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Side Effects of the hCG Diet? My Story...

Updated on June 7, 2017
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The hCG Diet and the Temptation of Quick Weight Loss

You may have seen the photos posted relentlessly on Facebook by a friend of yours: "So and so lost 25 pounds in one month!" "I lost three pounds in one day!" "Join me and lose weight too!"

If you struggle with your weight, you'll soon find yourself tempted to try the hCG diet. After all, they make it look so easy, right? Your friend has shared that she was skeptical too, but... Well, against my better judgement, I finally succumbed to the pressure. I gave in.

For those who don't already know what hCG is, human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced by the placenta after implantation. The diet's claim is that when people take a low dose of hCG, they lose fat and not than lean (muscle) tissue.

I decided to try Omnitrition's Omni Drops (claims they are hCG on the label but the measurements tell a different story...scroll down to learn how much hGC is really in those drops). You might as well know up front, I think this was one of the biggest mistakes of my life (and one of the most dangerous diets out there), especially as others share their stories and the many serious side effects of this diet with me as well.

Update: I have been contacted by yet another person who suffered a heart attack as a result of this diet. Please, read comments here and just don't do this diet. It's illegal. It's dangerous. And, if that doesn't change your mind, this diet has left so many people fatter than when they started. Read the comments here...please...

Doing the hCG diet was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I think it is one of the most dangerous diets out there.

Side Effects of the hCG Diet

Side Effect
• Initial weight gain
This is normal. It is water weight and is easily lost, though a cycle of binging and dieting is not healthy.
• Heavy menstruation
This can be a concern for those at risk of anemia.
• Hunger
To be expected when eating only 500 calories a day.
• Racing heart/erratic heartbeat
I consulted my doctor at this point.

Effects the hCG Diet Had on My Body

During Phase One ("loading"), I gained about three pounds. Gaining is encouraged. Eat whatever you want. Go crazy. Hey, no problem there. I know from prior diets, that's just a lot of water weight and easily lost. Still, binging and dieting...not a healthy cycle. I read post after post from women who made themselves ill during this time eating so much junk. I'm not a big sugar eater and I keep a pretty low-sodium diet. While I didn't add in sugars, I did add in foods with salts which always cause a good weight gain from retained water.

How did I do? I lost about 15 pounds from my first day. That's not bad for a month, right? Well, remember, I had gained three pounds with loading so it really was only 12 pounds. Of those 12, I lost about 10 in the first two weeks. The second two weeks, I only lost a couple. Ten lbs in two weeks is pretty awesome, no doubt, but I've done other diets in the past (usually to lose baby weight) and had better success. I lost 12 pounds in two weeks on the South Beach Diet (which I kept off for quite awhile). After having my son, I lost about 20 lbs in a month and a half on Weight Watchers. So, can't say that this diet was any more miraculous. As with the other diets, I was motivated and I did lose weight.

But, I did have some side effects with this diet that I've not experienced before with any of those other diets.

  • Menstruation My period started early, which was not a problem before once I began the drops. That was definitely unusual. My next period was only a few weeks after the first and it was one of the worst I've ever had. It was so heavy that I was filling a pad hourly. I felt like I would pass out and struggled with intense dizziness. I had severe cramping on one side. It was just awful.
  • Ferritin Levels For me, all of this was very concerning as I have had to get iron infusions for anemia in the past. Thankfully I had just had infusions and had really good ferritin levels or I think this would have been far more serious. They tested my ferritin (that only one month before had been great) and it was all gone! That has never happened to me before and the doctor and nurse were also stunned by the drop in my levels. Of course, knowing I had to restart iron infusions at the cancer center after having such good levels only a month before left me overwhelmed and even depressed. I broke down. If you have or have had anemia, please think twice before doing this diet. I've seen multiple people online say that this diet is good for anemia, and I really believe they are putting lives at risk. I can't say this clearly enough, the hCG diet was so dangerous for me!
  • Hunger I had other side effects as well. Hunger was typical. The first few days, as you can imagine on 500 calories, I was really, really hungry (and a mite grumpy). After that, there were days I didn't feel as hungry, but having done other diets, I know that can be typical once your body adjusts to whatever you are doing. That's typical with any diet.
  • Racing heart I have had problems with my heart racing only when I am very anemic. I had just been tested and knew I was not anemic and yet I found the first weeks especially, my erratic heartbeat would wake me up each night. This was before my scary menstrual bleeding so it wasn't related to anemia. Every time I'd rest, it would really start pounding. Toward the end, my heart almost seemed to seize up and then would start pounding out of my chest. It was scary. It got to the point where I didn't want to lay down because I was getting worried I'd have a heart attack. That is when I knew I was done and had to see the doctor. I knew, after that incredibly heavy period and the erratic heartbeat that that was it for me. My anemia is nothing to play with. The advice I received by a distributor when I mentioned my side effects was not to talk to my doctor. I was doing this diet with a buddy and she kept suggesting that I contact my own distributor to see what products they recommended. No, I am not kidding. Rather than seek medical attention, people selling this diet just wanted to sell me more products. And, that was the typical response whenever anybody posted about a serious side effect of any sort. For me, that was a major red flag. I wasn't taking this to my distributor. I was going to see my doctor and that was what needed to be done. I lasted about a month on what I believe is a dangerous diet. Let me clarify, yes, I do believe the 500-calorie portion of the diet can be potentially dangerous, especially if you are not being monitored closely by your physician

