How do you keep the weight off after HCG?

1easyhcgdropsSo, you’ve been successful losing weight on HCG, but you keep hearing about troubles maintaining the lost weight from others on the program. So…how do you keep the weight off?

Over the past year, I have had a large number of friends, associates, and clients who have lost weight on the HCG diet. Unfortunately for most, they gained all or most of the weight back. Many of them even added a few additional pounds. On top of this, studies have shown that individuals that try to do the HCG diet a second and third time are not getting even close to the same results as the first. It’s a discouraging reality.

I heard one lady say that if she could lose 30 pounds for one month, even if the weight came back on, she would be happy. Her comment just boggled my mind.

Whenever I run into someone who has done the HCG diet, the first thing I ask is “What are you doing to keep the weight off”. The common response is a blank stare, or a “What do you mean?”. I then tell them that most people at least put the all the weight they lost right back on.

So, why is this problem happening with HCG users?

1.       90% of the overweight population could lose weight on a 500 calorie a day diet. Unfortunately, that means most people are in starvation mode on 500 calories a day for any length of time.

2.       Because HCG does not require exercise, some of the lost weight is muscle mass and not fat.

3.       HCG dieters believe that they do not have to change their life style or mind set for lasting weight loss.

4.       When you starve yourself for so long, your body enters what is called a “famine response state” which means the moment you increase your calories again, your body will store absolutely everything it can as fat.

Look at these recent warnings:

a.       In 2009, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians issued a position statement which stated: Numerous clinical trials have shown HCG to be ineffectual in producing weight loss. HCG injections can induce a slight increase in muscle mass in androgen-deficient males. The diet used in the Simeons method provides a lower protein intake than is advisable in view of current knowledge and practice. There are few medical literature reports favorable to the Simeons method; the overwhelming majority of medical reports are critical of it. Physicians employing either the HCG or the diet recommended by Simeons may expose themselves to criticism from other physicians, from insurers, or from government bodies.

b.        Since 1975, the FDA has required labeling and advertising of HCG to state:

i.      HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.

If you’ve been on the HCG diet or are currently on it, there are ways to improve your weight loss and  create the healthy, lasting results we should all be looking for. The IdealShape Weight Loss program is effective after someone reaches their weight loss goal on HCG because the first 2 months require a mindset and determination for a lifestyle change. IdealShape promotes healthy Brain Training and follows up the nutrition aspect with a hunger-blocking meal replacement shake. The combination of the 2 has shown to keep the weight off. For those that are scared of HCG diets, IdealShape provides an alternative weight loss program that sheds 1-3 pounds per week. Over the course of 90 days the weight loss on the IdealShape program will stay off.

We’ve said it all along that the key to maintaining your weight loss is training your body and mind for your new healthy lifestyle. Starving yourself to lose weight might have powerful effects on your body, but it comes with strong negative thoughts. You’re telling yourself the only way you can be skinny is by never eating when that’s just not the case!


  1. says

    David – spot on! Who wouldn’t lose weight with a 500 calorie diet? We don’t gain weight because we’re low in HCG. We gain weight because we have a lifestyle problem. To lose the weight and keep it off, we’ve got to address our lifestyle problem. I’ve done lots of meal replacement shakes in my time and you’ve got the best tasting – by far!

    • David Meine says

      Thank you for your feedback on the HCG diet. Your comment is very insightful about a life style change. Best Regards, David Meine

  2. treyson says

    It depends on what you eat after the diet. most people Do keep the weight off. I did. I now weigh around 124.3 And I’m a 5’4 female

    • Tomie says

      how much did you lose total and how long did it take? I’m thinking about doing the injections but a little sceptical

    • debbie says

      would really like to hear about your positive exp with hcg.i will probably start in 2 weeks on it .have 30 lbs to lse .hadweight loss surgery 2 yrs ago lost 70 and just havent been able to get the rest alreadysupposed to be on that low or a little highr cal diet .so im guessing ill do well.

      • Randy says

        Hi Debbie, have you spoken to your doctor about all your options? How much weight do you have left to lose and what is your current fitness level?

  3. Deb C says

    The HCG diet is not a miracle, it is a diet. But if you continue to eat like you did before the program of course you will gain the weight back. Sure you can loose weight fast only eating 500 calories a day, but how many days can you do that???? I did it for 40 days and was never hungry. I was under drs supervision, and dont advise this any other way. There are alot of obese people who dont realize they are diabetic and this could be very very dangerous for them. Only do this under the direct supervision of a doctor.

