October 17, 2019 HomeArticlesHCG and Weight Loss: What is the HCG Diet Protocol? HCG and Weight Loss: What is the HCG Diet Protocol? By Herman Swinney Articles, Blog 5 Comments HCG and Weight Loss: What is the HCG Diet Protocol? Many patients have seen their doctor for general checkups and have been advised to lose weight. But getting help losing weight is a different story. Unfortunately, approved medications to help patients excel on a calorie-restricted diet are not very effective. The proven amount of weight loss is quite small and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only requires that weight-loss medications help a patient lose at least 5% of their body weight. These medications can be quite expensive as many are not covered by insurance. For these reasons and others, many patients seek out alternative therapies and supplements for weight loss that might not be scientifically proven. What is HCG? Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a naturally occurring hormone made by the placenta during pregnancy. The levels produced are very high and can be detected in the urine of pregnant females. That’s right! HCG is the same hormone that is measured by home pregnancy testing! Doctors can prescribe HCG at high doses to help patients with fertility issues, but it is also used in an “off-label” way for weight loss protocols. Does prescription HCG cause weight loss? The original HCG diet protocol recommends a daily HCG injection in combination with severe calorie restriction: around 500 calories per day. The science suggests that people lose weight on the HCG diet because of the small amount of calories they eat, not because of the HCG injection. What is the HCG diet protocol? The HCG diet dates back to the 1950s, but has become popular over the last ten years. The initial work with HCG and diet was done by a famous British endocrinologist, Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons. He first noticed that when HCG was injected into boys with low levels of the male hormone testosterone, the patients lost body fat. What Dr. Simeons discovered is that at low doses, HCG mobilized fat breakdown and protected the patient from the muscle loss that often accompanies low-calorie diets. HCG also helps to suppress appetite and combat the decreasing energy levels that patients often feel while eating very few calories. Several studies done on HCG in the 1970s did not show that adding HCG to a strict diet helped patients to lose more weight. Please consult a medical professional to make sure a very low-calorie diet and HCG are safe for someone like you. The original Simeons HCG protocol called for daily HCG injections in addition to a very low-calorie diet of approximately 500 calories. Compare that to the 4,500 calories an average American consumes on Thanksgiving day. What can I eat on the HCG diet protocol? During the diet protocol, most foods are removed — especially fatty and starchy ones. The diet participant eats the following: 2 servings of lean meat per day, 2 servings of vegetables per day, 2 fruits per day, The option for 2 Italian Grissini breadsticks daily. Within these tight limitations, breakfast is typically replaced with a large glass of lemon water instead. During the protocol, the dieter is also encouraged to avoid applying oil-based makeup and moisturizers. Depending upon the individual, the diet plan and injections last from a minimum of 21 days to a maximum of 40 days. Where is the HCG used in the HCG protocol derived from? Most of the HCG commercially available in the United States is actually extracted from the urine of pregnant females. What about over-the-counter HCG and HCG diet drops? The FDA has taken a strong stance on over-the-counter homeopathic HCG products like oral pills, drops and sprays that are marketed for weight loss. At this time, all drug products that include “homeopathic” HCG are considered by the FDA to be marketed illegally. Vegetarians or vegans and the HCG protocol. Vegetarians should expect about one-half the weight loss on the HCG protocol as compared to those who eat meat. Vegetarians on the HCG diet protocol must drink 500 milliliters of skim milk daily for protein intake, but milk has sugar, which the unaltered protocol is quite low in. Beans, wheat and nuts are not allowed on the HCG diet plan, so vegans cannot safely participate, as they would have too little protein intake. What are the side effects of HCG (HCG diet protocol)? Like all medications, HCG has side effects. Those on the HCG protocol can also experience consequences from