1. What is the science behind hCG?
hCG is a acronym for human chorionic gonadotropin which is a hormone produced
by the placenta during pregnancy. This hormone allow for a continuous release of
fat, especially from abnormal fat stores (hips, thighs, buttocks and belly). This
hormone when used in conjunction with a ketogenic diet --a diet completely devoid
of sugars and starches forcing the body to use fat instead of sugar as its primary
source of fuel. This will turn ones body into a fat burning machine.
2. Are there any side effects to using hCG?
A small percentage (about 15%) experience a little constipation and or
3. Can I do the hCG program more than once?
Yes, but we do recommend a 4 week break in-between protocols to allow for
4. How much weight can I realistically expect to lose on the hCG protocol? What
percentage of this weight is actual fat vs. lean body mass?
On a well designed hCG protocol patients can realistically expect to lose 10-15
pounds on the short program (26 days) and 18-23 pounds on the longer
program (43 days). When a ketogenic diet is combined with hCG less than 10%
of the total weight loss is from lean body mass (i.e. muscle) whereas typical
calorie restriction diets result in 30% loss of lean body mass.
4. Has hCG weight loss been approved by the FDA?
As long as hCG is done under the supervision of a D.O. or M.D then the use of
hCG for weight loss is perfectly legal.
5. Is hCG safe for men?
Yes. Not only is hCG safe for men, but our average male patient looses twice
as much as our female patients.
6. Do you need appetite suppressants while on the hCG diet?
Although touted as the “500 calorie diet” this is a complete misnomer. In
actuality, you can eat as much as you want, as long as you follow our
guidelines. Therefore appetite suppressants are not needed.
7. Can I pay through my insurance?
Unfortunately, medical weight loss with the exception of bariatric surgery is
not covered in the state of GA, However, flex spending accounts (FSA) and
health savings accounts (HSA) can be used to cover this treatment.
8. Is it really effective or is it a placebo effect?
In our clinical experience we have done over 12,000 treatments with a more
than 90% success rate. 70% of those who were successful on the diet stay
within 2 pounds of their last injection weight for more than a year.
9. Is the hCG that I buy over the counter the same as that I purchase at a doctor’s
No. Pharmaceutical hCG cannot be purchased without the authorization of a
physician (M.D or D.O).
10. My doctor told me it is dangerous to be on a 500 calorie /day diet. Is there any
truth to this?
First and foremost, your doctor is correct--a typical calorie restricted program
that involves the intake of only 500 calories/day could be very dangerous to
one’s health. The hCG protocol (hCG + ketosis) is not a mandatory 500 calorie/
day diet. Your body will dictate exactly how much food you need. Our hCG
program is not based on calories but rather on food type and portion control.
11. Can’t I just do the diet without the hCG and lose the same amount of weight?
Yes, in theory this would work IF you could physically stay on the diet for any
significant length of time. You would lose the same amount of weight but you
would lose a greater percentage of lean body mass in the process.