Center for Hormonal Healing

Birmingham, AL • 205-980-1744

HCG Weight Loss

Weight loss therapy that really works

HCG Frequently Asked Questions

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In an attempt to answer as many of your questions as possible, we assembled a list of frequently asked questions and answers. Although each of these questions has been asked in the past, many may apply to you and many may not. This is not a comprehensive list of every unique situation a patient may experience while on the HCG protocol.

While the requirements of the HCG protocol are detailed and we receive many questions from every patient, we believe the majority of your questions will be answered on this page. Please read through these questions before your initial appointment so that we can keep our commitment to you of a 20 to 30 minute appointment.

Click here for complete and detailed information on the specific requirements of our HCG protocol.

Dietary Questions

Q: Can I complete the HCG protocol if I am a vegetarian or vegan?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I complete the HCG protocol if I am lactose intolerant?
A: Yes.

Q: How much salt would you recommend using?
A: There is no restriction on the use of salt. On the other hand, an increase in salt can be one of the most common causes for inconsistencies in weight, due to water retention.

Q: The diet states that tap water is not preferred. Why?
A: Tap water contains chlorine, which affects the thyroid.

Q: Why do I "gorge" for the first 3 days of the protocol?
A: It takes 3 days for HCG to completely enter your system; gorging helps with hunger feelings while on the program.

Q: What are the best foods on which to gorge?
A: High fat calorie foods such as full fat dairy products, nuts, oils, avocados, etc.

Q: Are frozen veggies okay instead of fresh?
A: Fresh vegetables are preferred, but frozen vegetables will work.

Q: May I eat pickles with any meal on the diet?
A: Cucumbers and vinegar are on the protocol so pickles are permitted. If you find that you are not losing weight, stop eating the pickles.

Q: What can I eat while I'm completing the HCG protocol?
A: The complete diet is covered in the initial orientation. However, here is a basic overview:

  • Drink two quarts of water each day.
  • Breakfast: herbal teas, black teas, or coffee.
  • Lunch/dinner: 500 calories of food each day from the following: 100 grams of beef, veal, chicken, white fish, lobster, shrimp, or tuna. Two vegetables from the approved list with each meal (includes broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, and others). One fruit from the approved list with each meal (includes apple, orange, strawberries, grapefruit, peach, apricot, cherries, and others). In place of fruit, 3/4 cup of non-fat yogurt can be eaten once per day. Finally, one serving of crackers or bread sticks from the approved list with each meal.

Q: Won't I starve if I only consume 500 calories per day?
A: No. Because HCG releases your fat reserves, your body begins to "consume" the fat, which acts as a source of energy in place of food. In essence, you burn about one pound of fat each day (one pound is 3,500 calories). Therefore, your total consumption each day will be about 4,000 calories - 500 from food and 3,500 from fat. That is why most patients do not experience extreme hunger while using HCG.

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Program Questions

Q: Will I lose exactly one pound every day while on the program?
A: No. Most patients on the 23-day program tend to lose about 20-25 pounds; however, the weight loss does not always happen evenly over 23-day period. Some patients may notice a "lull" or a span of a few days where little to no weight loss occurs. Some patients often notice quick weight loss after a "lull" period.

Q: If I only want to lose 10-15 lbs. can I still complete the program?
A: We do not recommend it. If you only need to lose a small amount of weight, there aren't as many "abnormal fat reserves" available and the hunger experienced throughout the program may be intense. However, we have had several patients participate who only needed to lose 15 pounds.

Q: Can I complete the protocol if I am nursing a baby?
A: No, when you are nursing you produce prolactin, which interferes with HCG.

Q: Why are the injections "intramuscular"?
A: The HCG needs to be metabolized in the muscle.

Q: Why do I skip a day in the week when I am completing the 40-day protocol?
A: This prevents your body from building immunity to HCG.

Q: What makeup can I use during the protocol?
A: You can use Makeup that does not include fats, oils, creams and ointments.

Q: Can I use mineral oils?
A: Yes, you can use mineral oils externally as a moisturizer. However, because there is little nutritional value, do not use mineral oil to cook.

