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The hCG Diet Debate

Mary Olsen - January 15, 2011

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When it comes to dieting, everyone is looking for the quick fix—the “miracle cure” diet that works for anyone.

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Years ago it was Atkins. Then it was South Beach. Today, some think it might be the hCG Diet—but there are just as many people opposing it as there are supporting it.

Lose weight. Fast. These are words to intrigue any man or woman, because, let’s face it, we humans don’t really believe that slow and steady wins the race. It’s hard to stay motivated when we lose just one or two pounds a week on a traditional regimen. Instinct pushes each of us to say, “I want results now.”

This is why diets move in and out of popularity almost as often as Lady Gaga changes outfits. One of the most recent fad diets is the hCG Diet, a regimen that combines hormones (oral drops or prescription-grade injections) with extreme dietary discipline. Millions have lost weight on the diet, and millions have expressed skepticism about its effectiveness (and its safety). So what do both sides of the coin really look like?

The Diet
The hCG Diet, as it is commonly called, has actually been around since the 1950s. Dr. A. T. W. Simeons, a British endocrinologist, claimed that low doses of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin, a pregnancy hormone) would help individuals on a very low-calorie diet (VLCD, 500 calories, in this case) to burn fat rather than lean tissue. See, on a low-calorie diet, the body tends to lose muscle and bone before it loses fat—Simeons claimed hCG could “mobilize” fat stores so that a person would not lose lean muscle and would burn thousands of calories a day. In addition, those who followed the diet would not feel hungry and would feel a sense of euphoria.

The diet fell out of favor in the U.S. in the 1970s after researchers and physicians asserted that hCG contributed nothing to weight loss. It has remained common in parts of Europe, and has recently experienced a resurgence in the U.S.

The Controversy
People lose weight on the hCG diet. That’s not disputed. Where it gets sticky is in how people feel about its methods—particularly whether it works long-term, whether it’s safe, and whether hCG does what it purports to do.

Keeping the Weight Off
One of the biggest arguments against the diet is the tendency for people who use it to gain the weight back. But, as with most diets, this appears to have more to do with maintenance issues than it has to do with the diet.

Susan from Idaho, who lost 60 pounds after three rounds of the diet, used the diet understanding that it would help get to her goal weight—but it was her responsibility to keep it off by changing her habits.

“If people ask, ‘Does hCG work?’ then I say, ‘Well, it depends on what you mean by that,’” she says. “Will it help you lose weight? Yes. Is it a cure for being overweight? No—because if you want to go back to eating hamburgers and candy bars, you will get fat. [Obesity] is a mental game.”

Kristie Rosser, a nurse practitioner and women’s health clinician in Utah, adheres to this philosophy when recommending the diet. She uses the diet as one tool in a larger wellness plan. “We approach it as a way for people to lose weight, prevent disease, reverse disease processes, get energy back, get positive self esteem back. As they’re on the diet, we introduce different concepts to them,” she says, explaining that she teaches patients how to change their pantries and patterns. “[We] approach hCG as a way that this patient is going to lose this weight for the last time.”

Unfortunately, the quick results of the diet may attract people not devoted to long-term health—people who want to lose the weight for a wedding or event—and this may be why so many gain it back.

Susan has seen this approach with women she knows. “Some people regain a bunch of the weight and just think, ‘Well, I can just go on hCG again.’” She also notes that some people abuse it—women who don’t have weight to lose and who stay on it for months at a time and who are now “rail thin, who are sick, who have lost all their muscle.”

The diet is tricky in any case, since you’re combining hormones with a VLCD—and used without care, it can easily mess up normal body processes.

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dahner2926 said...

05:15 AM
on Jan 15, 2011

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Weight Watchers - I lost 50 lbs (1 to 2 lbs a week). Learned how to eat correctly. Have been a "Lifetime" member (reached goal) for 2 years and hope I will continue to apply the WW techniques I learned. Can't count the times I lost weight then gained it back over the years before WW. To stay on track, I still weigh-in at a WW meeting monthly and attend meetings regularly. I feel wonderful!!! I'm in control of the food I put in my mouth. Food no longer controls me.

nat88888888 said...

