Considering the HCG Diet? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re like most people, you’ve been on at least one diet in your life.  Atkins, Mediterranean, Cider Vinegar, Grapefruit – who knows?  Maybe some diet involving Lifesaver candies and eye of newt.

It seems that about every 10 minutes, there’s another “miracle” diet on the market, promising to re-cast us in a slightly more svelte image.

But the problem with diets is that they’re not tailored to individuals.  Every single person living has a different metabolic rate and genetic factors which influence weight loss and gain. There are myriad biological markers which make us unique.

Now, along comes the HCG diet.  But here’s the thing.  It’s nothing new.  It made its first appearance in the 1970s and the scientific community’s opinion of it has changed little since then.

Why we’re writing this

We’re writing this because we practice at a medical clinic which offers a range of health-enhancing injectables as part of our IV therapy service.

We’ve discovered that some people confuse this service with the HCG diet, because of the regimen of injected HCG which is the basis of the diet.

Let’s just say that if you’re afraid of needles, you won’t like HCG much.  But here are some other things you should know.

8 weeks to extreme weight loss

Does this sound tempting?  I suppose it sounds like a fast and easy way to shed extra pounds, but at what price?  There is an element of danger inherent in any program which promises results like that.  It’s a shock to your body, for starters.

But the HCG diet requires numerous injections of chorionic gonadotropin and a strict 500-calorie per day diet.  And that’s not all.  This diet comes with some rather weird restrictions which are not actually linked to weight loss.

For one, you’re not permitted to exercise while following the diet.  For another, you’re not supposed to use skin lotion.  Women – you’re not permitted to wear anything on your skin except lipstick and eyebrow pencil.

We stand perplexed.

Ethical implications

If the acronym “HCG” sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably heard of it in connection with hormonal changes in pregnant women.  The hormone HCG is produced during pregnancy.

The use of HCG for weight loss is not sanctioned by the FDA.  A licensed professional injecting this agent is crossing an ethical line, which is why it may be difficult to find one to do it.

The sale of the substance for weight loss is illegal.  Its use is intended as part of a doctor-directed fertility treatment program.


We know that looking your best is part of feeling your best, so our Gold Circle of Care brings our guests a wide-ranging, diversified approach to wellness.

We offer IV therapy for the enhancement of health.  We do not, however, offer HCG diet-related injections for all the reasons stated above.

Our advice?  Move more.  Eat nutritiously.  Drink more water.  Whatever you do, please cross the HCG diet off your list.   Also, consult with your physician.

Book a consultation for more information.