Since the 1960’s the HCG diet has come a long way. It used to be that the only method of doing the HCG diet was through injections of the actual HCG hormone, in conjunction with a 500 calorie diet. And thank goodness for Dr. Simeons and this discovery, as he pioneered a method that has helped people drop weight rapidly for over six decades.
But… lets face it, any diet involving needles and a 500 calorie diet is pretty scary to the masses, and in recent years formulators developed other methodologies to improve the protocol to make it less expensive, less drastic, and more comfortable.
Now, I realize that the very concept of the HCG diet evolving will ruffle some feathers in the HCG diet world. There are people out there who treat Dr. Simeons as somewhat of a prophet, and that everything he said was exactly right, and those who talk about improvements on his original protocol are like sinners whose souls will be assigned to hell in the afterlife. Seriously, there are some pretty die hard zealots out there.
But, the fact is that nutrition and weight loss have both experienced quantum leaps in the last 60 years. In this age of myth busting, science, life hacks, and generally having many of our beliefs challenged… even the sacred original HCG protocol is no exception and problems have been discovered, and new solutions offered, which just make the whole process better. For example, Dr. Simeons sincerely believed that make up, cosmetics, and lotions could affect weight loss…. um, not so much, as you’ll see.
So, if you’re ready to have some of your beliefs poked and prodded, and you’re open to the concept of improvement and progress, and how to take the best of what the HCG diet offers, while discarding those things that would make it too expensive, uncomfortable, or potentially turn you into a raving hate monster from hormone imbalances, read on, and you’ll pick up some sweet tips and tricks on this whole HCG diet thing, and where it lies today.
Here’s a list of the various ways in which the HCG diet can be done today, starting with the original protocol, and listing pros and cons of each method. And by no means do I want to be lumped into the crowd of zealots whose “HCG beliefs” are 100% correct, if you want to question, challenge, or improve on anything I have researched here, by all means please do so by leaving comment below!
1. The Original HCG Diet Protocol. Circa 1950’s- 2008. Still has some die hard followers.
Method: Pure HCG hormone, taken by injection daily, in conjunction with a 500 calorie diet, and restriction in lotions and cosmetics.
Pros: it worked! Many people lost weight they hadn’t been able to lose in years, and stubborn fat FINALLY came off of people who had struggled with chronic weight problems.
And, contrary to popular belief, rapid weight loss is SUPERIOR to slow weight loss, in both initial effectiveness, and in ability to keep the weight off. Another one of those myth busting things you can learn more about here.
-The 500 calorie diet was justified by Dr. Simeons assertion that the remaining calories would be provided by fat loss. In other words, the fat converted into calories so the dieter had enough energy. The problem? PROTEIN. In the 1960’s nutritional research wasn’t as advanced as it is today, and the 500 calorie diet simply doesn’t have enough protein to sustain muscle. That’s why at HCG EZ Drops we don’t recommend the 500 calorie diet, only the 800 or 1200 calorie diets.
-Hormone imbalances. The term “hormone imbalance” wasn’t understood in the 60’s, but today, it’s common knowledge, every woman is aware of it, and men are learning it takes its toll on them too (yes, testosterone is a hormone). Taking heavy doses of a single hormone (in this case HCG) can lead to symptoms such as hair loss, headaches, blood clots, leg cramps, constipation, and breast tenderness, according to Womens Health Magazine in their article, “The Dangers of HCG Injections.”
-Cosmetics and lotions were restricted, as Dr. Simeons was convinced that they caused weight gain. A mountain of evidence and research about cosmetics and lotions has proved this assertion false. There simply is no need to cut back on cosmetics or lotions while dieting on HCG or any other diet.
According to one clinical study: Professor Richard Guy, a professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences who led the research, said: ‘Previous studies have reached conflicting conclusions over whether nanoparticles can penetrate the skin or not. Using confocal microscopy has allowed us to unambiguously visualise and objectively assess what happens to nanoparticles on an uneven skin surface. Whereas earlier work has suggested that nanoparticles appear to penetrate the skin, our results indicate that they may in fact have simply been deposited into a deep crease within the skin sample. The skin’s role is to act as a barrier to potentially dangerous chemicals and to reduce water loss from the body. Our study shows that it is doing a good job of this.”
