes, if you don’t take the HCG and just eat 500 calories a day you definitely will lose weight. You will also gain it back quicker than you lost it. The HCG shots keep you from being hungry (after a few days) resets your metabolism and trains you in a new way to eat.

      I have been off of the diet for a month and will go back on it in about 2 weeks (I need to get the money together, it costs me $99 per 23 days and is well worth it. Also I have more energy, am more focused and eat very differently before HCG. After I went off the diet for 30 days (to go to Houston to see my brand new grand daughter) and I ate all of my favorite foods in much smaller quantities and am at the very same weight that I was when I completed phase 3. I haven’t lost anymore but I haven’t gained any either. I call that success.

      Your food choices will be very limited and to be successful you must follow the food protocol exactly.

      The food that you can eat need not be organic. If you have access to organic fruits and veggies and can afford them great, but it’s not necessary.

      I would recommend that people considering this diet do it under a doctors care and just as importantly find recipes for phase two that look tasty to you. If you don’t know how to prepare the limited food items that are allowed so that they are tasty and satisfying you will fail.

      This is not an easy way to lose weight but if you follow the protocols you will be amazed at how you look in a very short time and how your eating patterns will change to keep the weight off.

      Lastly, I would recommend that people considering this diet do it under a doctors care and just as importantly find recipes for phase 2 that look tasty to you. If you don’t know how to prepare the limited food items that are allowed so that they are tasty and satisfying you will fail.

      This works but you have to commit to it.

      Good Luck

    • Safiya

      …did you not just read the article?

    • Susan Cox

      HCG works by correcting your “hypothalamus gland” so you must use the “Human Hormone” for this to work. I have done it several times over the past 5 years and you will lose a pound a day. The last 10 pounds are the most difficult which may be more like 1/2 pound a day. It’s not about the food you eat but about the weight loss. Only walking is recommended for exercise. You should buy and study the book, “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About” and follow the plan exactly. You are most likely very toxic and this diet works best by doing the recommended cleanses found in that book. You can get the “true” HCG drops at Mellinium Med Spa in Newport Beach, CA. I can’t believe how great I feel on this diet. I lost 40 pounds in 6 weeks(from 167 & 4’4″). Your body lives off the old brown fat stored on your tummy, hips, and thighs. I lost 4 sizes in one month. Each week I was buying basic items in a different size LOL (good thing I had a job then!) I went from a large 14 to a 6 in six weeks. It was great! No other plan works like this, it is amazing and all my friends and family have done this. Two of my very heavy cousins lost 67pounds each in two months! Everyone who says this doesn’t work and is unsafe, doesn’t know what they are talking about. Your body lives off the nutrients stored in the brown fat which is how God created our bodies to work in times of starvation. (you can go to releana.com for information to make an appointment in New Port Beach if you are in CA) Go for it but do the cleanses. Just like any other diet, if you go back to eating junk you gain the weight back.

  • Samira

    This diet is ridiculously dangerous.

    • JOAN

      No it isn’t.

      You can lose the weight. Absolutely.

      I was on the HCG diet for 40 days and lost 20 lbs. The people who complain that it’s “crap” or not effective or a fad are people who couldn’t stick to the diet protocol which is essential for losing weight. They are the failures. The ones who couldn’t hack the 500 calorie a day diet.
      HGC has been around for 5 decades because if you commit to it, it works.

      I will tell you this, first of all women do not lose the 1 to 2 pounds a day as advertised. Women will typically lose 1/2 to 1 pound a day. Men will typically lose 1 to 2 pounds a day but I couldn’t tell you why that is.

      Yes, if you don’t take the HCG and just eat 500 calories a day you definitely will lose weight. You will also gain it back quicker than you lost it. The HCG shots keep you from being hungry (after a few days) resets your metabolism and trains you in a new way to eat.

      I have been off of the diet for a month and will go back on it in about 2 weeks (I need to get the money together, it costs me $99 per 23 days and is well worth it. Also I have more energy, am more focused and eat very differently before HCG. After I went off the diet for 30 days (to go to Houston to see my brand new grand daughter) and I ate all of my favorite foods in much smaller quantities and am at the very same weight that I was when I completed phase 3. I haven’t lost anymore but I haven’t gained any either. I call that success.

      Your food choices will be very limited and to be successful you must follow the food protocol exactly.

      The food that you can eat need not be organic. If you have access to organic fruits and veggies and can afford them great, but it’s not necessary.

