Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a natural hormone that is made in pregnancy. It is also FDA-approved as a pharmaceutical for the treatment of infertility. The maximum dose used for infertility is 10,000 IU in a single injection. For comparison, the dose used for weight loss in Minnesota is just a few hundred units at one time. Since it is FDA approved for one use, it is perfectly legal and ethical to prescribe HCG in this country for other uses. This is called “off-label” prescribing and virtually every physician in Minnesota does it every day. HCG can only be obtained in the United States under the prescription of a physician. A number of internet advertisements are now branding their weight loss supplements with the term “HCG” somewhere in the name; which is very misleading for consumers since these products are priced much lower than genuine HCG and they do not contain real HCG.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the diet was very popular using injectable HCG. Some diet protocols resulted in great success. One study showed an average of 19+ pounds of weight loss in the group taking HCG compared to 11 pounds of loss in the group not taking HCG. Both groups ate the same strict low-carb, low-fat diet. The group that was not taking HCG had more hunger and was less likely to finish the month without cheating.
HCG suspension can be taken sublingually (under the tongue). Sublingual HCG has been used for weight loss since the late 1980’s. The HCG is dissolved in a liquid that is designed to allow for absorption directly into the thin-walled blood vessels under your tongue. Medication that is swallowed goes through liver metabolism first; which makes the actual absorption of the substance very unpredictable. Not all of the HCG that you place under the tongue gets absorbed and the residual that is swallowed is not absorbed much, if at all.
Many people in Minneapolis and St Paul have successfully lost their weight through the HCG diet weight loss program. We see the trend of more demands of it in the coming years.