09:31 AM
on Jan 15, 2011

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I think they hit the nail on the head when they said it's for people who really don't want to make the change to a healthy lifestyle. VLCD is not a healthy lifestyle. And someone who could overlook all the negative red flags in this article has definitely never actually experienced hormonal imbalances. They are horrible!

jazkat said...

10:08 AM
on Jan 15, 2011

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I researched the hCG diet 4 years ago before it got popular again. I was 40 pounds overweight and ready to change. This protocol changed my life in many ways: I lost 40 pounds in 3 months - changed my body shape back to normal which was even better than the weight loss, I'm off medications, my hormones are once again balanced after 20 years of imbalance, more energy, and the list goes on. I'm a mother of 4, grandmother of 2 with 2 more on the way. This is not dangerous when used properly. I had all my blood work done & monitored by doctors before and after and only good has come of it. I haven't gained the weight back after 4 years.....because I developed better eating habits. Of course, like mentioned in the article, if you don't want to permanently change your lifestyle, nothing will be a long-term fix. You'll just gain it back. This IS a "healthy" lifestyle and I have heartily recommended it to anyone who is serious about changing their lifestyle for the better. I experienced hormonal imbalances for over 20 years so severe that I have had no menstrual cycles at all and my family endured horrible mood changes, etc. This protocol has SIGNIFICANTLY changed my life for the better and for all my friends who have used it as not a "diet" but as a serious lifestyle change. I'm a believer - I did my research and due diligence - I didn't just listen to the skeptics who HAVEN'T truly done reviewed the whole protocol and the research that went into it. It may not be for everyone, but it CAN help make a difference.

stringinalong said...

10:18 AM
on Jan 15, 2011

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I agree with Susan in the article. HCG was a boost to me. I lost weight with this. I had tried many other things, stuck to them religiously, and I never lost weight. With HCG I lost weight and I was NOT in starvation mode. It really gave me the boost I needed and taught me how to eat a low carb diet. It taught me about delicious foods I can eat and not gain weight. I will be forever grateful for HCG. It made me healthier than I'd been in 14 years. I don't consider it dangerous at all. It cured my hypothyroidism which I'd been taking medication for for 20 years. How can that be dangerous?

happylp said...

11:45 AM
on Jan 15, 2011

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I have been fighting infertility for 18 years, unable to get pregnant. I lost 43 lbs. On the HCG diet and got pregnant a few months later. To me it is a miracle.

jeanmo said...

01:20 PM
on Jan 15, 2011

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I used Hcg a year ago and lost 32 pounds. I had not been able to lose ever with anything except Atkins, but even that was temporary. I was never overweight (115 lbs) until I turned 40 but after, I gained no matter what I did...it seemed that looking at food made me gain! I took a chance with Hcg (drops) and never felt better. Was able to go off all medications except a small dose for hypothyroidism, which I hope to eventually drop. My triglycerides plummeted(159...they were as high as 756 15 years ago, before Atkins when doctors INSISTED that I go on low fat and then NO fat diet. With Atkins I brought the number down into the 250-300 range) and my blood sugar was normal. I am a low carb person, I have to admit that and adjust to it. After the Hcg we went on a family vacation and I kept it off eating out daily for 3 weeks, making wise choices. It stayed off for 3 more months. Then there was the suspicion that I might be celiac as I started to reintroduce carbs (multigrain bread, cracked wheat cereal, and oatmeal) into my diet. I have always been very careful with breads, but in order to take the celiac test and for it to be accurate, I was told I had to eat the equivalent of 4 slices of bread a day for 3 months. I gained all 32 pounds back in two months. The test was negative, and I quit eating the bread... I am careful, but the weight remains. I am ready to back to Hcg unless I see anything at all that indicates that it might not be safe. I researched diligently before starting the first time, and now again. It seems to be the only thing that works and I know that forever more I will have to be VERY careful with starch and sugar... but I felt great and look forward to feeling the energy back again. If there is ANY reason at all that this isn't safe, I would honestly like to hear about it... from someone who knows.

aussiemum said...