If you need more convincing (I get it, beliefs die hard) that cosmetics and lotions can’t penetrate the skin, let alone hinder weight loss, just do a Google search on the topic and you will find study after study.
Still, the original protocol is being used in some circles, but you have to be careful where you buy your stuff. The gold standard of products for the original protocol seems to be Nu Vision Labs, click here to learn more.
2. Homeopathic HCG Drops.
Our first HCG Drops product was actually a homeopathic drop, back in 2010. Homeopathic drops removed several of the problems of the original protocol, Pro’s being:
-Easier to take, no injections required.
-Didn’t require a prescription
-Didn’t create hormone imbalances
The premise of homeopathy in general is that rather than take a large dose of medicine (HCG is administered usually in a 125 IU dose per day) homeopathy postulates that if a tiny amount is introduced into the body, that a type of reaction occurs that “tricks” the body into a positive response. It’s similar in concept to immunizations. A tiny dose is administered, and gets the body to react to create antibodies, and that creates an immunity to a certain disease. I’m no scientist, so my explanation may be laughable to a doctor, but hopefully you get the idea…
And for thousands of people, these worked like a charm, and you can still find some on the market today, except that a whole lot of people just don’t accept homeopathy as a science, including the FDA, who declared them illegal in December 2011.
Luckily, really smart people had seen the writing on the wall, and been formulating non-hormonal blends for some time, and the Non-Hormonal HCG drops became mainstream in 2012. And so, on to method 3…
So now there are 2 critical things to understand before you will really “get” this next evolution in the protocol, and this is by far the biggest development in the evolution of the HCG diet since it began…
1. The statement on the right by Dr. Simeons. The HCG Hormone never was the weight loss agent.
2. The concept that HCG is a hormone, and all hormones are made up of amino acids. So the next jump was based on a very simple principle, when formulators determined that while the amino acids that made up HCG were causing some unwanted and unexpected negatives, the right balance of amino acids could be used in the HCG diet, without the negative effects caused by the hormone.
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to take, no injections required, no hormone imbalance issues.
-More potency. With the amino acids, potency isn’t restricted as it is in a homeopathic product. The non-hormonal blends usually contain ingredients such as:
-Astragalus, USP Purified Water
-USP Corn Grain Alcohol
Watch this video from the Rachel Ray show. Notice that the sister who did the DROPS lost more weight than the sister that did the injections!
HCG EZ Drops is such a product, although unlike many of the competitors, we don’t include alcohol in our formulation. Also, amino acids are bitter, so we added african mango, a natural weight loss aid flavor enhancer, to make them more palatable.
The non-hormonal drops are the predominant HCG diet method used today, usually in conjunction with a 800 or 1200 calorie diet. They have become the favored product in the marketplace, eliminating the expense and inconvenience of the original injection method, they are inexpensive, effective, and convenient.
Drops outsell injections online by a margin of well over 2:1. One of the claims the zealots make is that with anything other than the injected hormone, subjects will lose weight “from the wrong places.” Well, not only do I dispute that, so do all of my clients, including Maye, pictured on the right. Maye lost over 30 pounds using our drops. And, apparently, she didn’t get the message that she would lose it from “the wrong places.”
But the story doesn’t stop there. Although she doesn’t speak a word of English (she lives in Mexico) she found me on Facebook, and happily, my oldest daughter speaks Spanish and is able to help me communicate with her. Once we were connected, she bought several hundred bottles of HCG EZ Drops, and had them shipped to Texas because we don’t ship to Mexico. She drove 4 hours to pick them up, 4 hours to take them home, and she started selling them to people who wanted to lose weight, and taught them our protocol, and the 800 and 1200 calorie diets.
Since then, she has sold thousands of EZ drops, and has literally hundreds of before and after pictures on her phone of people she has helped, she is an inspiration and success story to thousands of people in her city.
The fact is, rapid weight loss using HCG drops has been proven out by hundreds of thousands of personal case studies across the world. I have been in this business almost 5 years, have heard from many thousands of people, and seen my share of great success stories. But I have yet to see a single success story involving a person having a weird shape or losing weight from any wrong places. It’s simply a myth, Once you treat your body right and drop those pounds, it knows exactly which pounds to drop and which to keep.
