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hCG Diet

A controversial diet that calls for hormone injections.

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  • Established: 1950s
  • Founder: Dr. A.T.W. Simeons
  • Accessibility: Injections and drops
  • Diet Type: Extremely low calorie along with hCG drops or injections
  • Gender: Male and female
  • Celebrity Endorsements: Snookie (Jersey Shore), Jenni Farley, Britney Spears

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A potential diet supplement administered through injections or oral drops, the hCG Diet is a very controversial weight loss method. HCG stands for the hormone Human Choriogonadotropin, which is the same hormone that is produced by women in their early stages of pregnancy.

During pregnancy, the surge of this hormone signals the hypothalamus in the brain to start moving nutrients and fat into the placenta. When used as part of a weight loss program, it is the fat-mobilization aspects of the hormone that has garnered attention for its seeming ability to help facilitate weight loss.

Even though the FDA has approved hCG shots for fertility reasons, there is no scientific evidence that shows the hCG Diet can significantly promote weight loss. Although it is used in conjunction with a very low calorie diet, any weight loss that occurs is likely to be due to the reduced caloric intake rather than the hCG shots or drops themselves.

Many side effects have been shown in those who take hCG shots for weight loss. Blood clots, depression, headaches and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome in women have all been cited as common, and even deadly, side effects associated with hCG use. HCG drops avoid the inconveniences of a daily injection, but no clinical studies have been conducted to determine if hCG drops have any change in side effects.

Typically, the hCG Diet lasts for three weeks and is monitored by a health professional.

  • May promote weight loss when used in combination with a reduced calorie diet

  • Not considered safe
  • Weight loss is more likely to due to extremely restricted caloric intake rather than injections or drops
  • Weight loss is temporary
  • Side effects can be very serious. According to the Mayo Clinic, side affects associated with hCG include fatigue, irritability, headache and male breast enlargement.

hCG injections and drops contain the hormone Human Choriogonadotropin.


An injection of 125 iu of hCG is administered daily or a daily dose of oral drops.


Those who use hCG injections to lose weight must also follow a very strict diet that amounts to no more than 500 calories a day.

For the first two days of the injection you are allowed to eat excessively. Following the third injection, you must adhere to the 500-calorie diet until 72 hours following the last injection given. Sugars, very sweet fruits, processed foods and heavy starches are not allowed.

An hCG Diet protocol outlined by advocate Dr. A.T.W. Simeons looks like this:

  • Breakfast: Coffee or tea with artificial sweetener and one tablespoon of milk. Lunch is 100 grams of lean meat, poultry or fish in addition to one low-glycemic vegetable like spinach, celery, cucumbers or cabbage. One Melba toast and one fruit like half of a grapefruit or an apple is also allowed.
  • Dinner is the same as lunch.

In addition, shots of apple cider vinegar can be taken as a daily supplement. Products and make-up that contain any fatty substances like mineral oil or almond oil cannot be used.

Websites dedicated to promoting the hCG Diet contain recipes and additional protocol information and tips.


The hCG Diet is highly regimented and a very controversial weight loss program that involves the administration of either hormone injections or oral drops coupled with a very low-calorie diet. Popular amongst steroid users and those daring and desperate to lose weight quickly, the hCG Diet is not a weight loss program that is readily endorsed by health and medical professionals for its obvious flaws and real risks for dangerous side effects.

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Kathy D.


This has been the only diet that works for me. It has me diciplined and loosing weight all the same time.

posted Nov 29th, 2010 8:03 pm


First of all, I love how, pretty much, the only idiots who criticize this diet are the ones who have never done it. I mean, seriously? Is this, like, what you do when you get bored? Run along, now. Surely there is a chat room or something just loaded with losers just like you that you can talk to.