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What Is the hCG Diet?

Now, this is the version I did but they are all similar.

Notice if you do a search for the company name and keywords like 'dangers', 'scam', 'unsafe', etc..., you'll get page after page of results. Be warned, they're tricky. Nine times out of ten, these are distributors and sellers who have created pages with these titles. Think about it, if you see page after page of hCG diet dangers but when you click on the links, you'll see they discuss how 'safe' the diet really is. You'll talk yourself into the safety of this diet. Let me just clarify, these are not real reviews! These are pages done by people trying to make money off this diet!

Finding specific information about the diet is difficult, at least until they have your money. Once I ordered my drops ($79.00 plus a hefty shipping charge), I received this email:

I am here to help you be successful with your products. Please call, text or message me on Facebook when you have questions.

I see you ordered Omni Drops. I want to go over a few things, The drops do not have to be refrigerated, but they need to be kept out of direct sunlight and heat. I just leave mine in the fridge and grab it when I'm on the go. I have attached phase2 recipes so you can take this time to look over what food you might like to eat. Being prepared is crucial to your success.

Omni DROPS: You will take the drops 3x a day 10 drops under your tongue. Hold it there for 30 seconds. No eating or drinking 15 minutes before and after. You can take up to 6 sets in a day, just add one if you are feeling overly hungry. The first 2 days you LOAD! You eat, eat, eat! This is VERY important. It gets your body ready to burn the stored body fat. You should eat fatty foods, pasta's, creamy sauces, pastries all the fatty foods you want and the goal is to remain full at all times. I try to get in every favorite bad food that I won't be having for awhile. On the 3rd day you continue the drops and eat CLEAN. Protein, Vegetables and fruit. The drops come with a folder with all the directions and food you can eat. You have to stay on the drops for a minimum of 21 days to up to 45 days. Then you follow a maintenance plan for 21 days. THIS is very important to lock in your new weight.

You will need a food scale.

Be sure to do your measurements and weigh daily.

You need to drink a gallon of water a day. IMPORTANT! (with lemon is acceptable)

Stevia sweetener is the only sweetener allowed. Powder or drops.

You can purchase flavored Stevia drops online. I use Amazon.

Mustard, Franks Original hot sauce and Braggs amino acids are allowed.

As the time approaches I'm sure you will have questions, don't hesitate to contact me, I'm here to help you be successful with Omnitrition."

How I Was Seduced by the Idea of Easy Weight Loss

Seemed like each time I visited Facebook, there were new photos of people who had lost huge amounts of weight. The gal posting the pics was just somebody I know online and not in 'real life'. She seemed nice enough though.

Well, I've gained weight and struggled to get it off. In fact, from my numerous treatments to fix my anemia, I've gained a very stubborn 10 to 15 pounds that I could not get off again. I tried and tried but nothing was working. Even before I gained that amount, I had another 20 to 25 pounds I could easily afford to lose. Seeing those weight-loss photos was like dangling a squeaky toy in front of our overgrown lab pup. Eventually the temptation was too great. I wanted that!

Well, technically, I just wanted that extra weight off that I had gained from my treatments and maybe a few extra. Eating disorders run in my family so I've taken great care not to obsess about weight loss. Just being a size 10 would make me happy.

So, for a month, I watched post after post of people who had lost weight. Looking back now, I realize they were really only a handful of success stories but posted every so often, they seemed like far more. Didn't matter, I was hooked. I was willing to try it. I contacted my online friend who had recently become a distributor. I pestered her with many questions. Honestly, she couldn't answer a number of them but I didn't really mind. I was willing to try this out.

Visions of me in my old jeans were dancing through my head. Okay, I was in! I placed my order.

