If your weight loss has stalled, you may be considering a round of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) injections or drops. HCG is a hormone found in pregnant women. In 1954, Dr. Albert T. Simeons discovered that HCG injections promote rapid weight loss. HCG is not available over the counter; therefore, there's a process to go through to order the hormone. Some online pharmacies sell the drug, but buying prescription drugs via the internet may result in legal trouble.
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- Moderately Challenging
Decide what type of HCG you want. Two types of HCG are available: medical-grade HCG that can be taken via injection or sublingual drops (under the tongue) and homeopathic HCG. Only a licensed physician or clinic can legally sell you medical-grade HCG; however, you can buy homeopathic HCG from several online vendors (you can purchase it legally without a prescription).
Speak with your physician. Ask her about the different brands of the hormone and discuss the protocol you'd like to start---a typical HCG diet plan lasts for 26 or 43 days. Not every doctor will offer or prescribe HCG, and if your physician doesn't, ask her to recommend a clinic or colleague. As the HCG diet consists of a low-calorie eating plan, you must have a physical before any licensed physician will sell you the medical-grade hormone. If you decide to take homeopathic HCG, research online or local vendors.
Pay for your HCG. Your insurance probably won't cover the cost of the hormone for weight loss, so it will be your responsibility to pay out of pocket. The cost of medical-grade HCG varies by clinic and location; however, it can often be a few hundred dollars. Homeopathic HCG is significantly cheaper and costs anywhere from £13 to £39 for a short protocol.
Tips and warnings
- The HCG hormone is not an approved method of weight loss by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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