Human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, is a substance found in pregnant women that allows their bodies to release fat stored in the body to ensure proper nutrition to a growing fetus. When Dr. A.T.W. Simeons realized that this substance provided the same results when injected into overweight non-pregnant people, he quickly devised the HCG diet. By enforcing a strict diet and prescribing injections of HCG, Dr. Simeons’ patients began seeing weight loss of 1-2 pounds per day and 7-14 pounds per week.
While this diet is not currently approved by the FDA, many weight loss clinics and doctors tout its efficacy and will write prescriptions for HCG. Since HCG requires a prescription for purchase within the United States, there are black market suppliers all over the internet, but there may be issues with safety and proper dosage. The other option for acquiring HCG without a prescription is to purchase homeopathic HCG drops designed for sublingual use.
The HCG diet requires a very strict diet with limited food and limited calories. The diet is high in protein and limits starches, carbohydrates and sugars. While the diet only allows for 500 calories per day, the HCG is supposed to release the fat stored in the body to provide the rest of the energy and nutrients a person requires.
The HCG diet has shown consistently rapid loss of weight in numerous people. In spite of the strict diet it requires, patients rarely complain of hunger due to the release of stored fat within the body. The biggest drawback to this diet is that, I order to legally acquire HCG in its original form, you must have a prescription. Since doctors are fully aware of this fact, the doctors that are willing to prescribe it do so at exorbitant fees. Also, since HCG is not approved by the FDA for weight loss, no insurance company will pay for it, so it must be paid for by the individual, which will run anywhere from $230.00 to over $500.00 for a single round of treatment lasting 23-48 days.