02:23 PM
on Jan 15, 2011

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Used Hcg more than a year ago with some great success, but when I started my second round I I suffered a Stroke at age 40. The Hcg contributed to the development of blood clots which resulted in the stroke. I was given so much information in the hospital that I did not have before. Fortunately I still around and able to function and continue to be with my husband and children. Now the best diet to be on is good healthy eating and daily exercise - it takes longer, but I'll take these results and my hard work over the alternative. Everyone needs to make up their own minds, just be careful whatever you decide. There are consequences.

jewel48 said...

08:02 PM
on Jan 15, 2011

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I believe the best diet is to consume healthy foods....fruits and vegetables and being selective with your food choices. I realize its not as easy as it sounds, but its more sensible than eating 500 calories a day. That is not healthy nor is it a lifetime solution. It is a mind game! If we stop to analyze why we are overeating and have unhealthy food choices, only then will we begin understanding ourselves and the way our bodies work.

sherrid said...

08:10 PM
on Jan 15, 2011

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I am just finishing my third round with HCG. I am female at the age of 57. I have lost 55 lbs so far and hope to be able to take the final 5 off by the time I finish the drops. HCG truly has given me my life back. I have three friends at that have all been on the program as well. However, the did NOT change their lifestyle and eating habits so they put all the weight back on and then some. This program taught me how to eat and stay healthy. It is very true that the program is not for everyone. Mostly because those who need the program are not willing to change their eating habits once they finish. It is not for the weak at heart. It requires work and dedication. If you can be dedicated to the program and are ready to find a whole new life - I would invite you to do it.

ellenb said...

03:01 PM
on Jan 16, 2011

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The best diet IS to consume healthy foods; that is right...BUT I can tell you, I can consume healthy foods at 1200 per day and still gain weight. I finished my third round of hCG, losing 60 pounds. hCG made a lot of sense to me. I needed to lose 60 pounds and I can't count how many times I set out to lose 60 pounds. On hCG you are dieting for 40 days (or so). I would eat tree bark for 40 days if it would make me lose weight! I can do ANYTHING for 40 days. To start a weight loss program for a full 60 pounds just wasn't working. Eating 500 calories a day is not a life long solution. I lost 60 pounds, I am healthy, I am lean, and I am happy. when I gain a few pounds I can get them off easily by calorie reduction for a few days. The VLCD is temporary. The hCG gives you a boost to do what is, for many people, IMPOSSIBLE. My father is a physician and he looked the protocol over before I started it; he thinks it's reasonable. What's worse? Being 60 pounds over weight or being on a VERY low calorie diet for 120 days? I still fix the foods I ate on the VLCD and enjoy them very much. I created recipes that put my culinary skills to the test when I was on hCG. I am grateful I found hCG!

ellenb said...

03:01 PM
on Jan 16, 2011

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The best diet IS to consume healthy foods; that is right...BUT I can tell you, I can consume healthy foods at 1200 per day and still gain weight. I finished my third round of hCG, losing 60 pounds. hCG made a lot of sense to me. I needed to lose 60 pounds and I can't count how many times I set out to lose 60 pounds. On hCG you are dieting for 40 days (or so). I would eat tree bark for 40 days if it would make me lose weight! I can do ANYTHING for 40 days. To start a weight loss program for a full 60 pounds just wasn't working. Eating 500 calories a day is not a life long solution. I lost 60 pounds, I am healthy, I am lean, and I am happy. when I gain a few pounds I can get them off easily by calorie reduction for a few days. The VLCD is temporary. The hCG gives you a boost to do what is, for many people, IMPOSSIBLE. My father is a physician and he looked the protocol over before I started it; he thinks it's reasonable. What's worse? Being 60 pounds over weight or being on a VERY low calorie diet for 120 days? I still fix the foods I ate on the VLCD and enjoy them very much. I created recipes that put my culinary skills to the test when I was on hCG. I am grateful I found hCG!

tntsmall said...

