Frequently Asked Questions About HCG Injections

What Does HCG Stand For?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.

What is HCG?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG, is a hormone known for playing different roles in male and female sexual development. In women, HCG affects ovulation and fertility. In men, HCG has been known to increase testosterone production. In considerably smaller amounts, it is used in low-calorie diet programs, like the one formed by Dr. Simeon.

How does HCG work? What are HCG Shots?

HCG effects the Hypothalamus in the brain, to signal release of stored fat into the bloodstream. This released fat is used to provide energy and decrease appetite. This process prevents the breakdown of fats that are essential in normal healthy people, such as intramuscular fat, fat around vital organs and fat around blood vessels. This is especially effective in a low-calorie diet, because the body will break down fat regardless of its location. 

HCG Shots are injections of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin from a vial, mixed with Bacteriostatic water.

Is injectable HCG safe? recommends that you consult your physician prior to beginning any diet. Refer to our diet instructions and medical questionnaire, but also consult your own physician for information.

** Please note that the homeopathic forms of HCG such as HCG drops, are not regulated and have been rejected by the FDA for any use.**

Why not just go on a 500 calorie per day diet and not do any HCG injections?

HCG is believed to mobilize the unnecessary fat that is stored deep in the body to safeguard essential fat. Conversely, a 500 calorie a day diet puts your metabolism into starvation mode, rendering it unable to identify what kinds of fat to mobilize. In effect, vital fat critical to a healthy human will be mobilized. This puts vital organs, vessels and the brain at risk.

Additionally, a recent independent study showed that two groups (one on HCG and one not on HCG) participating in a low-calorie diet both lost 15 pounds on average in a month. However, after measuring muscle loss the non-HCG group lost 5 pounds of muscle on average and the HCG group only lost 2 pounds of muscle. The more muscle a person carries, the easier it is to continue to burn calories at rest, thus ensuring an easier transition when of the HCG diet plan.

What is controversial about low calorie diets, using HCG injections?

In the 1970s, the FDA stated that when HCG was combined with a very low-calorie diet, there were no convincing results when compared to a low-calorie diet alone. That statement is now rejected by current specialists, noting "it’s not the weight that is important, but the fat loss." Remember that initially, when there is fat loss weight may not decrease proportionately. The remaining fat stores are redistributed throughout your body. When your fat “equilibrium” is reestablished, you begin to see the results of your hard work on the scale and in front of the mirror.

How much can I lose with HCG?

When combined with the 28-day Dr. Simeon diet and reasonable exercise, injections of HCG (175 IU per day) can result in the loss of 0.5-2lbs per day.

Can men lose pounds as well with the HCG low calorie diet?

Yes, HCG injection is effective for both men and women. In men the fat loss results are like those of women. Remember that at these low doses of HCG, risks and side effects are rare in men and women.

Can I exercise while on the HCG diet?

Yes, exercise on the HCG diet is fine, but it’s important to be aware of the limits of your body. A 500 calorie per day diet limits the body by decreasing the extra energy that food provides. If you intend to exercise while on the diet, recommends adding 200 calories to your food intake right before exercise (i.e. a protein shake).

Most importantly, listen to your body and stop or scale back exercise if exhaustion occurs. A good amount of exercise for most people on this diet is 25-30 minutes of daily walking.

How come my provided HCG vial is not full, after I mixed with 5ml of Bacteriostatic Water?

The provided vial is 8ml in capacity, so the mix of HCG with 5ml of the bacteriostatic water will result in a vial that is just over half full or more accurately, 3ml larger than 5ml.

That mix will last the entire 28 days If mixed correctly. If you are injecting .17ml as suggested, the mix should last a little longer.

.17ml x 28 days is a total of 4.76ml leaving .24ml as left over after a 28-day cycle.

How do I prevent gaining the weight back after the diet is over?

Learning your body’s response to a low-calorie diet and understanding the basic principles of this diet will help. Remember, this diet is not just for the quantitative loss of unwanted fat and weight. This diet if done properly, is designed to change your metabolism by changing your knowledge about fat loss and healthy eating habits in general.

Is HCG approved by FDA?

Legal notice and disclaimer; the United States FDA has not approved HCG for use in weight-loss treatment. The use of HCG for weight loss is an “off label” use which means that it is considered safe when prescribed by a licensed physician.

DISCLAIMER: HCG has been approved by the FDA for treatment of other conditions. Therefore, does not guarantee any specific weight loss result. Information provided on this site is based on analysis of scientific studies, historical research, and results from other HCG patients.

What are some important things to remember while on the 28-day HCG Low Calorie diet?

Drink plenty of water. At least 8 to 10 glasses of water (8 oz) should be consumed every day while on this diet.

While on the 28-day HCG low calorie diet vitamin replacement is essential. A good B-complex vitamin injection should be sufficient (available on the internet), however one must remember that potassium can be lost quickly, and muscle cramps may occur, indicating supplemental Vitamin K may be needed. One should consult his or her physician prior to taking vitamin K.

Consult your physician prior to the HCG diet. Some people do not respond well to a low-calorie diet and it is critical that you fully understand this diet prior to commencing. If you have any questions, consult your physician, call or carefully research it on the Internet. For best results, be sure to keep an eye out for any extreme symptoms such as exhaustion, headaches, nausea, vomiting or dizziness. Any extreme symptoms must be discussed with a physician immediately.

Alcohol consumption during this HCG diet is not recommended.