I HAVE TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT - HOW DOES THE HCG PROTOCOL WORK?
-Using the combination of low doses of hcg + the low calorie diet listed in Dr. Simeons Pounds & Inches manuscript will let you lose up to a pound per day. This protocol works for anyone, man or woman. This protocol will work for any age, but it is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16 or a child who is not done with puberty. Pregnant/nursing women should not use hcg for dieting. ALWAYS contact your physician before starting any change of diet.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO START THE PROTOCOL?
-The protocol says if you are a man, start anytime! If you are a woman, you need to start 10 days before your period starts OR you can start right after your period ends.
AFTER DOING THE 40 DOSE PROTOCOL, HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MY WEIGHT?
-The protocol says you will be able to maintain your weight by following the strict no sugar/no starch rule for at least 3 weeks. You will need to weigh yourself daily to make sure you donʼt go over 2 lbs. from your last dosage weight. If you do, you do a steak day. Read more under phase 3 link.
WHERE DO I BUY THE HCG?
-FDA-approved HCG is only available in injection-form and requires a
prescription from a licensed medical professional.
-There are no FDA-approved HCG products for weight loss. The "HCG" drops or pills found in retail stores or online are now considered fraudulent by the FDA and are banned from being sold legally.
WHAT STATES REQUIRE PRESCRIPTIONS TO BUY SYRINGES?
- Connecticut (10 day supply o.k.)
- District of Columbia
- Florida (some counties)
- Illinois (no more than 20)
- New Jersey
- Texas (only some regions)
- Utah (some pharmacies require rx)
HOW MUCH HCG WOULD I NEED?
-You have to do a little math here for yourself. The protocol says that if women average .5 lb. per day loss, then you will most likely lose 20 or more lbs. in the 40 dose round. Each 40 day round you will need 3 of the 5000 IUʼs of hcg ampules if you choose to do hcg sublingually. If doing injections you will need only 2 of the 5000 IUʼs to do a 40 dose round. If you are a man, most average up to 1 lb. per day so you can lose up to 40 lbs. or so on one 40 dose round. So add up how many rounds it will take you to get to your goal and buy the correct amount of hcg ampules you will need to complete all of the rounds you will complete.
I made a video helping to explain all of this here.
HOW DO I STORE THE HCG?
-Your hcg will arrive in either a sealed vial or a glass ampule. The hcg will be in a powdered freeze dried tablet. Hcg may also come premixed in 1 ml solution. If you receive the powdered form, you can store this in a dry place away from light. If you get the premixed hcg, you will need to store in the refrigerator. Your hcg will have a expiration date printed on it. All hcg will arrive with a liquid solution in a glass ampule-I always threw that away. After mixing your hcg for either injections or sublingual, you will need to store in a GLASS bottle or vial in the refrigerator. The mixed solution should be good for about 30 days. Never store your hcg mixture in plastic, since its been shown to degrade the hcg.
HOW DO I MIX THE HCG?
-You will need to decide if you want to do injections OR sublingual.
You can watch my how to mix sublingual video here.
OR Print out directions on how to mix for injections here:
How to Mix HCG Sublingual
How to Mix HCG for Injections
IS THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
-Read the Side effects/Benefits page.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL I LOSE?
-Women can average .5 lb. loss per day. Men can average 1 lb. loss per day while using hcg.
IS HOMEOPATHIC HCG THE SAME?
-No-they are not the same. Read about it on my HCG scam page.
CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AND USE HAIR PRODUCTS?
-The protocol says : Some cosmetics that contain fats, oils, creams and ointments and are applied to the skin are absorbed as fat. This may result in weight loss difficulty.
-I didnʼt have to change out any of my own products. I use oil-free facial makeup, Pantene hair products, Sure anti-perspirant and Crest toothpaste. You are allowed to wear lipstick. Iʼm not a big colored lip gal myself, but Iʼm constantly applying Blistex on my lips to keep them moist. Most of this is beeswax. I do stay away from body lotions during hcg use. People have used baby oil (mineral oil) or aloe vera instead.
SHOULD I DO INJECTIONS OR SUBLINGUAL?
-This is really up to you and what you prefer to do. Which one would be more convenient for you? If you have always been afraid of needles then sublingual would be perfect for you. You do have to use about double the amount of hcg if you choose sublingual. I have seen hundreds use both methods and they all seem to yield the same weight loss results.
SHOULD I EXERCISE WHILE ON HCG?
-It is not necessary to exercise at all during the protocol. In fact, Dr. Simeons advises not to do anything too strenuous. The hcg burns as many calories it needs from your stored fat and burning excess may even cause you to gain or stall. Mild exercise like walking, swimming, or light lifting shouldn't effect you. Everyone is different though!
WHAT IF I HAVE TO TRAVEL WHILE DOING THE PROTOCOL?
-If you only are traveling for a few days it will just take some planning. You will have to find a way to keep your hcg mixture cool and plan your meals appropriately. If you plan to be gone awhile and know you wouldn't be able to stick to the meals correctly, you can take a "planned interruption". Instructions on how to do this is in Pounds & Inches.
WHERE CAN I FIND HCG SUPPORT?
