hCG Injections for Weight Loss: Do They Really Work?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/24/2013 6:00 AM   :  203 comments   :  411,725 Views

What if I told you that we've discovered the secret to weight loss—something so amazing, easy, and effective that it can help you drop several pounds a day, lose that stubborn belly fat for good, and finally "fix" your metabolism so that you'll never suffer from weight problems again? Sounds great, right?

All you have to do is never eat any brand name foods from big food companies, eliminate all artificial sweeteners, white sugar and flour (and a handful of other things), switch to a 100% organic diet, eat big salads at lunch and dinner, consume no more than 500 calories a day and inject yourself with a special "solution" each day while you do it. Your reaction to that should be "no thanks, I'll pass," but many others think it sounds like the weight-loss breakthrough they've been waiting for.

It's called the hCG diet. If you haven't heard of it, it's not your fault. Proponents of this diet claim that it's so effective that the government has worked hard to cover it up for years because it would solve obesity and health problems that would put pharmaceutical companies out of business.

That may seem plausible. I love a good conspiracy theory myself. But the deeper you dig, the more red flags you'll find about the hCG diet and its infamous injections.

I do my best to stay on top of current weight-loss trends, but I hadn't heard about this until Coach Jen and SparkPeople Dietitian Becky Hand, a licensed and registered dietitian with 20 years of experience, alerted me about it. They've received lots of questions about these hCG injections and the hCG diet. So with Becky's help and some research on my part (which wasn't easy because most websites you'll find when you search for hCG information are completely one-sided and trying to sell hCG to you), here's what you need to know.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells in the placenta and helps to maintain progesterone production throughout pregnancy, among other functions. One of the possible roles of hCG during pregnancy is breaking down stored abdominal fat so that it can be used as an energy source for the growing fetus, a process that slightly increases the mother’s metabolism. Because of this, some people have hypothesized that hCG could be used as a weight-loss aid.

In the 1950s, A British endocrinologist named Dr. Albert T. Simeons created a weight-loss plan that involved injecting people with the hCG hormone based on his theory that it will help break down fat stores, increase metabolism and promote weight loss and satiety on an extremely low-calorie diet. He even opened some hCG weight-loss clinics during the mid-century.

In more recent history (2007), Kevin Trudeau, a controversial businessman with no medical or nutrition credentials, wrote a book called The Weight Loss Cure "They" Don't Want You to Know About that outlines a restrictive hCG diet and recommends the use of hCG injections for weight loss. This has led to a consumer resurgence and interest in hCG. However, it should be noted that Trudeau has made a living selling "natural cures" in books and infomercials and has lost several lawsuits brought on by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and has also been convicted of both fraud and larceny. In November 2007, just seven months after his Weight Loss Cure book was published, a court found Trudeau in contempt for making deceptive claims in his book and ultimately fined him $37 million. Some people view Trudeau as a crusader or hero for sharing these cover-ups with the public when no one else would. Others (myself included) view his background and run-ins with the FTC as big red flags. How can you trust someone with a history like this and no medical or nutrition education or experience? Updated 3/24/14: Trudeau was jailed November 12, 2013 when he was convicted by a federal jury of criminal contempt for lying in several infomercials about the contents of his hit book, “The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About,” which promoted hCG. In March 2014 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. More at ChicigoTribune.com.

Trudeau and other proponents of the hCG diet and hCG injections for weight loss continue to make a lot of big claims, but these are just claims—not facts. NONE of these claims is backed by reputable resources or any science.

According to SparkPeople's head dietitian Becky Hand, "Numerous double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies conducted between the 1970s and 1990s (see a list of selected sources below) have shown that hCG injections provide NO weight-loss advantage. In study after study, researchers compared two groups: a control group who followed the diet only and another group who followed the same diet AND received hCG injections. Time after time, the weight loss between the two groups was identical, demonstrating that hCG injections offer no weight-loss advantage over dieting alone." Or in layman's terms, "hCG injections have nothing to do with the weight loss. SAVE YOUR MONEY!" cautions Becky.

After all, if you're completely changing your diet and eating a third of the calories you should be eating to stay healthy, it's hard to know what's really causing weight loss: the diet, the injection or both. These studies show that the diet is responsible—that hCG injections aren't really doing anything to promote weight loss. On top of that, says Becky, who reviewed the published research on hCG says, "researchers observed NO statistically significant differences in body composition, waist-to-hip ratio, hunger level, spot reduction, or mood among the groups." This counters the very claims made by hCG promoters—that hCG burns belly fat and makes you able to withstand the extreme hunger you're likely to experience if you only eat 500 calories a day. Reputable research says otherwise.

Even if hCG injections do work, how do you know that what a supplement company is selling you is the real thing? Part of the risk of taking supplements—whether we're talking vitamins, herbal concoctions or hormones like hCG—is that supplements are not regulated. No one is overseeing these companies to ensure that what they say is in a bottle is really in there. No one is making sure that the pill or liquid or whatever it may be is free of contaminants or provides a safe or healthy dosage. Prescription drugs on the other hand are regulated for safety, ingredients and potency. But you'd be hard pressed to find a doctor who will administer hCG injections for you because the FDA has never approved hCG injections for weight-loss treatment in the U.S. In fact, since 1975, the FDA has required labeling and advertising of hCG to state:

"HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss 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."

Beyond that, the diet alone is restrictive and dangerously low in calories. The reason SparkPeople (and other nutrition recommendations) have calorie floors (women should never eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day, for example) is because it is not possible to meet your body's needs for protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals when eating so little food. Certainly an extremely low-calorie diet will result in weight loss—for a while. But it'll likely slow your metabolism down and make you feel lethargic and pretty darn hungry.

One of the things I always tell people when they ask me about the latest diet pill or program is this: If it REALLY worked, everyone would know about it. Seriously—everyone really would. You'd constantly hear about it on the news, in magazines and newspapers, in statements from reputable organizations, from doctors—from everyone. Why? Because everyone really DOES want a safe and reliable cure for obesity. If that existed in the form of a pill or injection or special food combination, you better believe that no one would be able to truly "suppress" that information. Pharmaceutical companies have been searching for this very cure for years, as have university and medical researchers who aren't affiliated with pharmaceutical companies. If weight loss came in a pill, trust me—you'd know about it and you'd probably be taking it. "The use of hCG injections for weight loss remains a popular treatment," says Becky, "but it is just another dieting scam."

The next thing I want you to ask yourself is, "Who profits from telling you this?" If "who profits" is a bunch of supplement companies or weight-loss clinics or a controversial book author, well there you go. Medical organizations, health organizations, the government, nutrition professionals, even SparkPeople—none of us either "win" or "lose" by telling you that something is a scam. The people who have the "agenda" are the ones who are trying to profit off of consumers with high hopes for this secret cure.

Selected Sources:
Bosch B, Venter I, Stewart RI, Bertram SR. Feb. 1990. Human chorionic gonadotrophin and weight loss. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. South African Medical Journal. 77(4):185-9.

Greenway FL, Bray GA. Dec. 1977. Human chorionic gonadotropin in the treatment of obesity: A critical assessment of the simeons method. The Western Journal of Medicine. 127(6):461-3.