06:21 PM
on Jan 16, 2011

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HCG is a wonderful diet. You do have to read all the info about changing your lifestyle or you will gain the weight back. You lose in a very different way. You lose in your stomach and hips rather then your breasts first, like most diets. It reshaped my body. I did Weight Watchers and lost the weight but in order to not use up too many points, you eat fat free food. Ever read the ingredients? It is a bunch of filler stuff that your body doesn't know how to get rid of because it isn't natural. That is how you get all that belly fat that you can't get rid of no matter how hard you work out. The HCG diet tells you that after the diet, eat REAL food (Word of Wisdom) rather than fake additives. HCG diet helps you reset and start over, hopefully you will then make the right food decisions.

klou said...

09:25 AM
on Jan 17, 2011

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I lost a lot of weight many years ago due to a major stress issue where I just did not have a desire to eat. I lost weight quickly, but in all the "wrong" places! I just did the HCG diet about two months ago and lost 16 lbs. It was an extreme difference for the fact that with the HCG diet - I have kept my muscle and not lost weight in areas I did not want to. Whereas with my unintentional stress diet where I still ate more calories than HCG but lost weight in the areas that women normally do not want to lose! I am very happy with the HCG! You just have to control your eating habits after you finish the diet.

katyb76 said...

09:57 AM
on Jan 17, 2011

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I've been into health and nutrition for the last 20 years and always had a hard time getting rid of the last 10-15 lbs. I did HCG 5 years ago and lost the last 15 lbs for good. I do believe that HCG is the cure to obesity but it does require a lifestyle change and good eating habits to maintain a healthy weight. HCG was never designed or recommended for the YO YO Dieters. It's for the serious minded who want to embrace good health and avoid the Diet trap. I've recommended HCG to at least 2 dozen people over last 5 years and all of them have had success and enjoy optimum health today. There will always be Naysayers and sceptics...world is full of them. Just for the record I am 53 years old, 5.7", 128 lbs and body fat of a healthy 25 year old..NEVER FELT BETTER IN MY LIFE!!

azphyllis said...

10:36 AM
on Jan 17, 2011

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I tried the HcG diet within the past month and was only able to stay on it for 10 days before I started having adverse reactions. I have friends that have tried it, had no reactions and have done great. I will have to put aside the thoughts of "instant gratification" and continue my weight loss with diet and exercise.

dino said...

09:54 AM
on Jan 18, 2011

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HCG has been a blessing in my life. Loosing weight has been a challenge all my life and I have tried many different eating programs, including exercise with very little, if any results. It has been very frustrating. At least with HCG I have been able to loose weight. I echo many of the stories above. I have been able to keep the weight off when I stay away from the things that make me gain weight. You really have to learn to listen to your body. It is important to read all you can about it and be committed to making these life changes. Maintaining your weight loss is totally connected to changing your life style; eating the right kinds of foods in the right quantities and combining that with regular exercise. I know many who have used HCG that have been able to keep the weight off, because they continue to work at it every day. Others I know have gained it all back and then some because they do not change their eating habits or activity levels. I feel younger and healthier than I have in years! I have lost 35 pounds and have been able to keep it off for two years now. I used the drops and did not loose as much as some have during the 21 days. But loosing 13-17 pounds at a time was inspiring to me and has made a big difference in my life. Using wisdom, which is applied knowledge, and good judgement will help you know if this is right for you. I have been very grateful for HCG.

jetgirl1974 said...

11:18 AM
on Jan 18, 2011

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I just wonder if this diet is in harmony with the word of wisdom? It's hard for me to imagine that it would be.

canuck said...

01:08 PM
on Jan 18, 2011

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I believe the best way to lose weight has been the same advise given from the beginning...decrease your portion size, and increase your activity.

waterskiingmomma said...

