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HCG Diet Research Studies – Why They Say It Doesn’t Work for Weight Loss

August 7, 2009

This article written by Dr. Clark shows why studies conducted decades ago stating HCG is ineffective for weight loss are incorrect in their conclusions.  Among the many reasons are deviations from Dr. Simeons’ protocol, statistically insignificant samples, and the results from these studies don’t support the conclusions!

Here’s the complete article:

HCG Diet Research Studies

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HCG Before and After Pics – A New Alternative?

June 13, 2009

I have to tell you, when I read this page, I was astounded.  I guess it answers the question of whether one can use a homeopathic hCG instead of real hCG that requires a prescription in order to get the same (or better?) results…

Check out this HCG Before and After page.

HCG Clinic Certification Through TrimYou is the Only Way To Go

February 22, 2009

If you are looking for a clinic or doctor that provides the hCG Diet and want to be sure you are getting real, natural hCG (not synthetic) from a U.S.-based pharmacy, and the clinic staff sticks to Dr. Simeons’ original protocol, be sure to ask if the clinic is TrimYou Certified.

This organization provides training and certification in Dr. Simeons’ original HCG Diet Protocol to doctors and clinic staff and makes sure you are getting the real deal.

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Homeopathic hCG – Another Diet Scam

February 11, 2009

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since I wrote the following post, someone has proven me wrong. Read about Homeotherapeutic HCG!

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Let’s get something straight right off the bat:  There is no such thing as Homeopathic HCG – so if you are using it instead of REAL hCG on Dr. Simeons hCG Diet Protocol and are losing weight, it is because of the 500 calorie diet.

This means muscle is being lost, you are starving yourself, and will not enjoy permanent weight loss because your metabolic set point is not affected (you aren’t taking hCG!)

HCG is a HORMONE – so what the heck is homeopathic hCG?  I’ll tell you – snake oil.

Anyone can lose weight on a 500 calorie per day diet, but without real hCG you are losing muscle and structural fat.  You will end up in a yo yo diet cycle as your body makes adjustments for the reduced caloric intake by slowing its metabolism.  Your weight loss will  be short-lived, and you will put the weight back on with a vengeance.

Look: The hCG Diet works, but it works FOR A REASON, which is the effect that hCG has on your hypothalmus and other regulartory glands and systems (that, frankly, isn’t well understood).

Anyone selling Homeopathic hCG is a snake-oil salesman and if you are losing weight, or have lost weight with it congratulations, but don’t be surprised when you put all the weight back on.

Using real, natural hCG has the effect of burning ABNORMAL FAT while on the very low calorie diet and RESETTING YOUR METABOLISM when you finish Phase III of the diet protocol.

Do you think Homeopathic hCG works?  Sound off below…

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Don’t Do the HCG Diet Until You’ve Done This First!

January 30, 2009

The HCG Diet works like nothing else, but it is a solution of last resort for people that have a serious problem with their weight due to metabolic imbalances.

Instead of injecting HCG as a first step, this should be the last step in the battle of the bulge.  Granted, it will work, but it isn’t without ANY risk.

Therefore, BEFORE TRYING THE HCG DIET, read and implement the following little-known weight loss secrets (they’re FREE):

The Fastest Way to Lose Weight – Best Kept Secrets Revealed

If you can’t lose the weight by doing the steps outlined at the above page, the HCG Diet is for you.

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hCG Diet Failures

January 2, 2009

Some claim that the hCG Diet is 100% effective, and others claim it doesn’t work at all and it’s a scam.  What are we to make of those that say they are hCG Diet Failures, and using hCG for weight loss didn’t work for them? 

We have researched and documented extensively that those making claims that the hCG Diet is a scam are simply wrong.  You can read a great post about it here:

hCG Info – Just the Facts, Please!

So when people say the hCG Diet didn’t work for them, that they did NOT achieve success with the hCG Diet, what went wrong?

First off, there are 2 kinds of hCG weight loss failures:

  1. Not losing SIGNIFICANT weight with the hCG Diet
  2. Not keeping the weight off AFTER the hCG Diet

Let’s address #1:

Nobody would be interested in taking hCG injections for weight loss and adhering to a 500 calorie diet if it wasn’t DRAMATICALLY effective.  If you want to lose 1-2 lbs. per week, there are a lot of ways to do that, and if you are looking into the hCG Diet, you have most likely TRIED all of these methods (eating sensibly, exercise, weight lifting, etc.)

The appeal of the hCG Diet is the RAPID fat loss that is achieved – 5-10 lbs. per week is common (yeah, you read that correctly).

So when someone starts on the hCG Diet and does NOT achieved fast weight loss, this is considered an hCG Diet Failure.

What went wrong?  Here’s a list of top reasons someone might not achieved great results with the hCG Diet:

The other group of hCG Diet Failures are those that lost the weight with the hCG Diet but failed to keep it off (see #2 above).

Since the hCG Diet is touted as a ‘CURE‘ for dieting – it resets the metabolism and ends the need to diet EVER AGAIN – if one doesn’t PERMANENTLY keep the weight off with the hCG Diet, that would be a failure.

So why do some people fail to keep the weight off and enjoy the benefits of the hCG Diet Cure?

Here is the top reason (and maybe the ONLY reason):

Not following Dr. Simeons original program that REQUIRES eating a low/no-carb diet for 3 weeks after completing the hCG Protocol

Some clinics sell hCG weight loss programs along with Vitamin B-12 injections, colon cleansing regiments, etc. because they fail to follow the original protocol developed over 60 years ago by Dr. Simeons. 