Miller R, Schneiderman LJ. Mar. 1977. A clinical study of the use of human chorionic gonadotrophin in weight reduction. Journal of Family Practice. 4(3):445-8.

Shetty KR, Kalkhoff RK. Feb. 1977. Human chorionic gonadotropin treatment of obesity. Archives of Internal Medicine. 137(2):151-5.

Stein MR, Julis RE, Peck CC, Hinshaw W, Sawicki JE, Deller JJ. Sept. 1976. Ineffectiveness of human chorionic gonadotropin in weight reduction: A double-blind study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 29(9):940-948.

Young RL, Fuchs RJ, Woltjen MJ. Nov. 1976. Chorionic gonadotropin in weight control: A double-blind crossover study. Journal of the American Medical Association. 236(22):2495-7.



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  • 203
    I work in a naturopathic clinic that offers HCG and see patients lose lots of weight on it. Then they go off of it and the weight slowly comes back on. I believe they lose weight due to eating 500 calories a day.

    Like any other diet, you go off of it and the weight comes back on. Making lifestyle changes and losing the weight slowly is the only way I've seen people have lasting success.

    Good luck to all of you who try HCG though, you may be the exception to the rule. But in my 6 years of working with HCG patients I have not seen anyone really keep the weight off for more than a few months. - 6/8/2014   1:10:29 PM
  • DEEPALEENAIR
    202
    Most studies have found that hCG (stands for human chorionic gonadotropin) has nothing to do with it. The hCG diet limits you to 500 calories a day for 8 weeks while taking hCG, either by getting a shot or by taking a “homeopathic” product, such as oral drops, pellets, or sprays, which you can buy at the store. None of this is approved by the FDA for weight loss. The shots themselves are legal, as long as a health care provider gives them to you. (They're approved to treat fertility issues.) But over-the-counter hCG products are not. The FDA has sent warning letters to several companies that market homeopathic hCG products. For more information related to weight loss treatment visit fcbsglobal.com/weight-loss-treatmen
    t.php - 5/9/2014   8:49:08 AM
  • MICHELLE0429
    201
    In my experiences I have found the HCG injections prescribed through a doctor to be safe and effective. I followed the new protocol out there that is just as effective as the original. You get 800 calories and more food options. I never experienced physical hunger or low energy or fatigue. I experienced head hunger which I have with any number calorie diet and I think some people don't know the difference. I believe the good HCG (there is some bad out there) does what it claims to do. The low calorie count causes the HCG to release fat from your stores every day. You are getting adequate calories from your own fat. I had no problem transitioning from using HCG to a low carb lifestyle and I continue to lose weight without the injections. I would not have been able to eat an 800 calorie diet for one day if the shots didn't take away the hunger. I also believe without the shots I would be losing muscle mass (doctor's scale showed fat loss) and messing up my metabolism which did not happen on the shots. As with any diet, a person cannot go back to their old ways of eating and expect to keep the weight off. It is possible to keep the weight off and you don't have to keep eating low calorie. For me, I find low carb and exercise works for me. I am all for losing the weight in half or 1/3 of the amount of time with relative ease for 6 weeks.
    - 4/25/2014   2:49:06 AM
  • ANDYGG
    200
    I am 4 days into an HCG diet plan from my Doctor.
    I am overweight and obese at 120kg. I have been as high as 132kg and I'll get to that later.
    I take medication for blood pressure, have developed type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the opposite to not making enough insulin. My insulin receptors don't function properly so when I eat carbohydrates I over manufacture insulin which creates the high blood pressure. The carbohydrates I eat - too much bread and white rice etc, is quickly stored as fat etc.

    I eat out of habit, and as a procrastination aid, ie I need a sandwich etc to postpone attending to some thing.

    After telling me again that I was in danger of heart failure etc, my doctor made much to do about how he and a bunch of doctors were concerned about the obesity issue in NZ and had developed a diet plan including HCG.

    He made the HCG diet sound quite an exclusive development to the bunch of doctors he is part of. He made the claims about HCG triggering the Hypothalamus to function correctly to burn abnormal fat without burning muscle etc. He advised it involved 2 days gorging, then HCG and 500 calorie days leading to maintenance phase. "I could lose 15kg in 6 weeks." He asked if I was interested to undertake the diet? I agreed to undertake the diet.

    No mention of cost was made, and I assumed, as my Doctor, he was making the diet available in the interests of my good health. I also assumed that as no mention of costs had been made, I would pay for his consultation and the HCG Diet plan would be free.

    Doctor called me in and handed me the package with the HCG tablets, multi vitamin supplements, a book "Kilos and Centimeters" (based on the original "pounds and Inches Book" )and a Diet Guide booklet.

    I read the literature and noticed how alike the food plan was to the previous $20 diet plan I had previously undertaken.

    2 Years ago I was 132Kg. I needed to lose weight for my daughters wedding.
    I found on an online Auction site a diet plan "lose 5 kg a week" Cost was $20. It involved a Low Carbohydrate Diet Plan on which "I would "not" feel hungry " - 3 days on diet and 2 days off then 3 days on etc. I would not feel tired because "I would burn the fat stores in my body".

    The diet included small balanced meals of 100grams of protein - meat, chicken, fish etc, and vegetables in certain formulas, avoiding high carbohydrate sources such as bread rice etc. Calories were not counted and the diet included a good variety of cheap foods including nice-cream.

    I lost 5 Kg first week, and continued until I was 113kg, down from 132kg, in just 6 weeks, and in time for my daughters wedding. That's 20kg loss in fat without feeling hungry, losing muscle mass, or feeling fatigued.

    I have seen an other Heart foundation diet which is essentially the same and given to hospital patients who need to lose weight prior to surgery.

    After the wedding I reverted to my old eating habits and gained back 8kg round my middle. I have been able to maintain weight but still have sandwiches, up to 8 pieces of bread a day sometimes,and biscuits and other unhealthy processed foods

    So recently at 120kg my doctor suggested this HCG diet. I want to be healthy and slim and believing it was some miracle cure / eating habits diet that would lead me to eat healthily long term I started the diet.

    Again I point out - "At no time did my doctor raise the subject of cost", and I assumed I was being treated under NZ free healthcare for obesity with a special diet, medication ( HCG) and vitamin supplements, In the same way I was receiving medication for insulin levels, blood pressure etc.

    I started the diet late but on the 4th day into it, (2 weeks after receiving the diet plan package) I received the doctors bill $720 dollars plus normal consultation fee.

    Feeling duped I researched the HCG diet and have found that it is commonplace around the world, the HCG and associated vitamins are or have been readily available online, with HCG recently only available from medical practitioners as a result of FDA restricting their sale on the basis of no proven scientific results for the losing of fat, and with the HCG diet widely regarded as a scam.

    Q. if HCG has no scientifically proven fat burning benefits, and that's the reason why it's sale by non medical people has been banned, why are doctors able to prescribe it for that purpose. ? Corruption and favors by the FDA ?

