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THE HCG FAQ

Table Of Contents

General HCG Diet Frequently Asked Questions

HCG Frequently Asked Questions For Women

Medical Frequently Asked HCG Questions

Ordering HCG FAQ

HCG Frequently Asked Questions

General HCG Diet Frequently Asked Questions

What Is HCG?

HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadtropin is a hormone that is produced naturally in pregnant women. The hormone tells the body to metabolize fat for energy for both the mother and the fetus. HCG ensures that energy is available when needed as opposed to just when food is consumed.

HCG answers dieter’s prayers by resetting the hypothalamus; the gland in the brain that, among other things, regulates fat storage. Imagine that your body is a big house party and all the guests are the your excess fat. HCG and your hypothalamus are the cops that shop up and tell everyone to “Get the heck out!” The fat targeted is excess fat, not structural fat which is important to healthy body function. Lean muscle tissue is preserved which keeps you looking good and your metabolism revved. HCG also works as an appetite suppressant making it easier to stick with the low calorie requirements.

Is HCG Safe?

HCG is completely natural and has no known side effects. It DOES NOT mimic pregnacy in the body. HCG simply alerts the hypothalamus to start shedding fat for energy.

Should I exercise on the HCG diet?

Light exercise such as walking or light resistance exercise is encouraged.  Because of the low amount of calories ingested, most should avoid strenuous exercise.  If you MUST exercise heavily, consider raising your caloric intake to help avoid “starvation mode”. Typically fat loss is slower using this strategy.

How much can I expect to lose?

One to three pounds per day is the normal range of expected weight loss when using the HCG Diet Package program. Strict adherence to the protocol is important for optimum results.

Are HCG injections better than HCG drops?

The people that run the clinics charging from $300 to more than $1,000 per month for injections would tell you that there’s a big difference. The thousands of people that have experienced the HCG diet miracle from the drops would argue that point. The fact is, studies have shown no discernible difference in effectiveness between HCG injections and HCG drops.

Homeopathic HCG drops are pain free and far more convenient than injectables. Simply put the drops under your toungue and your done. The bottle can be carried with you in your pocket or purse. Our HCG Homeopathic drops do not have an expiration date.

How does the HCG Diet Package Program Work?

The first Phase is the “loading” phase. On days 1 and 2 you begin taking the HCG and you get to EAT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! That’s right! It may sound counter productive but this is a very important part of the prgram. DO NOT SKIP. For two days your goal is to stay full eating as much fatty and sugary foods as you can. This gets the body used to burning massive amounts of calories while the HCG becomes active in your system. We recommend pizza and red velvet cake with home made ice cream. YUM!!

From Day 3 until the end of your scheduled regimen (phase 2) you will eat 500 calories a day. These calories should come from vegetables, certain fruits like apples, strawberries or grapefruit, and a lean protein source like chicken, fish or low calorie vegetarian alternatives.

For three weeks after taking the HCG (Phase 3), stay away from sugars and starches; you’ll slowly add them back into your diet. And boom, check out the new you!

Wouldn't I lose just as much weight if I went on a 500 calorie per day diet without taking the HCG drops?

Normally when you consume too few calories, your metabolism slows down and your body starts to store fat because it thinks its starving. It will also burn muscle as well as fat for energy. HCG tells the body to let go of stored fat and protects the muscle from being used for energy. Muscle burns calories as well so you want as much of that as possible to keep your metabolism up after the diet.

How do I take the drops?

Just put it under your tongue using the eye dropper.

What should I track?

Daily you should track what and how much you eat.  You should also weigh yourself first thing in the morning after you’ve emptied your bladder.  If you have a scale with bodyfat percentage as well as weight, you can log your body fat as well.  This is extremely beneficial for people exercising while on HCG since it may appear that the weight loss has stopped when in fact the fat loss is being offset by muscle gain.

Why the HCG VLCD (HCG Very Low Calorie Diet)?

HCG tells your hypothalamus to start utilizing your fat stores for energy.  Taking in few calories ensures that your body burns through thousands of calories of fat per day as opposed to first utilizing the calories just ingested.

Won’t I be hungry on only 500 calories per day?

HCG causes the body to metabolize fat for energy.  In doing this, it keeps the blood sugar levels steady controlling hunger.  Most people experience some minor hunger pains in the beginning but soon find that they dissipate if they follow the diet strictly for a few days.  As the body becomes more efficient at burning the abnormal fat, more calories are circulated in the system though less are actually being consumed.

How can my body survive on only 500 calories?

Many on the HCG diet lose a pound or more per day. A pound is approximately 3,500 calories of stored energy.  Since HCG tells your body to start burning abnormal fat for energy, you are “surviving” off of far more calories than the 500 you are taking in.

Are headaches normal on the HCG diet in the first week?

Slight headaches may occur in the first week due in part to the rapid release of the fat cells.  Feel free to take some aspirin or Tylenol so long as there is no sugar coating.

Will alcohol interfere with the HCG diet?