Q: What lip products can I use?
A: Lipstick is permitted.

Q: Can I use Carmex and Chap Stick?
A: Carmex is okay because it is a wax and it doesn't penetrate the skin. Chap Stick is not okay, because it penetrates the skin.

Q: What deodorant can I use?
A: You can use Crystal deodorant, which can be found at health food stores.

Q: What lotion and makeup can I use?
A: Oil free lotions. See list at the bottom.

Q: Are shampoos, conditioners, and styling products okay?
A: Yes, as long as they are rinsed out immediately.

Q: After I complete the program, when is the latest I can have my post labs drawn?
A: One week after the last injection.

Q: Can I color my hair while I'm completing the program?
A: No.

Q: Can I use Crest white strips for whitening my teeth while on HCG?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I do an "apple day" once a week to lose more weight?
A: Yes.

Q: Will the lotions and diaper creams I put on my children have an effect on me, even if I wash my hands immediately after applying?
A: The lotions and creams can have a small effect. We recommend you wear gloves to prevent penetration of any lotions or creams.

Q: Am I alright if I administered my shot on a "no-shot day" and then skipped my shot on the following day?
A: Yes, that is fine. But in the future make sure you do "6 days on, 1 day off" in that sequence.

Q: Can I go tanning while I am on the program?
A: Yes, but do not use tanning lotion or oil.

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Health Questions

Q: Can I still complete the HCG protocol if I've had a hysterectomy?
A: Yes.

Q: How does a diabetic benefit from the program?
A: When a diabetic follows the protocol the HCG naturally stabilizes the blood sugar. We often see an overall drop in fasting blood sugar after completing the program.

Q: Can I still take my medications while on HCG?
A: Yes, as long as the medications do not interfere with the endocrine system. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis during your physical.

Q: How does HCG affect cholesterol levels?
A: We have seen cholesterol levels fluctuate while on the HCG program. For the majority of patients the cholesterol levels drop and improve.

Q: Can I continue using my hormone medications?
A: Dr. Simeons says all medications that interfere with the endocrine system should be avoided during the program. This can be discussed during your physical with one of our medical professionals.

Q: Will I be able to stop using my anti-diabetes medications after I complete the HCG protocol?
A: While discontinuance of diabetes medication is possible, it should not be expected as a result of the protocol. Often it depends on how long you've been diabetic, how many medications you are currently using, your fasting blood sugar levels, your blood sugar range, etc.

Q: Will HCG help my high blood pressure?
A: Many patients have experienced a decrease in blood pressure. Some patients have been able to stop taking their medications, but this should not be done without medical advice.

Q: Can I continue using my anti-depressant medications?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I continue using my anxiety medications?
A: Yes.

Q: Why does HCG interfere with Gout?
A: The HCG increases uric acid levels which may cause a severe attack.

Q: If I don't have a regular menstrual cycle will the HCG affect that?
A: Some patients have experienced changes in their menstrual cycle while on the HCG. These irregularities are resolved with the completion of the program.

Q: Should I run and exercise while completing the protocol?
A: We do not recommend strenuous exercise while completing the protocol. However, we do recommend walking and other light exercise.

Q: Why do I need to discontinue using thyroid while completing the HCG protocol?
A: The hypothalamus gland, affected by HCG, also controls the thyroid. Taking additional thyroid could cause hyperthyroidism.

Q: When women are on their menstrual cycle, why can't they receive the injections?
A: Women who are menstruating produce small amount of HCG.

Q: Will I be hungry if I don't take the injections while on my period?
A: This varies; some women report they are hungrier when on their menstrual cycle and not injecting, and many report that they are unaffected.

Q: What should I do if I get constipated?
A: Drink Dieter's Tea (Celestial Seasons brand) or licorice tea and increase fluid intake.

Q: What are the negative side effects of the HCG program?
A: Fortunately, very few negative side effects have been noticed or reported. The most frequent complaint we receive from patients is hunger.

Q: If I am really hungry while on HCG can I use an appetite suppressant? For instance, Hoodia?
A: No, a better idea is to graze on vegetables throughout the day. Choose vegetables that are approved on the protocol as "unlimited."