The Forums About the Diet Made it Sound Perfect

I pestered my online acquaintance with question after question about safety. She couldn't answer many of my questions but she excitedly added me to their company's support page on Facebook where other members were more than happy to share their hCG miracle stories. The page ended up being such a happy, fluffy place. The posters made this diet sound perfect...a little too perfect. Come to find out, many of them were selling the diet but I only found that out after I was already on it. Posts that shed a negative light on the diet were often deleted from the forum.

Also, I found out this is a 500-calorie a day diet.

That didn't sit well, what could it hurt to try, right? If it was too much, I could always just quit. I had just finished iron infusions and knew my ferritin levels were doing great and I was in no way anemic. Since anemia has been an issue in my life, I know I wouldn't have attempted this diet if my levels were too low, not with such low calories. Since I was healthy, woohoo, I was ready to order!

What Does a Typical Day on the Diet Look Like?

Here is a typical day:

Breakfast: Water, herbal tea or coffee. You may have your fruit serving at this time.

Lunch and Dinner: Four ounces at each meal of one of the following: beef, veal, buffalo, chicken breast, sea bass, flounder, sole, halibut, lobster or shrimp. Seasonings are fine. You also get four ounces of the following vegetables: spinach, chard, beet greens, lettuce, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onion, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus or cabbage.

You may have two servings daily of the following fruits: one medium apple, one medium orange, a grapefruit, or half a cup strawberries.

You may also have two pieces per day of either Melba toast, Grissini breadsticks, or Wasa crackers.

Keep in mind, if you are losing slowly, they'll tell you that oranges, tomatoes or the grains may be stalling you. Many women cut those out as well.

You are also told not to exercise but with so few calories, exercise would not be safe. Keep in mind, 500 calories is roughly the equivalent of a six-inch Subway sandwich. You don't need to eat a dangerously low amount of calories to lose weight and, indeed, to keep off weight and not slow your metabolism way down you need a lot more calories.

After the Diet

After going off the diet, I just went back to eating normally. I was not overeating. No doubt whatsoever that my stomach shrunk and I'd get full quickly but weight started going up a bit too quickly for comfort. My doctor figured out my basal metabolic rate and we both realized there were serious problems because I was eating below that amount and gaining!

I found that I was still eating a lot less than I did before this diet and I was gaining. That did not seem right at all.

So, in between doctor visits, after assuring my doctor I was not doing the 500-calorie thing anymore, I decided to try the hCG diet without the hCG. It's true. No, I'm wasn't doing the 500-calorie a day diet. That would be foolhardy. After I started experiencing side effects from the diet, I spent hours and hours reading everything I could online.

Did you know they found that people doing the hCG could double their calories and still lose the same amount? In fact I found posts from people who were eating 1200 to 1300 calories with hCG and losing just as quickly. In fact, they didn't seem to have the weight gain problem after they went off the diet. Well, now of course I know that was because their bodies didn't have to go into starvation mode which slows the metabolism greatly. They could also exercise without feeling like they'd black out.

I also found sites where people had added their 'cheat' foods and had lost just as quickly. It was recommended that you not add a cheat food while plateauing but if you were losing, didn't seem to slow down the loss any. So I realized you could eat more foods, have more calories and still lose weight.

Did you know there are people sharing their "hCG Diet Without the hCG" diets and showing just as much success? Just seems as if hCG may not be as important to the diet as you might believe.

Honestly, though, I'll let you in on a little secret. My 'Non-hCG hCG Diet' was really just more about eating healthy and taking in a bit less than I am expending. Perhaps the hCG diet was beneficial in that regard, it taught me to really watch portions, weigh food and be a little more careful with what I eat. I can do that without the placebo drops.

Anyhow, I lost almost the exact same amount of weight the first week with my non-hCG hCG diet but, after a week, we realized some of my complications were more serious and my doctor asked me to toss the diet and just work on getting healthy and that's what I did. I was not overeating but the weight plus some extra for good measure piled right back on. I ended up going through several months of appointments.

My goal with this page is just to present another story of somebody who had some serious concerns about the diet. Yes, the weight came off, but I pretty much stalled after two weeks and lost very little after that. I then started gaining once I was off even while being very careful about what I was eating.

Sadly, once I started having more serious side effects and went off the diet, I also lost the support that I had. No longer was I getting daily messages about how I was doing. In fact, one gal and I were messaging daily and she stopped initiating messages once I started having problems from this diet. Then again, she just became a distributor and I suspect she didn't want to know what was happening. Update: apparently she doesn't want to hear about my side effects so even though we run into each other quite a bit in real life, she unfriended me on Facebook. She even insinuated that I had a 'fake' brand even though we both had the exact same drops. I have to admit, that makes me a little sad.

