FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

This list is ever growing as the more participants start using this program the more questions arise. If you have a question, please raise it so we can answer it and include it in this chapter and in the manual supplied to clients when they come on board.

What is HCG?

HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a hormone naturally produced in large quantities during pregnancy.

Since this is a ‘pregnancy hormone’, does it work for men as well?

Yes! The HCG protocol is considered safe and even works faster for men. No surprise there, right ladies? While women typically lose 300g to 500g per day, men typically lose 500g to 1 kilo per day. Since HCG is used in infertility treatment for both men and women by the mainstream medical community, it is considered safe. HCG is also prescribed for men with certain other medical conditions, so this is not the only use of HCG with men.

What are the typical results seen while taking these HCG drops?

We see a typical weight loss of 9-13 kilos in 40 days while following Dr Simeons’ Protocol. This assumes correctly following the low calorie diet and all the other rules (no oily make-up, no lotion, etc.) without cheating or errors.

What are the positive effects of HCG?

Besides the accelerated weight loss and body re-shaping, many participants report: better, more deep sleep; lower cholesterol and blood pressure while on the HCG and often continuing afterwards due to weight loss; less insulin or other medications required while on the protocol; higher energy levels without a nervous or edgy feeling; a general feeling of well-being.

What are some negative side effects sometimes experienced while HCG is present in the body?

While on the protocol a few patients report: a headache for the first few days of the protocol (which can be addressed with aspirin etc.); leg cramping; temporary hair thinning (the same phenomenon that occurs after child birth or any other weight loss method). Some clients report constipation due to restricted food allowed.

Why the VLCD calorie diet?

You are on a very low calorie diet of approximately 500 calories because, according to Dr. Simeons, while you are on the HCG, your body is releasing 1500-4000 calories from abnormal fat into your bloodstream each day from your fat reserves. So, theoretically, with the 500 calories you are taking in by mouth plus the 1500-4000 calories being released into your system, you are actually getting the benefit of (500 + 1500-4000) = 2000-4500 calories each day.

What will I eat on this program?

Fresh organic fruit, meat and vegetables bought directly from your local grocery store. Try to buy hormone free meat and if possible fresh fruit and vegetables – try the farmers markets. Roadside stalls are another place to buy fruit and vegetables that if more likely to be fresh and not stored in cool stores for months. The fruit is also less likely to be waxed.

Can I continue taking my medications/vitamins while on the HCG protocol?

For medications, you should always talk to the doctor before stopping or changing any medications. Many participants do just great with medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, thryoid and many others. Additionally, if you are on medications, such as for high blood pressure and diabetes, you should be monitored by the doctor because some of the medications require adjustment during the program as a natural (and good) side effect of HCG. However, participants using hormone replacement therapy, steroids, seizure medications and other medications with ‘weight gain’ as a possible side effect may experience slowed or stalled weight loss.

Regarding the vitamins allowed while on the 500 calorie part of the program, Dr Simeons says “Patients whose teeth are in poor repair sometimes get more trouble under prolonged treatment, just as may occur in pregnancy. In such cases we do allow calcium and vitamin D, though not in an oily solution. The only other vitamin we permit is vitamin C, which we use in large doses combined with an antihistamine at the onset of a common cold. There is no objection to the use of an antibiotic if this is required, for instance by the dentist. In cases of bronchial asthma and hay fever we have occasionally resorted to cortisone, during treatment and find that triamcinolone is the least likely to interfere with the loss of weight, but many asthmatics improve with HCG alone.” This is also a conversation you have with the doctor.

Is eating organic required and expensive?

Firstly, it is not required, but recommended because it is healthier for you, but again, not necessary to have successful weight loss. Second yes, organic is more expensive, with some estimates for the price difference being as high as 15%. Start switching when your budget allows – some could be afforded on the program because you are eating much less food overall.

Is losing weight this fast unhealthy?

Not with the HCG protocol. Generally, this fast amount of weight loss would be accompanied by major loss of muscle; however, the HCG makes a huge difference. Participants consistently report losing fat, not muscle and feeling great.

Isn’t skipping breakfast bad for you?

Yes. Except for when you are on the low calorie phase of the HCG program because the HCG is releasing the calories from stored fat, so your body is being ‘fed’ without you taking the calories by mouth.

If I skip breakfast, I feel faint and I have to work, so can I still do it?

For participants who ‘need’ breakfast, eating ½ of a large apple or a whole piece of fruit (to be taken from the lunch or dinner meal) usually suffices both mentally and physically. We suggest trying the protocol without eating breakfast because many people do just fine while on the HCG. If the ‘need’ is still there, then go for the fruit or breadsticks from your meals.

Won’t I be starving?

Usually…NO! There are some participants who experience some hunger for the first 2-5 days of the low calorie diet but even with those participants the hunger usually disappears after the first week. As a matter of fact, it is not unheard of for participants to report being so ‘full’ they can’t eat all of the food!

Will I gain all the weight back plus some as soon as I stop the Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) phase?

If you perform the Maintenance phase correctly and eat like a normal, healthy person, your body should lock-in on your new, lower weight and maintain your great loss without much effort at all.

Do I have to do the Maintenance Phase?

Yes. The Maintenance phase is absolutely necessary to stabilise your weight and reset the hypothalamus so the weight does not come back on. It is vitally important that you follow the maintenance phase exactly as described in the manual you will be supplied when you come on board.

Does the weight loss protocol get rid of cellulite?

In most cases, reports state absolutely yes! If you are very strict and fully commit to all of the dos and don’ts in Phase 1 and 2, cellulite can vanish completely in a one to six month period of time.

Must I gorge for the first two day of starting?

Yes. You will not be comfortable on the VLCD calorie diet unless your normal fat reserves are reasonably well stocked. It is for this reason that in every case a person must eat to capacity the most fattening food they can get down for the first two days on the program. It seems that is takes about 5 doses of HCG before abnormal fat deposits begin to get released and circulate, therefore becoming available to the body as fuel.

How do I measure the 100 grams of protein?

Use a highly accurate small kitchen scale. Always weight the protein raw.

Can I mix vegetables?

No, with one exception. You can make a salad consisting of various organic lettuces cabbage, spinach, celery, onions, cucumbers, radishes and tomatoes. Try to get them all organic. Season with organic raw apple cider vinegar (Braggs from the health food shop), or, the juice of one half of a lemon. Add sea salt, black pepper, crushed garlic and any amount of dried or fresh herbs – straight from the garden! Delicious and filling!

Why do I need to go to the doctor?

You need a prescription to buy HCG. He will provide you with a prescription as HCG is made up at a compounding pharmacy and has a shelf life of about 40 days and is stored in your fridge. The doctor may also do your bloods, weight, height and blood pressure.

Can I use MSG?

No. You should never eat anything with MSG in it ever again. It is a deadly, dangerous excitotoxin. It increases depression, increases appetite and makes you fat!

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