    From my own research, my bodies initial reactions to the low calorie HCG diet, and my bodies fat burning reactions during my previous $20 low carbohydrate diet, I have to agreed that the fat burning process is attributed to the average human body's normal response to low calorie / low carbohydrate intake . My experience in the first few 500 calorie days is exactly the same as the first period of the low carbohydrate diet in which I lost 20kg in 6 weeks.

    I also found that low carbohydrate diet of 3 days on and 2 days off , was much more user friendly than the HCG diet in that I learned to eat smaller meal potions, more often, in moderation, so that in the 2 days off periods, although there were no restrictions to what I ate, I tended to eat smaller and more healthy food portions that I had eaten previously.

    So it appear my doctor's $700 diet consists of a $35 retail paper back book being a revised version of "Inches and Pounds", available free online in PDF form, 42 HCG pills worth around $85 which according to the FDA have no proven scientific benefits for Fat burning /loss , and $60 worth of Multi Vitamins.

    I'll be taking the diet package back ASAP and refusing to pay.

    Tomorrow I'll reintroduce the original diet plan I paid $20 for, and attend to my emotional requirements for food.

    I've come to realize, Weight gain is not rocket science, and is caused by a number of simple factors including , emotional attraction or need for food, laziness in preparing proper meals, eating foods that are easily stored as fat ie high carbohydrate foods, overeating etc, all of which can be changed by applying the same dedication to sensible healthy eating as everyone puts into the HCG or similar diet plans.

    'in the old days' there were not so many obese people. Is it coincidence that there was not the huge amount of highly processed food around ?

    My grandmothers eating philosophy went like this - "If you see food in the shop that didn't grow that way - don't eat it."

    Nearly scammed !!
    New Zealand




    - 4/4/2014   4:55:11 AM
  • 199
    My friend did these shots. She drives a school bus, She told me that she passed out while driving the bus! Thank goodness she had already dropped off the children for the day. She also lost her hair! And she said she was having problems breathing. She lost a lot of weight very quickly.But She got so sick she had to stop the shots and gained all her weight back plus some. I think I'll stick to eating healthy to lose my weight. - 4/3/2014   9:39:40 AM
  • 198
    My sister and her daughter did this and I believe that it messed up her brain chemistry. She had a major breakdown and I don't know if she's ever going to come back. Her daughter was more fortunate, young and healthy too. Both of them lost a lot of weight, but in my sister's case it didn't stay off very long and before it was over, she lost her daughter too. I am so glad that Kevin Trudeau is on his way to prison... he is a very dangerous person! Although I'm not sure that he was the one who "educated" my sister about this. - 3/23/2014   9:12:40 AM
  • MYSTTY
    197
    My doctor tried to convince me to do this with the diet and injections. Supposedly, he has many patients that do it and have lost "30 pounds in 30 days" among other things. Of course, insurance does not cover it and he wanted $300 up front to begin treatment. I said NO THANK YOU and opted for a normal diet and exercise routine. I started on January 12, 2014, and today, March 18, 2014, I have lost a total of 23.4 pounds. That seems to me to be a reasonable rate of weight loss, and it gives my skin time to shrink along with my body, so that I won't end up with loose skin hanging everywhere like I have seen on people that lose too much to quickly. - 3/18/2014   8:20:46 PM
  • 196
    that is a really bad picture !!!!! you do not put a terrifying picture just for an article and you can do it by using it as drops under the tongue....... - 9/27/2013   11:12:15 AM
  • 195
    You can gain weight back after any diet. I have tried Hcg. It isn't for everyone. I think you have to try it for yourself before you judge. I think it is tons more safer than weight loss surgery. - 8/13/2013   5:58:29 PM
  • 194
    I have see that it works for a short time. Those I know who have tried it all lost weight initially, but have regained that weight. Plus the long term affects are still unknown.

    To me...its not a good diet. It basically calls for starvation. Any diet that asks for elimination of entire food groups or meals is unhealthy, in my opinion.
    - 4/28/2013   4:47:22 AM
  • 193
    I have see that it works for a short time. Those I know who have tried it all lost weight initially, but have regained that weight. Plus the long term affects are still unknown.

    To me...its not a good diet. It basically calls for starvation. Any diet that asks for elimination of entire food groups or meals is unhealthy, in my opinion.
    - 4/28/2013   4:47:00 AM
  • HEALTHYLIFE091
    192
    First of all, read the protocol before you judge--it details how and why it works: at hcgdietinfo.com/Dr-ATW-Simeons-Poun
    ds-and-Inches "dot" htm
    I have hypothyroidism, and after being a size 5-7, 130lbs my entire life and eating anything I wanted, even lost weight after both kids, my thryoid went out and I gained 50lbs in a matter of a couple of months! Doctor put me on synthroid (a CHEMICALLY made pill that kept me suffering from thyroid symptoms and SICK for 5 years) all the while fighting with my doctor that it wasn't working. Lots of research and find a doctor who offerred me NATURAL thryroid treatment (made from pig thyroid glands)--also NOT FDA approved (most natural medications are not!)--I am now the person I was before in terms of feeling great! I began exercising, doing aerobics, eating healthy--only to keep losing and regaining the same 10lbs. My DOCTOR (who is on the board of a hospitcal and a respected DO), put me on the HCG diet injections. I lost 28lbs in 30days and felt awesome!! I was able to go off cholesterol medication! And I've kept it off for 2 years! I look and feel better than I have in 15 years!!

    2 things I want to point out in the comments I've read above:

    1. Your body is NOT starving. It is using your fat stores for fuel--it doesn't attack muscle--the same way when you are pregnant the body takes the fat for the baby, not the muscle. Read the protocol!
    Before I tried HCG, I used 'my fitness pal' to count calories and tried eating 1000 a day--my body actually did go into starvation mode and I gained weight!

    2. You do this diet no longer than 30-45 days at most per round.

    3. The diet in phase 3, helps you understanding what foods YOU as an individual can get and still maintain your weight. It teaches you to understanding how YOUR body responds to food. And in Phase 4, that is maintaining your weight--yes exercising and eating heathly. I know people who have gained weight back from every diet there is! You have to change lifestyle after any diet or it doesn't stick!

    4. I don't care what studies have shown, what works for some doesn't work for everyone. My HCG was obtained via a prescription through my doctor and compounding pharmacy--not some online store--I would never buy this online!! This protocol (not actually a diet), worked for me and countless friends who have done it--and we have all kept it off! No side affects whatsoever for any of us. That's a good enough study for me.

    5. Lastly, let's not judge others. That is the problem with this world. We are not a 'one size fits all' when it comes to anything! We are all unique and have our own sets of circumstances, genetics, etc. Everyone is struggling with something, so give people a break and be kind.
    - 4/17/2013   11:52:35 AM
  • 191
    I have seen several people go on this diet and yes, they lost weight...but I have yet to see one person not gain back at least ten more pounds than they started with....Just something to think about people..... - 4/15/2013   12:03:14 AM
  • 190
    For those who may read this ancient article, I do hope you'll read the SEO spammer comments for what they are: paid hawkers who are not SP members, but people paid to post comments like this wherever a google search turns up a certain keyword.