How Much hCG Is Really in Those Drops?

Would you be surprised to learn there is none?

This diet uses homeopathic dilutions of hCG to supposedly help you lose weight. One question I have been asked a number of times is how much hCG is really in those drops. Let's take a look.

If you have your bottle of drops, take a look under the ingredients. If you don't have a bottle, search online for your particular brand's ingredients or ask the person selling you this diet to send you the ingredient's list with amounts.

My brand says hCG 3x, 6x, 12x, 30x, 60x. So what does that mean?

Now, when I got talked into this diet, I had no clue what that meant either. I've been studying up a bit. Apparently the 'x' following the number is the roman numeral for 10. The first time it is diluted and shaken vigorously (to release its "energy"), you get 1/1,000 (3 zeros following = 3x). That dilution then gets diluted again to 1/1,000,000 (notice the 6x or six zeros = 6x).

By the time you get to the 60x, you have one drop of the "real" substance (in our case they say that one drop is hCG) for every 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of water or it has been diluted that many times. According to an article on Wikipedia, "This would require giving two billion doses per second to six billion people for 4 billion years to deliver a single molecule of the original material to any patient."

Now, take your bottle and count how many drops are in it with the dropper. If your measurements are the measurements in my bottle, were you able to squeeze out 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 drops? If so, congratulations, you might have one molecule of hCG in your bottle.

To read more about homeopathic dilutions, take a look at Dr. Stephen Barret's page Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake.

What the FDA Says

The FDA advises consumers who have purchased homeopathic HCG for weight loss to stop using it, throw it out, and stop following the dieting instructions. Harmful effects should be reported online to FDA's MedWatch program or by phone at 800-FDA-1088 (800-332-1088) and to the consumer's health care professional.

If You Have Had Side Effects:

If you have had side effects, please, note the comment above about contacting the FDA. Over the last year, I have heard from far too many people who have been hurt by this diet.

To report your side effects, either call the number above or leave a report with the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting for dietary supplements.

With any product, if you believe that there have been false claims made in the advertising or sale of that product, it is recommended that you contact the FTC Complaint Assistant and file a report.

For more information, please visit the FDA's page: HCG Diet Products Are Illegal.

Roughly half the poll respondents who have tried this diet report serious side effects.

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Discovery Health Report

According to Discovery Health, some side effects of this diet are blood clots, headaches, leg cramps, restlessness, constipation, hair thinning, depression, breast growth in males and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome which can be life threatening.

On top of these side effects, I've commonly seen women post about major hair loss, gall stones, dizziness and heavy bleeding during periods. My doctor also mentioned that the kidneys and bladders have been affected in people they have seen there.

"In 1976, a study ... compared two groups of dieters. One group followed the HCG protocol. The other group ate the same 500 calorie diet without the HCG injections. And guess what? Both groups experience the same dramatic amount of weight loss, both groups experienced the same amount of hunger, and both groups experienced fat loss in the same areas of the body."

~ Dr. Steven Jepson M.D.

What I Have Taken Away From This

  1. I gained weight on this diet. Not only did I get fatter, it redistributed my weight. When I got back to my original weight, those clothes were too tight! It was clear that I'd lost muscle and gained a lot of fat. I felt "lumpy" and I really did not like it. After the diet, weight was creeping up so started my own version of this diet (same foods, more calories plus a bit of exercise) to stop from gaining it all back. When your body goes into starvation mode, your metabolism slows way down which accounts for the weight gain when people finally stop this diet. My doctor eventually made me stop even that version so, even with watching what I ate and not overeating at all, I did get back to where I was heavier than when I began the diet. I am hearing from others that they gained back even more as well and I've had a number of women tell me this diet made them shifted their weight in all the wrong ways as well.
  2. Some rather serious side effects. My cycle was really messed up. My periods were coming more frequently and far heavier than they have ever been. The worst was the one right before I stopped the diet. I think increasing my calories again helped get me back on track. This diet did cause some heart problems for which I've been monitored by physicians. The change in my cycle caused a lump to form in my breast (which was found while monitoring my heart and we know it wasn't there a couple months prior...and, no, it wasn't more easily felt because I'd lost the time they found it, I had already gained back a bunch of weight) and the heavy cycle banished all my ferritin and iron stores from my body. I had to go through a month and a half of iron infusions at the Cancer Center.
  3. In the midst of this diet, I was so happy to be losing and the thought of making money was tempting. With the pressure to sell, I did look into being a distributor but as I started experiencing more and more side effects, I knew I just couldn't do it and went off the drops entirely. You can make money selling these products but at what expense? When I spoke with the FDA, they let me know this is an illegal product. I've never had any serious side effects from a diet and could never recommend it. I've also never done a diet that changed my body shape (clearly lost muscle and gained fat). I know this was the unhealthiest diet I have ever done and it was NOT worth it! If I could go back in time and just say, "Not only no, but heck no," I would in a heartbeat.