08:30 AM
on Jan 19, 2011

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Jetgirl - Heavenly Father gave us the tools to properly care for our bodies but the nutrients needed aren't as easy to find in todays chemical added food. Using a natural, God given hormone, and learning properly it's use and benefits is part of our obligation in being good stewards of our body. So, yes, HCG is in keeping with the Word of Wisdom as it teaches you how your body functions and allows you to lose that unhealthy fat to become and stay healthy. I feel so much better and feel more knowledgable and able to maintain a healthy weight. Please educate yourself by reading "Pounds and Inches" and know HCG is safe and truly effective. My husband is a medical doctor, and a presthood holder, and researched this thouroughly before trying it himself and recommending it to all our family and now his patients. Although it can be a quick fix, understanding and changing our lifestyle diet habits is necessary to lifelong health. Please try this.

musicnurse said...

11:19 AM
on Jan 19, 2011

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I've battled being overweight all my life since I was a teenager - it runs in the family. I've tried all kinds of diets. Some work, but as soon as I'm off the regimine the weight comes right back on and more. Any diet must be accompanied by a change in lifestyle to healthy routine exercise and eating habits.

jedmm said...

01:10 PM
on Jan 19, 2011

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Hi everyone! For those who are fans of HCG, I am curious what you think of this new six phase HCG package developed in Salt Lake City! http://www.MyHCGuarantee.com/ I tried a single bottle formula, but this appears to be more precise.

lightme said...

03:46 PM
on Jan 19, 2011

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I can't help worrying about the idea of injecting hormones that seem to function for a different purpose than this. In all those studies about this diet, has anyone bothered to find out HCG's true role in the body, and what longterm effects might result? My biggest concern with these diet ideas is that not enough research is done as to unintended longterm side effects. We have at least 30 years of history showing diet after diet that fell out of fashion as lawsuits emerged revealing longterm damage to the body. I think it's wonderful that it DOES seem to be the answer to some people's weight conditions. But we are LDS. My suggestion is to use the guidance of the Holy Ghost when seeking the means to improve your health, whether it be weight loss or something else. Because it is clear to me, from reading all of these comments, that there is no such thing as "one solution fits all."

waterskiingmomma said...

12:20 AM
on Jan 20, 2011

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HCG allows a prenant woman to throw up day after day, sometimes not eating anything (and keeping it down) for weeks, and even months, during a prenance and yet still deliver a healthy baby. That is HCG's bodily function - to allow your body to draw from it's fat stores to feed your body its needs. There are no side affects as Dr. Simmeons thousands of patient studies reveal. Heavenly Father created this to insure women and babies survied the nutrient starvation that morning sicking/vomitting causes. The protocol will actually allow your body to heal many imbalances (my husbands diabetes became normal)but it's important to read the "Pounds and Inches" manuscript to fully understand the benefets and RULES. Yes, there are rules. You don't take HCG while on a period - you must stay off all medications as it's those combinations that cause problems. Just do your due diligence, while seeking guidance through prayer and a Doctor willing to do the same.

gjstokes said...

11:02 PM
on Jan 24, 2011

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I have done research on the HCG thing - I have a friend that lost 45 pounds on the new HCG - its called MPH. No injections, very safe, with over 90% absorption rate. He looks completely different - in a good way! His wife lost 17 pounds in 23 days. He went to www.mphdrops.com He is healthier, and no longer at risk!

missingkey said...