-Hcg support is everywhere these days! Facebook and Youtube has been my #1 source for finding support. There are also several Yahoo groups that have forums talking about the diet and getting their questions answered. Some find it confusing going on there as many have been off and on the diet and tell everyone how things went for them that were off-protocol... this can confuse a newbie. There are other websites that offer hcg information too. You can find them by putting "hcg support" in your search engine.
DO I NEED TO TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS WHILE DOING THE PROTOCOL?
-No, there are no certain supplements that are required. There are several that are recommended though: daily multi-vitamin, magnesium, potassium.
WHAT IS AN APPLE DAY?
-An apple day is when you are doing the hcg protocol and eating the 500 calorie diet everyday. When you do not lose any weight after 4 days of stalling at the same weight you can do an apple day. On the 4th day of your stall, you can drink only when thirsty and eat up to 6 apples that day until the following day by noon. The next morning when you weigh, the stall should be broken.
WHAT IS A STEAK DAY?
-A steak day is only done while on phase 3. Daily weigh-ins must be done every morning. If you go over 2 lbs. of your last dosage weight you need to do the steak day that same day. You can drink liquids throughout the day and then for dinner you can eat a large steak along with either one apple OR one tomato. The next morning your weight should be back down where it should be.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PHASES OF THE DIET?
-Kevin Trudeau came up with these phases in his book "The Weight Loss Cure".
Watch this video I made to explains the phases.
NEED HELP WITH THE HCG "LINGO"?
-When you see videos or read forums there are many hcg abbreviations people use. I will list some below:
VLCD = very low calorie diet
P2, P3, P4 = Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4
SL = Sublingual
IM = Intramuscular (injections into the muscle)
SQ = Subcutaneous (injections under the skin/fat layer)
LIW OR LDW = Last injection weight OR last dosage weight
IU = International units
TOM = Time of month
CC = cubic centimeters
ML = milliliter
P&I = Pounds and Inches
R1, R2, R3 ETC. = Round One, Round two, Round 3
WILL I BE HUNGRY?
-It is common to feel some hunger especially the first week on the protocol. Once the hcg "kicks in" your hunger should only arise at mealtime. Hcg is wonderful at suppressing ones appetite - it worked for me!
CAN I DO THIS DIET WHILE BREASTFEEDING?
-No. When breastfeeding, you would not want the hcg getting into the babies milk. Wait until you are done nursing before taking hcg.
WHAT IS A LOADING DAY?
-Loading days are important. They are done at the beginning of phase 2. The protocol says to take the hcg and for the first 2 days of taking the hcg you are "loading" up on as many fatty foods as possible. You are stocking up your normal fat reserves. You must eat to capacity with the most fattening food you can get down until you have had the 3rd dose of hcg. If you do not load with fatty foods, your first week or so you will feel very hungry and really struggle while first on the low calorie diet. Its common to gain weight while loading, but you will find that your loading weight is quickly released within the first few days of the diet. Again, its important to focus on FATTY foods: butter, creamy sauces, bacon, cheese, fatty meats, fried foods, chocolate, pies, mayo, donuts, loaded pizza! I have fun (well not fun), but I take loading very seriously! We usually head out to a restaurant known for high calorie foods... lots of places will show their nutritional facts on their websites-so I do a little research before going there. I will pick out the highest fat content item on the menu and gorge away.
WHAT FOODS DO I EAT WHILE ON HCG?
-While on HCG and in phase 2, you need to follow Dr. Simeon's food list. You can view it in "Pounds & Inches" on page 30-31. You can view it from either my homepage OR under the title "What is the HCG Protocol?" located in the top menu. It's free to view in a PDF format.
500 CALORIES A DAY!? IS THIS SAFE?
-500 calories a day is not much, but combined with the hcg it works differently if you were to do this on your own. If you attempt to go on 500 calories without using the hcg, you will find yourself weak, tired, and your body will go into starvation mode. Your body will actually protect its fat stores and instead use lean tissue or muscle to keep your body functioning. Your weight loss will actually slow down as your metabolic rate slows. You will want to eat everything in sight and you may start gaining weight instead of losing. Also, when going back to eating more calories, you will see rapid weight gain.
The protocol explains when hcg is combined with the 500 calorie diet, it works with the hypothalamus, signaling the body to release stored fat into the bloodstream where it is available to be used by the cells for nourishment. Hcg causes the release of abnormal fat without affecting structural fat and muscle tissue. Your body is actually using thousands of calories a day from your fat stores, without feeling hunger or weakness and not having to do extreme exercise.
HOW MUCH WATER DO I NEED TO DRINK?
-The protocol states you must drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Coffee, tea, or any other drinks do not count in this calculation.
CAN I TAKE MY MEDICATIONS WHILE ON THIS DIET?
-Yes, you should never stop any prescribed medications on your own without consulting with your Dr. first! Sometimes we have to take antibiotics and it may stall your weight but you must not take yourself off of ANY medications without talking to your own Dr. first.
WHERE CAN I FIND RECIPES FOR THE HCG DIET?
-You can put "hcg recipes" in your search engine and find lots of free recipes. There is several cookbooks out there to purchase. I purchased this one: HCG Cookbook - Click Here! HUNDREDS of recipe ideas I would have never thought of on my own!