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Knowing There Are Serious Side Effects, Is Fast Weight Loss Worth the Risk?

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      Kevin 7 weeks ago

      Yes I did it, yes I lost weight 45lbs, side effects I have: a bloody nose at least once a week at minimum, pecks are more breast than muscle and the constipation. I made it down to 170lbs, 38/40" chest and a 34" waist but try as I did I gained the weight back. I though my lack of energy was laziness which I've never had before, I annoyed my friends for years because I only relaxed in a movie theater or the back of a limo. I had the original mixture of the hCG drops, the nose bleeds happened first, with in a month or two.

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      Kay 2 months ago

      Please go see your doctor. Remember these distributors are not medical professionals. Your symptoms are worrisome.

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      Martha De la Riva 2 months ago

      Hi Kay,

      So i'm currently on the HCG/Omni diet. I do the drops, the Omni 4, Charge pills, Garcinia Cambogia, extra enhancers, and the Nite Lite. My distributor recommended all this. I am on day 4 of taking all of it. And today i woke up with pressure in my chest, dizziness, and i'm wondering if it's from taking all of this. Has anybody taken so many per day?Or just certain pills, liquids? Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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      Martha 2 months ago

      Hello, i'm currently on the Omni Hcg diet and am experiencing chest pressure, dizziness and even my left arm feels weird. No pain just extremely dizzy. My distributor recommended the drops 3x a day (10 drops each time), the Omni 4, 2 CHARGE pills, then for lunch 2 garcinia, 2 extra enhancers then before dinner, 2 more garcinia and 2 extra enhancers, at night i take the nite lite. I'm wondering if i really need all this? I feel so dizzy and i have been on this for 3 days. Can somebody tell me if they have the same experience?

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      Kay 3 months ago

      Hi Jen. I am so sorry you have been through so much. According to the label on the Omni Drops, there is no hCG. The measurement given means there is one molecule of hCG for every billion drops of water (the exact measurement is earlier in this article). They call it the memory of water but I'm not into that hocus pocus stuff. If water 'remembered' every molecule with which it had been in contact, it would no longer be h2o. That said, starving yourself (and, yes, that is what is happening here) takes such a drastic toll on your body. I hope you can work on getting healthy again and I really hope you are able to conceive again. Huge hug for you.

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      jenfoxmyers 3 months ago

      (the HCG diet can cause molar pregnancies in healthy women)

      hello, IV read your article, and IV read many, but this one was dead on. My Physicians, and I, believe the HCG diet is the main cause of three molar pregnancies IV suffered since my discontinue of the diet nearly four years ago. I was in perfect health after I had my son in 2013, I was trying to lose some baby weight, and after using the HCG/omni diet drops for almost a year, I nearly achieved my goal, but the price I had to pay with the physical side effects haunts me now daily. Weeks after ending the diet, my menstrual cycle was more like a hemorrhage that lasted weeks sometimes. A month after discontinued, the migraines begin, and I mean, the worst migraines iv ever experienced in my adult life, sent me to the hospital twice. One year after discontinue, my once healthy childbearing body was nothing more then a wreck inside, 25 years old, my first pregnancy was the epitome of healthy, one year later before the diet, but now I'm looking at my first of many unexplained molar pregnancy, no explanation, until the second one. Spoke to my physician about the diet, he understand immediately, as I wasn't the first in his office. (2004 his first HCG patient arrived) but for me, its now three years later, the migraines continue to this day, two more molar pregnancies, over my head like dark clouds. My HCG levels go up and down like I'm stuck in a nightmare that takes 6 months to reach back to 0.5 normalcy again. If anyone else has gone through this, please message me, jenniemyers39@yahoo.Com

      Thanks you.

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      Kay 3 months ago

      Gil, I know this is a long article and you must have missed the section on why there is no real hCG in the drops. I invite you to go back in read it but, in a very quick nutshell, what is the amount of hCG in the ingredients on your bottle? Is there an X? Let's just say there is a 60x, shall we? That means that for every 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of water in your bottle, there is one molecule of hCG. I don't know how big your bottle is but mine was not bathtub or pool size :) There is no real hCG in those bottles.

