Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the HCG Diet?
Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a specialist on obesity and weight regulation, introduced a program that has helped many people overcome weight loss resistance. The program utilizes a natural hormone that is produced during pregnancy called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG). Dr. Simeons’ theory is that HCG causes the hypothalamus area of the brain to trigger a release of abnormal fat stores. When administered in relatively small doses and coupled with a very low calorie diet, people routinely lose 20 pounds in 30 days. HCG has helped thousands of people lose those stubborn pounds. In addition to weight loss, many patients who have completed the HCG program also experienced many other health benefits, including a drop in cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
2. What is the Hypothalamus?
The hypothalamus is a part of the diencephalon area of our brain. This is the vital part of the brain which controls all of the autonomic functions of the body, including breathing, heart beat, digestion, sleep and the complex functions of the endocrine system. One of the many functions of the endocrine system is regulation and control of your metabolism and weight.
3. Does HCG work for everyone?
Although HCG is naturally produced only in pregnant women, as a diet aid it works the same for men and women. Most people on this program report losing between 0.5 to 1 pound per day, and claim it is the only program where they have been able to keep the weight off afterward. However, as with any drug or medication, or even with food (e.g., allergies), there is individual variation in its efficacy. Everyone is familiar with the fact that doctors often have to change people's medications because they don't respond as expected. So although HCG is effective for the great majority of people who try it, there is logically no promise that it will work for everyone, every time. But you don't need to worry, because we have you covered with our refund guarantee -- unlike doctors, clinics, pharmacies or websites who wouldn't refund a dime if a treatment or prescription didn't work. So you can give the HCG diet a try with confidence in how well it is working, and at the same time you are covered by our guarantee!
4. What is the difference between homeopathic HCG drops and HCG injections?
Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. It has been the primary medical system of choice for a great number of people in other countries for many years, with the allopathic methods being their secondary choice. (Allopathic healthcare is what we have here in the United States, which relies on pharmaceutical drugs and surgical procedures.) Homeopathics have been used for many years to very effectively bring about healing and better health without the negative consequences and side effects that allopathic methods often have. Its popularity in Canada and the United States has grown dramatically over the last decade because homeopathy is effective, all natural and safe. There are no dangerous side effects with homeopathic remedies, and they can be taken along with other medications without worrying about adverse reactions.
Homeopathic formulations function on the theory of "like heals like" and that a very small amount of the active ingredient brings about change, because of the unique way homeopathic products are produced. Homeopathic HCG is produced by taking pure full strength HCG and making it into a sublingual mixture through a process of dilution and succussion. True homeopathic products, when tested in a typical lab, will come back negative for the active ingredient because the ingredient actually exists as a unique energy signature or imprint in the carrier liquid that cannot be measured chemically. This is also the reason homeopathic HCG drops will not show positive on a pregnancy test. It is important to realize that physical elements interact and affect each other in more ways than just chemically. Homeopathic products have continually baffled the American Medical Association when they fail in their chemical lab tests, yet are very successful when put to work in the human body. This has certainly been the case with homeopathic HCG used in the HCG diet program. If you are in doubt, read our real-life HCG weight loss success stories. They were the result of a very straightforward customer survey which also revealed what you can expect for average results not just the greatest success stories.
Another difference is the method of administration. Sublingual HCG drops are used by placing them under the tongue, an area rich in capillaries, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Our homeopathic HCG is manufactured in an FDA registered laboratory in the United States, and is prepared per the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. It does not require a prescription. HCG injections, on the other hand, must be prescribed by a doctor and are administered by a shot into your muscle tissue. The cost of injections obviously is much higher due to the involvement of the doctor and clinic.
5. How does HCG help me lose weight?
HCG appears to act on the hypothalamus, signaling the body to release stored fat into the bloodstream where it is then available to be used by the cells for nourishment. This alone will not cause weight loss, though, unless you reduce your food intake. This forces the body to use the mobilized fat from the bloodstream. HCG causes the release of abnormal fat without affecting structural fat and muscle tissue. Which means you lose in those stubborn areas--hips, thighs, buttocks and upper arms!
6. Do I have to follow a special diet while I take the HCG drops?
Yes. You must follow the entire HCG Diet Protocol as described in Dr. Simeons' manuscript, "Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity", where he outlines a special 500-calorie-per-day diet that was tested on thousands of patients. HCG is only effective for weight loss if it is taken while strictly following Dr. Simeons' HCG Diet Protocol, including the 500 calorie diet. Taking HCG alone (without the diet) will not cause you to lose weight. HCG takes effect when you reduce your food intake so that the mobilized fat will be used for your body's energy needs. If you fail to follow the diet you will fail to lose weight. If you only follow the diet without taking HCG, you are simply starving yourself because there is no fat in the bloodstream to burn. Simply put, both are required. Also see the next two questions.
7. What food am I allowed to eat?
The HCG diet is balanced, unlike many extreme "fad" diets out there. It consists of a healthy variety of protein, vegetables and fruit, with a small amount of starch. You eat them in specific portions and combinations as outlined by Dr. Simeons.
Allowed proteins are: veal (low grade), beef (95% lean whole cuts), chicken breast (boneless, skinless), crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp, and any fresh, white-fleshed fish.