      I would recommend that people considering this diet do it under a doctors care and just as importantly find recipes for phase two that look tasty to you. If you don’t know how to prepare the limited food items that are allowed so that they are tasty and satisfying you will fail.

      This is not an easy way to lose weight but if you follow the protocols you will be amazed at how you look in a very short time and how your eating patterns will change to keep the weight off.

      Lastly, I would recommend that people considering this diet do it under a doctors care and just as importantly find recipes for phase 2 that look tasty to you. If you don’t know how to prepare the limited food items that are allowed so that they are tasty and satisfying you will fail.

      This works but you have to commit to it.

      Good Luck

  • Paula

    Please see a nutritionist if you want to lose weight / get healthy. This is so important for long term health, you don’t want to be losing lean tissue while also not getting enough nutrients while on this diet. Exercise is very important for brain health which controls how you see yourself and therefore treat yourself. Constantly thinking about what you can / cannot eat isn’t good for your mental health. Be careful who you choose as your doctor – are they fit and healthy??? Or do they smoke and are overweight ?? Come on people, let’s get smarter about our own health.

    • JOAN

      Two of my doctors recommended that I go on this diet.

      Have you tried it? I lost 20 pounds in two months.

      You don’t have to think about what you can and cannot eat (which you do have to do with Weight Watchers which is another successful diet program) because there are very few things that you are allowed to eat. It’s not difficult to remember them.

      This was a smart choice for me…. Recommended by 2 of my doctors.

  • jeanine

    Is the hcg they sell at wal-mart what everyone is talking about. I have also heard of hcg5000,but can’t seem to find it. I heard about it on the radio. Are they same product or not. I heard they are not.

    • JOAN

      And you should be under a doctors care to do the diet.

    • http://www.everydiet.org ted

      no, real HCG requires a prescription. :-)

  • Diana

    HCG isn’t what is making you loose the weight. It’s the 500 calorie diet they put you on. Trust me, when you stop you will gain it all back. I was on it and I am now in physical therapy for muscle loss.

    PLEASE be careful. It’s not a wonder diet.

    • JOAN

      You did not follow the diet protocol. I stopped and did NOT gain back an ounce.

      It IS a wonder diet but it takes commitment and perseverance.

  • Teresa

    I’ve done the shots 2 times. Both times under a doctors care. First time in the spring of 2011, lost 25 lbs, then again in January 2012, lost additional 15 lbs. I have thyroid disease. It’s always been very hard for me to lose weight. So far I’ve kept all 40 pounds off. Should lose another 10-15lbs, probably going to do it again this spring. I work hard at keeping it off. I exercise every day (walk,run,lift weights). I weigh myself everyday, eat 1500 – 2000 protein and veggie filled calories. No side effects except I feel great!

    • JOAN

      Yea Theresa!

  • kathy

    I have lost 21 pounds since October 22nd under the supervsion of my doctor. I am going into my 3rd week of maintenance and no longer need to take medicine for high blood pressure. I am doing cardio and weight training 4 – 5 times a week. So far, I weigh the same as I did the last day taking HCG. I have had three personal trainers that alll had their own theory of how to loose weight. This has been the first plan that has worked for me. If you follow the plan with the guidance of a health professional it does work. I need to loose another twenty pounds and will do another round in 5 – 6 weeks. It is a great program that will help you loose your addiction to sweets, carbs, and will also teach you portion control.

    • JOAN

      YEA!! Good for you… you GO girl!!

  • Matt

    I went from 285 to 223 in two phases over a 4 month period.
    I drifted back up to 244 over a one year span. And that’s from eating
    Whatever I felt like and not exercising . I just started again today. Want to drop 20 pounds by Christmas. I found the hardest part was training the body not to listen to the mind. We get so accustomed to eating that we think we’re hungry when were really not.

    • JOAN

      Exactly. You GO GIRL!!! You will succeed this time.

      • Anonymous Observer

        re: “You GO GIRL!!!” … um … I do believe Matt is a guy ….

