Frequently Asked Questions

Based on Dr. Simeon’s hCG Treatment for Weight Loss


What is hCG?

hCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy.  During pregnancy, the substance almost completely controls the woman’s metabolic functions.


How much weight will I lose with the hCG diet?

Most hCG dieters report a loss of .5 to 1 lbs a day.  At the very least ½ pound a day and at the most 3+ pounds a day.  1 pound is generally lost in the first day.  Factors that guarantee faster weight loss include adding/increasing vegetable intake and mixing salads with each meal.  Fiber intake is extremely important as is water intake.


Is it healthy to lose 1 to 2 pounds a day with hCG?

hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight loss following Dr. Simeons protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle.  In doing so, the weight lose comes directly from fat and does not strip the body of much needed muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health, while at the same time, releasing excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the bold stream to be absorbed by the body.  For this reason, hCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.


Why the 500 calorie diet – VLCD (very low calorie diet)?

hCG cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use.  While you are only consuming 500 calories, your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body.  Because of this, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories a day.  The result is your body using thousands of calories of fat from your body each day, this is the reason hCG dieters lose .5 to 1 lbs of fat or more per day.


Will I be hungry on 500 calories a day?

It is common for mild hunger during the first few days, however this will pass and by the 2nd week, you will find even very tiny servings to be completely satisfying.  This is partly due to you hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released.  It is common that hCG dieters to feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500 calorie limit.


Can I exercise daily?

No exercise! Or if you must exercise, low key toning exercise only. You can do about 20 min. of walking a day and a few sit ups or push-ups if you feel that is needed. Exercise burns calories and therefore causes your hunger to increase. The combination of low calorie intake and exercise could cause your body to go into starvation mode. This can negatively impact your stamina and commitment to the diet.


Who is a right candidate for hCG treatment Shots?

The majority of men and women can use hCG for weight loss.  It is recommended that dieters consult a physician concerning your weight loss, along with the appropriate implementation of the hCG protocol.  The physician will NOT permit hCG weight loss injections for women who are pregnant or nursing.


How about safety and side effects of hCG Diet Shots?

There are rarely side effects reported while using hCG.  When hCG shots are used for fertility reasons, the larger amount is known to cause occasional headaches, and pregnancy symptoms.  However, the amount differences between the weight loss hCG treatment protocol and hCG used for fertility purposes is significantly different in quantity.


Will I gain the weight back after the hCG diet?

After the hCG treatment, you will find your appetite has changed, you’re eating behavior will be changed and your body will of course have changed.  This is the perfect opportunity to adopt that healthy lifestyle to maintain your weight. You will find a minimum amount of exercise will be sufficient for maintaining a very healthy body, from yoga to 15 minutes of cardio a day, or whatever you enjoy, that gets your heart moving.  With your hypothalamus reset, your metabolism will be different and you will be able to eat moderately without feeling the need to overeat.


What is the hypothalamus gland?

The hypothalamus gland moderates the thyroid, adrenals, fat storage and more importantly, your metabolic rate.


Is hCG safe for men?

The hCG used for the hCG weight loss protocol is actually already found in men.  In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant.


How painful are hCG injections for weight loss?

The hCG injections for weight loss are administered using a very fine insulin needle and are relatively painless.