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Q: What is HCG?
A: HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a pro-hormone naturally produced in men and women, but produced in large amounts by pregnant women. HCG largely influences the metabolic function of the body by stimulating the hypothalamus. The HCG used for HCG diet Plans as well as any other medical treatment, is a synthetic version, created in sterile laboratories. The amount of HCG used in injections and drops is an extremely small dose compared to that used for fertility treatments and other hormone therapies.
Q: Is HCG for weight loss legal?
A: Yes, it is. While the FDA does not support the 500 calorie diet of the original protocol, nor homeopathic HCG (over the counter HCG) there is increasing support for the NEW HCG Diet Plan, its use of HCG for weight loss hormone therapy, and its higher calorie allowances. Additional notes: Real HCG MUST be prescribed by a licensed medical doctor or nurse practitioner. It is NOT advised to purchase HCG from overseas, where standards and quality are not monitored by the FDA’s strict standards.
Q: Who is considered the ideal candidate for the HCG Diet Plan?
A: The majority of otherwise healthy, but overweight men and women can be considered optimal patients for the use of HCG diet injections and drops for weight loss. It is recommended that individuals consult a physician for a consultation prior to starting the diet. It is also recommended that individuals who decide this is the diet for them, do so with the guidance of a physician or otherwise qualified professional for appropriate implementation of the HCG protocol. Our recommended HCG Diet Programs.
Q: What are the side effects of HCG Diet Injections and drops?
A. There are rarely HCG side effects reported while using injections or drops for weight loss. When HCG injections are used for fertility treatments, the larger amount is known to cause occasional headaches, and pregnancy symptoms as well as a number of other issues. However, the amount differences between the hCG diet protocol and hCG used for fertility purposes is significantly different in quantity. Occasionally, HCG Dieters (particularly those on the original protocol) will report feeling headaches, lightheadedness, and hunger. These side effects tend to be from the protocol and not the HCG, in most cases, and can be corrected by food and menu adjustments.
Q: Do I take my HCG on my loading days?
A: Yes, you need to take your HCG on your two Phase 1 loading days.
Q: Does my HCG need to be refrigerated?
A: If you are using HCG injections, you will need to refrigerate your HCG after it is mixed. Troches (HCG sub-lingual lozenges) and unmixed injections do not need to be refrigerated; however, they should not be exposed to heat above 85 degrees. Keep your HCG in the refrigerator if you expect high temperatures in your home, or in an insulated container with an ice pack if you need to travel to high temperature environments.
Q: Why did I only get 24 injections in my months’ supply of HCG?
A: The month supply of HCG covers 4 weeks of injections, taken 6 days per week. This works out to 24 total injections for the month.
Q: How much water should I be drinking per day?
A: You should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces, with a minimum of 64 and a maximum of 128 ounces per day. A good daily goal is 100 ounces per day.
Q: How many calories should I be eating per day?
A: If you are on the original Dr. A.T.W. Simeons Diet Protocol supervised by a medical doctor, you will be eating 500-700 calories a day. If you are on the New HCG Diet V2, your weight loss plan is customized just for you, so everyone’s calorie intake will be different. Your nutrition consultant will explain your calorie intake during your nutrition appointment. Starting on page 34 of your HCG Diet manual, there is space for you to take notes on your plan. Copies of these pages will also be emailed to you, pre-filled out after your nutrition appointment.
Q: Will I be hungry on the HCG Diet?
A: Hunger should be considered an unacceptable side effect of the HCG Diet Plan and should be addressed. If you are on the original 500 calorie menu by Dr Simeons, speak with your provider’s Nutritional Councilor who may recommend that you change over to the NEW HCG Diet Plan and raise your calorie intake. Not only has this been shown to have a higher success rate, it has also been proven to have far less challenges including feeling hunger.
Q: Help, I am not losing weight. What do I do?
A: It is not uncommon to go a day or two without losing weight. If you see a stall of more than 2 days or you feel like something is not right, call your diet councilor immediately. Your suppliers patient care specialists will help evaluate your diet and schedule you an appointment with our clinical staff when needed. Weight loss stalls can also be overcome by doing a “Steak Day” or “Apple Day.”
Q: How much weight will I lose with the HCG diet?