Now, for all of those who matter...I used to be able to do the starvation thing Monday through Friday, eating about 500 total for the 5 days and then I would binge on the weekends. That actually worked out quite well for me and it was immediately after having my daughter. However, once I hit 30, weightloss suddenly became impossibe!!! So, I had a co-worker tell me that she was on this diet and having success thus, like most skeptics who think this is a scam, I figured that if you can lose the weight with the drops, you can lose the weight without them. For 5 days I ate only 500 calories and I did zumba and became more active. First 3 days I lost 4 pounds, the next two, I gained 3, even eating just the foods that you eat on this diet. That was miserable. So, I talked to my Dr. who told me I should do this, ordered the drops and got started. Being that I am only on my 4th day of this diet and the first 2 were my gorging days (and OMG! talk about someone who can eat her weight in food and think nothing of it! Gorge, I did!) I admit that I am no expert. What I can tell you is that after only actual days of dieting, I have lost 8 pounds. Yeah, 2 days. 8 POUNDS! Just to make sure we are clear, let me put it to you like this: Day 1, lost 4 pounds. Day 2, lost 4 pounds. Now, I am sure that when I wake up tomorrow, I will not have lost another 4 pounds but I am equally as sure that I will still have lost. I know this diet isn't for everyone but, personally, I feel absolutely fantastic. My mood has improved, I am more energetic and I can actually think a little more clearly. I am not saying that it's because of the drops because even when I did the 500 calories prior to getting them I felt great. Now, don't get me wrong. Fat people like to eat, hence, the reason we are fat so I would probably give my left leg for a pizza right now without screwing up my progress but it's not like I feel as though I am starving, because I don't. And, quite honestly, I believe it's nothing more than a mind thing with me.....I want it because I know I can't have it but, if I could have it, I would refuse it. For all of those who have questions about where to go to get this, from what I can tell in the reviews I have read on both this site, as well as others, the hcg shots don't work as well as the Homeopathic hCG drops, which is what I am taking so, why spend more money for less satisfaction? I got a 90 day supply of drops with free overnight shipping and a 90 day money back guarantee (as long as you returned all but 7 days worth of the drops - free return shipping, by the way) plus an additional $10 for your trouble at officialhcgdietplan.com. They are BBB accredited and with a guarantee like theirs, it's not like you would be losing anything, except some unwanted weight. Plus, for 90 days, it was only $129.

Now, I probably don't eat as much as I should because I am addicted to coffee and I have to have cream, which is 10 calories per tablespoon, so I usually only eat 150 grams of meat, 2 peices of melba toast and half of a grapefruit once day...sometimes, not always (I usually eat twice and skip the coffee on the days I am off of work) but I refuse to eat after 5:00 pm. I do some hula hooping because you can burn up to 100 calories in 10 minutes, tone your abs and have fun all at the same time, so think about trying that, too. And, I had another co-worker who told me she couldn't lose weight because of her thyroid condition so she tried this diet. She did 30 days, took off for 1 month and then did 15 days. She lost 50 pounds and has yet to gain so much as a pound of it back.

For those of you who have been unsuccessful, not successful enough or who have gotten ill from this diet, you're probably doing something wrong or what you're taking isn't what you were told it was. I would check the ingredents and be more cautious and do a little more research when ordering something like this. Or, it could just be that you're weird or something, I don't know. However, I wouldn't dismiss it just yet. Try ordering from the website I listed because so far, my results have been beyond anything I could have imagined and, if it still doesn't work, you can get your money back and all you have wasted is a little bit of time.

Oh, and one more thing for those of you who are considering this diet...don't hold back on the days you are supposed to binge, thinking that doing so will help you. It won't; it will hinder you. Right now your body has become accustomed to burning x amount of calories regardless of what you do. When you start these drops, whatever you eat within the first two days is going to be what your body believes it needs to continue burning on a regular basis instead of the next to nothing it was burning before. I ate a stuffed crust bbq pizza, box of cookies, bag of hershey kisses, bag of reeses cups (the big bags), oatmeal, cereal, pie, turkey, potatoes, and a 2 liter of coke...and that was just the first day! Admittingly, I did gain 3 pounds during those 2 days. However, as I mentioned before, I used to binge the same way every weekend and I gained at least 7 so 3 wasn't so bad and I have to give credit to the drops.

My last peice of advise is this: do NOT start this diet until you are absolutely ready to be dedicated to it. As you may have read in some of the other reviews, messing up one time will set you back 3-4 days which, for most people, will cause frustration and it will just be one more thing you give up on. This diet takes determination, will power and dedication. If you are all 3 of those things and tired of breaking a sweat when you turn over in the bed, then this diet is for you. The reason I am reading/writing reviews right now is because seeing the success of others encourages and inspires me and gets me excited about what I am doing all over again. So, if you start this diet and feel like you're going to give in to your urges, try coming back here and reading some reviews. Maybe that will help you, too. Good luck, everyone!

posted Nov 29th, 2010 5:38 am


I now mainly use it - when i see my weight creep up - above 155. I'm 5' 6" tall - I started taking the shots last Monday, 11.10 when i was at 158... Today, I'm at 151.5. That because i cheated a couple of times this weekend. It wasn't anything big, anything you put in your mouth counts.

posted Nov 24th, 2010 6:55 pm


I've been HCG diet plan like four different times in the past 2 years... It works great each time! However, I wasn't aware that after 40 days - I stopped loosing weight. My 1st doctor never warned me of the plateau - she kept selling me the product at $300 per month plus the $12 b12 shots per week. After the 2nd month you need to stop taking and maintain. Wait and month before returning back on it.

posted Nov 24th, 2010 6:50 pm



Woohoo!! On Day 2 of the 500 calorie phase and I've lost 5 pounds. I was a dork and didn't do the "fat loading days" right, I did the loading without the drops. LOL

Small oversight but still great results. Even loosing inches, 2.5 inches to date.