    The science is behind us on this one. The reason this research is old is because there have been no significant advancements in this field since they were run. Not because there's a weird conspiracy.

    If you lose weight, it's because you're starving yourself... not because of the injections. - 3/26/2013   7:48:48 PM
  • PPINSON09
    189
    Read Pounds and Inches and follow the original diet. It works! To all of you who feel that people who are overweight just need to exercise and stop eating, well, it's not that simple. For instance, I have 3 children, all have been served the same meals and lived the same lifestyle including team sports and lots of daily activity. Two tend to gain easily and one stays slim. Why? Don't you think it has something to do with the way their body metablizes food? Yes, it does. Read Pounds and Inches and if you are overweight do the diet. It works and the weight stays off. - 7/6/2012   9:24:17 AM
  • SPARKME007
    188
    One thing we know for sure, everything is not for everybody. I have struggle with my weight over the last 20years since having children. My self esteem, i.e. has not been the same since. I didn't kow much about it, at 1st I was thinking negative, 500 calories, wtfrek nic, that's a slice of pizza, bag of chips, ie. Until I start reading, I figure well I've done weight watchers, phedermine, addex, starvation, etc. I was scared at first, but realize that I have tried other things, it was hcg or lipo. Let me try this and see what happens... I weight it last Thursday, 10lbs as of today, & waiting to see the scale in June. It is a lifestyle change that's for sure, i would have never thought that I would be eating this little, and still be satisfied. However, at the same time, my mind has told me so long to stuff my mouth, because my conform was food! We all have our own opinion about things, but unless we have walked in someone's else shoes, it's easy to be on the outside looking in. I wish all the best success in what ever plan they choose, whether it's just diet, exercise, dastro, i.e. We all have struggle with one thing or another. - 4/18/2012   1:21:51 PM
  • FIFIFAIR1
    187
    I have absolutely no metabolism. I have a slow thyroid and gain weight easy. I've tried working out two hours a night seven days a week. I've tried dieting. I've tried eating and barely eating. No one should have to starve themselves and workout several hours a day just trying to lose weight or maintain their weight. I too was skeptical of the shots but after seeing several of my co-workers who had struggled losing weight before starting the shots and after starting the shots the weight started falling off, I decided to try it myself. After one series of shots and taking a natural appetite suppressant, the weight has begun to come off after three years of trying. I definitely saw a difference in my stomach fat and my clothes started falling off. I lost 18 pounds during the first series of shots and have maintained it. I still have a few pounds more to go and have lost no more weight since I stopped the shots. You do two months on and one month off. Getting ready to go the second round of shots, hoping to get rid of the rest of my tummy fat. At least I no longer have the muffin top around the top of my pants and I love the results I'm getting. BTW, I did not follow a specific diet. I already eat lean meats, veggies and stay clear of sugar and processed foods. I've been eating that way most of my adult life but have still had trouble losing fat. HCG shots has helped me. - 4/16/2012   7:26:01 PM
  • BMISCHIEFJ
    186
    "Nicole Nichols, you have to absolutely kidding us, right? That if there were really successful cures for obesity (or cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's etc) that we would all know because it would be proudly proclaimed by TV, radio, books and newsprint and embraced by a scientific community that would spend day and night testing and then release all their data in a completely transparent fashion... Are you serious??!! The corporate entities and their banking overlords that run the Show would not only lose countless Billions, but they would lose their control of us. "

    Hi,

    Its called diet and exercise, and it works. People want to lose weight fast so they spend hundreds of dollars on products like HCG which can't possibly keep off the weight in the long run...I suppose unless you keep spending those hundreds of dollars and continue to eat 500 calories a day (which is less than some anorexics, btw.). In reality, you can save money by eating less and you can go run outside for free.

    People are obese because they keep eating and not exercising. Spark people seems like a great site for people to track their calories, find out about new exercises, etc. Its strange that so many HCG users are a part of the Spark community.

    It also seems that you lose the whole "way to go, I really accomplished something" that you get with improving your physical ability through exercise. The more you exercise, the stronger you get, the better you feel.

    Way to go, you can inject yourself with some hormone and eat 500 calories a day...not impressed. - 2/22/2012   11:57:09 PM
  • 185
    I plan to start the program next week. 800 CALS. I am thinking positively. Others who are experiencing success please get in touch by sparkmail. There is no spark group for HCG dieters that i could find - 2/18/2012   10:06:52 PM
  • LAGNAFE
    184
    I am a 53 year old male work out 5 times a week , I am currently 5'9" 185 around 6% body fat really lean and muscular without changing my work out routine or diet in any way I started 300 iu of hcg injections each morning for three weeks straight with one day off I went from 195 to 185 in three weeks a friend of mine stated the same protocol as mine also with out dieting but he continued to work out as me he lost 30 pounds of weight in one month a coincedence I think not, I went from looking pretty cut up to complety shredded with no change in diet or exercise regimen....... - 12/25/2011   12:01:48 PM
  • PICOBOOWINKS
    183
    Hi Everyone, well I'm a big supporter of HCG. Yes, you do eat a VLCD...I was skeptical about taking a hormone to help me. I successfully lost 30 pounds in 40 days. I like the diet because it was very black and white. No grey areas at all. I followed the diet religiously. Also, it got me in the habit of eating healthy, weighing my food and tracking what I eat - something I have never done before. Do I agree with a VLCD for the body - no not for long term, however, I did not great and felt great. Which is worse for the body - being overweight, obese for some or to lose weight? Being overweight has far more healthy risks that taking HCG for 40 days. Maintenance is key to the success of this program. You need to change your mind set. I've tried everything - and this has been the most pleasureable experience for weight loss I have every had! So when skeptics tell someone who is very overweight/obese...it's so bad - well so is being that heavy. I only have 10 lbs to go to meet my goal. I will do it through exercise and eating well. I'm thanking for the HCG protocol. - 12/10/2011   1:33:12 PM
  • MYOWNEXPERIENCE
    182
    from my own experience.
    I never used beta-hcg injections however as an obese person I lost 15 k"g on my first pregnancy, and 10 k"g on my second,15 years ago and 9 years ago respectively. There were no beta-hcg diet "trends" at that point.
    I was not on a diet, I hadn't any nausia not on the first , middle or last trimester, and had no eatting disorder other than the one i was familliar with which led me to obesity.
    I was just less hungry then ever, to a level which I told myself I am no longer an obsessive compulsive eater.
    At that point and until now i am convinced that the pregnancy sort of "arranged" my metabolism; be it the beta-hcg or something else.
    I became more forgiving to myself for any weight I had gained later, since it clarified to me that I am not a weak character person that cannot control herself.

