You might well be familiar with human chorionic gonadotropin hormone as a pregnancy glycoprotein but did you know that it is also used in weight loss efforts? For several years now, this hormone has been used in helping people quickly, safely, and effectively lose weight and if you are serious about taking better control over your weight, it is about time that you look into the HCG hormone diet and the different HCG products like HCG injections and drops. However, some people are confused as to whether to go with the injections or buy HCG drops. And the best thing to do is to learn more about both options.

In the past, people did not have much choice about which HCG product to use. This is because the only method to administer the hormone in the body several years back was through injections. And over the years, HCG injections have proved to be quite effective in helping lose weight – of course, along with certain diet and lifestyle changes. And the same goes for HCG drops – one can never really be too dependent on the HCG products to find success in their efforts. Success also involves putting in a good amount of discipline and commitment into the diet regime.

There are those who prefer to buy HCG drops because they do not want to feel the pain that comes with injections. Many people also find this as a very convenient alternative as there is no self-mixing involved. However, there are those who think that the homeopathic drops are less potent and would require people to take them in more frequently than administering HCG shots. Then again, the pain and the needle marks are not to be of worry with this option.

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Perhaps one of the biggest concerns that people have about whether to buy HCG drops or injections is the cost. Generally, the difference in cost would not be that much because the homeopathic drops need to be consumed more frequently than the HCG shots. The additional cost that comes with the additional quantity somehow covers the difference because using the shots need to be less frequent but would require syringes.

Just keep in mind that whether it is HCG injections or HCG drops, your efforts can be easily put to waste if you still continue to eat a lot of junk foods and do not allow yourself to have some form of exercise.

The hCG Diet: A healthy stepping stone for weight management


The hCG diet is not a new concept; although it may seem to be, since it is the latest fad diet to steal the attention of Americans seeking weight-loss nirvana.

However, hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) – the “hormone of pregnancy” – became a dietary solution in the 1950s, when obesity researcher, Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons of the Salvatore Mundi International Hospital in Rome published his research, Pounds and Inches, describing the efficacy of hCG as a weight loss supplement when coupled with a restrictive diet.

The diet did not gain much traction and quickly fell out of popularity in the 1960s. It found its way back into the mainstream in 2007, when an infomercial marketer touted its benefits in a book. Until recently, you could not avoid the billboards, radio ads and late-night TV commercials promising a truly slimmer waistline in a matter of days through the hCG diet.

However, because hCG has not been approved by the FDA for use as a weight loss drug – it was developed to treat infertility in women – the FTC has enforced strict regulations on advertising. Doctors are no longer allowed to advertise the use of hCG for weight loss, although it is still available for this off-label use.

The controversy over the use of hCG for weight loss stems from the heavy calorie-restriction required and potential for adverse side effects. The hype, along with America’s obsession with a “quick-fix” weight loss regimen, have fueled the flames of the controversy and buried the potential for hCG to be known as a tool toward the path to successful, healthy weight management.

According to Simeons, the effectiveness of hCG as a diet supplement is its role in “re-setting” the hypothalamus and changing how the body burns fat. In his research he wrote that there are three types of fat in the body: structural fat, the fat that fills gaps to create protection around organs and bones; reserve fat, used by the body as a sort of nutritional income, as well as for fuel for muscles and body temperature regulation; and “abnormal” fat, which should be available for nutritional reserves, but is actually trapped.

Simeons speculated hCG unlocked the body’s ability to burn this trapped fat. Dieters may supplement hCG with a 500-calorie diet and feel no hunger pains because their body is living off the calories from the trapped fat. It is only advisable to participate in this stage of the diet for 21 to 40 days.

To make hCG a tool for success, it is necessary to carefully screen patients and monitor their progress from initiation of the diet to the transition back to eating normal foods. Following the initial stages, under the care of a physician, the patient should slowly return to normal eating and activity. The hCG diet does not teach healthy eating, therefore behavior modification has to be effectively learned in order to ensure the patient’s excess weight does not return when returning to healthy, sufficient calorie consumption.

Patients who pursue the hCG diet under the care of a dedicated physician not only benefit from the weight loss, but from improvement in reducing the number of markers of disease. These include metabolic syndrome markers, elevated blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, high C-reactive protein and total cholesterol levels. Some patients may even find they no longer need some of their medications.

To answer the question, yes, hCG is an effective stepping stone for healthy weight management. However, it must be carefully distributed and monitored under the care of a physician and the patient should be guided back into a healthy eating pattern and routine activity.

It should not be distributed and used as a quick-fix or crash diet.

Dr. Jennifer Landa is Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, the nation’s largest franchise of physicians specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Jen spent 10 years as a traditional OB-GYN, and then became board-certified in regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on bio-identical hormones, preventative medicine and nutrition. She is the author of “The Sex Drive Solution for Women.