  4. Chelsea says

    The reason people are gaining their weight back (and more) has NOTHING to do with the calories consumed. IF you had researched how HCG actually works, by reading Dr. Simeons Pounds and Inches, then you would realize that, yes…HCG dieters are only CONSUMING 500 calories a day, but the HCG (which is normally produced in small quantities anyway) is allowing your body to utilize the abnormal fat stores, and burn them, for the balance of calories needed. The VLCD portion of the protocol is for only 26-40 days. Then there is a 2 week stabilization period, which re-sets your metabolism, and then you are supposed to only eat proper portions, and healthy food to keep it off. If you go 2 lbs over your target weight, you are to do a maintenance day, which helps you stay with 2 lbs of your target weight. The problem with most people that do this diet and fail to keep it off?…they lack the commitment to sticking with a HEALTHY diet after they come off of it. Those people go right back to eating the way they were before the diet…the American Diet – full of fat and sugar and carbs….NOT healthy green veggies, lean meat, natural Stevia sweetner, and complex carbs in normal portion sizes. The weight maintenence is all about your lifestyle afterwards.
    Now, in reference to the “loosing muscle”, I know of quite a few dieters that have monitored ketone loss (which indicates lean tissue loss) to Fat loss. They have lost very neglagable ketones on this protocol, and that was only when not doing some form of excercise. Speaking of excercise, you are actually encouraged to do some form of LITE Excercise during the protocol, nothing heavy. You don’t HAVE to do the excercise to loose the weight, but it is recommended that you walk, ride a bike, or some other form of lite excercise while on the plan.
    The 40 days of low cal eating, coupled with the lite excercise, has more than just “loosing weight” as it’s goal. It takes 14 – 30 days to establish new habits and patterns of behaviour, during the 25-40 days, you are learning what a true portion size looks like and feels like, establishing your excercising behaviour, learning that you don’t NEED the sugars, fatty foods, bad carbs, etc, getting rid of your cravings (which are basically withdrawels), shrinking your stomach, and learning when you are feeling hungry and NEED to eat, compared to when you are eating for emotional support or boredom. This protocol – if done correctly, reshapes not only your body, but your mind and spirit as well. It takes mental and physical preparation, it is not something you should just rush into and start. I myself am taking 2 months to prepare before I start the actual protocol. This 2 months are being used to get my supplies together, say goodbye to the foods that taste good but are not good for me, and start introducing healthy foods to my diet so I can get to liking them. I am trying out recipies that I can use during the Low Cal portion, so I already will know what I like and don’t like, starting an excercise routine, and establishing myself NOW to be prepared for AFTER the weight is lost.

    If done correctly the HCG protocol is the best way to loose weight. In the OBESE nation that we are, if getting the weight off for our health can be relativly easy, and we choose to make the permanant changes, we can all succeed.


    • says

      Chelsea could you maybe link to some of these studies as most of what’s been said is stuff that you might find in some pamphlets that have misleading/incorrect information.

      The weight loss is entirely because of calories in vs calories out. This idea has been proven time and again (the Twinkei Diet is a perfect example).

      Saying that the HCG diet actually asks for you to exercise is also misleading. There’s no such thing. HCG is just a hormone and their is no ‘Official HCG Diet’. Many diets that incorporate the HCG hormone actually discourage exercise.

    • debbie says

      thank u for that .i too am preparing to start ,under medical supervision at the end of feb maybe we can keep in touch. i lost 70 lbs in the past 2 yrs and have hit a stall . my son is getting marriedin april and im determined to lose the last 25 or 30 by then and keep it off for good.

  5. Chelsea says

    I didn’t bookmark the research, however, I will try to re-locate it and post it on here. Anyway, how does one do research, but try it on many different subjects and track their results. I believe that this has been done, many, many times. What convinces me that this protocol really does work is the fact that I personally know people that have been on the protocol and lost FATpounds, they proved this by following their ketone levels. Also, I challenge you, go on a 500 calorie diet for a few days, see what “side effects” you get. I can tell you what will happen, you will get sick, headachy, low energy, etc…..this does NOT happen when on the HCG, you have great energy, feel full, and re-learn how to eat properly. That will not happen on a low cal diet, in fact it will not happen on ANY diet, be it low-cal or shakes, or meals or what have you. I can attest to the fact that most diet things are “gimmicks”, and did you know that most diet aids (pills, etc) do not have research or approval or anything like that to back them up?
    Another little known fact, on the HCG protocol, as you loose weight, your skin tightens up, this is because you are loosing ABNORMAL fat and not structural fat and muscle. Again, I challenge you…what makes research? If it is having a study on mulitple subjects to see what happens, then we have that!

    I will look for the research to post for you.
    I am a follower of this protocol, and I believe that it works


    • says

      Proper studies are done in such a way as that the results can be conclusively linked with minimal chance of error. Picking 20 people off the street and asking whether or not they’ve had success doesn’t provide any conclusive proof of anything. It’s anecdotal at best.

      And while many companies don’t have huge amounts of FDA studies behind them. They also weren’t fads started by a book authored by a man who has a criminal record longer than my arm. Nor do they have FDA studies warning people that the hormone does nothing and the weight loss is entirely from calorie restriction.

      Another little excerpt from that article:

      “Trudeau has been criticized for his inability to provide substantial evidence to back up many of his claims. Although he provides anecdotal evidence, he has not provided evidence that such customer claims have been evaluated by a licensed medical practitioner. In instances where Trudeau has been asked to provide proof of his claims, he has misinterpreted medical studies or cited dubious or fictitious studies. For example, Trudeau cited a nonexistent 25-year research study involving a natural cure for diabetes at the University of Calgary. When Jake Tapper confronted him, Trudeau insisted that he had a copy of the study and would provide it, which he never did. He now claims on his infomercials that the University destroyed its findings to prevent reprisals from the pharmaceutical industry.

  6. Chelsea says

    Trudeau didn’t come up with this protocol…and if you think he did…then you are sorely mistaken. Look up Dr. Simeons Pounds and Inches…he is the first person to research the uses of HCG as a weight loss agent.

    BTW, don’t you sell a weight loss product yourself? If so, that would make you biased to other things as well. Anyhow, you just don’t get it, do you…a restricted calorie diet alone will reek havoc on your body, giving you horrible side effects. Compare that to restricted calories for a short period of time WITH HCG, where you get NO horrible side effects (normally), are NOT hungry, and are successful at loosing the weight. And what is wrong with anecdotal evidence…if I can see it, and I can touch it, and it has worked for 9 out of 10 people, then how is that not proof of something working? The majority of the people on this protocol (if followed exactly) DO keep it off for long periods of time, if not forever….again…I will find you the studies that I have seen and post them here for you.

    • says

      He didn’t come up with it, no, but HCG trended out of the weight loss world. Until his book was published and it’s popularity surged. The popularity surge would be a “fad” which is what I claimed he had created. I didn’t say anything about him creating the HCG diet. He created an up trend in a well…fairly debunked form of weight loss.

      And you still haven’t shown where you’re getting the information for these sweeping statements you’re making. I suppose I am biased though I work for a company that sells products to create life-long change in creating a healthier lifestyle. Rather than pushing short-term weight loss, or yo-yo dieting.

    • says

      Uh…that’s a link to an article pointing out no significant studies that have shown weight loss. It’s an article saying that the many scientific studies that are claiming HCG is ineffective shouldn’t be listened to…

      Anyway, I think this conversation has run its course, as this article is old and dieting is like religion or politics in that if you find someone fiercely loyal to a product, no amount of talking will change someone’s mind.

      • keri says

        I have lost 53 pounds on HCG. I am finishing up my 3rd round. I understand that the possiblity of gaining my weight back is high, but gaining weight back from any weight loss program is high, and most people or not successful. They are not successful because they fail to change their lifestyles. I can attest that I was very skeptical about the protocal but I must say that it was the best thing to ever happen for me. I’m not saying that the diet is right for everyone because it is a challenging endeavor, but the rewards of being able to a a healthier weight is reward in itself. With the HCG diet, I have not been hungry, and my energy is better than before I started the diet. I will admit that some days are easier than others, but I am dealing with a psychological issue also when it comes to food. I accept that, and I understand it. I would recommend HCG to anyone who seriously wanted to lose weight because it works. However, now that I am beginning phase 3, I understand that the real work is just beginning.

  7. Chelsea says

    Actually, that article DOES point out specific significant studies. And I agree, we will have to agree to disagree…I just know one thing, I have tried many, many things, including “diet shakes”, and none of them worked, or had the track record that HCG has of working. So believe how you want to believe, I will believe how I want to believe, and when the “research” finally comes out about this being true…then maybe you will believe what 1,ooo’s of people already know.

    Thank you for the debate,

    • crystal says

      I will have finished my second round of protocol this Wednesday. My first round Iost 32.4 lbs. My second round should yield around 32 lbs. I followed the HCG diet to the letter and have been successful. During my six weeks of maintenance between protocols I flucuated between 1 and 2 pounds. I agree that anyone can lose weight only taking in 500 calories a day, however, without the HCG supplement no one could do it for 45 days without being hungry or your body going into starvation mode. If the HCG didn’t work, then when I started consuming 1500 calories a day on maintenance I would have started gaining weight back rapidly. For anyone who has dieted in the past, you know that when you go off of any regiment you must change you habits and lifestyle which put you there in the first place. This diet is definitely not for everyone. It takes an extreme amount of will power. Just because one is not physically hungry does not mean you do not want to eat. I am mother of 4 grown children who I cook for everyday. What keeps you going on this program is the fact that everyday when you step on the scale there is success. That is the bottom line people. You can lose weight on any program if you follow it. They key is to keep it off. There is no miracle for that. Just a lifestyle change and willingness to do so!!!

    • Deborah says

      Good job Chelsea! I’m on the diet and looking forward to my life style change. I agree 100% with all the info you provieded.

  8. steve says

    you notice how they all use words like protocol and have a certain sales pitch about themselves. Its a pyrmid scam at its best! Ketosis is why they lose weight and are not hungry! This is for morons this hgc stuff. Try lifting some weights and moving, and eating healthy. Fads never work. Easy come easy go and easy come back on!! You will be fat again.

  9. Ashe says

    Gaining weight back is how you got the weight in the first place. Eatting junk food is one way cuz not eatting healthy would get you to gain weight so imma become a veggie after i take HGC. Also stress or depression is another cus is how i gain weight over the years.
    Eat healthier and be more active after HGC you keep it off. Be happy cause you yourself you should make happy before others.

  10. Nicki says

    I just happened to run across all of this debate. I have hypothyrodism. I was running 3 miles a day and lifting weights 3 times a week. I was eating 1400 calories a day and continued to gain weight. My doctor suggested the hGC Diet. I have to say that I was leery because I have always been a health freak. Well, I have lost a great deal of weight, have not gained, still exercising, and very pleased. I’m a wife, teacher, and mother of 6, and feel like I’m not doomed to obesity anymore because of a health malfunction.

    • Melissa says

      Nicki, how long have you been able to keep the weight off. Are you back to exercising and do you think that helps alot?

  11. Hugo says

    Hcg Works, it’s only sceptic by the ill informed (ignorant)or financially motivated. I have gone to gyms my whole life and seen people never change body shape(bad shapes) so its all about lifestyle.
    So your over weight but to toxic and week and fat to make a change because it’s overwhelming!
    Not with hcg make the plan, after the weight drops eat good then work out! Walla a lifestyle change happens !
    People all can’t go on biggest looser to have that initial loss by trainers and dieticians but hcg and Will does.
    Wants they have the big losses and work out they’re changed people, most psychologically too! Like on biggest looser! It’s up to them to maintain the loss and it usuall fails humans is brought on by anxiety of life.
    You must treat the whole person, and hcg is more multi faceted than anything I have seen besides biggest looser!

  12. R says

    I concur with Crystal, after stepping on the scale every day and seeing success it motivates you to keep going. I have never been that overweight, maybe 30lbs more than I should be at my largest and have tried for YEARS to lose weight: weght watchers, jenny craig, calorie counting and so on. When I found HCG I never looked back: first round = 21lbs, second round 15lbs. I have kept it off for over a year becasue I did learn what a portion size is and I did find out, after three weeks of stabilization, what my triggers for gaining weight are. Now that I know I keep away or make allownaces if I really do want to eat that food that day. If the weight does go on, like at Christmas I put on 4lbs, then a few days of stabilization eating brings it back down again. I did not feel hungry at all, no headaches, felt great actually and I just carried on with my regular pilates for 30 miutes every other day as normal….

  13. de says

    I am currently on HCG and have lost 23 pounds in a 40 day cycle (on day 31 right now). My question is, when can I begin weight loss without HCG? I have read many articles on the last phases (P3 and P4) of the HCG protocol and it says that weight cannot go up or down by more than two pounds. My problem is that, I may not want to go on this diet again. When could I begin weight loss just using diet and exercise without the HCG? In reading various manuscripts, that option is never given. It only talks about additional rounds of HCG if further weight loss is desired. If I only want to lose 5-10 more pounds, I think repeating a cycle might be a little extreme. I usually like to have a kick-start to weight loss and then maintain the weight loss by dieting and exercise. Has anyone heard anything of when you can do a normal diet and exercise routine after completing HCG?


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