    I have a 7 month success currently with total obstination from sugar, although I consume honey to sweeten my tea. I obstain from gluten containing carbohydrates. I have managed to do this for 7 months now resulting in a 20-21 k"g reduction. This is still not enough. The quantities of food and the hunger still control me- I do experience hunger although I eat freely everything other than the listed above.
    Science is young in terms of in-vivo metabolism research. there is much to be learned. sad to think that it will not be in our lifetime maybe.
    Good luck to all of you.
    - 12/4/2011   9:11:05 AM
  • 181
    I call it "medically assisted anorexia," and it's not even real medicine. I know about a dozen people (friends and co-workers) who've tried hCG, and while the low-calorie diet helped them lose weight, not a single one of them has had permanent results 2 years later. One of my friends and I started our weight loss journeys around the same time about 2 and a half years ago. She went on hCG while I used diet and exercise. She lost about a pound a DAY, incredibly, while I went along at a pound or 2 a week. She lost a lot of weight faster than I did, losing roughly a third of her body weight in just over a year. She's returned to a regular diet, and she's gained almost all of her weight back. Her metabolism is jacked, her immunity is weak so she's often sick, and her body is unfit because it was nearly impossible for her to work out on so few calories. In fact, she could barely think, lost her amazing vibrancy and energy, had a slower thought process, and had constant headaches. She hasn't been the same. It took me longer, but I've also lost a third of my body weight, haven't been sick in over a year, and have only gotten faster, stronger, and more energetic. I feel great and am happy with my results. She's heartbroken and struggles daily with her failed attempt. To say this junk pisses me off is polite. Knowing that thousands of vulnerable people spend their hard-earned dollars on it reinforces my dislike and distrust of the diet industry. Don't want to return to long periods where you have to exist on a 500-cal diet to maintain your weight loss? I suggest seeking out a healthier solution, even if it is slower and (oh no) old-fashioned/traditional--methods used by the majority of National Weight Control Registry participants!

    Looking through comments, it also frustrates me that so many comments are from inaccessible Spark accounts. The internet is flooded with hCG "defenders" who are trying to defend something they're selling. It's hard to find those blind studies on hCG because you have to wade through pages and pages of searches that turn up these planted messages. - 12/2/2011   11:34:29 AM
  • 180
    It infuriates me to no end that people on here as so quick to make comments like "its not regulated by the fda so you know it's bad" or "its snake oil and it'll mess up your metabolism because it's not monitored by the fda" etc etc. There are so many drugs that ARE regulated that destroy people's bodies and our regulatory systems that ARE supposed to protect us are letting us down anyhow. I used to bodybuild and had an amazing physique. I ate a strict diet and was constantly working out. I took ONE depro provera shot (a drug that's not even supposed to be weight loss related) and while maintaining the same intense lifestyle, that shot caused me to gain nearly 40 lbs in only 2 months. My body shut down entirely from that shot! What is our fda doing about that drug that is destroying people's metabolisms?? Absolutely nothing! They continue to tout it as a safe, effective drug and yet over 80% of women experience weight gain from it, and 50% experience dramatic weight gain. That's my own PERSONAL experience with a failed drug tgats supposed to be beneficial and is regulated. I've never been able to lose more than 5 lbs since then.

    What about all the other drugs out there with listed and known side effects? Just because the fda gave its stamp of approval, everyone should blindly think it's safe/effective? Those side effects are listed because it happened to some people but not everyone. No drug is a one size fits all, period. There never will be in my opinion because everyone has different genetic makeup. Why are some children born with certain problems even when family genetics don't predisposed them to it in any way? The human body is so complex that we have little idea why it reacts the way it does for some people and not others.

    I imagine that hcg, or any other weight loss supplement, will work for some but not everyone. And even if it only helps a few, there is likely something else out there that will help someone else. I have a cousin that was extremely successful with hcg but my parents have not been. Yet they have done great with another type of diet. Every person is going to have have a different experience with every drug or supplement out there and in some cases, its trial and error to fond out what your body will respond to.

    Why does everyone need a single magic pill that works for every person equally? We don't live in a world where anything is equal, so why should this be different for weight loss? We can compare it to smoking cessation aids if you care to as well. Or gastric bypass, or bariatric surgery? What about cosmetic surgery..all regulated, none are a good option but they work for some people and not for others. Please stop being so blinded by thinking that just because its regulated or not that its either good or bad. Its not so black or white. - 11/30/2011   1:32:41 PM
  • CICI331
    179
    I think when you look at studies you really need to look at who did them how they were performed and who paid for them before trusting in something that is so easy to manipulate, that being said many people have gotton quite angry over other people trying this diet. I myself am needle phobic and could never do it but my cousin did for about 6 months. She lost weight quickly and has gone off of it and is still losing weight, if it is a scam but believing it works helps you lose weight then go for it. People take birth control pills, there is something used in some plastics that mimics estrogen in the body and numerous other pollutions to worry about. Have you seen the list of side effects on most prescription drugs. I took Chantix years ago to quit smoking despite all the negative publicity and it worked just long enough for me to really believe after so many failed attempts that it was possible to quit which spurred me into being able to make it a lasting change, this sounds like that. If you can initially lose weight quickly enough to spur your excitement to do it and keep at it, building your belief that it is possible, go ahead. you will have to exercise and eat healthy for sustainable weight loss but a big "win" at the begining of a life change like this can really motivate you. So please if you are having sucess ignore the many negative comments because losing weight will improve your health more than a few injections of something that is made by the human body could possibly hurt you. Whatever method everyone chooses stay positive and good luck :) - 11/11/2011   11:09:40 PM
  • MWELLS8
    178
    Honestly, I just finished my first protocol with HCG injections at CompleteHCG.com and it worked awesome! I had energy and everything was just what they said it would be... I lost 28lbs my first month! - 10/7/2011   2:02:29 PM
  • PROJECTMEHCG
    177
    It can’t just be a calorie thing. I studied the numbers, and mathematically, it just doesn’t work.

    I am skeptical about the claim too, don’t get me wrong. Who wouldn’t be? I decided to try it, sort of do my own “study.” After 2 load / 10 VLCD days, I’ve lost almost 16lbs (2.5lbs in the last two days alone; 12lbs when you exclude the load “gain”). The typical BMR formula says I should have only lost 4.5 lbs. I keep a running calculation of projected loss given my caloric intake, age, weight, and activities, versus actual scale loss. I logged all of my daily data, food journals, charts, photos, and so on here: http: hcg-review-weight-loss-diet.blogspo
    t.com p about-me.html)(space=/). I keep thinking it has to be a fluke - maybe it's the HCG, maybe it's not. But if it's not, do me a favor and look at my data. Then, you tell me what it is. - 10/1/2011   3:43:28 PM
  • 176
    I am a hCG user. I have had success on hCG more than anything else so far. I find that experts on and off Sparkpeople to be conflicting in their *opinion* of the diet. 1,200 calorie a day diet while working out to burn 3,000 calories a week wasn't getting results. I had tried so many different things to lose weight but only hCG provided any change. A VLCD is recommended for those that have have a BMI 27 or higher. Mine was at 33. I am down to 29 BMI now. hCG gave me hope that I can lose weight. Before I thought I had lost the battle. I have seen people that have been off of hCG for 2 years on youtube and they have not gained the weight back. With ANY diet that is successful, you can lose the weight but gain it back if you don't maintain afterwards.
    I have been seriously harassed on Sparkpeople about being on hCG. I wonder what Sparkpeople will do about that? I don't think that it's fair that people can do that to others and get away with it. My choice of diet is my choice. I shouldn't be harassed for doing what is working for me. - 10/1/2011   11:57:44 AM
  • 175
    I lost 85 lbs! I can't believe it! Want to know the secret?