  • India

    I just started hcg injections Im soo hungry I think it was a mistake

    • lanie

      Hi India-the first 3 days you are hungry-but after that-it goes away-you literally have to force yourself to eat. i lodt 13 pounds in 8 days. It was fat-no muscle. I didn’t look haggard like some make you look Old when your weight goes-not Hcg. I do the shots.The best and you can get a script from your hormone dr-cheap that way. Try it again-and go to Youtube and look up Hcg diet Delmem-he is full of knowledge and has lost over 100 pounds. Youtibe has Lots of people doing the diet and has videos of their progress

    • Diane

      I started the hcg diet, thro a doctor taking the shots Not the drops, I have been told it wasn’t work as well.
      I started on October 30th, the first two days are loading days, after 10 days I am down 10 pounds. Not hungry at all. I suggest everyone reads up on this big time before starting! I would recommend this diet for sure,

  • Tesha

    I have to agree with Nina, you must follow the protocol or it will not work for you. Also, you are encouraged to do light to moderate exercises each day while on the program and it is completely safe. There are no known side effects or harmful after effects as the drops are homeopathic thus made with all natural products. I lost 20lbs on my first time around and kept it off for over a month with constant exercise and daily calorie control. I would recommend HCG to anyone that is overweight/obese and looking to live a healthier lifestyle. My only suggestion is to make sure you are ready mentally, read the materials, do your research so that you don’t become a failure. You can do this!!!! Welcome POSITIVE feedback please. Mind, Soul, Body

    • lanie

      Tesha-you are correct on all the above-ESPECIALLY being Mentally prepared. Once your mind is set-IT’s ON. I think of it this way-whats 30 days of eating healthy to lose 30 plus pounds?! Also-on Youtube, under Hcg Diet, the guy’s name is Delmem-there’s alot of recipes. And you can have fried/sauteed meats in coconut oil! It’s a 3 chain fatty acid that does’nt stay in the body-it burns immediately. My fave dish is Sauteed herb’d shrimp-Ms.Dash and Cilatro over raw spinach. and 1/2 orange 1/2 apple diced for a sweet treat. I love this program and you continue eating “clean” after because you feel so much better!

  • hcg loser

    HCG does work! I did the drops under the tongue, in Canada.
    you should do some light exercise every day as suggested, ie. 30 min walks, yoga, light weight lifting, etc.
    I am on my second round and have lots of energy. 1st 23 days I did in Feb. kept 15lbs off for a few months and now in July I’m doing my second round. It is very important to do the maintenance phase and to be amazed at how your metabolism is now reset. Women should only do the drops and vlc diet between their periods, I have several family members, and friends, who found that it was not worth being on through their menstrual cycle.
    Women with hypo-thyroid and hormone irregularities (midlife spread) who have a very hard time losing weight on regular diets especially do well with this diet. Did I mention the 15 inches I lost overall – in a 3 week period!!! That is why Dr. Simeons called it ‘pounds and inches diet’.
    To all you nay-sayers – if you have not been trying alot of diets and boot camps etc. and not lost the weight, and if you have not been unhappy with your weight for years, and have not tried the HCG diet, well just don’t leave any of your use-less comments.

    • lanie

      Rite on! But do the shots-they are Real Hcg. I get my from a compounding pharmacy.
      *I too have thyroid issues, and this is the Only way I was able to lose weight

    • caelan.mckenna@Everydayfoodsorginization

      U R Drinking TUOMOR JUICE

      • JOAN

        Could you post that again in ENGLISH so that we know what you said?

        If you mean tumor juice you are ignorant of the subject.

        Thank you.

  • ron ogden

    I started at 218 lbs on March 24 on diet for 44 days and settled in at 185 lbs before going on the 3 wks stabilization diet and stayed there before gorgin on phase 1 for a couple days before going on the next cycle around the 1st week of June havent been quite so good on alcohol consumption this cycle with summer gettogethers relatives and friends visiting and golf league and outings several times per week but have been down in the 160,s earlier last week but only at 173 presently due to too many golf outings and relatives who like to partake liberally!! It actually works pretty damn well and I look great and don’t feel hungry!! I make a great belly burning chocolate recipe from time to time thats healthy and I have lost anywhere from 1-5 lbs within 1-3 days after eating it!! Will go on the stabilizinf phase when I go on vacation and hope to be back in the 160′s by then!! Basically eating small healthy food 5-6 meals per day!! Good proteins veggies fruits and I’m never hungry and have lost almost 50 lbs without exercising being hungry and I look and feel great!! Will likely go one more cycle after stabilization phase and take another 10-15 off but I think it works awfully well and eating lots of whole foods and quality lean proteins and seafood!! I believe the HCg simply reduces your appetite perhaps but I actually eat more than I used to in volume just real wholesome foods instead of processed refined crap loaded with chemicals and addictive additives that make you crave the food cmpanies expensive garbage that makes our country look like the laughing stock of the whole world due to our outlandish obesity rate they have quadrupled in less than 20 years!!

  • Catherine

    I have done this hcg diet and lost 26lb in 16 days but if you eat one tomatoe or one cup of lettuce you won’t loose that day! While on it I was not hungry at all but for the first weeks after coming off I ate everything in sight and gained all back plus 10 lb. and if you have cancer while pregnant or on this it will grow at rapid rates. I do not recommend this at all even though it came from my Obgyn.

    • Nina Rebstock

      well you apparently did not follow the protocol of Phase 3 after HCG. NO sugar or starch for 3 weeks, and introduce slowly the next 3 weeks.
      It is your fault you gained all the weight back plain and simple.
      This progarm works beautifully IF YOU FOLLOW THE PROTOCOL!!!

      • JOAN

        HCG PREVENTS CANCER…. please read on.

        Nina is correct. This is not an easy diet and you MUST FOLLOW THE PROTOCOL or you will fail.

        HCG has been shown to PREVENT cancer.
        Check here.
        http://tinyurl.com/pv3lxp7

        Also a peer review article from Bio Med Central BMC cancer research.

        ….HCG expression correlates with LH-R expression in ovarian cancer tissue, which has previously been shown to be of prognostic value. Both, the hormone and its receptor, may therefore serve as targets for new cancer therapies.

        Here is the link to that article.

        http://tinyurl.com/pdfo4zd

        So please let us hear no more about HCG causing cancer.
        Thanks

      • lanie

        @ Nina and Catherine- you both are right and wrong. First if you do have tumors/cancer-it can be harmful. And Catherine-this is a program that does work if you follow it correctly. It seems you may have an eating disorder if you ate everything in sight. OR-you are not giving your body the Nutrients it needs, therefore your body is in constant craving. I drink my “Greens” every day. That’s where I get most of my nutrients (Health Food store) and eat lots of greens, seafood, turkey and an occasional steak. If you do the program, and eat healthy after-you will continue to lose weight.
        **The reason for no exercise is because it makes you crave more food. I do the HIIT exercise program. Look it up-it’s so easy a spider monkey could do it

      • Kat

        it isnt her fault she didnt “follow protocol” This diet is completely unsafe, unhealthy and disgustingly misunderstood. What kind of diet doesnt pormote exercise?!? It makes COMPLETE sense that once off this diet, that one would gain ALL the weight lost, back again at a rapid rate. Don’t be a fool. Change your diet and EXERCISE, instead of finding a quick fix to help your weight problems.

  • Karen

    Hi, thanks for everyone’s comments.
    I wonder if anyone could share which pharmacy on line to purchase from? I’m in Canada and can only purchase through businesses.

    #2 The program I am currently taking through the US has a great BBB rating and follows Dr Simeon’s to the letter while others introduced Mr Thibodeau’s theory where green salads are allowed

    only one veg drives me insane and I love brocolli. There’s also been discussions of adding brocolli as part of the newly revamped diet of dr Simeon. Just wondering if anyone would like to share experiences.
    cheers.

  • Beth

    I lost 80 lbs using homeopathic hcg drops last year. The diet works, and it is NOT because of the 500 calories. First of all, your body would go into starvation mode with ONLY 500 calories and none of your fat reserves being burned for fuel. You might lose some water weight in the beginning but you WOULD NOT continue to lose weight this way.

    Secondly, you WILL be hungry in the first week as your body detoxes and ESPECIALLY if you did not load properly and loaded with high carbs and not mostly high fat.

    Thirdly, ANY diet will fail in the long term if you DO NOT permanently change your eating habits. You can’t commit to a diet for 4 weeks and then go back to eating a box of Twinkies and expect the weight to not come back (duh). This diet can actually help you learn what foods your body needs and does well on (as you go on to the final phase) and the trigger foods that cause you to gain. It also mandates FRESHLY prepared foods, no pre-packaged, instant, or drive through crap, which helps you learn long-term better eating habits.

    Fourthly, my lab work and doc visits have been nothing short of miraculous since losing all that weight. Could it be just from the weight loss itself? Sure. But explain to me how my Type II Diabetes in essence was reversed and I now have NORMAL blood sugar readings? I owe that to the HCG diet.

