Frequently Asked Questions on the hCG Diet for Weight Loss

The hCG Diet for Weight Loss

During the first 3 days of the diet, the patient eats excessively. This is to prepare the body for the next phase of the diet.

Following the first 3 days of binge eating, the 500 calorie/day diet begins. During these first 3 days, the injections are given from day one.

doctor checking patient body fat

Every day on the diet the patient should take the same number of days off the diet. For example if the patient is on the diet for 30 days, then they should be off the diet for 30 days. No injections and no diet for 30 days.

What is hCG?

hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the substance almost completely controls the woman’s metabolic functions.

How much weight will I lose with the hCG diet?

Most hCG dieters report a loss of 1 to 2 lbs a day. At the very least ½ pound a day and at the most 3+ pounds a day. 1 pound is generally lost in the first day. Factors that guarantee faster weight loss include adding/increasing vegetable intake and mixing salads with each meal. Fiber intake is extremely important. As is water intake.

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.

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

hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight loss following the Simeons protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight lose comes directly from 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 bold 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.

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

hCG plus the VLCD can cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations, so that it’s available for use. While only consuming 500 calories a day, 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.