10:45 AM
on Jan 26, 2011

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WOW, every time I hear a "professional" talk about this diet, they sound unprofessional to me..Firstly, I am a mere patient, and I know more than they do, or are they really just believers of the FDA because the FDA is the FDA? Much in what Cole says above is incorrect, and not fact-based, especially when it comes to this being a 'fad'. It is not a fad, nor a fad diet, it is a treatment, and an effective one when followed. It also is not really a diet, it is a protocol. It is not a 'crash', it uses 2700-3500+ calories a day, none of which is protein, all of which is fat! Repeat, it uses 2700-3500+ calories a day. For anyone who needs more time to absorb this fact:--It utilizes (burns!) 2700-3500+ calories a day, and the hormone HCG refuses the body to take these units of energy from essential tissue, only fat..I could say that three times if some need the redundancy. The amount of testosterone and estrogen it raises in men is actually to a healthy level, not an excess level, and what it raises is women has not been show in a single study to cause even 1% harm, rather this hormone has been shown to cause 0% harm, so when an 'expert' speaks against this program, he or she speaks without a drop of expertise at all, and why they are given an ear, I don't understand. I have extensively studied this and other diets, and what I found is that the others are diets, and this is not,--it just happens to have a side effect of putting things back into proportion as the hormone told the hypothalamus to do during the first gestation of the subject. In other words, this protocol is nothing more than a reset button,--a second opportunity in the womb, and here's the fascinating part, the HCG hormone may be interfered with during a baby's first gestation, like puberty not setting in a dozen years after it is born. Yet when a child is put on this hormone a second time around, separate from the birth mother, the HCG is then usually able to establish puberty for the patient, albeit a higher dose of the hormone is used. But that much is not necessary for the effect to take place. Another example is that the hormone does not take away protein once fat stores are gone. If a person continues to use the hormone after fat stores are gone, it just balances other things, and it has been proven in studies that if at that point, a diet continues a 500 calorie diet, the HCG actually protects essentail fat from being taken and gives no permission for protein being burned for fuel. Yet it can do nothing about the hypothalamus doing so. So in a true crash diet with or with hcg present, the hypothalamus overrules the wishes of hcg and takes protein. The hypothalamus is in charge of handling alternative delegations such as this, so HCG at this point isn't even the effective party, it's neither effective nor ineffective at this point because the hypothalamus is running 'survival mode' where fat is preserved at all costs. This is the point at which this is no longer the HCG diet, so a dieter using it at this point is wasting the hormone on no effect and should up their calories at least to a "the zone"-like recommendation. The reason why extreme exercise is not recommended during the HCG Protocol is because it is simulating the activity level of a baby during gestation, and that is pretty much resting and some comfortable kicking and stretching. Any more exertion than that causes what Covert Bailey calls glucose burn, which when is in excess for the state of the person's health, causes a lactose flood and sends the body's hypothalamus into survival mode, where it protects the fat. I had several days on the protocol where I couldn't avoid this level of work, and those were the days I lost no fat. So surprise to all, I have not yet read a single 'expert' speaking against this protocol have his or her facts straight, nor can they come up with true and genuine studies substantiating any of their claims of danger. There is a woman from England that could really use this treatment who has Anorexia from the waist up, yet 3-400 pounds from the waist down who could be treated with this protocol with great success, as Dr. Simeons did test it on a subject like her. She was on a show on TLC called The 'Woman With The Enormous Legs'. She is suffering, yet she could be permanently corrected in under 3 years time with more support from the FDA, which I has found to be selfish in many respects, as it does know the truth about HCG and fights it because of possible monetary losses for business,--you see this diet never lost favor with doctors. Any doctors who knew about it loved it and were threatened if they used it, and not for health reasons. Any other doctors who are against it have been fed this thinking in medical school where they actually aren't given the whole truth. The other uses for HCG they do belive in are also believed in because that's what they are taught in med school. Yet some 70% of med school curriculum is written by prescription company employees who aren't even doctors, and who write about how to use meds that many times end up in lawsuits. I say that if HCG is all that dangerous to use as a reset button at 1/100th of the level the hormone flows during pregnancy, then prehaps we should remove all placentas as soon as a pregnancy is discovered to save all those babies from a terrible overdose. Certainly the drug companies and medical schools, the FDA and the FTC can come up with a substitute for the placenta since they toot their own horn about so many other things they're 'experts' on or 'professionals' on. I am a 'professional' patient, treating myself for prescribed medicine Side Effects of things they felt wise about. They were wrong, but yet HCG is even fixing those things. For those things, I have been on HCG with a regular diet while it works to help my Vit D poisoning, which my expert professional doctor said could not happen, saying that one can't overdose on vit D. So I took the recommended highest dose fo D-drops and in three weeks have what the medical establishment says is permanent damage. Shall I sue? So, I think I'll just go on HCG, Glyconutrients for stem cells, melatonin, dark greens and a whole diet, maybe even a hint of HGH. Call me crazy, but a poisoning is crazier and it's about the 20 medical mistake imposed on me by believing, graduated medical students. I don't have the energy to sue, but they have spurred on my research in-depth. I live with my body, they don't. Their advice has not always been found to be expert, nor empathetical, nor even as backed by research as is purported. Sincere doctors do need to be wary of who is teaching them what and for why, because med school students are victims, too. When they spend so much money on their education, they deserve better than this. We need doctors and I certainly need my face sewed back on after an accident. But in the areas of degenerative disease, I have been failed and left to my own wisdom. Amazingly, I get results, but I rarely can talk someone out of conventional programming that even I was stuck in.

