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Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about HCG and the protocol. This information should help you get a complete understanding of the HCG diet and how it works.

Eating 500 calories? Is that safe?

Patients are instructed to reduce food to 500 calories per day; however, hunger is noticed because 3,500 additional calories are consumed each day by the body. The results: patients lose an average of one to two pounds per day while using HCG.

If I choose not to follow the 500 calorie diet, what will my results be?

We cannot provide any weight loss results on HCG without following the 500 calorie diet.

Will I lose a pound a day?

You will lose an average of a pound per day not necessarily a pound each day. For example you may lose 4 pounds your first two days and a half pound on your fifth. It is a pound a day average over your time period of HCG.

Will I gain the weight back when I stop HCG?

It is very important to walk through the steps to reset your hypothalamus when you take your last dose of HCG. Stay on the 500 calorie diet for 3 days after you finish. Over the next three weeks do not eat any processed sugar or simple carbs. Weigh daily and if you go past 2 pounds above your stop weight, skip breakfast and lunch, drinking plenty of water and for dinner eat 1 lean cut steak with an apple or raw tomato. The following day return to your normal diet.

What are the side effects?

Side effects from HCG are reportedly very rare, and when they do occur they are generally not severe.

  • Medium Headaches - especially in the first few days of the protocol. This is caused by the release of toxins from the stored fat which being burned.
  • Leg Cramps (often due to a potassium shortage) - This can be corrected with a potassium supplement which our clinics does offer.
  • Fatigue - again, this is generally in the first couple of days before the HCG has begun circulating your stored fat.
  • Hunger - especially in the first week, if you did not “bulk up” sufficiently before the low calorie diet as recommended in Dr. Simeons’ diet.

Why do I have to stop use of my HCG on my menstrual cycle? How long?

HCG may disrupt your regular cycle. There is also the possibililty of temporary minimal weight gain. Stop using HCG for the first three days of the mentrual cycle; the body naturally produces some HCG during this time. Although you aren’t taking HCG for those 3 days, it is important to adhere to the 500 calorie day protocol.

What if I accidently miss a dose?

You will be fine. Just resume as soon as possible. Don’t double up on the doses though.

Do I have to get all my food in?

Yes. For the best results we advise all the patients to follow the protocol exactly.

What do I do if I plateau for more than 4 days?

To break up a plateau is best treated with the so called “Apple-Day”. An Apple-Day begins at lunch and continues until just before lunch of the following day. The patients are given six large apples and are told to eat one whenever they feel the desite though six apples is the maximum allowed. During an Apple-Day no other food or liquids except plain water are allowed and of water they may only drink just enough to quench an uncomfortable thirst if eating an apple still leaves them thirsty. Most patients feel no need for water and are quite happy with their six apples.

Will HCG affect my hormones?

No. HCG is not a sex hormone. It is completely safe for men and women.

Can I wear make-up or lotions?

Yes. The protocol was created in the early 50’s when make-up and lotions contained large amounts of oils and animal fats. That is no londer an issue with beauty products.

Can I chew gum?

Yes. You may chew sugar-less gum.

What about vitamins?

For the short amount of time you’re on the HCG protocol, dietary supplements are not necessary. Dr. Simeons states that “Every time they lose a pound of fatty tissue, which they do almost daily, only the actual fat is burned up; all the vitamins, the protein, the blood, and the minerals which this tissue contains in abundance are fed back to the body. ”Calcium, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Iron can be safely taken during the protocol. If for some reason you have a particular concern about this issue, supplements can be reviewed by your prescribing doctor.

What about over-the-counter medications?

Medications that have been given the o.k include Aspiring, Tylenol and ibuprofen. Otherwise check with prescribing NP.

What about vitamins?

Although HCG can help you become pregnant, this medication is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that using the medication once you’re pregnant has been known to cause birth defects in animals and could cause birth defects in humans. Do not use this medication if you’re pregnant. Tell the doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

What happens if I mess up and eat something I’m not supposed to?

Most likely you will not lose weight that day. It is incredible how sensitive diet it. If you eat too much you will most likely gain a little weight or may even stall your weight loss by 1-3 days. Whatever you do, don’t panic. Use the “miss-hap” an an opportunity to review why you chose to eat, and what you can do instead in the future.

Do I have to do the loading days?

Following the loading days is VERY, VERY important, and highly recommended. It really is true that if you don’t load you will most likely deal with hunder and headaches during the first week that you otherwise might not have experienced.

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