hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and almost completely controls a woman’s metabolic function through her hypothalamus throughout her pregnancy. Contrary to popular belief however, the hCG used in the hCG diet protocols is a variation of the hCG used in fertility treatments, and in a much smaller dose. All hCG used for medical purposes is natural, but created in laboratories from sterile cells. It is NOT extracted from women or animal urine, a common misconception.

Most hCG dieters report a loss of 1 to 2lbs a day at the very least, half a pound a day, and at the most 3+ lbs a day. 1lb is generally lost in the first day. Factors that guarantee faster weight loss include increasing vegetable intake and mixing a salad with each meal. Fiber intake is extremely important, as is water intake. Prior to treatment, your physician or practitioner will perform a general health assessment.

hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeon’s protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight loss comes directly from unhealthy 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 bloodstream 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.