Dr. Simeon didn’t make specific mention of alcohol.  However, in general alcohol has been shown to slow fat loss and alcohol has calories of its own.  If you are going to drink, be sure to account for those calories and consider that a 110 calorie light beer has more calories and is less filling than an apple. One benefit of the HCG diet is the awareness it brings to certain habitual food (and drink)  choices and their consequences.

Is HCG safe for men?

HCG is a naturally occurring hormone and is completely safe for men.  In fact, men often have better weight loss results with HCG than women!

What is the maximum length of time I can take HCG?

One cycle should run a maximum of 45 days.  The body may start to develop some resistance to HCG after that so its important to lay off for at least three weeks before beginning another cycle.

Is this "Real HCG"?

The only way to legally acquire "Real HCG" is with the perscription of a doctor. Be extremely wary of ANYONE claiming to sell "Real HCG" without a perscription as they would be in direct violation of the law. Aside from going to a clinic for HCG injections, there are two basic HCG products available. The cheaper and less effective products are HCG precursor formulas - you can find these at Target, Walmart, GNC etc. Essentially their job is to cause the body to produce HCG hormone itself. While the idea is good the results are not. The other type of HCG formula uses an advanced synthetic version of the HCG hormone. Our HCG is formulated to be chemically identical to the actual HCG hormone and will be recognized by the body as "real HCG". Bottom line - these drops allow dieters to experience the same dramatic weightloss results without the cost, discomfort and inconvenience of actual HCG hormone shots.

Will I keep the weight off after I’m done?

HCG resets the hypothalamus telling your body that your finishing weight is the “proper” weight for your body; much like setting a thermostat.  This HELPS to keep your weigh in check but lasting weight loss is always up to you.  You will have developed some new habits during your weight loss journey; Embrace them! If you used to eat 4,000 calories per day and  drink 1,000 calories of soda or beer, returning to that habit will likely not allow you to stay thin.  Remember, consume less than you burn. Light or moderate exercise - 15 minutes of yoga, walking, etc. is usually more than enough help maintain a healthy body weight.

What can I and can’t I eat on the HCG diet?

There are different phases of the HCG diet. During phase 1, you’ll eat anything and everything.  For details on Phase 2 please refer this article.  For phase 3, anything is allowed EXCEPT starches and processed sugars.  For an explanation of the Phases please click here.

HCG Frequently Asked Questions For Women

Is wearing makeup OK while taking HCG?

Of course!  Just avoid makeup, lotions and creams with oil in them.  HCG targets fat and these oils may distract from the abnormal fat resulting in slowed weight loss.  This isn’t a diet killer, just makes it more slow going.

You may use mineral oils and lotions such as baby oil or baby lotion or Carmex for lip balm as opposed to Chapstick.

What if I am pregnant or am planning to be pregnant?

If you are pregnant or become pregnant, immediately discontinue your use of HCG and consult your physician.

Will HCG interfere with my birth control pills?

No.  Taking HCG while using birth control is completely safe and it does not affect the effectiveness of the pill.

If HCG is present in pregnant women, why are they not losing fat?

HCG ensures that there is always enough energy for the mother and fetus by telling the body to burn fat to cor any energy deficit.  Typically, pregnant mothers are eating more than enough and the body has no need to burn the excess fat.  When following the diet protocol, you are deliberately eating a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) and forcing the HCG to step in by instruction the hypothalamus to start up the fat burning furnace.

Will HCG affect my menstrual cycle?

The amount of HCG taken during the diet is so small that there normally aren't any significant changes to the menstrual cycle.  HCG will not make you any more or less likely to become pregnant.  That being said, some women find they need to consume more calories during their periods. If you know you are going to begin your cycle within a week, you should consider beginning the HCG regimen after your period ends.

Medical Frequently Asked HCG Questions

What is the hypothalamus and how does HCG affect it?

The hypothalamus sits in your brain and it moderates the thyroid, adrenals, fat storage, and more importantly, your metabolic rate.  The goal of the HCG diet is to “reset your hypothalamus.” Doing so will help ensure that once you lose the weight, you ca keep it off.

Do I need a prescription?

In 1938, congress passed a law that declared homeopathic remedies would be regulated by the FDA just  as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs were. This means that they can also be purchased without a doctor’s prescription. Our homeopathic HCG drops use the highest quality synthetic HCG formulation available.

Will HCG interfere with any medications prescribed to me by my doctor?

Its always a good idea to consult with your doctor before beginning any diet, even more so if you are on certain medications.

Ordering HCG FAQ

Do the HCG bottles expire?

These HCG Drops do not have an expiration date however we do suggest that you store the bottles in a cool dry place. Refrigeration can prolong the effectiveness of the ingredients. You should discard open bottles no longer than 6 months after opening.

When will I receive my HCG?

We offer free ground shipping via UPS, but you can chose to select any number of shipping options including overnight next day air shipping.

What happens after I order?

Once the item has been shipped, you will receive an email with the UPS tracking number and access to the downloads page where you can get all the accompanying documentation.



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