the very low-calorie diet itself. Side effects from the HCG diet protocol can include blood clotting, gallbladder stones and attacks, electrolyte problems, fatigue, and depression. If a blood clot travels to the lungs, a pulmonary embolism can occur, which can result in cardiac arrest and death. Again, please consult a medical professional to make sure a very low-calorie diet and HCG is safe for someone like you. Tags:and, calory restricted diet, Doctablet, HCG, HCG diet, hcg diet 2018, hcg diet dangers, hcg diet menu, hcg diet program, hcg drops for weight loss, HCG injections, HCG injections for weight loss, HCG protocol, hcg scam, HCG weight loss, hcg weight loss diet, HCG weight loss program, hcg weight loss side effects, lose weight, medical weight loss, medical weight loss program, oral hcg weight loss, pounds and inches, rapid weight loss, the, weight loss diet, weight loss protocol Related Posts Does Intermittent Fasting Work For Weight Loss? (Surprising Findings) Giant 8-Month-Old Baby Weighs 38lbs Masters Personal Training – Lancashire’s Leading Fitness Company About Author admin 5 Comments Navin Shringi Hcg diet is the only one diet that has actually given me results i lost 12 kgs in 24 days . This diet is a blessing hcg is dirt cheap combine it with other fat loss products like l carnitine and lemon water to increase the effects . People who saw me a month before and saw me now after the diet were shocked . But go only for injectables and be patient it will take a week to kick in but 2nd and 3rd week you see miracles July 29, 2018 Reply Reynasyl Cenabre Can we have it over the counter? January 1, 2019 Reply T Kousek I'm a vegetarian who eats eggs. I am on day 12 of phase 2 VLCD of the HCG and have lost about 18-20lbs so far since starting phase 1 including the 3 day loadup. So I disagree with the comment about losing only 1/2 of what non-vegetarians would lose unless they were implying those who also don't eat eggs. Not only that but I'm hypothyroid and was not able literally lose a lb in a few years (gained instead). So I'm amazed that the hcg diet has managed to allow me to lose that much so far. My ultimate goal is to be able to get off my thyroid meds and get my energy back. I've read that others who did this were able to eventually get off their thyroid med. Instead of the meat, I'm doing (as per dr. recommendation) 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites from 2 eggs (throw the yoke away) for lunch and for dinner to get my protein intake. Also,cucumbers have a little protein too so I am using that periodically as my vegetable. Instead of 2 fruits per day, I'm doing 1 fruit in one meal and replacing that with a 2nd serving of vegetable (dr said that was ok to do) and skipping the bread stick now. I started the program at 231-232 and weigh about 211.7 now so I am definitely pleased with the results thus far. Also, many reports/documents say that it's ok to eat 2 whole eggs a day and it won't cause cholesterol issues as that's also a "good cholesterol". And there's no cholesterol in the egg whites. Also it's important to take a decent b12 vitamin + supplements while on the plan but be careful of any of the geletan capsules and do not take fish oil. Also for stevia, be extremely careful to get the Sweetleaf and not some of the others that may have elythrotol or other sugar alchohols in them. Not all stevia is acceptable. The other thing is that I only eat organic eggs and organic vegetables and organic apples. I've read its ok to do non-organic lemons as the peel protects from insecticides, etc.. You can also buy the organic egg beater egg-whites which I do from whole foods. But be sure to not use any cooking spray/pam in the pan. I just put it in the pan alone and it seems to be ok. My dr also said one could (although I have not) buy strictly raw sugar free protein powder and mix with water for your protein. Make sure there's no sugar and/or other stuff in there that could interfere with the weight loss. If in doubt, don't buy it unless you check with the dr or clinic and show them the ingredients. It's kind of expensive (ie, almost $40+ for the container). May 5, 2019 Reply Catina DeAnn I would not use this I imagine it causes issues with pregnancy later on in life unless I’m understanding wrong? If it helps with fertility that basically means more eggs are dropping which is a waste unless you are trying to get pregnant.. May 11, 2019 Reply nevergobroke559 Hcg is similar to steroids !!!! Eat clean and tren hard !!! October 13, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.