A: HDI conducted a poll that included over 7,000 HCG dieters. The results showed an average loss of .5 to 1 pound per day on average, the some losing as much as 3 pounds in one day. It is important to note however, that everyone is different and results may vary based on individual’s protocol, food and recipe choices. Results can also be influenced by the individual patient’s own body chemistry, and level of activity while on the protocol.
Q: What is the hypothalamus gland and how is it affected by the HCG hormone?
A: The hypothalamus is the gland that moderates the thyroid, adrenals, fat storage, and overall metabolic rate. HCG largely influences the hypothalamus.
Q: Is HCG safe for men?
A: The HCG hormone is present in men, naturally. In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women. It is most present in pregnant women and is produced in large amounts throughout pregnancy. Millions of men have used the HCG diet to lose weight successfully and without issue.
Q: Is it healthy to lose a pound a day with HCG diet injections/pellets?
A: HCG results in rapid weight loss from adipose fat tissue, while stimulating the body to maintain lean muscle mass. Since the weight loss comes directly from unhealthy fat it does not strip the body of much needed muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health. Following the NEW HCG Diet Plan V2., you are also eating well, if not BETTER than you were eating prior to starting the diet. This helps nourish the body while you are losing weight.
Q: How painful are hCG diet injections?
A: The HCG Diet injections for weight loss are administered using a very small, very fine needle, in areas of the body that are not overly sensitive. Most HCG Dieters report the injections to be relatively painless. A commonly used tip for making injections unnoticeable: a quick “smack” to the area, followed by immediate sanitizing with an alcohol swab, and then the needle, generally does the trick. The “smack” confuses the nerves for a matter of seconds, leaving them unable to readily register a small amount of pain. For those who are still unsure of using injections, HCG Pellets are available. We recommend the HCG Diet Pellets from the HCG Diet Doctor.
Q: Where Do I Inject HCG Diet Shots?
A: The easiest and most comfortable place to inject is in the stomach, about 2″ out from the naval and about as far down on either side of the naval. HCG diet injections can also be administered in the back of the arm or thigh. HCG Diet “How to Inject” Instructions.
Q: About the 500 calorie diet – VLCD (very low calorie diet)?
A: The 500 calorie VLCD (very low calorie diet) is the original Dr. A.T.W. Simeons Diet Protocol as discussed in his book Pounds & Inches – A New Approach to Obesity. While it has proven to work, it is extremely challenging. The NEW HCG Diet Plan V2., includes a much higher calorie intake based on the individual dieter’s BMR. Surprisingly, this has shown to have an even higher success rate, simply because it allows the body to work more efficiently. It also allows the individual to include an exercise routine, and a more expanded food list. That means, far less challenges staying on the protocol and the opportunity to learn lifelong healthy living habits WHILE losing weight!
Q: Is it legal to order HCG from overseas pharmacies?
A: It is NOT recommended to buy HCG from overseas pharmacies for a number of reasons: Read, reasons NOT to buy HCG from overseas in the HCG Buying Guide. For those who are willing to suffer the risks of buying HCG from overseas pharmacies: While it is recommended to check for updated amendments to the federal importation guidelines, as of January 2014, it is still legal to import HCG for personal use. An individual supply of no more than 3 months is generally acceptable for meeting the “personal use” standard. Resale of imported pharmaceuticals is a federal offense.
Q: Will I gain the weight back after the hCG diet?
A: Possibly the greatest benefit of the HCG Diet Plan, is the opportunity it gives dieters to learn healthy living skills. The truth is, the Maintenance phase begins BEFORE Phase 3. It begins the minute you start the diet, even in Phase 1, the Loading phase. This is because you are immediately learning what it takes to “live thin.” This includes, learning to read ingredients out of habit, understanding the differences between different kinds of fats, recognizing truly unhealthy foods (put that rice cake down) and focusing more on nourishing your body rather than restricting it.
After the HCG diet, you will not only have lost physical mass, but former HCG Dieters also report a change for the better in appetite, and naturally modified eating habits. If you have implemented a consistent exercise routine, you will also notice a continued increase in metabolism; a common occurrence and one main reason HCG Dieters report difficulty gaining weight after the diet.
If you have additional questions please email PattyB@BodyFitCoaching.com so we can answer them and add them to this list to help empower other HCG Dieters.