missingkey said...

11:37 AM
on Jan 26, 2011

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.I just caught a comment asking if this protocol is within the Word of Wisdom. In my view, I should say so, since the placenta is within the Word of Wisdom. Whatever the baby gets in the womb, the dieter is getting during their second chance in the womb by using this hormone temporarily. Nine months is temporary, this protocol treatment is also based on the principle of the pregnancy, establishing balance and moderation as a fresh start. People get stuck on the 500 calorie aspect and forget that the rest of the calories, they are also getting, it's taken from fat stores in the form of 2700+ calories, calories not have to be bought at the grocery store, so frugal, too. This diet is more moderate and abundant in calories that any other diet I've seen,..What other diet boosts your body uses 500 calories of food plus 2700+ calories of fat, all contributing to about a 3500 calorie day and yet lose a pound?!? The 2700+ calories burned are actually the comfort zone of the body. That's why this is not a crash, and as far as what is eaten, everything in the word of wisdom should be eaten, though it's true, a baby in the uterus cannot eat what we eat as both birth HCG recipients, but it gradually goes onto adult food just as the dieter dose after HCG. Remember, this is a treatment and a reset button, therapy. Going back onto necessary calories from food vs from maternal fat stores, is a graduation. The fat store HCG is burning, it thinks is coming from a maternal source, so the recipient is both the infant and the mother, both. The same goes for when HCG is used for several other uses in medicine, such as a young teens puberty not launching correctly. The teen is put on HCG to get a reset-button 'HCG-in-the-placenta' again, even though he or she is no longer attached to the original placenta that provide the hormone in the uterus. HCG is The Boss during pregnancy. It tells the hypothalamus what to put where and how much and why. It is the 'book of pregnancy instruction' for the mother growing the baby. The hormone talks to the mother's hypothalamus and tells it what to do not only for the baby, but for her as a mother, taking her fat to burn for the baby. If she has excess weight, then even if she didn't eat much during the first of her pregnancy, the baby is still burning her excess fat by order of HCG in the placenta to the mother's hypothalamus, telling her body to let go of the fat to support the baby. Strangely, even under these circumstances, fat is used to stimulate the synthesis of protein growth in the baby. It is remarkable, and miraculous and natural. This hormone also helps balance other hormones and correct body tissue of all kinds especially when used in combination with the eight essential glyconutrients which create stem cells. The word Manna is often associated with the glyconutrient mannose, which heals, restores and helps build stem cells which correct some 200+ concerns of the body. The Word of Wisdom speaks of foods that Ironically all contain the essential glyconutrients, which support maternity, and post-birth, and illness treatments all three. But I worry more that certain other imbalanced diets on the market, and drug treatments are not in accordance with the Word of Wisdom, including any natural food separated from its natural counterparts, like fiber. Turns out fiber contains certain glyconutrients that make stem cells. No stem cells, no immunity. Missing glycos, no stem cells. That's when the body notates an 'emergency' and tells itself to preserve fat, so you see, this whole picture is not about overeating, it is more about under-eating the right things or the right additions to the diet: everything the word of wisdom speaks of. One of the interesting things about glycos is that they develop in the plant at the very last stages of growth and only if still attached to the vine. So any plants picked early for shipment or whatever other reasons, won't have them, there you can gain weight easier on them even if you eat the same number of calories as you are supposedly burning. The HCG is like going back to the basics to get off to the right start again, as is only meant to be a temporary tool to permanently put things in order. If we undo what it does, we have to work to get back on top. The discovery of using this hormone to help us get back to basics is a blessing in my eyes, and is far more within wisdom, say, that using hormone replacement therapy, which is definitely an issue-laden half-working instrument. The hormone is not human, nor it it prescribed well nor within balance. I treat myself for all hormone related issues, using full spectrum hormones under the watchful eye of lab tests and an integrative physician, but I gave conventional medicine their heydey of 20 years with my thyroid and adrenals, and they could not get it right. In the end, you have to pray and study it out trust your own heart.

