When done correctly, oral HCG can help a patient to lose weight and at the same time maintain the body muscles during and after the low calorie diet period. Compared to HCG injections, oral HCG – also known as HCG drops or sublingual HCG – is way easier to use and eliminates the risks of getting blood clots due to wrong injection technique.
What is HCG Diet?
HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is a natural peptide that develops during pregnancy shortly after conception. The oral HCG diet is basically following a very low calorie diet combined with taking HCG injections or drops. Despite the controversies about the HCG roles in such diet, many people have seen good results after following HCG weight loss programs and reported no drawbacks after the diet completion period.
How Does HCG Work?
Some experts believe that HCG plays an important role in reprogramming the hypothalamus by sending information to start breaking down the unneeded body fat and use it as a primary fuel source during a low calorie diet period. This differentiates an oral HCG diet from other ordinary low calorie diet programs.
The HCG diet protocol was initially done by injecting a certain dosage of HCG into a patient’s body to help them lose weight, however this old method is expensive and hard to get, and not comfortable for needle shy people. Homeopathic oral HCG on the other hand is much cheaper, easier to get and considered to be safer than taking HCG shots.
Types of Homeopathic HCG Drops
Oral HCG can be found in pre-mixed and self-mixed forms. Note that the oral term can be somehow misleading because once swallowed and digested by the enzymes and acids in a patient’s stomach the HCG is of no use anymore. The proper naming is sublingual HCG, which refers to placing the drops under the tongue and let the body absorb them into the blood stream. Depending on the manufacturers, a person may need one to several minutes for the absorption process.
In order to have the same effect as a single HCG shot can provide, one should take 3 doses of HCG drops daily. It may look expensive, but price wise it actually compensates the price of syringes one must pay for homeopathic HCG injections.
Once mixed into a solution, HCG becomes very unstable. To have it taken sublingually and fulfills its purpose, the HCG powder should be self-mixed at home. Another option that needs no mixing is to purchase the pre-mixed HCG solution, which solution should be shipped in a refrigerated package as it loses its purpose once exposed to heat. Due to this reason, a pre-mixed oral HCG is more expensive than the self-mixed version.
Some pre-mixed HCG manufacturers claim that their products don’t need to be refrigerated. It is recommended to do some deep research and look for their users’ feedback before placing an order. As a general rule, once it’s mixed, a pre-mixed HCG will start to degrade and loses its effectiveness after 14 to 21 days.
HCG Drops Side Effects
The application of oral HCG and HCG injections for weight loss may cause some mild side effects including headaches or dizziness, digestive problems, vomiting , hands or legs numbness and depression although these symptoms are normally temporary and may disappear once the body is adapted to the new situation.
In women, HCG should not be administered once conception has occurred, and due to the potential adverse reactions in nursing infants, breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctors before using it. While HCG doesn’t bring negative effects to a man’s fertility and can be taken at any time under almost any circumstances, it can cause early puberty in young boys and therefore is not recommended for adolescents.
Choosing the Right Products
Although HCG and weight loss connection have been questioned for years by some skeptics, it’s a fact that HCG gains more popularity nowadays and our market now is flooded with overseas products, including those manufactured in China and India. Since HCG diet is not regulated by the FDA, it is recommended to buy the products only from a reputable company, preferably based in the USA, to prevent unnecessary problems or being ripped off.
Often referred to as the last diet, oral HCG and a low calorie diet may change one’s life forever after other methods failed to give the promised results.