Q: Is cold medicine okay?
A: Yes, as long as it does not contain sugar.

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Cost Questions

Q: What is the cost of the program?
A: Our HCG programs start at $499. In addition, lipo shots are available for $25 per week to aid in the weight loss process.

Q: What is included in the cost of the program?
A: Our program includes the HCG serum and medical supplies. The cost also includes all of your appointments such as the initial orientation, your check-up appointments, and your final visit. Of course, you always have email and phone access to our staff if you have any questions.

Q: Is there a charge if I break a bottle of HCG?
A: Yes, there is a $15 charge per day of serum lost.

Q: Is a discount provided the second time I complete an HCG protocol?
A: Yes, all patients receive 20% off the second time.

Q: What if I don't lose weight, will I receive a refund?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee results of the program. Much of the success of the program is based on your willingness to follow the strict protocol. By "taking days off" or cutting corners on meals, the effectiveness of the program is greatly reduced. We encourage you to follow the protocol with strict heed, however, each body is unique and the program offers no guarantee.

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Approved Product List

During the HCG protocol, it is critical that you eliminate the intake of oils, which includes oils applied externally in the form of lotions, cleansers, and cosmetics. The following products are advertised as oil free:

Moisture Surge Extra
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Face moisturizers
Available at the cosmetic counters at Macy's, Nordstrom, other.

Lanc?me Aqua Fusion: Tinted and non-tinted moisturizer, with SPF and without.
Pure Focus: Toner, Cleanser, Scrub, Moisturizer, T-zone gel.
Absolue: Anti-aging, Wrinkle Defying Face Moisturizer. Pump only is oil free.
Renergie: Anti-aging, Wrinkle Defying Face Moisturizer. Pump only is oil free.
All available at the cosmetic counters at Macy's, Nordstrom, other.

Pureness: Face Moisturizer.
Available at the cosmetic counter at Nordstrom.

Tient: Innocence and Pro Lumiere: base/foundation/compact
Purete: Line of facial cleansers and blemish control products
Available at the cosmetic counters at Nordstrom, Macy's, other.

Estee Lauder
Individualist: Double wear: Foundation (liquid and powder)
Available at the cosmetic counters at Nordstrom, etc.

Sodium PCA ($25 for 4 oz) and Yerba Mate lotion ($33 for 2.5 oz).
Both are face moisturizers, available at Nordstrom.

Eye Make-up remover, paste ($6.99) and gel ($5.99)

NeutrogenA: Oil-free Moisture, Face Lotion
Available at Rite Aid, Walgreens ( for $9.99 for 4 oz.)

Naked Minerals
Naked Minerals makeup is 100% natural - from foundations to shadows, blushes and lip glazes. These products contain no artificial colors, fillers, binders or preservatives and Naked Minerals is the only type of makeup that actually looks better as the day goes on. The 100% pure minerals blend with your skin's natural oils to provide coverage that is flawless and natural. If you have sensitive skin Naked Minerals is perfect because it works with your skin rather than against it. If you want superior coverage that will give your skin that healthy glow while concealing uneven pigmentation and imperfections, then Naked Minerals is for you. This is a line is available through our office. Please contact Mahavia at 801-938-3135

Body Lotions
Body and Earth: Available at grocery stores.
Johnson's Baby Lotion: Available at most drug and grocery stores.
Aloe Vera gel has been found by some to be a good moisturizer. Available at most drug stores.

Dr. Simeons does not restrict the use of lip products.
Tip: Some people put Carmex on their knuckles to relieve dry cracked skin.

Tip: Any shampoo and conditioner is okay if you rinse thoroughly after each use. Leave in conditioner is discouraged.

Natural crystal deodorant stick available at (4.25 oz for $5.49). Also available at many drug stores.

DISCLAIMER: The following products/ingredients should be used with caution: lanolin, glycerin, petrolatum, petroleum jelly, Carmex, mineral oil, beeswax. Many patients have used these products for the relief of symptoms of dry skin and chapped lips, without a negative effect on their weight loss. However, if you notice a slowing or drop off in your weight loss while using any of the above products, we recommend discontinuing use. All listed prices are subject to change.

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