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What is the hCG Diet Plan?

Frequently Asked Questions for Anyone Considering the hCG Diet Plan.


Below are some basic frequently asked questions by those new to the hCG Diet.  If you are currently already following an hCG Diet Plan, you may want to read our hCG Diet Protocol FAQ.

What is hCG?

hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy.  The hCG used in the Hcg diet protocols is a variation of the hCG form used for fertility treatments, and in much smaller, minute doses.  All hCG used for medical purposes is synthetic, created in laboratories from sterile cells.  It is NOT extracted from women or animal urine which has been a known misconception.

How much weight will I lose with the hCG diet?

Most hCG dieters report an average loss of 1 to 2 lbs per day.  However, everyone is different and results may vary.  A poll on the hCG Diet Info Blog included over 7000 individuals and showed an average of 1 pound per day lost by over 50% of hCG Dieters. See current hCG Diet average weight loss results here


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What preparations are required for hCG diet shots?

Prior to treatment, your physician or practitioner will request blood tests and perform a general health assessment.  For individual injections, generally no preparations are required.  If your physician has you self-injecting, specific sterilizing processes are involved and certain steps can be taken to reduce the discomfort of injections here: 


Read hCG Diet Shot Injection Tips. 




Is it healthy to lose 1 to 2 pounds a day with hCG shots?

hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeons protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle.  In doing so, the weight lost comes directly from unhealthy fat and does not strip the body of much needed muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health, while at the same time, releasing excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body.  For this reason, hCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.  


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Why the 500 calorie diet - VLCD (very low calorie diet )?

hCG diet shots cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that itís available for use.  While you are only consuming 500 calories, your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body.  Because of this, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories a day.  The result is your body using thousands of calories of fat from your body each day, the reason hCG dieters lose 1 to 2 lbs of fat or more, per day.  


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Is the use of hCG injections for weight loss legal?

A medical doctor may prefer not to use hCG for weight loss due to the FDA's lack of recommendation, however he is legally able to do so in the US.  It is advised that you check your country's laws to be certain, however, for most countries, importing hCG diet shots or having pre-filled hCG syringes shipped via mail are considered safe and perfectly legal.  If importing hCG from abroad, be sure to check your local laws and follow whatever restrictions are called for.


Is it legal to order hCG from overseas pharmacies?

While it is recommended to check for amendments to the 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.


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Will I be hungry on 500 calories a day?

It is common for mild hunger during the first few days, however this will pass and by the 2nd week, you will find even very tiny servings, to be completely satisfying.  This is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released.  It is common that hCG dieters feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500 calorie limit!

Read Eating on the hCG Diet



Who is a right candidate for hCG Diet Shots?

The majority of men and women can use hCG injections for weight loss.  It is recommended that dieters consult a physician concerning your weight loss, along with the appropriate implementation of the hCG protocol. The physician will NOT permit hCG weight loss injections for women who are pregnant or nursing.




How about safety and side effects of hCG Diet Shots?

There are rarely hCG Diet side effects reported while using hCG diet shots, or oral hCG for weight loss.  When the hCG shots are used for fertility reasons, the larger amount is known to cause occasional headaches, and pregnancy symptoms.  However, the amount differences between the hCG diet protocol and hCG used for fertility purposes is significantly different in quantity. 

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Will I gain the weight back after the hCG diet?

After the hCG diet, not only will you have lost physical weight, former hCG Dieters also report a change for the better in appetite, and a natural course of modified eating behavior.  They also report this as being an ideal situation for easily transitioning into a healthy relationship with food.

With all of these changes and experiences, the hCG Diet is the perfect opportunity to adopt that healthy lifestyle to maintain your weight. 

Will you gain the weight back after hCG?  There is no reason you should, so long as you have replaced any former negative eating and inactive lifestyle habits with new, healthy perspectives on food and exercise.

Most post-hcg dieters find a minimum amount of daily activity is sufficient to maintaining their hCG weight loss goal. A minimum amount of exercise is recommended not only for weight maintenance, but also for the added health benefits.  Recommended activities include:  Yoga, 20 minutes of cardio, or any number of activities you may enjoy, that gets your heart moving.  With your hypothalamus, "reset" and your metabolism will reflect these differences.  and you will be able to eat moderately without feeling the need to overeat. 

For articles and resources about adopting a healthy lifestyle, visit HDI HEALTH.


What is the hypothalamus gland?

The hypothalamus gland moderates the thyroid, adrenals, fat storage, and more importantly, your metabolic rate.  


Is hCG safe for men?

The hCG used for the hCG weight loss protocol is actually already found in men.  In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant. 


How painful are hCG injections for weight loss?

The hCG injections for weight loss are administered using a very fine needle and are relatively painless.


Read tips for relieving the discomfort of self-administered hCG diet shots.



Where Do I Inject hCG Diet Shots?
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.  Read How to: Injection Tips for hCG Diet Shots.  


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