They are doing their patients/customers a disservice and causing needless failures with the hCG Diet. Sticking to the original protocol by Dr. Simeons guarantees success.  This means one MUST:

Failure to follow the above will result in either sub-optimal results or hCG Diet Failures.

Truthfully, many people cheat and still lose a ton of weight, so if cheating is something you plan to do, you will still achieve remarkable results (only not AS remarkable!)

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Does Oral HCG or Sublingual HCG work? Or is it a Fraud?

January 1, 2009

According to David L Walters, DO, Ph.D., the use of Oral hCG or Sublingual hCG is an ineffective method of delivering hCG to the body for use in the hCG Diet. 

From an article published on his website (www.diet-hcg.com/oral-hcg.html), he claims:

The short answer to the above question is YES, oral HCG and sublingual HCG is a complete and utter fraud. HCG is only biologically active when injected into the body via a hypodermic needle. This fact apparently does not stop numerous web sites from offering “oral” or “sublingual” forms of HCG for sale in order to avoid the need for injections.

But since we are only interested in the TRUTH here at HCG Diet Facts, a (very little) bit of investigation uncovers this from HIS OWN ARTICLE:

“On treatment days 0, 15, and 30 we have tested all volunteers, screening for the presence of plasmatic hCG. Concentrations were undetectable in all cases (data not shown).”*

*Utility of an oral presentation of hCG (human Choriogonadotropin) for the management of obesity. A double-blind study. By D. Belluscio, L. Ripamonte and M. Wolansky. Published on D. Belluscio’s website www.hcgobesity.org.

OK, so far so good, EXCEPT if you follow the link to Dr. Belluscio’s website (oralhcg.com), you will find THIS:

The Oral hCG™ Method is a medically designed protocol, based on the Simeon’s weight loss protocol, that has brought excellent results to more than 6,500 patients treated by me and my collaborators over the last 17 years.

In other words, the article by Dr. Walters claiming Oral hCG is a complete fraud cites a double-blind study done by the Daniel Oscar Belluscio, MD., Founder and Director of The Oral hCG Research Center that conclusively proves Oral hCG is EFFECTIVE!

So, does Oral hCG (otherwise known as Sublingual hCG) work? 

The doctor who claims it doesn’t is selling the hCG weight loss treatment in injection form, and cites a study by a doctor studying and using an oral hCG formulation to ERRONEOUSLY prove his case!

Who’s the fraud?

Read this article for a comparison between Oral hCG, Transdermal hCG and hCG Injections

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Oral hCG vs. Transdermal hCG vs. hCG Injections

November 23, 2008

I am often asked what the difference is between the various ways you can take HCG for weight loss.  There is Oral hCG, Transdermal hCG and the oldie but goody hCG Injections.  But what are the pros and cons, both in terms of convenience as well as effectiveness?

In truth, Oral hCG is a misnomer. You cannot take hCG orally in the true sense of term, because as soon as hCG hits the stomach, the digestive enzymes and acids in the stomach destroy the hCG.  So what people are calling ‘Oral hCG’ is properly known as Sublingual hCG (which means ‘under the tongue’).

Anyone claiming that you can swallow an hCG solution like any other liquid is misinformed
– it simply won’t work and will render the hCG completely ineffective.

OK, but does Sublingual hCG work?  Yes.  But the caveat is you need to take twice as much (2 doses daily versus 1 dose for injections or transdermal gel).

Also, hCG is very unstable once mixed into a solution, so the only way to take hCG sublingually is to either mix the solution at home from the hCG powder shipped to you (which is in a stable form) or to have the hCG solution shipped to you overnight in a refridgerated package.

As soon as hCG liquid is exposed to heat for any length of time, it is rendered ineffective.
Therefore, you have to either get your supply of sublingual hCG from a vendor that knows how to ship it refridgerated, or mix up your own batch.

The Injection form of hCG is typically shipped in 2 vials: the hCG powder and a vial of bacteriostatic water.  Before injecting the hCG, one mixes the powder with the special water and stores the solution in the fridge for the remaining cycle of injections (it will keep refridgerated for several months).  This has to be done in a sterile environment so you need to know what you are doing.

Transdermal hCG (or hCG Transdermal Gel) is a gel you rub on your skin and the hCG transfers through your skin.  The advantages are obvious: no injections, no need to taste the solution, and no need to dose twice daily.

However, hCG gel has the same unstable properties as the oral (sublingual) hCG – it becomes useless if exposed to heat.  Therefore, this form of hCG also needs to be shipped in a refridgerated package.

Due to this need for refridgeration, the price of pre-mixed oral hCG or transdermal gel is more expensive.  This extra cost is because of the blending and compounding needed to create the product as well as the added packaging and shipping costs.

For this reason, a lot of people opt for the hCG Injections (as unpleasant as this can be to most people) OR they simply acquire their hCG in powder form and mix their own sublingual solution at home.  There are various recipes that can be found online for mixing your own oral hCG – the only standardized solution is Releana, but that can only be purchased from a Releana provider, since it is a patent-pending version of sublingual hCG.

So what’s the best way to take hCG?

If cost is the chief concern (and trumps the unpleasantness of injections), you can’t get any less expensive than either self-injecting or mixing your own sublingual hCG.  The added cost of dosing twice daily required when taking hCG orally is balanced with the cost of syringes and assorted paraphrenalia needed when injecting, so it’s a wash.

If you can afford it, the Transdermal hCG gel is the most convenient and least intensive way to go, but costs a little more.  It’s also harder to find, although hCG providers that have hCG Transdermal gel can be found at:  HCG Clinics

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