Allowed vegetables area: asparagus, beet greens, cabbage, celery, chard, chicory greens, cucumber, fennel, green salad, onion, red radishes, spinach, and tomato.
Allowed fruits are: apples, strawberries, oranges, and grapefruit.
Limited starches include: grissini (breadstick) or Melba toast.
Vegetarian protein substitutions (may slow weight loss) are:
A protein shake, soy patty, egg (1 whole + 3 egg whites), cottage cheese or fat-free milk.
8. Why can't I just go on a 500 calorie diet without the HCG?
In order to answer this question you need to understand how the body stores and uses fat. Dr. Simeons identified three separate fat stores:
This is the most important kind and has numerous uses in a healthy body:
- Keeps the skin smooth and young-looking
- Fills the spaces between organs and internal body parts
- Protects the kidneys by packing them in cushioning material
- Supports and protects the coronary arteries
- Cushions the bones of the feet to make walking possible without pain
Structural fat is invisible and necessary. Starvation diets can deplete structural fat, making you look wrinkled and haggard while feeling miserable. A painful heel is a possible sign of an extreme diet gone too far, as the structural fat padding the foot bones is consumed. HCG drops can help rebuild structural fat if the diet plan is followed correctly, including the initial "loading" days on the HCG diet.
Normal Reserve Fat
The body stores reserve fat all over the body - it's spread out evenly and never gathers in abnormal deposits. Even if your body built up as much reserve fat as it could possibly hold, it would never turn into obesity. You might look very slightly padded, but nobody would look at you twice.
Normal Reserve fat is what your body turns to first when you're not getting enough nutrition. Fat packs a lot of caloric value into a small space, making it very efficient. It's your body's most obvious choice for quick energy needs. It also takes very little effort to lose this fat.
Overweight people often suffer from chronically low reserve fat, which is one reason why they are often struck with cravings for sweet or fatty food. Their abnormal fat is off limits, and the body doesn't have any other way to provide quick energy boosts.
Abnormal fat doesn't have any bodily function--it's purely the result of the obesity disorder. Abnormal fat is the kind that gathers in unsightly deposits in the belly, hips, thighs, and upper arms. The only use abnormal fat has is as a last resort against starvation. After the structural and reserve fat have been used up, with the usual detrimental effects, the body finally allows itself to start drawing from its abnormal fat deposits.
Targeting the Right Kind of Fat
HCG drops help target the right kind of fat by unlocking the body's abnormal fat deposits. They do this by balancing the mechanism within the brain that controls the distribution of fat. This allows the body to consume its abnormal fat and send it into the blood stream for nutrition and energy, which in turn allows the dieter to reduce his or her usual caloric intake with little or no discomfort. The abnormal fat burns away, and the body's necessary structural and reserve fat are left intact and can even build back up to their proper level.
If you go on a 500-calorie diet without HCG, the body uses the normal fat and then starts to use the structural fat and muscle. Losing your structural fat and muscle tissue can adversely affect your health and well-being. In addition, "starvation" diets without HCG can cause you to be excessively hungry, which is typically not true for those using HCG drops on Dr. Simeons' special 500-calorie schedule. This is not just a VLCD (very-low-calorie-diet). See next question.
9. Will I be hungry on the HCG diet?
On HCG, the vast majority of our customers indicate they were either not hungry (unlike other diets where they were starving), or they felt in control and surprisingly little hunger and had plenty of energy. That aligns perfectly with Dr. Simeons' theories about the fat-releasing properties of HCG; in essence, HCG is helping you get the majority of energy and calories from stored fat instead of only food in your stomach. Everyone is different - and some report mild hunger in the first week as their body adjusts -- but it has become very clear that the HCG diet plan is something very special, something out of the ordinary. It is most definitely NOT just a "500-calorie diet". In addition, the HCG diet starts with a "gorging" phase, which helps load the body with calories to use during transition into the low-calorie phase. People who faithfully follow the protocol as outlined by Dr. Simeons in our materials, and stick to it will see fantastic results. We encourage you to TRY it and see for yourself.
10. Do I have to exercise while on the HCG diet?
No. Exercise is not a mandatory part of the program. While vigorous exercise may increase the amount of weight you lose while on this plan, it is not a significant increase and is not recommended, because on a 500 calorie diet you can easily become too exhausted. That leads to discouragement and frustration. However, we do recommend moderate activity for all of the other benefits you receive, including stress relief and cardiovascular health.
If you are already accustomed to exercising at a certain level and would like to continue, do so, but do not over do it. Pay attention to your body's response. Scale down the intensity of the workouts if:
(1) you don't have the energy to get through it;
(2) you start feeling ill or light headed;
(3) you gain weight the next day; or
(4) you don't have the energy to get through the day after you work out.
Our suggestion for those who want to exercise is that you walk for 20 to 30 minutes daily. Walking is great exercise and contributes to your health in a variety of ways. It helps relieve stress, keeps the bowels moving, conditions your cardiovascular system, and encourages better blood/oxygen circulation. When you are are finished with the HCG diet regimen and are back on a regular diet you can then pick up the intensity of your exercise routines.
11. Is Your HCG made in the U.S.A.?
Yes. It is manufactured in an FDA registered lab in the United States. It is prepared according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. The laboratory has been creating only the highest-quality homeopathic and natural products for over 20 years.