    Diet and exercise. And patience. You didn't put the weight on in a day; you shouldn't take it off in a day. I was up to 240 lbs right after high school, and today, I am 155 lbs.

    I am literally horrified at humanity. Every single person who claims that this diet is wonderful and that hCG really works, immediately follows it up with, "I ate 500 calories a day", or "I ate 1200 calories a day or below". It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you lost weight because you restricted your calories. What's scarier is that this hormone doesn't provide all of the nutrients your body needs to function, which would come from eating healthy food.

    I believe it is reasonable to assume that anyone who does this is nothing but impatient and vain. You've "tried everything", right? Try harder. You are not trying hard enough. It took me more than a month of consistent diet and exercise to see results.

    If you're overly stressed out, it could be adversely affecting your progress. Perhaps there is a root cause, as well - late-night snacking, inadequate sleep, not measuring portion size. I've found that I will not lose any weight whatsoever if I eyeball portions. Write down what you eat, and be truthful.

    Or figure out what medical condition you have that prevents you from losing weight, and treat THAT. Being unable to lose weight (really, truly unable) is a symptom of a greater problem. Injecting yourself with a hormone won't solve what could be a serious issue.

    I also explored many avenues of weight loss, and came to realize that eating well and exercising regularly are plenty effective. They are supported by everyone because they are tried and true, and good for you. You just have to be smart about it. See a nutritionist; obtain a personal trainer.

    "Don't knock it til you try it". Really?? Oh wait, I haven't tried anabolic steroids yet, but I can't knock them til I try them! They'll pump me up and make me gorgeous and muscular, but at what cost? PEOPLE - YOU ARE INJECTING YOURSELVES WITH A H O R M O N E. A hormone! Why are you not taking this seriously?!

    Oh, well. All I can say is that, unfortunately, those who try this hCG diet will eventually learn (the hard way) that there is no miracle for sustainable weight loss. I just had to learn to be more in tune with my body, be less lazy, and be accountable. After that, it was so easy. - 9/14/2011   12:33:59 PM
  • MARQUITA620
    174
    I just watched Dr. Oz today who felt that the HCG diet had some very definite value and could be used successfully with certain patients. The only thing he recommended was to go to a doctor for the product. He also had experts on the program giving very positive reviews on hcg. This debate reminds me of the controversy over the Atkins diet. After years of studying the final conclusion was...guess what? The Atkins diet did not harm and was actually good for you. Also it was the best and quickest way to lose weight. Hmmmm Perhaps there should be more tolerance over something new instead of bashing it as if we're all experts. - 8/23/2011   8:00:47 PM
  • NEWANGEL02
    173
    I have not started the hCG diet yet, but probably will next week. I have gone through an actuall doctor that did blood work etc. I agree with the people on here that have said "don't knock it until you try it". You don't have a leg to stand on if you haven't walked in those shoes. Look at other conventional ways of loosing weight such as Jenny Craig, you go through different phases and over a period of time you are taught to make better food choices and to look at and begin various exercises. If after completing the program you decide not to make good choices or work out thent he weight will come back, that is just life. With hCG I beleive it is for people who want a quicker solution (such as myself), however it is still a lifestyle change that must be continued. Think of hCG as a crutch to get you on the right track. If someone was to quick smoking there are various options out there to help (pills, patches, etc). Do you scorn those people for needing help and motivation? Do you think that once they have finished the patch or pills they could go to smoking only when they wanted? Probably not. So it is the same, you must change your life style and the hCG program is just a guide and crutch to get you healthy. - 8/18/2011   3:49:32 PM
  • 172
    The comments on here with people trying to defend this "diet" are giving me a headache. It just goes to show that people will take "truthiness" over facts any day. Coach Nicole cited multiple published studies for you, and has written a long sound article on why this "diet" is a scam, and you still want to go with your snake oil. Look, you will lose weight eating 500cal a day, and thinking the hcG will control your hunger is having a placebo effect (this is why you think it's controlling your hunger), but in a year when all the weight is back and then some because your metabolism is destroyed, don't come crying back to the rest of us - 8/5/2011   2:54:48 PM
  • FURSUREMAYBE
    171
    Hello All, i am glad to see this post. i want to share my experice with anyone who is thinking about doing this diet. When i was doin my research I only wanted to hear from people who actually did the protocal. others opinion's really dont count. its just there opinion. i have been on this for 2 weeks now, yesterday making it a full 2 wks. I am down 6lbs. I cheated when i went to a family cookout that i waited all year to go on and gained weight. i am guessing that because my body was flooded with calories from the drops and i added more calories than it needed so the weight came on. I went back to eating right - it took 2 days but i finally got rid of the extra lbs i added. i dont know about anyone else but my hubby and i are doing it together ( much easier than doing it alone) and neither of us could imagine being on 500 calories without #1 passing out #2 craving unhealthy foods.#3 sticking with it. but all of the above has been proven to be true.

    you might think that it doesnt work but i'm proof that it does. i work 5 days a week and parttime on weekends, i am able to do this with out being weak and drained. I only have about 15-20 lbs i want to loose. I work-out whenever my schedule permits but it is never as often as i would like for very long. i might sneak in 3 weeks straight but will find life would come in and rearrange my schedule. I cant believe that i am only hungry @ meal times. I bring my food with my to work, which means that i'm saving money on impulse purchases. i love this plan. it works for me and if you allow it it can work for you too. Hubby is not able to bring food from home to work so he's only loosing about a lb a day instead of the normal 2 lbs that men usually use. but on weekends when he's home he does loose 2lbs per day. i make sure that his meals are protocol when i can.

    good luck to all who venture to try. This hormone cant be worst then the unknown ones in your govement regulated food, or the Phen-fen that was also govement regulated. well judge for yourself!! Ta-ta.
    - 8/5/2011   12:23:59 PM
  • JENSMITH65049
    170
    I have done my research and have taken the injections. You do not just take the injections, lose the weight and then your done. It is a 4 phase process. The 4th phase is how you will eat for the rest of your life with portion control. The 2 and 3 phase is you training yourself for phase 4.

    Yes you have to eat 500 calories for 6 weeks and then you are taken off because your body gets immune to the HCG. For the ones that need to lose extra will go off the HCG for six weeks, go into phase 3 for six weeks and then back into phase 2 for six weeks and then back to phase 3 and so on. That goes on until you lose the weight that you need to lose. I can't say if it's a miracle shot, but there is no way I could get through the 500 calories a day without it. Other than that, if you follow the diet, you will lose the weight.

    You're not on the 500 calories or taking the injections for the rest of your life. Your putting your body through a type of training through 4 phases that will help you live the rest of your life through portion control.

