HCG Diet: Get The Truth About The Diet Disaster From Hell!

The HCG Diet doesn't include enough protein for muscle growth. And that's only the first reason bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts should steer clear of this weight-loss fad. Dieters beware!

HCG Diet: Get The Truth About The Diet Disaster From Hell!

If you're always on the lookout for the latest 'hot' diets that come out on the market and are always antsy to try what appears to be the newest and best approach to melt body fat fast while maintaining your lean muscle mass, one such program that might have caught your attention is the HCG Diet program.

The HCG program is considered to be an ultra low calorie diet plan that is designed to be accompanied with the use of the HCG diet products. HCG, which stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, is actually a hormone that is produced by a pregnant woman and helps to increase the metabolic rate.

Since the metabolic rate will be responsible for how many calories you burn each day, increasing this theoretically should mean you lose weight faster, however when combining this supplement with the diet that they provide you, one must really start to question the validity.

Since The Metabolic Rate Will Be Responsible For How Many Calories You Burn Each Day, Increasing This Theoretically Should Mean You Lose Weight Faster
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The Metabolic Rate Will Be Responsible For
How Many Calories You Burn Each Day.

Let's take a closer look at what the HCG Diet is all about so you can make an informed decision on whether it's something you want to spend your time on.

The HCG Diet

This HCG Diet consists of many different stages that claim to take you from where you are now to a much slimmer and healthier you.

The very first stage of the diet is the cleansing stage and while not mandatory to do the program, is recommended. During this stage you begin with loading stage where you consume as many high fat, high calorie foods as possible to 'prime' your body for the diet.

The theory is that while doing this you will increase your body's ability to burn fat so when you move into the ultra low calorie phases, you'll have a jump start on results.

During the second phase of the diet plan you move into the actual HCG diet protocol and this is where you'll implement the use of your HCG drops (or injection if you choose to go that route).

The stated protocol for this phase includes:


You get to consume just tea or coffee without any sugar. One tablespoon of milk can be used but only once throughout the day.

If you use it now, you will have to drink the coffee or tea black the rest of the time. Any artificial sweeteners can be used as well as these are not restricted on this plan.

You Get To Consume Just One Tea Or Coffee Without Any Sugar
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You Get To Consume Just One Tea Or Coffee Without Any Sugar.


For your lunch meal you are to consume 100 grams of a protein source choosing from:

You should be choosing only the leanest cuts of red meat and making sure to weigh them raw for proper serving sizes.

In addition to your protein source, you're also allowed to consume low-calorie vegetables, choosing between:

On the side you can also have one grissino breadstick or a piece of Melba toast for carbohydrates.

An apple, orange, or a handful of berries is also allowed for dessert, although if you like you can save the fruit and have it as an afternoon snack instead.

In Addition To Your Protein Source, You're Also Allowed To Consume Low-Calorie Vegetables
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In Addition To Your Protein Source, You're Also
Allowed To Consume Low-Calorie Vegetables.


Finally for your last meal of the day, dinner, you'll repeat the same protocol as you did in lunch, trying to choose different choices for each of your protein and vegetable sources so as to get more variety.

Throughout the day you are also encourage to consume as much water as possible in effort to stay adequately hydrated and flush out all of the toxins from the body.

This diet protocol is to be carried on for as long as necessary to reach the target weight loss, for up to 40 days, after which a maintenance diet should be followed for at least three weeks where you're allowed to add in more fruits, vegetables, cheeses, dairy products, and meat.

It's still recommended during this stage however to stay away from all higher carbohydrate food choices.

A Maintenance Diet Should Be Followed For At Least Three Weeks Where You're Allowed To Add More Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy Products, And Meat
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A Maintenance Diet Should Be Followed For At Least Three Weeks Where You're Allowed To Add More Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy Products, And Meat.

The Assessment

From the diet plan outlined below, 3 major problems should jump out you immediately:

1. Protein Content

The diet is extremely devoid in protein content. Although you are getting your 100 grams of protein in at lunch and dinner, which is more than some other fad diets have you consuming, altogether this is still only going to provide roughly 50-60 grams of protein per day, which isn't enough to support lean muscle mass maintenance even on a regular diet plan.

The Diet Is Extremely Devoid In Protein Content
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The Diet Is Extremely Devoid In Protein Content.

2. Calorie Intake

The calorie intake on this plan is disastrously low at approximately 500 calories, which is a sure-fire recipe for hunger, metabolic slow-down, and a general feeling of being unwell. Follow this diet plan for up to 40 days total, which they instruct is allowed, and you're sure to see some serious health deficiencies develop as well.

3. Nutrients

The third problem with this diet plan is that with so few nutrients coming in, exercise will be virtually impossible. In fact, the creator of the diet actually recommends against any exercise more than a light walk because it will simply be too difficult on the body while using this diet.

If you want to look and feel good while losing weight and after, exercise needs to be an important part of the equation. This diet severely limits that.

Considering What You Have Just Read, Would You Try The HCG Diet?


The Verdict

So what's the verdict on the HCG diet?

If you want a fast way to get skinny, lose muscle mass, and destroy your metabolism, dive on board! This diet will be perfect for you.

But, if you want lasting weight loss that's going to make you healthy and looking your best - firm and fit, you had better bypass this diet plan and look for something else.

Any time a diet is so restricting that all exercise - especially strength training (which is the top exercise to maintain lean muscle mass while on a diet) is excluded, you immediately should veer away from that approach and look elsewhere.