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      Gil 4 months ago

      You say there is no HCG in the bottle, but it is clearly labeled as containing HCG. So either you are unaware of the contents or are intentionally misleading readers. Of course there is a third course, less likely, that you are unable to verify because you cannot find the information on the label?

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      Kay 4 months ago

      There is no hCG in the drops so this was likely from the hunger (which would make sense) or whatever hidden ingredients are in that bottle. I suspect the bottles just contain water though. The burning feeling sounds awful. Were you taking something with niacin? We get enough niacin in our diets and studies are showing how harmful supplementing with it can be.

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      Jesse 4 months ago

      My experience with HCG is a little different. It affected my emotions and made me depressed and at night I would wake up and my skin would be burning from the inside.

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      red 6 months ago

      I recently saw a liposuction doctor to get a consultation on my mid section. As I get older it holds more fat. He immediately launched into HGC diet and didn't even evaluate my body or areas of concern. Then his nurse came in room and basically rushed him to next patient. She then informed me that the diet injections cost 1800. and that they only take cash. How strange I thought. Didn't come here for a speed diet. I've tried those once and thought I was going to die of heart panic. So sceptic that I am I went researching this diet. Thank you for your frank sharing. I will steer clear. And shame on these "doctors" for leading people down this path.

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      Katia 6 months ago

      I did the hcg injections. Lost 18 lbs in 26 days.

      Kept it off for 8 years. Once I introduced carbs back in my life, I gained. I was 144, went down to 120, then stabilized to 128.

      My side effects after the diet were extreme stomach pains from time to time, which would last up to an hour, dropping me to my knees each time.

      After years of pain, I went to my doctor who said I had created gall stones. They recommend removing my gall bladder. I also experienced palpitations and irregular heartbeats which have subsided.

      I only did the diet once and wanted to try it again but after reading about the side effects way too late, I will continue eating healthy and exercising. I eat about 1200-1400 per day and drink a half to a gallon of water per day.

      My fat also redistributed itself and now I have a little bit of back fat which I HATE.

      I now fluctuate between 138-140.

      The diet is a quick fix and it did stay off for a while but the side effects are definitely not worth it.

      At age 45, my doctor also states that yo-yo dieting is bad for your skin, elasticity and collagen depletion.

      You can take your chances but the consequences may hurt your health for the rest of your life.

      Healthy eating and exercise is the way to go.

      If you just cut out the complex carbs, you'll be good!

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      leon 9 months ago

      Hcg diet the worst diet I make I gain my weight back , bloated and muscle pain

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      Kay 12 months ago

      I've had women mention getting them tested but not sure whether they've done it or not. I think one of the issues that has been raised is that in a lab, they need to know what they are testing to find. There is no hCG in the bottle based on the label measurements so they won't find hCG (and indeed a pregnancy test kit is enough to tell you that). You don't lose weight from these drops. It's the starvation diet that does it. If you do get them tested, please, keep us updated. I've heard from so many people that have been harmed by this diet.

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      Kay 12 months ago

      Did a search for this diet and hives and you are not alone. I don't know if it has to do with starving your body or something hidden in the drops. Really, there is no hCG in these drops but that's not to say there isn't some chemical or drug or something that is not on the label.

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      Kay 12 months ago

      I discovered and many women have said the same that when you have complications with this diet, the people selling the diet are very quick to blame you and accuse you of being dishonest somehow. It is awful and worse because you are already feeling so awful from this crazy diet. I can tell you that FINALLY, I feel like my metabolism is getting back to where it was but it took a few years :( That diet really did such a terrible number on my body. For me, I had to ditch trying to lose weight entirely. I

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      TnT 12 months ago

      Well, I wish I had seen some of these comments a long time ago!! Thank you for sharing your stories. I did hcg drops years ago to prepare for a hernia surgery. I was successful in loosing 30lbs and keeping it off for a few years. Once things started to creep back on, I went to a doctor which put me on the hcg injections. After 4 weeks I only lost 9 lbs. He was disappointed with my results and even accused me of consuming msg in Chinese food:( like I would eat msg during a 500calorie diet?? Then went on to tell me that I was hcg resistant and there was really nothing I could do about it. During both hcg experiences I developed low iron, hair loss, leg cramps, headaches, heart palpitations, and extreme irritability. Since this last bout of the shots over a year ago, I am up 30lbs. I have fought every single pound that has come on! I have been to medical doctors, natural path doctors, consulted nutritionist, started exercising, hired a personal trainer, gone to the gym and done hours and hours of research. Nobody can find any fault in my diet and I have completely baffled all in involved! It is so nice to hear these sad stories just because it makes me feel that I am not alone and not going completely crazy! I am wondering though..... Does anyone have any wisdom at all on how to heal a broken metabolism? Where do we all go from here? Are we all just destined to carry around the extra lbs? I am at a complete loss right now and am feeling pretty defeated.

