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What is HCG and the HCG Diet?

What is HCG and the HCG Diet?

By now pretty much everyone has heard of the HCG diet and knows at least one person who has successfully lost weight using it. But you might not know anything more about HCG than some people call it “the pregnancy hormone”. This causes a lot of confusion, because most women actually gain weight over the course of their pregnancies and have trouble losing the baby fat.  Here’s a brief outline of what HCG is and how it works.


HCG Definition

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. It’s a hormone that’s only present in early pregnancy. Its function is to get the fertilized egg (called a zygote) to implant in the uterus walls and grow a placenta so it can grow into a baby. It’s the same hormone that early pregnancy tests detect in high concentrations. Once the placenta is grown, the HCG production tapers off.

Some women get morning sickness during early pregnancy. That’s because they produce much more HCG than usual and they’re very sensitive to the hormone. The amount used for weight loss is much less than is present during a typical pregnancy, so it won’t make you feel nauseous, but it is enough to keep you from feeling hungry. That will enable you to follow a very low calorie diet (VLCD).

VLCD Without HCG

If you try to do a very low calorie diet VLCD, say, 500 calories per day, without the hormone, on about the third day your metabolism will go into starvation mode. In starvation mode your body senses that you’re not getting enough calories, so it starts using lean tissue like your muscles and internal organs while holding onto the fat until there’s nothing else left for energy. I don’t have to tell you that this isn’t healthy at all.  When HCG is present in your body it causes your hypothalamus, a small gland in your mid-brain, to produce different hormones. These hormones are carried to all the glands of your endocrine system, causing them to produce different hormones as well. The net effect is a chemical balance that keeps your metabolism out of starvation mode. That way the calories needed to make up for the diet come from the fat stored under your skin. That’s how women can lose a half pound to a pound a day, and men can lose one to two pounds per day on our HCG program.



  1. By: Diana

    on: October 9, 2010 . Reply

    I’m on day #3…….Kinda rough…..I’m hungry. Any suggestions??


  2. By: leslie plumb

    on: October 13, 2010 . Reply

    hello, my name is leslie and i have heard of the hcg before, i tried it about 25 yrs ago when it first came out, but back then it was a shot of a pregnant womans urine….at any rate i’m sure that it is more strenuously regulated now. i weigh 350lbs and am looking to lose 200lbs. BUT, i take a million meds for being bi-polar, diabetes, high chol, hypothyroid, etc…will the hcg work with my meds? i am also a ocd’er…i obsess about food, what to eat can i eat now…what am i craving,etc…
    please help me if you can…thank you!
    leslie plumb

    • By: Sandy

      on: June 14, 2011 . Reply

      I weighed 360 when I stared and I decided that I was going to do a 60 day phase. I have 3 more week to go and I am down 40 pounds and 2 1/2 clothes sizes and 15 inches lost. I have arthritis and am on synthroid. I cannot tell you how much better I feel

  3. By: Ronald Cottrill

    on: September 3, 2011 . Reply

    I am 5 feet, 71/2 inches tall. Weigh 246 lbs. Am 67 yrs old. Had a Brain Stem stroke in Nov. 2007. Recently hospitalized with an AFIB condition. Most recently hospitalized with Cellulitis of the right leg. Have type II diabetes(take Lantus shot daily), have high blood pressure(take diovan, norvasc, and toporal daily) along with medications to control my cholesterol. I would like to get down to 165 pounds! Would hcg work for me and is it safe to take with the medications I am taking and the conditions I have?
    Thank you for taking the time to address my question.

  4. By: elizabeth LaForte

    on: September 6, 2011 . Reply

    Once you have lost the weight you needed, and stop taking the HCG. what prevents me from gaining the weight back??

  5. By: violet correa

    on: October 2, 2011 . Reply

    how do i keep the weight off after I no longer need the hcg?

  6. By: Patsy Smith

    on: November 6, 2011 . Reply

    I suffered a heart attack a year ago-so I am taking a lot of medications including Plavix and several blood pressure meds. I also take a colesteral statin med and Chantix to stop smoking (which I have gained 20 lbs on while taking) Can I take these drops safely?



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