4. “Frequency” drops
These are not as popular as any of the others, but I find them fascinating. The premise is that a generic substrate, usually glycerin, can be “imprinted” with a frequency that causes it to act like something else. So, glycerin is treated electronically, giving it the frequency of HCG. These drops are then taken sublingually (under the tongue) as the other drops are, but trick the body into thinking it actually took some HCG hormone.
One doctor I know personally has been selling these drops for many years, and has a very loyal following of thousands of people around the country who use and recommend them. Unfortunately, he produces them in his basement, in a decidedly non-clinical environment, so I can neither recommend them or sell them, but I find the premise fascinating and to his credit, he does have a huge collection of success stories.
The ingredients on these drops simply reads “Glycerin,” which is another thing that is very difficult to explain to people. It’s a tough sell to convince somebody that glycerin can have an electronic imprint in it that would make your body react to it as if it’s HCG, but the premise is intriguing. Perhaps in the future somebody will dive into this field more fully and popularize the product.
HCG Pellets are another way of delivering homeopathic HCG. So, they are like homeopathic drops in every way except that instead of taking drops daily, you ingest pellets. My only argument with these is that homeopathy already calls for tiny doses, which when taken through a drop absorb into the bloodstream sublingually (under the tongue) but if you swallow them, I believe any efficacy is probably lost.
And for whatever reason, they don’t seem to have become popular at all. For example, 40,500 people per month search the term “hcg drops” online, versus just 880 searches for the term “hcg pellets.”
6. Fake HCG
Although this isn’t really a product, the words “Fake HCG” are thrown around the internet and so must be explained. There are two very different definitions of the term fake HCG from what I can tell:
1. Fake HCG is most commonly referred to as a product that represents being the real HCG hormone, but is either totally fake, or just very weak, and doesn’t contain the amount of HCG it should. So, if you are interested in doing the original protocol, using injections of the actual HCG hormone, you have to be very careful where you buy it from! From my research, there is one particular lab that many of the experts out there refer to as the gold standard of HCG hormone, Nu Vision Labs.
2. The second usage of the word “fake HCG” is by those people who still subscribe religiously to Dr. Simeons original protocol, and lump anything that’s not the actual HCG Hormone into the realm of fake HCG. In a sense, they are correct, as the modern drops products really are trying to do what HCG was supposed to do, minus the hormone imbalances, drastic diet, and cosmetic restrictions…
But for the vast majority of people, HCG Drops are the methodology of choice, and are readily available online and in local stores.
Of course, in the end I recommend my very own HCG EZ Drops as the best product going if you want to lose weight with the HCG protocol, and provide an 800 and 1200 calorie diet, money back guarantee, great support, and none of the downsides of the injections.
That being said, I am not claiming that no other product or methodology will work. The anecdotal evidence of every single method in this post is so overwhelming that it would be naive to claim that none of them work… people have had success with injections, homeopathic drops, non-hormonal drops, pellets, frequency drops, and probably some others I’m not even aware of.
So, from my experience, and trying to be as impartial as a product seller can be, here are some things I believe the modern HCG dieter should consider when making a purchase:
1. This is the least expensive diet going, so don’t short yourself by buying from an unknown or questionable source, or a retailer who knows nothing about what you will be doing. Those of us who specialize in this offer: high quality formulations, lots of online support, great resources, and toll free help when you need it, and typically all the product you need is about $100 or less.
2. There are plenty of “guru’s” out there. Unfortunately, many of them are stuck in 1960, or want you to spend extra money on coaching, or are just plain inexperienced in the field. In the end, don’t listen to me, don’t listen to them, but become your own expert. It’s your body, your health, so go with what works best for you, after doing a reasonable amount of homework.
3. Do it! If you are more than 20 pounds overweight, you are shortening your life, and increasing your chances of heart disease and diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. So don’t spend TOO much time contemplating, this method really works! Commit, follow it properly, and you can lose those pounds, and achieve your ideal body weight. And for a closing thought, take a look at one more picture Maye shared with me, of her finishing a charity race.
This is a woman who lives at a higher level than she used to. She can run, hike, swim, travel… or do whatever she wants to. She also looks outstanding and has the satisfaction that only a high level health can bring. In the end, THAT’S what all of this is about… YOU being the very best version of yourself, at your ideal body weight, performing all of those things you want or dream of doing.
Wishing you success and health!
Founder, HCG EZ Drops.
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