    Been there, done that, still doing it and still losing weight!!! - 7/29/2011   9:24:38 AM
  • RAYKUEHN
    169
    I agree with Ron no 181. Both my wife and I did it on the reccomendation and supervision of our Doctor. Started with the 23 day program and was doing so well we continued to the 43 day program. I lost 40.7 lbs of pure body fat, .001 of muscle mass. My BMI is 23.8 so this diet is the real deal. We did the injections ourselves and saw the Doctor weekly for weigh in and body analysis.

    Went from a 36-38 relaxed fit pants to 32 slim. 17 1/2 neck shirts to 16. I'm 61, now weigh 163. I was 175 when we got married 37 years ago..Doctor said we'd get back to near high school weight. Wife lost 35 lbs and she looks awesome! Fits in clothes she never thought she would. Off of it a couple of months now and fluctuate 1 - 2 lbs. Wife is going to do it again in the fall for another 25 lbs.

    Had more energy than I can remember, started and completed some major remodeling projects during the process.

    We both feel great, cholestoral is now 150, LDL is at 50, blood sugar problems are gone...actually gained about 20 years in youthfulness, and the Doctor can't be happier for us. He calls us a text book success.

    Like anything, to be successful you have to work at it. You have to make the committment, do it correctly, stick to it and don't get crazy when you stop the program.

    I think it is best under Doctor supervison, you can trust the HCG compound, and there is a real comfort level being monitored. Our Doctor is a forward thinking anti-aging specialist. I will also say, it is easier if a couple does it together, but either way I would reccommend it for anyone who is serious about wanting to change their lifestyle and feeling GREAT as a result ! - 7/22/2011   11:26:25 AM
  • 168
    Well this is really disgusting. A diet that encourages your body to go into starvation mode and not only burn abdominal fat but muscle too. You all realize that when your body goes into starvation mode it goes after muscle first right? Consequently, that destroys your metabolism. Who even knows what the effects are of injecting a pregnancy hormone into your body when you are not pregnant. But I forgot, using hormones for birth control is bad, but for weight loss, that's okay. But as long as you are okay with destroying the insides of your body for a good outside, that's what matters. - 7/13/2011   2:03:25 PM
  • RONGRIMES
    167
    Put me down as one more satisfied HCG dieter. Now, for some of the objections. Yes, you would lose weight on a 500 calorie/day diet, regardless of whether you took HCG or not. The difference is in the following:

    1) Most people, including myself, feel no hunger, and often find it difficult to even eat the 500 calories required. Try that on any other calorie restricted diet.

    2) I lost weight (1 pound each day) even on the first three pig-out days where you "force feed" yourself all the junk you can eat.

    3) Energy. I've been on sub-1000 calorie diets before and always felt low on energy. With the HCG diet, because you're body is actually consuming its own fat as energy, I have, in fact, had far more energy than I usually feel.

    4) But, finally, the key for me is where the weight is lost. I have been on a lot of diets and could never get rid of certain fat areas. These are areas of "abnormal fat", per Dr. Simeon. This HCG diet open those areas as a food source for energy while you're calorie restricted, and gets rid of those difficult fat areas.

    As to user PDT1PDT1 concern that HCG will turn out to be another fen-phen, please keep in mind that this has been used for over 50 years. So, highly doubtful we're suddenly going to find out any deleterious effects from HCG.

    To the folks who say something to the effect, "I knew a guy who lost a lot of weight on the HCG diet and then put it all back on". This is true with any diet or program (even working out and eating right). Once you stop doing what worked for you, you can mess yourself up again. You wouldn't say, "I knew a guy who worked out and ate right and lost lots of weight, but then put it back on after stopping the program." But, some feel perfectly justified in saying the same ridiculous thing about the HCG diet. Remember, the 500 calorie phase is only PART of the program. After the set number of days, you gradually bring your calories up by eating more and more healthy foods. This whole program is designed to re-establish your metabolic set point so that it's more difficult to gain weight when you do cheat. But, it's assumed that those cheat times will be occasional. No program can insulate you if you're an idiot who thinks, "Great! My metabolic set point is reset. Now, I can eat anything I want, anytime I want, and my body will just burn it up." These people don't understand the program. So, don't judge the program based on what your friends do, based on a poor read of the program.

    Ron
    - 7/11/2011   11:24:15 AM
  • J1NATATE
    166
    2 months ago i started taking the HCG shots which i ordered online from teh official hcg diet plan website and it did not help me any however a friend of mine tried it and it worked.
    Since then however 2 weeks ago my doctor advised i needed to try the shots and that the homepathic mixture sold on the internet is not always the real thing. So i started the shots Friday 7-1-11 and since i have lost 6lbs and that includes me cheating one day by having a chicken chipotle bowl for lunch. Plus i do 10 minutes on a elliptical as well at this time cant do more do to shortness of breath but the shots and the diet plan seem to be working for me. So i am like Ksmitty221 dont knock it till you try it.
    - 7/6/2011   8:59:15 AM
  • MIREZHI
    165
    Just rejoined SparkPeople today, after being on the Alli team when it was first introduced about 4 years ago. I lost 30 pounds from a combination of things - Alli, cutting out meat, yoga, and to be frank, hours of community service. I was able to keep most of it off until now, but the holiday pounds from last winter have not fallen off. My mostly vegetarian diet has plateaued.

    I came across an article in Marie Claire that impressed me by its authenticity. I could relate to the writer's feelings of stress, the pressure for women over 40 in LA to look a certain way, the lack of energy. Her account convinced me because she wasn't pushing the diet, wasn't selling it, flat out said she'd never done fad diets before ... and concluded that the two rounds of injections for a total cost of $1250 were well worth it. ( http://www.marieclaire.com/health-f
    itness/advice/tips/controversial-hc
    g-diet
    )

    I didn't have that kind of money, so I read everything I could about cheaper alternatives. And from what I've read from SP threads and other blogs, it works well enough initially -- and that's good enough for me. I know what I need to do to maintain the loss. I don't need double blind studies. I just need laser focus. I need to remember that food is just fuel - the cleaner the better. I need to remember realistic portion sizes, and 3 oz of cooked protein twice a day doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I need to remember the appeal of fresh or lightly cooked veggies, instead of spending hours on elaborate food prep and storage. I have already eliminated processed foods, corn-derived fillers, sweeteners, sodas, white flour/sugars, farmed fish and factory-raised animals.

    Food can be the focus of many joyful social occasions, but should not the addiction it is fast becoming in my life. Getting back to the basics is the point of the HCG protocol, not the initial 500-calorie/day diet that is being roundly condemned here. Whether the HCG is a placebo, or whether the drops are bogus, if the experience forces me to re-adjust my relationship to food, and gives me the energy to resume yoga and enjoy time with my children, what is the harm? I'm out 3 weeks of my life and $75 - a small price to pay for the potential upside.