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      Chelsea 13 months ago

      I did this diet and lost 54 lbs. and had a terrible itchy hive breakout all over my body. I went to several different Drs and they could not figure out the cause of my hives other than said it was an allergic reaction Tried all different types of creams, otc allergy medications dbl doses, oatmeal baths with no relief. I had black n blues all over from nonstop scratching. I stopped the diet altogether and after a few months the hives disappeared. I gained back about 30 lbs and decided to go back on this diet because of my past success. I was in p2d2 and my hives were back & I was scratching away. I have stopped the drops and on p2d3 my hives have subsided. Clearly something in the drops are causing the allergic reaction. Guess I'm just going to eat clean and hope to drop some weight.

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      Jane 13 months ago

      I ordered the Omni drops in January but when I got them they were not packaged well, the dropper was already in the bottle & popped out due to the drops being frozen & they were partially gone. I used the drops anyway & lost 9 pounds my 1st week & then no more after that. I did experience a pounding heart & chedt pains but i thought it was just my anxiety. I just ordered the drops again & they came packaged very differently than the 1st time. Everything was sealed & the dropper was separate. The problem I'm having now is they smell & taste like chemicals which they are supposed to be odorless & tasteless. I've only taken them twice but both times have caused stomach cramps. This is very alarming to me & I am not taking them again! I would like to take the drops to a lab & have them tested. Does anyone have a suggestion of where I could take them?

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      Kay 15 months ago

      Felize, thank you for sharing your story. I too was so discouraged by posts being deleted that talked of any side effects. Had I seen the 'real' posts, I never would have done this. Tells you why they delete those posts though. They wouldn't get much business at all. Hang in there. You can share your stories with others but some just have to go through the terrible side effects themselves to get it. (((hugs)))

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        Kay 15 months ago

        I so agree with you. This diet can do such terrible things to the body. A doctor's help is definitely a good thing. Keep us updated on your recovery. This diet was a horrible, horrible mistake for me.

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        Felize 16 months ago

        Anyone suffering from side effects: go see an endocrinologist and let him/her do a blood test including hormones from your adrenals and thyroid. For my recovery I had to take hydro cortisone, thyroid hormone and dhea. Don't do this yourself, the advice of a doctor is necessary.

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        Kay 16 months ago

        Brittany, I wish I could just create a page from all the people who became fatter from this diet and now really can't lose the weight. Women don't seem to care that they might have serious health problems from this diet but maybe if they knew how many people ended up with serious weight gain and a damaged metabolism that prevents weight loss, they might look elsewhere to lose. I wish I had a good solution for the weight loss but, sadly, I just don't think, for many of us, our metabolism ever quite recovers.

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        Kay 16 months ago

        Susan, I am so sorry. I have total empathy and have had too many people message or email me with serious side effects from this diet. It is just not worth it. Thank you for sharing your story. Hopefully you'll help some women avoid making the same mistake.

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        Brittany 17 months ago

        I can completely relate to the comments I've read. I have done HCG many times throughout the past 7 years. I went from 210 to 127 pounds, but not all at once. I would do HCG and lose some, gain some back, do HCG again and lose some, gain some back etc. On one of my "more successful" HCG attempts many years ago, I went from 185 pounds in the beginning of November to 127 pounds by the end of January, so in less than 3 months I lost nearly 50 pounds. At this point, I was starving myself, not following protocol, just literally eating maybe 300 calories a day. I would gain weight back, do HCG for a month, and then the cycle would continue. I am paying for all of this now, stuck around 180 pounds and doing all the right things, eating about 1,000 calories a day and some exercise, and I am completely stuck. This weight will not come off and it is the most frustrating thing. I refuse to let myself get back into that cycle though, I know it can't be good for my hear etc. Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix what I believe is metabolic damage? Thank you.

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        Susan 17 months ago

        I did this diet with the HGC drops. I started in January of 2015. I did lose 28 pounds and I did feel great. Now to the rest of the story. I have never had high blood pressure or any medical problems until November of 2015. I was rushed to the hospital with blood pressure of 188 over 120. I had a blood clot on my brain. I now believe that this diet was a major factor to my health issues. It has taken me a year to get better and I still have problems that will never go away. Please read everything that you can before you try this diet.