nanda603 said...

07:11 AM
on Feb 09, 2011

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My husband, (18 y/o)son and I all started on the HCG diet on January 30th. My son, who lost 10 lbs, stopped after one week saying he felt tired all of the time. My husband, who has lost almost 15 lbs, says he will stay on until this weekend but then has to stop because he is starving all of the time and feels light headed. On the other hand, I have lost about 10 lbs in less than 2 weeks and feel fantastic. I use the spray which doesn't taste very good, but there is nothing like waking up everyday to weigh yourself and find you have lost more weight. As long as you gorge at the start, per the protocol, you should have plenty of "fuel" in you to keep you going until the HCG kicks in. Of course, when someone brings a goody into work I am still tempted to have a taste but I know that in time I will be able to have some. Those of us who are overweight often struggle with our desire for food. I think one reason the HCG Diet is working for me is that the food is very limited and what you are allowed to eat is very precise. Given too many choices, I will often make the wrong one when it comes to food. Eating a VLCD for 40 days is teaching me that I can survive on less and feel good and satisfied. Sitting down to a meal of 250 calories twice a day feels like a feast each time since you don't eat anything else throughout the day. I'm not sure if being female made it easier for me to take the hormones or not. I haven't read much about men on the diet. I am interested to hear about other people's experience with HCG and will attempt to post a couple more times while I am on it.

nanda603 said...

06:57 AM
on Feb 24, 2011

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I started using HCG on January 29th. As of today, I am down 18.6 lbs and I feel fantastic. I went thru a phase where my hands were always cold, due to a lower blood pressure, but that has passed. I'll continue using the spray until March 9th, eat the VLCD for 3 more days and then I can increase the number of calories while still refraining from eating and sugar or starch. Every now and then I get hungry but when I do, I'll get a big glass of water or make some herbal tea. I plan to start a second phase of HCG after a 30-40 break from the first phase. Anyone else following the HCG protocol?

momofoz said...

10:51 AM
on Oct 20, 2011

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Please, please consider reading the book Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon or at least what I have written about it on my blog: http://rubyslippersx3.blogspot.com/search/label/HAES Bodies were made to come in diverse sizes, members who have the gospel should be in tune with that. Struggling to constantly change your body size or maintain a certain size is not a good use of our time or energy. Eat healthy and find exercise that makes you feel joy. But throw the scale away. Most of the comments here just make us look silly.

noemchen said...

10:20 AM
on Apr 12, 2012

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I agree with Canuck. Increase your activity and decrease what you eat. Move more, eat less. I lost weight by starting to increase my exercise, eat less sweets, more vegetables and fruits and drink water. I highly recommend exercise with weight loss. Before, I tried a few things... not eating after 6 pm, counting calories etc.... nothing helped. Okay, I was not way overweight, but could have less on my bones. Now that I keep my exercise level, I can eat almost everything I want and as much as I want without gaining any weight. Exercise also makes your metabolism work higher, even if you are just sitting around...

bbnibs said...

01:07 PM
on Apr 17, 2012

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Pretty much anyone can LOSE weight, but the trick is to keep that weight off! Starvation is not the answer. A healthy diet of whole grains, fruits and veggies and lean proteins along with exercise or daily activity is the best way to not only lose weight, but maintain that weight loss. Make slow changes, but make them changes, to your current lifestyle and you will begin to see rewarding and lasting results. Moderation in all things Ü,
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