HCG Injections for Weight Loss FAQ
Our HCG Shots and Programs
Our Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is compounded in the United States by licensed U.S pharmacies. It is available as injectable kits (HCG Shots) prescribed by our physicians. Patients use daily HCG injections in conjunction with a very low calorie diet for weight loss. Adding either B12 or Lipo (MIC+B12) as a separate injection or "troche" (pharmaceutical lozenge) 2-3 times weekly will help maximize weight loss. The HCG diet can be done in either a 28 or 56 day round. Many have reported weight loss of 20lbs or more on the program.
Our experienced Medical Doctor evaluates all orders and consults with all patients to ensure that the HCG injections, HCG diet and associated calorie restriction is right for you. HCG Injections and combination programs and products are listed in our catalog. For Troches (Lozenges), lipotropics and other weight loss medication please see our full catalog.
What is HCG?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG, is a hormone known for playing different roles in male and female sexual development. In women, it affects ovulation and fertility. In men, it has been known to increase testosterone levels. In considerably smaller amounts, it is used in weight loss programs, like the one created by Doctor A. T. W. Simeons.
Who is the HCG Diet Best Suited for?
Generally speaking, an otherwise healthy adult man or woman with a high BMI (body mass index) and the need to lose weight are ideal candidates. Patients with certain medical conditions including pregnancy may not be approved for HCG injections or the HCG diet.
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Side Effects of HCG and the HCG Diet
The most common side effects experienced by patients on HCG diet are hunger and reduced energy due to the low calorie intake. While the HCG diet is designed to maintain muscle while reducing fat, the reduced calories can affect energy levels. You may be advised by our doctor to reduce your physical activity or fitness regime during the calorie restriction phase of the HCG program.
How does it work? Why HCG Injections?
The HCG hormone 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 combined with a diet low in calories, because the body will break down fat regardless of its location.
Is injectable HCG safe?
Our doctors evaluate all patients and health information must be provided through completion of a medical questionnaire and telemedical consultation. USHCGShots.com 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.
The programs and products offered by US HCG Shots include a very low dose daily HCG injection. The injection site is subcutaneous (beneath the skin). Full instructions are provided and the kits include all syringes, alcohol pads and prep supplies for your HCG shot.
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 and 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 daily injections 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 diet very low in calories, there were no convincing results when compared to the 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 dramatic weight loss of 0.5-2lbs per day.
Can men lose weight with the HCG diet?
Yes, HCG injections are effective for both men and women. In men the weight loss results are like those of women.
Can I exercise while on the HCG diet?
Yes, exercise is fine, but it’s important to be aware of the limits of your body. 500 calories per day limits the body by decreasing the extra energy that food provides. If you intend to exercise while on the program, we recommend 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 program is 25-30 minutes of daily walking.
How do I prevent gaining the weight back after the diet is over?
Learning your body’s response to the program and understanding the basic principles of this diet will help. As with all weight loss programs, a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise is the key to keeping the weight off. 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, weight loss and healthy eating habits in general.
What are some important things to remember while on the 28-day HCG Program?
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 program, vitamin replacement is essential. A good B-complex vitamin injection should be sufficient, 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 starting any weight loss program. Some people do not respond well to the reduced calories and it is critical that you fully understand this diet prior to commencing. If you have any questions, consult your physician. 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 is not recommended.
Is HCG approved by the FDA?
Legal notice and disclaimer; the United States FDA has not approved HCG for 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. Over the counter use or sale is not approved.
DISCLAIMER: HCG has been approved by the FDA for treatment of other conditions. Therefore, USHCGShots.com 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.
Food and Drug Administration labeling for the approved Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) drug products require the following statement about the use of the HCG products for weight loss: "HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or 'normal' distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets."