Is The FDA Going To Ban the HCG Diet?

UPDATE (12-6-2011): It seems today the FDA sent warning letters to 7 HCG companies telling them to stop selling their product. It seems they got in trouble because they were making outlandish claims but the FDA is trying to make this easy and is just going to ban all HCG OTC products. Not really fair but it is what it is. Just goes to show you that one bad apple spoils the bunch. So a couple bad companies who exaggerated claims is getting over the counter HCG pulled from the market. Too bad. It’s time to stock up before your favorite supplier is all out, if they aren’t already! I have a lot of thoughts on this and will be making a post soon. If people just realized that HCG is only for appetite suppressant and to target the right kind of fat we wouldn’t be in this mess. Sad.

I’ve gotten quite a few comments and emails lately from people asking about the FDA and a possible ban on the HCG diet.

This all stemmed from one article in a newspaper who asked the head person at the FDA what they thought about the HCG diet. And she stated that HCG hasn’t been shown effective at making people lose weight. And of course, everyone freaked out.

But listen to what she said, “HCG hasn’t been shown to make you lose weight” (I’m paraphrasing but that’s in essence what she said). So HCG doesn’t make you lose weight?!

OF COURSE NOT!

IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO!

HCG is used for just 2 things, to help cut down on hunger while on the low calorie diet, and to target your stored fat so you burn that instead of muscle. That’s it. But it’s the low calorie diet that makes you lose the weight and activates the HCG. But you must do the HCG and the low calorie diet together. Trying to do one without the other will lead to failure.

This also brings up another issue I hear people say and that is “Well people lose weight on this diet because it’s so low calorie, not because of the HCG.” Then they blow the whole diet off because of this thought. But again, you are right, the low calorie diet does the work, BUT YOU MUST HAVE BOTH.

So when people say “HCG doesn’t make you lose weight” you can just reply, “Of course not, it’s not supposed to and it never was supposed to.” It’s the diet as a whole that makes you lose weight.

You need the HCG to help with hunger and to target your fat storage during the low calorie diet. That’s why you will fail if you take just HCG and don’t do the diet, and you will also fail if you try to do the low calorie diet and don’t take the HCG. You’ll be too hungry and you will be burning muscle.

So when you hear these statements just realize that they are clueless about the diet as a whole and haven’t done their research.

Now about the whole FDA and the HCG diet. No, the FDA isn’t going to ban the HCG diet. They can’t really because the FDA doesn’t regulate diets. Never have and never will (let’s hope anyway). They are concerned with the health and well being of people and the type of food and medicine you take. And since HCG is fine to take then they can’t ban it, and they shouldn’t. This diet is changing so many lives. There was also a comment about the oral drops made by the FDA. But again, no research was done and it was just a comment, probably taken out of context by the interviewer, who by the way has a looong history of trying to destroy the HCG diet, mainly because they are trying to sell a competing diet! It’s so sad that more people don’t realize this.

Whenever you see a negative story about a diet that works, think about why. Hmm, maybe because the TV channel they are on gets all their money from big drug companies who can’t patent HCG and they want to sell their competing, expensive diet drugs. Or it’s someone else who has another product or book they want to sell and they don’t want you doing this diet. Or it’s just a news reporter looking for a juicy story to get ratings so people will watch when they say, “The next dangerous diet you shouldn’t do! Tonight at 10!” So ignore all those people talking about HCG diet dangers or spouting scary “facts” when they can’t even understand the diet or do any research.

It works and works well if you do it right. And that’s the key, do your research and do it right, you won’t regret it! Let me know what you think in the comments.

{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa

Thank you for this post. God forbid america gets healthy….Drs. & Pharma Co will lose too much money. Sickness & Diease is BIG DOLLARS! BIG BUSINESS! But the bible tells us that the poor will be with us always. What that means is there is enough poor minded & truth seekers around to balance the scales. HCG Drops work and it gives awesome results in record time that actually motivates people to stay the course. The old fashion way still works well but most folks today have noooo longivity or will power and quit when it don’t work right away. There are more people that just like to complain instead of take a course of action.
God Bless

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Jenn

I just came across this article while searching for more info on a possible HCG ban. When was this written?

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Susan

Oh about a month or so ago.

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camille

HCG works with people who have thryoid problems (making it harder to lose weight) but it may work slightly slower.

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Susan

Very true Camille. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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Donna

I think it all depends on the person. I have under-active thyroids and I have lost 6 lbs in 3 days on the hcg (vcld) diet. So I think it might all depend in part on the persons system. Thank you so much.

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Gretchun

Donna: so you are basically saying that your experience does indeed supports what Camille have stated since you also have a thyroid problem (hypothyrodism) and lost 6pounds in 3 days, 2pounds per day.

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Vivian

Yes, HCG works. I’m on my second round and have lost 30 pounds 1st round and 22 pounds second round with 12 more days to go. I did the maintenance for 6 weeks between rounds as recommended without any problems. I don’t ever recall feeling hungry or even wanting to go back to my old way of eating before HCG. I recommend HCG for everyone. However, I got my drops from a doctor’s office so they cost me more than ones online.

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Susan

You have done great Vivian! Thank you for sharing your experience with everyone!

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Francis

If I’ve had a hysterectomy and I’m on an estrogen patch – can I use the hcg?

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Susan

Talk to your doc and the people you are working with to make sure. I wouldn’t see a reason why not but it never hurts to ask.

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MARJIE

How many times can I do the HCG before doing the maintenance phase. I have 100-120 lbs. to lose.

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Susan

You can go to 40 days, then maintenance for 3 weeks, then you can start again. You can do as many rounds as you need to achieve your goal.

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Mary

I had gastric bypass 4 years ago…

Have you ever heard of anyone having problems with this? I take numerous vitamins to avoid having defeciencies there.

Thank you,

Mary

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Susan

My default answer is to always talk with your doctor. But to answer your question I have heard of many people who have had gastric and then did the diet and have done extremely well. I haven’t heard anything bad. I do know that you need to take it easy on loading and only do what you know you can.

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N Watkins

Thank you so much for this site! Ever since my thyroid issues have surfaced, it seems I gain weight just looking at food-and fast! I just picked up my hcg and will start tomorrow. I’ve heard a lot of comments from naysayers out there. I really need this to work!

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Susan

Good luck and let everyone know how you did.

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jeff

what does the hcg diet do to your protien levels ?

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Susan

Well protein is a big part of each meal so I wouldn’t imagine it’s do much to change it. Why do you ask? A little more info and I might be able to answer better.

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mike

Can i use hcg with protein shakes

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Susan

The protein shakes are going to have all sorts of stuff crammed in there that will cause problems. So I’d avoid them at all cost. Talk with who you are working with and they should have a solution for you.

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Larken

I, along with about 10 of my friends, all bought HCG drops from XXXXXXX because we heard they were the most reputable site, using REAL hcg in their drops and that they come from an FDA certified lab within the U.S. I know that there is A LOT of controversy on the HCG drops out there but I have to tell you that all 11 of us on the plan and using the drops have indeed been dropping 15 – 20 pounds per month. I have tried low cal diets for YEARS and adding in the drops made it the first time a low-cal diet was actually easy to stick to, I was never hungry and I did lose the weight super fast. My friend who tried the exact same plan without the drops couldn’t stick to it because she was always starving and craving carbs and sweets. I went from a size 16 to a size 12 in just two months (lost 18 inches too) and other friends of mine have had even more dramatic results and have kept it off for over 6 months so far. I KNOW this product works and the FDA just hasn’t caught up with the facts yet. And weren’t they the ones that approved Phen Phen a few years ago and then people started dying from that and getting heart problems? And you’re gonna trust the FDA? I go with what I can PROVE myself and I KNOW these HCG drops work amazingly well!

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Susan

Very good point. Glad you are getting great results. Thanks for sharing your experience with everyone.

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Dove

So true if the FDA can’t make $$$ then it’s against ALL the rule’s in being anything good for you…for instance methadone clinic’s, “not condoning illegal substance” (which it should also be)…. but if they can make a buck they will make a way!

I’ve been on the plan for 3 days and have lost 5 pounds without being hungry nor eating the full 500 calories.
Praise God!

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Wendy

Hi ! It is really encouraging to read these posts. My husband and I just recieved our hCG . I am waiting to begin as I heard from a friend that you shouldn’t take the drops during menstruation. Is that true? because I am totally jealous that my hubby has lost 12 lbs in the last 5 days and I haven’t even started yet! Also, can you recommend a website that has the guidelines for this diet? I have googled hCG and read several articles but none seem to cover ALL of it. Like diet, phases, how often, how little- I have seen many different dosage amounts as well. We just follow what is on the bottle. Thank you, and I will keep you posted on our success :-)

~Wendy

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Susan

Just work with a good company and they should give you all your instructions and coaching for purchasing HCG through them. And it’s best to wait until after your cycle to start a round. Just makes it easier, but you can continue through your period if you hit it in the middle of a round.

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vera

HCG is the only diet that works for me. Im starting my 2nd round. So far down 35 pounds. After dieting most of my life and not getting good results this has been a gods sent. I havent been hungry at all. Many of my friends have seen what has happened to me and have begun the HCG diet also. They are all happy with it. It would be a shame to take this away. I hope what Im hearing on tv is wrong.

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Susan

Thanks for sharing! Who knows what will happen. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Lynn

HCG diet might possibly be the only “diet” that truly works… I have yet to see anyone NOT lose weight when they follow the HCG drop and diet plan!! You said it best…. you must do the HCG and the low calorie diet together!!! Maybe this will be a “wake up” call for all concerning the FDA’s threatened position of anything “hollistic”??? Meanwhile, glad to hear the FDA won’t be messing with this…. at least for now!! :)

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Susan

Well it looks like they will do something with it. We’ll see : (

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Amy Brandemuehl

I started with hcg back in April and have lost over 80 lbs. That being said I have also lowered my cholesterol into normal if not a little below, retrained my eating habits, and have a better feeling about myself. I have gotten into a healthy BMI for the first time in over 15 years and have more energy than I have had since before 3 kids. This diet works if you change your eating habits and how you look at food over all. It shows you that you can eat healthy foods that are natural instead of man-made over processed chemicals the government calls food these days. They want you sick so that you have to spend money to get healthy, even though it is a never ending cycle. Thank you for the article.

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Susan

Thanks for sharing Amy. Glad you are healthy and doing well. : )

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Max Sanity

I lost 50 pounds using HCG, felt great during the diet and now 3 months later still feel great – I dont look so bad either! Lets not forget that several of the people who head the FDA are former employees of the giant food companies. The same food companies that use hormones, chemicals and pesticides in their food product. Funny those products are proven harmful and yet not banned by the FDA. The real HCG diet promotes healthy organic food and warns you to stay away from those foods that are pumped full of chemicals that same food that is processed by the giant food companies whose “ex” employees run the FDA.

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Susan

Thanks for sharing Max. I feel the same way. The FDA even made claims that the diet causes certain issues, however they provided no documentation or proof. A company of any product or claim has to provide proof of claims being made and if they don’t they get sued, but the FDA makes a claim and they don’t have to backup anything. Not really fair or honest in my opinion. We’ll see what happens.

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Dove

CAN ONE TRUST THE FDA?…

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Susan

That’s a great question : )

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Shari

I started HCG Drops at the end of May 2011 as of now I have lost 114 pounds. I am getting ready to be done with round 3 and going into maintenance. This has been a miracle for me as I have tried numerous diets in the past with very little success. I am healthier, my blood pressure is down, I no longer have swollen legs or feet. I still have 2 rounds to go to hit my goal weight. I will stock up for my next rounds in case I can no longer get my Drops from the place I get them from. Before HCG I could not even walk 5 houses down away from me without thinking I was going to pass our or have a heart attack. Today I walk everywhere. Yes, I still have another 100 pounds to go and with HCG I know I will get there very soon. I tried all the other diets and they just got to costly. What I love about HCG is during maintenance is you re-learn what you can eat and what you should stay away from. I have never gained anything on maintenance and have even lost some pounds during that time. For me HCG was and is a Miracle.

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Susan

Thanks for sharing!

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Tiffani

I tried d hcg diet. It changed my life!!! I lost 100 pounds. I am 33 years old.I love 22 dress sizes. I’m healthy, I exercise and I eat right. please do not ban the hcg diet!!! it is saved my life…

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Susan

Great job and thanks for sharing. They aren’t going to ban the diet, they just don’t want homeopathic HCG being sold over the counter. You can do the diet and use an alternative to HCG.

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Jennifer

I can’t believe they are doing this! I have lost 32 pounds on this diet. And when I’m on the diet I feel soooooo GOOD.I feel healthy and I look healthy too! I hear people say all the time that this diet is bad because all you do is starve yourself….. I eat more fruits and veggies on this diet then I ever have. A nice juicy steak and a strawberry smoothie with some cucumber on the side is not what I call “starving yourself” It has also helped me know how to eat better in life. All around I believe this diet is a lot safer than most diets out there!

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Susan

Thanks for sharing. and you are right, it’s not always about total calories, but the quality of the calories and food you are getting. That’s why on the HCG diet you don’t count calories at all and in fact the diet isn’t the 500 calories that it’s called, it’s actually higher. But you don’t count calories at all, just choose food off of the list of approved foods.

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Sarah

Indeed! It teaches you how to eat… it teaches you TO eat! It teaches you that to lose weight you MUST eat, you MUST take care of yourself, you MUST eat good and healthy foods, you MUST love yourself! I used to starve myself not just to lose weight (ha ha, big dummy) but also because I didn’t even understand that to love myself is to feed myself (I just made that up)…. and now I’m eating fruits, veggies, proteins, cut out the coffee and all sugar… I’ve lost 24 lbs, my skin is clear (as a former pizza face well past my teens, this is a miracle!), and I’ve never felt more beautiful.

Yes, the FDA is definitely jealous!

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Val

HCG diet does work if you follow the program. I lost 23 lbs went from 148 to 125 . Lost 4 inches in waist, belly and hips. Went from size 8 to size 4. Never
hungry and felt great. Best thing I have ever done.

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Ana

I have taken the HCG hormone drops and stuck with the low calorie diet for six weeks and I have lost a whopping 30 lbs. I am generally a fit person though I did gain the extra weight over the past year because I quit smoking and began a food addiction . I am super happy with the results on the HCG drops. I have not lost any muscle which is what you want to keep because it helps burn fat and keeps you healthy. My mood had shot up the roof and the energy that I had was remarkable due to my body burning the extra fat reserve all day. You dont even need to work out and you will a lot of weight in the first week or two. Its the best diet out there and probably the safest.

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Susan

Great job Ana. Thanks for sharing your progress.

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Sandy

I lost 70 pounds and 37 inches using the HCG diet plan – it is the ONLY thing that has ever worked for me! I never felt lethargic or ill at any time I was taking it, in fact I had TONS more energy than usual. I pray that they will be able to keep this going because it has benefited scores of people.

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Susan

The HCG works. Best program I ever followed. I have never looked and felt better.

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Sarah

It is a fine damn shame that the FDA has gotten its dirty fingers all over the HCG homeopathic diet. I’ve lived on natural supplements and homeopathics for most of my life and have run into FDA problems with other products before. It seems FDA has a jealousy problem – when something goes well, they get mad, throw a tantrum, and stomp their feet so loudly that they win. The feet of the ye ole grand Federal Drug Administration always win because their dollar is always mightier than the little guy who makes the wonderful product that keeps us healthy and happy. I’ve taken it all in stride over the years, but now I’m mad! No, I’m really really MAD!!!!

I lost 24 pounds on the homeopathic HCG spray and have kept it off for months now! I’ve never felt better in my life! My mom lost over 50 pounds and is a shining bright star at age 65! This HCG diet not only helped me lost the weight but it completely restructured my metabolism and eating habits so that keeping the weight off is a no brainer!

If my getting on my big black horse and riding through the fields with a flag while screaming “CHAAAAARGE!!!” like Mel Gibson would make any bit of difference, I would. But FDA has bigger feet.

So now I’m just broiling and really really MAD.

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Susan

Thanks for sharing Sarah! I’m glad that people are getting mad.

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Ashley

I’m curious, if you cant exercise while on this and your losing a lot of weight fast, isn’t there excess skin??

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Susan

It seems most people don’t understand the issue of skin and sag. Skin sag comes from stretched skin. It has NOTHING to do with how you lose the weight. Have you watched biggest loser? They do nothing but exercise 24 hours a day and they have a TON of loose skin. It comes from getting fat. Don’t worry about it, just lose the weight, get healthy, and then take care of any sagging skin. You’ll be surprised at how much it does bounce back. But don’t worry about that now. It’s just an excuse not to get started.

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elaine

Finally there is something that really works and the FDA has to stick its nose in! The Hcg Protocol is more than a diet… it detoxes your whole body and makes you feel great while you lose quite a bit of weight in a short time. I do the protocol once a year whether i want to lose weight or not….it just makes me feel ‘clean’. If we have to sign a petition to stop the FDA from banning all Hcg, then sign me up.

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Laurie

My husband & I love the results from the HCG diet (collectively, we lost 55 pounds in 6 weeks) and have learned a whole bunch of healthier life style changes to keep us successful.

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Brenda

Before the diet, I was drinking at least 2 Mt. Dews a day and couldn’t stand to drink plain water. After one round of hcg, I rarely have a Mt. Dew and drink almost the recommended amount of water. I was a skeptic about the diet at first, but after watching my co-worker lose 25 lbs on hcg, i decided to try it along with her second round. I have lost 40 lbs and she lost 50 lbs. We are both now starting a 3rd round to just lose those last 15 or so lbs and the holiday gains. Without hcg, neither of us would be where we are today, weight-wise. We are in better shape, feel better, sleep better, and eat much better than we did before.

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Sharon

In my 40′s I started to gain 5 lbs every year or so. I couldn’t figure out what was happening to my body. I didn’t eat junk. Ate 3 meals a day, worked out sometimes for an hour an a half each day but kept gaining weight or staying at the weight I was. I brought this up to my family doctor and he said oh just keep doing what you are doing, yeah right. I started to investigate the HCG program, my dear friend who has studied homeopathics for many years reinforced what I had been researching. I went on the program, lost 20 pounds, never felt better. I am so grateful to my friend. Why is it that the government wants its people sick? I just don’t get it.

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Susan

Thanks for sharing Sharon. Great job on your progress.

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wendy

I have been researching HCG drops for a couple weeks now, and have yet to find one that I can completely trust. I am not trying to achieve a huge weight loss and I just want to make sure I don’t spend my money on some scam. Can anyone please recommend me a product they have used before that has been effective. I would truly appreciate it :)

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Susan

I made a recommendation on the main page of this site. I don’t want to recommend them again here because people think I’m JUST out to make money. Just trying to help folks! But what you need to do is call who you are thinking of ordering from. Call them up, ask your questions and see how you feel. Also, make sure you know their guarantee and if they can help you with the diet. Ask about their coaching and what they do if you are having issues. Good luck!

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Lee Hodge

The FDA is trying to end my relationship with HCG. It claims that our pairing is dangerous. An AMA approved Bariatric specialist will supervise my incredulously expensive visits if I want to be with HCG, again.
Nothing that I ever used, has reshaped my body like HCG; there’s no pear shaped weight loss. I’m a symmetrical, svelte size 10, down fifty ugly LBS. Because I enjoyed the holidays too much, I’m on a second round. I get my HCG from a great company with counselors, a blog, contact with other HCG’ers and e-mail. I carefully follow their food and product stipulations. Lunch and dinner require 3.5 oz. meat, poultry or fish, a handful unmixed veggies, one bread (a melba) and one sm. fruit. That’s the healthy four food groups. My kidneys are happy with my increased water and fluid intake. My scale has become my best friend, size 10 my ardent live in. I’ll miss you HCG. My body loved you!

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Susan

No worries. There are plenty of options. Turns out it’s not banned, you just have to find it from the right place. An alternative to HCG is what I use now. I’ve seen better results than the old HCG. Check the homepage for what I use. There’s hope!

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