Can't wait to see how the next few weeks progress.

posted Nov 24th, 2010 3:22 am


NOTE TO ALL: if you're taking the oral drops wack the bottle a few times then hold the drops under your tongue for 30-60 seconds. Don't eat within 15 minutes of taking the drops or have anything minty or garlicy(including toothpaste) within 30 minutes of taking the drops.

posted Nov 23rd, 2010 10:09 pm


Starting sublingual HCG & B12 tomorrow (11/22/10) and will follow program to a tee. Got mine through GNC which was a fraction of the cost compared to the clinics.

My sister paid $800 for HCG & B12 shots over 2 months, cheated and still achieved great results. She lost 20 pounds in 2 months. Great for her considering she has 4 kids and was trying to loose the baby weight since Baby #2.

posted Nov 22nd, 2010 4:57 am



I did a 42 day rounf on drops, lost 22lbs. Could have lost more, but cheated twice. Better not to cheat as it sets you back 3-4 days before you lose again. I'm on my last week of mnt., and plan on loading on Thanksgiving, YUM! I am really kinda excited to get into those size 8's. Good luck to all!

posted Nov 19th, 2010 10:54 pm


Well I just started hcg diet today...but Im not sure how to prepared my meals ( like I work 8:30 4:30 and I get two breaks plus breakfast in the morning) and dinner Im not sure how to set my time schedule and when I take the drops do I just squeeze and drop or squeeze in and out the whole 6times? I know I might sound krazy but I just want to make sure Im doing it right not overtaking to many drops or not enough....

posted Nov 18th, 2010 5:39 am


Well I just started hcg diet today...but Im not sure how to prepared my meals ( like I work 8:30 4:30 and I get two breaks plus breakfast in the morning) and when I take the drops do I just squeeze and drop or squeeze in and out the whole 6times? I know I might sound krazy but I just want to make sure Im doing it right not overtaking to many drops or not enough....

posted Nov 18th, 2010 5:37 am


Well I just started hcg diet today...but Im not sure how to prepared my meals ( like I work 8:30 4:30 and I get two breaks plus breakfast in the morning) and when I take the drops do I just squeeze and drop or squeeze in and out the whole 6times? I know I might sound krazy but I just want to make sure Im doing it right not overtaking to many drops or not enough....

posted Nov 18th, 2010 5:34 am


Ruby I just finished my last day of the drops yesterday. I used HCG Platium anf purchased it from GNC. I thought well if GNC will guarantee some else's product I would give it a try. Plus if you sign up for there store card not a credit card then the price comes down from like $91 to $71 for a 30 day supply. I am happy with my weight loss so far of about 18 pounds.

posted Nov 18th, 2010 2:27 am


Anybody knows where is the hcg taken from? I know the hcg is produce from pregnant women but how are actually the homeapatic drops made?

posted Nov 15th, 2010 11:54 pm


I started the hcg diet 2 weeks ago at 181 lbs. I am now 165! This stuff is amazing. I don't even feel like eating, infact I almost forget to and have to force myself to eat the little I am supposed to.

posted Nov 15th, 2010 7:42 pm


Just started and its great! Lost 10 pounds in the first 8 days and I'm really excited about the week to come. Who's excited about the next week of a diet???? If you have tried everything and struggled with the results - try this diet and watch the pounds leave quickly.

posted Nov 13th, 2010 1:49 am








posted Nov 12th, 2010 9:35 pm


Re: Catherine:

After your low calorie diet, there are 2 pahses that ease you back into normal eating. The first is where you eat whatever you want, in whatever amounts, just no sugar or start. Thats for 3 weeks. Then you starting easting sugar and starch back in. Your metabolism is MUCH higher and VIOLA you can eat normally again.

posted Nov 11th, 2010 12:15 pm



Wow, try it before you knock it! HCG is amazing. Nearly everyone who has actually tried it (correctly) says it works wonder! Those who knock it havent tried it and/or have a vested interest in not having people try this *(i.e. the diet industry, whow wants you to try and fail over and over so they can keep raking in BILLIONS).

And, the system was created by a Dr. in the 1950's= since the 1950's can ANYONE point to a single death or major injury caused by it?
Yes you EAT 500 calories, but you are releasing 1000-2000 calories of burned fat into your system, so your NOT on a starvation diet.
IF you use the drops correctly, there is no physical hunger. People however often have to deal with mental hunger.

I have yet to find ONE person who tried this, did it correctly and doesnt RAVE about it.

Dont knock it till youve tried it.

posted Nov 11th, 2010 12:12 pm


I am starting today very excited. iam doing the shots on day 2 and Aunt flo just came to visit any thoughts about going ahead with Day 3 of injection?

posted Nov 11th, 2010 1:10 am


Where is the best place to get this stuff?

posted Oct 24th, 2010 12:10 am


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