    I bought my kit from Celeste (and would love to hear back from someone else about the potency of her products). I'm just finishing the load phase today. After stuffing myself with ice cream and fatty foods for the past two days, I look forward to the VLCD. The idea of a clean slate with just fresh veggies and fruits and lean proteins is very appealing. I'll update when I've finished with the kit or lose 15 pounds, whichever comes first. - 5/10/2011   3:09:37 AM
  • MAMESTER
    164
    anyone who has started the HCG diet do you have any suggestions on how to make chicken and fish other then broiling it or grilling know there isnt alot of seasoning you can use but I didnt get any receipes with this diet can you help? - 4/28/2011   6:29:31 PM
  • SPRINGSPIRIT
    163
    I would not advise anyone to do any version of the the HCG diet under any circumstance. There is absolutely no real medical science behind it,like the article says, it is very dangerous, and everyone I know that did it was not at all happy with the results. It pains me to see people I know getting involved with this scam. They torture their bodies with 500 calorie a day starvation for weeks, then when they're finished, all the weight comes back again. It makes me want to sit down and cry just thinking about what some friends went through on this unhealthy, unproven diet, and it was all for nothing. Thank God the FDA has finally decided to get involved and take the over-the-counter HCG products off the market. Hopefully, their next step will be to close down the fraudulent "HCG weight loss" clinics" and fine the so-called doctors that run them, or better yet, haul them off the jail for the crimes they've committed against their patients by putting them on that stuff and telling them it's safe to eat 500 calories a day. - 4/18/2011   1:55:23 PM
  • BECKELE
    162
    I have tried it a couple of times. It does work, and even improved my mood and my hunger issues while I was injecting it. BUT, approximately 6 to 7 months later it does creep back. I don't mind doing it once a year or so as it helps to keep my weight down and healthier outcome from being less heavy. I'll choose this over diabetes or worse. My doctor that I use to use to get my injections has since retired out of the country. Does anyone have a doc or an online resource that I can contact to start it again. It's been about 7 months and I would like to lose my last 30 lbs. The only one that worked for me was from APP. Green and white box- 10,000 usp. Thanks!
    - 4/17/2011   10:29:23 AM
  • BECKELE
    161
    I have tried it a couple of times. It does work, and even improved my mood and my hunger issues while I was injecting it. BUT, approximately 6 to 7 months later it does creep back. I don't mind doing it once a year or so as it helps to keep my weight down and healthier outcome from being less heavy. I'll choose this over diabetes or worse. My doctor that I use to use to get my injections has since retired out of the country. Does anyone have a doc or an online resource that I can contact to start it again. It's been about 7 months and I would like to lose my last 30 lbs. The only one that worked for me was from APP. Green and white box- 10,000 usp. Thanks!
    - 4/17/2011   10:27:12 AM
  • RULEDBYSOCIETY
    160
    It's funny how people are so quick to say that they wouldn't inject themselves with a hormone, yet they may be quick to take medicine for a headache, or illness. Or, how about epidurals during pregnancy that could possibly paralyze you? That sounds a bit more scary to me. - 4/1/2011   3:20:35 AM
  • 159
    Had 4 friends do this diet together. Their results were amazing! AND NOW, 1 YEAR LATER...they have ALL gained the weight back plus some! Don't fool yourselves. Taking in that many calories destroys muscle and ruins metabolism. Yeah, results are incredible initially, but when you stop, you've made it even more impossible for your body to keep the weight off. Enjoy injecting yourself for life! OR, you could suck it up and do it the right way!!!! - 3/27/2011   1:42:20 PM
  • WEXFORDRN1
    158
    I tried the HcG diet last month. I figured that I would be able to follow it, no problem. I began my injections, no problem there. Followed the plan...for a few days. I have never been so sick! I was miserable...I followed the plan for two weeks, felt as though I could eat my own arm off and not to mention the awful cramps that I began to experience. After the first week, I began to have cramps, I have not had cramps since I was in my teens, but these had me doubled over...could not take it anymore and quit. I did lose 11lbs that first week but after experiencing those pains my second week was my last. I am just sticking with SparkPeople and Curves from now on. - 3/25/2011   6:18:15 PM
  • 157
    i agree with buggabear!! you should try it before you judge it... im starting this diet today and im excited after all the good stuff i have heard!!! - 3/23/2011   2:55:56 PM
  • KKCIARA3
    156
    I have been using HCG since February 10th..I have lost 25 pounds BUT I have not been following the 500 calorie diet! I eat approximately 1200 calories a day (plenty of lean protein, fish, healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts) and I have still lost the weight. Not saying it will work for everyone, but I still lost and didn't follow suggested plan exactly. - 3/20/2011   1:32:02 PM
  • STARTNOW63
    155
    I have been reading alot about this diet, watching news programs about it, even saw something on the show "Doctors". I have several family members and friends who did HCG with great success and I haven't heard any "horror" stories. Besides being "another trendy diet" that doesn't sustain long-term weight loss, what are the other bad side affects? If this method has been used for years, how come you don't see much on the side affects. I get that people say it's a scam or just a placebo, but how is it dangerous to your heath? Thanks for any comments. - 3/20/2011   12:06:03 PM
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    It's so funny that people that have NEVER tried something OR even known anyone who has tried something can speak about HCG as if they've experienced anything about it! I mean, we all know cocaine addicts and figure it's bad because we've seen what it's done to their lives. However, HCG works. I'm not obese but was, after the birth of each of my children. I breast fed them all and ate well. I decided their health was more important than my desire to get skinny. With each child the weight got harder to lose. I've dieted and lost weight on my own, running, training, and strict dietary restriction has gotten me the body I wanted twice. BUT, it wasn't working after baby number three. I worked with a trainer, a nutritionist, and my doc. No one knew why I wasn't losing. Then I bought HCG. Despite my doubt and my knowledge that I've tried a very low calorie diet before and felt deprived and hungry, I went forward and just did it! AND, it's worked! I've monitored my body fat the entire diet, blood pressure, and overall mood. The first two weeks were tough, I was empty but not ravenous. My first round (less than 40 days), I lost 22 pounds. I've maintained it for almost 3 months and I'm still losing! Say what you will but there are much more dangerous things out there than a 21 or 40 day VLCD!!! Bariatric surgery is a nightmare, obesity is extremely dangerous, and yes, I'd imagine HCG can be dangerous in the wrong hands with someone who isn't well educated or conscious of their body's messages.

    Losing weight isn't always as simple as calorie restriction and more activity!!! Anyone who thinks that has never had a serious weight problem or a thyroid issue that the doctor didn't spot because the numbers didn't indicate it was a problem. My doc swore it was my thyroid and, yet, my numbers said NO. I swear it was too. I was doing everything right. I eat organic, drink raw milk, juice my food. It wasn't until I learned the sugar and carb connection that I got it right! HCG is a godsend for many! AND, not for others. There's no one size fits all involved with our bodies. There's NOTHING that will work for everyone except for oxygen and gravity. Other than that, it's pretty safe to say that it works for some and not for others!!! You can continue to doubt its effects. Science says A LOT of things and they're wrong about many, like the diarrhea and fever connection with little babies. They say it just has no reasonable explanation and, yet, many parents experience feverish babies who cry all night while teething. There may not be a TON of science behind HCG but a great deal of empirical evidence supports. Dr. Oz just did a show about it and some of you may like to check it out...I'm not trying to convince anyone to try HCG. I don't care what any of you do as long as you find what works FOR YOU and helps you maintain optimal health. - 3/1/2011   10:18:14 AM

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