    Fifthly, this is NOT a forgiving diet and you don’t have ANY wiggle room at ALL. If you follow the protocol to the letter, you will lose weight as promised. If you deviate in ANY way, your losses will suffer and that is NOT the diet’s fault, it is YOURS.

    I was over 200 lbs for half of my life, and tried every diet out there. The HCG diet is the ONLY one that worked, not just for the short term and for the quick results, but it also gave me the tools I needed to continue being successful and to keep the weight off FOREVER. I believe in this diet… I am living proof that it WORKS.

    Stepping off my soapbox now.

    • Beth

      I forgot to mention that while I did the diet (over the course of several rounds, by the way), everyone around me commented on how happy and full of energy I always seemed to be. My boss went so far as to tell me that I glowed. Once you get past your body detoxing and go into full-blown fat burning mode, you have TONS of energy. I did not feel crabby or deprived in ANY way. Did I miss certain foods? Of course. But it was purely psychological as years of bad habits take time to break free of. Even now, a year later, I don’t crave junk food. EVER. I mean, EVER.

  • MJ

    Personally I have never done this diet, that being said a close friend of mine as well as my boyfriend have done it. My friend has done it a few times and has seen great results, she has lost a total of about 40 lbs with no side effects. Only once did she have issues with being hungry and that was because she didn’t do her load phase properly. My boyfriend however had a very different experience. He lost a total of 50-60 lbs in the two sessions he did. When he was nearing the end of phase two in both of his sessions he got sick, during his first session he worked through it. It I made him stop the diet during the second session because of his 104 temp. I know for a fact that he wasn’t cheating due to the fact that I made his meals based on the recipes on the website. I took to researching what happened since he had never gotten that sick before the diet. I found out that he had thyroid issues and that the hcg diet will cause it to spike, not only because of the drops but the foods required for the diet are not recommended for those with thyroid issues.

    This diet works but make sure you do your research with any diet you choose.

  • hawaiian gurl

    Has anyone heard of or tried the Omnitrition version of this hcg drops? Any comments, facts and/or testimonials? I want to have kids in a couple of years but want to lose some weight beforehand so I don’t end up being even more overweight then I am now. I need to lose about 60lbs. But I’m always afraid of the longterm consequences.

    • California Girl

      I did the Omnitrition version. I don’t recommend it. I followed the diet carefully. It was not easy because it caused a lot of problems for me. After I was done, I ate healthy and did not overeat but gained all the weight back. Don’t waste your money.

  • Monita

    I’m on day13 and I am down 15.4lbs. :-)

  • Monita

    Hi guys. I’ve started my diet already. Its been 8 days and I’ve dropped almost 11lbs. Extremely happy about it. I’ve got 18 more days to go. Hopefully I can drop another 10lbs which would make me really happy :-)

  • maddie

    Okay if you do this usually the weight comes right back once you starting eating regularly again, and i recommend that if you have stomach problems/conditions that you not do this diet. I have irritable bowel syndrome and it made my stomach problems much worse after completing the drop form of HCG.

  • Monita

    Hcg is a natural hormone. It’s nothing forgien to the body. So no it didn’t cause your tumors. Tumors are cells turning abnormal. I started my hcg diet today. I’m on phase 1 the loading phase. So far so good. I’m hoping to loose at least 30lbs this first round. My goal is to drop 75lbs. For everybody is doing it, good luck.

  • AUDREY

    I was wondering if i eat around 700 calories a day can i lose weight with hcg if I work out atleast half hour a day?

  • Jessica

    I have read the comments. Can someone who has done the drops and received them from a reputable on-line pharmacist or place in California or Miami, FL give me a place where I can get the drops? I have yet to see someone give a reference. I am terrified of needles and the injections are not an option for me. Thanks.

    • Kim

      …the injections are the only way to get the rel HCG and not fake homeopathic drops. The FDA has cracked down on the US sales of of the drops so this is why they are so tough to find nd f you do they contain ZERO HCG. If you are at all hungry on the diet your know you are taking a fake product. I order from Hong Kong and the injections are super easy especially with insulin needles you don’t even feel them…check out youtube there are videos showing how. easy they are to do…I too was a big chicken in the beginning and now it’s easy peasy. The reason nobody posts where they get their HCG is because we guard our sources so we don’t lose them. I will only reveal mine via e-mail.

  • Shannon

    Is this what caused my tumors!!!

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