The hCG diet

The hCG diet

The hCG diet is based off a hormone that occurs naturally during a pregnancy. This diet combines hCG with a low-calorie diet, extremely low at only 500 calories a day, and promises weight loss.

Key points:

  • The diet claims to ‘reset your metabolism’
  • 500 calories a day for 8 weeks
    • Two meals a day: lunch and dinner
      • Meal is one protein, one vegetable, one grain, and one fruit.
        • No eating ‘visible’ fat, limited choice of vegetables and bread.
      • Take hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) as a shot provided by healthcare provider.
        • Patients are given hCG as a fertility treatment.
        • Over the counter hCG are available, FDA does not support companies that make hCG products.
      • Not a safe diet
        • Especially for vegetarians
          • Lack of protein
        • Difficult diet to stick to



I would not recommend this diet to anyone. This diet requires that the person takes in a very low number of calories, so few that it is impossible to meet a person’s nutritional needs. Unfortunately, people who do this diet to lose weight and are able to stick to it will see weight loss. This is not because of the hCG hormone, studies have shown that this hormone is ineffective at causing weight loss.




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