So there you have everything that you need to know about the HCG diet. Hopefully next time you come across this diet, you know to look the other direction.

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The HCG diet drops welled well for me and some of my friends that tried them.
I bought my HCD diet drops from www.officialhcgstore.com

Jan 24, 2012 2:45pm | report
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I tried the HCG diet through my Dr. I lost a bunch of weight and had no trouble with energy or working out. I had good gains on my cardio while on it. I also didn't have any problems with putting the weight on after I finished a cycle of it. I have put on a few pounds lately because I am looking to increase mass and have started eating a lot more. I had no problem with the diet although I wasn't trying to build muscle while I was on it.

Mar 19, 2012 8:39am | report
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Another article about the HCG diet from someone who has not tried it or researched it properly. Of course you cannot build muscle while on the diet, but you do not workout or lose muscle on the diet. I lost 26 lbs in 30 days (204-->178) using injectable HCG and following the diet to the letter. During Phase III, I was able to regain my strength and put on much more attractive muscle than muscle covered in fat.

Mar 31, 2013 10:41am | report

Where would you recommend ordering the drops or pills on line? There are so many sites. Im not sure which are reputable.

Oct 30, 2013 8:51am | report

did you workout at all? i am about to start this diet however i was afraid of all the gains i have made working out getting lost over the next 3 weeks.

May 28, 2015 11:09am | report
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I did the HCG drops and lost 25lbs in 30 days. I also sustained my lift and cardio during that time. I was using the Assault pre-workout with Amino1 as my recovery. Neither of these broke my diet or added unwanted carbs or cals. I'm now on week 4 post diet and have continued to sustain my weight. I was lifting 4 times a week (about 320 reps each day) and biking for 1 hour. Since then I have added running to the biking and have increased to 420 reps with a 10lb gain. I have continued to keep the weight off, by two rules (No breads or pastries ever). I now use the MP trio (Assualt, Amino1, Combat), with my daily cal intake at 1200.

Jul 9, 2014 11:06am | report

This was the kind of information I was looking for. Thanks a bunch lDavegan. I was not wanting to ditch weight training while trying HCG. Might I ask if dieting with HCG is an absolute must. I am not a dumb person, I only ask because of budget and three kids in my house. I will cut sugar, breead or other starches as needed, and cut night time snacking. I lift any where from 3-4 days a week and my cardio is some sprinting with agility, flexibility, and speed drills with stretching.

Apr 12, 2015 6:53pm | report

so you worked out on the diet? did you do 500 calories or more since you were working out?

May 28, 2015 11:11am | report
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Just to throw in my 2 cents. While I've never taken this product, the concern about not enough calories and muscle loss is odd for me. Last year I did a 500 calorie a day diet. I ate pretty much just streak or chicken, with hot peppers to help control cravings. Also some splenda-sweetened saffron tea which also helped with cravings. During this time I did situps, pushups, and basic squats at home. In about 4 weeks time I went from doing 5 girly pushup, to being able to do 15 "real" pushups. And the the number of squats and situps I could do more than doubled. During this time I also lost 20 pounds of weight and looked noticeably better.

So as long as you're eating nothing but protein, and not consuming carbs, your body will actually tap into your fat burning mode or the ketogenic state. You won't actually be calorie deprived as it will burn fat to make up for what you don't take in. And your pretty much protein-only diet will still allow you to put on muscle. Obviously the rate at which you gain muscle will be slower than if you weren't on the diet. But gaining muscle on such a diet is still better than the fear of losing muscle mass that some talk about.

So if HCG can help control your cravings, and you're taking the proper supplements to make up for what your body is going to be missing, there is no reason that a 500 calorie a day diet won't work. And there's no reason to think you'll lose muscle.

I should mention that at the time I did this diet, I was at 200 pounds with 26% body fat. So it may be that my huge fat stores made it work. Even if so...for those looking to drop some weight before beginning their build phase, it may not be a terrible idea.


May 8, 2015 4:28am | report
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Depending upon the product you are using - (I use a mouth spray) you will not be hungry. The weight loss is mostly fat - the theory claims no muscle loss but I have my doubts that there isn't some muscle loss at some point. Personally I have used this diet to drop serious weight in short time - the toughest part is overcoming the mental habit of eating. The second hardest part is phase III where you reintroduce of starches and sugars back into your diet and stabilizing your weight. It takes discipline (as with anything worth while).

I have not done any weight training while on this protocol....YET! Right now I am going to introduce stationary bike and light lifting - just to push the caloric expenditures even more than the normal day to day routine and see if I can drop more weight faster. This plan should only be used by those who are morbidly obese (like me) and desperately need to shed serious weight fast. This is not something used for shredding for competition or if you have 10 pounds to loose. This diet plan is for people who need to drop 50 pounds or more who are experiencing serious health issues like breathing, back injuries, feet and ankle injuries from carrying around too much weight.

Do not take this diet product lightly - this is serious stuff!

Jul 7, 2015 10:54am | report

one more additional thought...besides having potentially lower energy levels while on the diet - the reason they don't recommend strenuous exercise while on the plan is because exercising can cause a weight loss slow down or stall due to water retention caused by the muscle repair that occurs after exercise. The whole idea is to lose as much weigh as fast as possible - (yeah I know contrary to today's recommendations of a pound or two per week). Sticking to the plan and not exercising - just doing the plan the weigh literally falls off fast in the first week or two and then plateaus during the end of the second week or the third week - (just my experience). It could work differently for others.

Jul 7, 2015 11:03am | report
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