Usefulness of HCG in Weight Loss – A Hormone Based Alternative

Many people have probably heard of the HCG diet, not only from the numerous studies which have shown it to work in help people lose weight quickly, but from friends or colleagues who have used it.  HCG is a natural hormone produced by women during pregnancy or during their monthly menstruation cycles.   It was discovered that using HCG as part of a reduced calorie diet offered some great results.  For example, it cuts appetite and metabolism considerably in patients which allows them to lose weight far faster than just trying to diet alone. How this was discovered, however, is a bit of a story in itself.

Dr. ATW Simeons was in India searching for a weight loss treatment that could help enable people who have had long term obesity related illnesses to lose weight.  This was no easy task, as people who try to cut calories actually harm their metabolism rate and even increase appetite as a result.  Therefore they’re fighting against their own bodies.  They found that people who took in this hormone actually experienced almost none of these problems.  He commissioned a study therein and users who took the hormone (then only available via injections) were able to lose weight at such a rapid pace, that they left the placebo group far behind.  They lost around 20 to 30 pounds per month on the protocol.

This diet was taken up by many clinics throughout the 70s and 80s, but was forgotten as supplies of HCG began to dry up.  With the new advent of HCG diet drops, for example real products provided by, people began to really lose weight and do so for a cheap enough price they could afford to do so.  Injections were expensive, painful, and difficult to get.  Many companies who purify and grow this hormone in the USA stopped doing so as fertility treatments were introduced that worked as alternatives.  However, with moves back to more natural solutions to these problems, so too came the HCG diet once again.  Now people can take the hormone orally each day, without any problems or pain in doing so.  In fact, pure hcg drops are available now that provide the same results as injections for a fraction the price.

Oral HCG administrationNot all HCG drops are created equal, there are lot of homeopathic or hormone free providers of these drops which have cropped up over the last few years.  These products typically don’t contain any of the actual hormone, and should be avoided by all whenever possible.  There’s a few key ways you can limit your risk of purchasing such a product:

  • All Real Drops Require Refrigeration - HCG is a hormone, and once mixed, it will begin to break down quickly after exposure to air.  It oxidizes and breaks apart over time, causing major losses in potency.  Refrigeration is required to slow this down, as well as limit any sort of bacteria growth or other problems.
  • No Alcohol Should Be in the Product - Alcohol based products are always fakes.  Alcohol is a highly toxic substance to any cells or living organisms.  It breaks down hormones or proteins quickly, and as a result, it’s not possible to store real HCG in it.
  • The Dosage in IUs Should be Listed - When you get vials of purified HCG powders for injections, they will display the dosage they supply (typically 5000 to 10000 IUs per vial).  This is good for a finite time period of injections, typically 30 to 60 days depending on volume. With real drops it’s the same, it should list the dosage it supplies per day for it to be clearly legitimate.  Fakes never do this, they will use some kind of made up value like: “2x, 4x, 8x” etc.