There is some amount of misunderstanding concerning the HCG Diet. This page will clarify many of the misconceptions and confusions surrounding this diet. The information contained herein has been developed over years of research to clarify how this hormone is affecting dieters.

Dr Lawrence Broder MD

 It was Dr Lawrence Broder MD‘s groundbreaking video in 2010 that clearly explained why the HCG diet worked and why it was different. He explained that the HCG did not cause you to lose the weight. The HCG was a crutch to help the diet cause your weight loss. He went through the caloric requirements of an average person and how many calories a pound of fat contained, 3500 calories. So if you have to lose 10 pounds, you must be negative 35,000 calories to lose it. So the only real way to lose weight is to restrict calories.
However there are problems with this too. If you restrict your calories to 500 calories a day, you could be negative up to 2000 calories a day. This can lead to rapid weight loss of up to a pound a day. However, when restricting calories so severely, you place your body in starvation mode. Your body is designed to try to hold on to fat as much as possible. So in starvation mode, your body will begin to breakdown your muscle for the protein it contains. Obviously, this is not healthy and unsustainable. Furthermore, you will feel horrible and will probably be unable to function.

This is where the HCG comes in. Remember, HCG is excreted from the placenta of pregnant woman. During pregnancy, it appears to protect the fetus from changes in the mother’s nutrition. Even if the mother is starving, the HCG allows the fetus to utilize her fat stores for the energy to continue growing. It is this ability of HCG to preferentially use fat stores for energy during caloric restriction that we use it for. During the low calorie diet, the HCG allows you to utilize your excess fat stores for energy and spares your muscle. As a result, you maintain your blood sugar and feel good while burning the excess fat around your waist.



Dr. Emma's Research


Dr. ATW Simeons conducted an experimental treatment involving HCG injections, obese patients, and a special diet. The results of this study were outlined in the now infamous “Pounds and Inches” manuscript, written in 1954. Once this manuscript became public, it ushered in the use of HCG for weight loss, but it was not accepted as a method of treatment by the FDA or general medicine. Why? The studies in the 1970s and early 1980s failed to show how HCG was working to aid in weight loss. It doesn’t make people lose faster; it makes people lose differently. No study to date has shown this, until my most recent clinical trial.

From Dr, Emma's Research:


When I first began my examination of the use of HCG with a low-calorie diet, I found that there was little information on it. However, through the use of this regimen, I produced an astounding weight loss in a childhood friend who was desperate. He had struggled with obesity his entire life, and with two family members that had undergone gastric bypass, he was ready to try anything. He said, “If you can help me lose weight, then you’re onto something!”


With daily injections of HCG and a strict diet he swore he would never be able to stick to (but he did), he lost 46 pounds in 6 weeks. In addition, his pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol virtually disappeared. The success spoke for itself. However, I now had a much bigger job ahead of me. I had to discover why it worked.


Study Findings

In my first retrospective research study conducted from 2010-2011, I analyzed hundreds of patients. This was a large ongoing gathering of data to find proper doses by analyzing blood levels of HCG. In the process of studying the blood levels of the hormone, I found that patients using an oral form of HCG (drops or pellets) had no detectable HCG in the bloodstream. I concluded that HCG is unable to be absorbed by mouth.


Additional studies included the analysis of weekly EKGs and electrolytes in all study patients on a low-calorie diet to monitor safety. There was no significant change in cardiac function or blood electrolytes. However, it must be noted that the patients were all appropriately screened by a physician and a cardiologist prior to their participation in the study to make sure they were healthy enough for this diet. It is important for anyone considering a low-calorie diet to see their physician first to make sure they are a good candidate.


In my next set of studies, I conducted ongoing clinical trials. There were four randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies for which the usable data was pooled and analyzed. This meant we tested HCG patients against Placebo patients on the same diet. It was shown that both groups, HCG and placebo, lost weight, but their body structure in terms of fat and muscle were significantly different in the end. This data was revealed for the first time on the March 14, 2012 airing of The Dr. Oz Show.


The large graph shown to the audience illustrated the difference between HCG and Placebo. The HCG group lost an average of 13 pounds in a month, and the Placebo group lost an average of 15 pounds in a month. The weight loss in each group is similar. The striking difference is that the HCG group lost only 2 pounds of muscle, but the Placebo group lost 5 pounds of muscle. This was a significant difference. Anytime muscle is lost from the body frame, it hurts metabolism and puts someone at risk for regaining weight; this is what happens with Placebo or diet alone.


This leads us to conclude that the likely reason why HCG helps someone lose weight differently and better than with diet alone is because it spares muscle. This also helps explain why I do not see rebound weight gain with my patients. This is the first modern clinical trial to demonstrate how HCG may be working for lasting weight loss.


HCG has been used to treat many various health issues and has been and has been in
existence to do so for over 50 years by the medical community. However, the FDA has not approved hCG Therapy to lose weight.