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        Kay 21 months ago

        Frustrating, isn't it? This is only a portion of the messages I receive. Quite a few send me emails because it was their mother, sister, mother-in-law, fellow church member or what have you who talked them into this diet. Talking people into buying MORE of their stuff is common. It's all about the wallet and it makes me sad to think that people are so enamored with making money off this, they'll put their loved ones' lives at risk. You're not the only one to believe this is cultish. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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        JuliaDay66 21 months ago

        I am in my first 21 days of Omni and I have stopped taking the drops and am in the process of getting my money back. I haven't had the energy as claimed, I've developed breast tenderness, bloating and constipation - the hunger pangs are constant no matter how much water I drink, etc. I have been in touch with a lead distributor who told me I need to tweak and adjust to find my "happy numbers" of pills, etc, which absolutely put me off. Instead of taking my worries to heart - I was being "sold". When I described what I'm going through - she had a justification for everything then backed it up by repeating "...but we aren't doctors" - she suggested I wait a few days then do another loading phase of good fats, which truly upsets me -there wasn't much concern for my worries about how I am feeling physically. I don't feel good and I am not willing to put any further effort into something that isn't worth the trouble; that could cause me long-term health issues and in my opinion the conversation with the distributor felt like another cult-scam-fad-thing of the week that just takes your money. I'm glad to see I'm not crazy and there are others who have had similar issues as well.

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        Kay 22 months ago

        The drops have no real hCG in them. I don't really know if the injections have hCG but, even so, I really don't think hCG is anything more than a placebo. That said, I do think that if you are doing an extreme fad diet such as the hCG one, being under a doctor's care is the way to go. If I had been, they would have caught my problems earlier and prevented so much. Of course, my doctor strongly dislikes this diet because of what it does to people. Don't ruin your metabolism and health with this diet. It's not worth it.

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        Krystel 22 months ago

        My question is you seem to have tried the drops but I have always been told that you are supposed to do injections under the care of a physician and not to do the drops from online. Do you think that might have gave you a better outcome?

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        Kay 23 months ago

        I am so sorry your sister is going through so much as a result of this diet. It really is awful. While there is no hCG in the homeopathic drops sold here in the U.S., you can get it via injection. the 500-calorie can be dangerous but wouldn't matter if hCG was in the drops because the molecules are too large to be absorbed under the tongue and the stomach acid renders it useless. Basically, with the drops, somebody is making money off a placebo...a dangerous placebo. So, are the injections a placebo? I suspect so because people lose the same amounts when they cut down on calories. Since hCG injected can carry very serious complications, some might wonder why people taking the homeopathic drops have more serious side effects. Well, they aren't being closely monitored by doctors so they go long enough to have their organs affected. People being monitored by a doctor and can be pulled off it in time if their 'doctor' (and I use that word very loosely for anybody injecting hCG into patients) is really monitoring them.

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        Mary M. 23 months ago

        Hi! I´m so glad I found your page. My sister did this diet 3 years ago under the supervision of a "Doctor" and the HCG was via injections, at first she lost about 45 pounds, she made that awful diet of only 500 cals a day, and one day she cheated and eat one banana and the next day she was 2 pounds heavier!!!. At the end of the day she quit, gained 60 pounds, has PCO, hormones messed up, she is nearly bold and doesn´t know what to do... I just have one question if there is no HCG in the drops or shots, what is it that left every user in such bad conditions?? I don´t get it, so if you have an answer I will be very grateful.

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        Kay 2 years ago

        Weight Watchers is so much better for you because it doesn't damage your metabolism. If you continue to show side effects, you may want to be seen by your physician. Hope you feel better soon.

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        Stephmd85 2 years ago

        After just 5 days on the drops I have started having extreme leg craps at night. I had been feeling fine during the day until day 5. I have even lost 6lbs. Now I'm lightheaded, dizzy and I feel like I'm shaking. I tried to find side effects before starting this diet and had no luck. That should have been a red flag! Thank you so much for this site! I will be stopping the drops immediately and go back to WW. WW was working but I was looking for a quick fix.

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        Kay 2 years ago

        I was wondering all that myself especially when the side effects became so scary. After talking to the FDA, my doctors and various others 'in the know', first and foremost, extreme crash diets are dangerous. No way to get around that. In some instances, a doctor may put somebody on a crash diet but carefully monitor them. Had I been carefully monitored, no doubt this would have ended much sooner. Honestly, though, my physician, who was very familiar with this diet, lectured me when I ended up in his office. He never would have given his okay. So, crash dieting is dangerous plus, I found out from the FDA, there is NO regulation on these products. They could be putting anything in them and we wouldn't know. These drops could be tap water or they could contain dangerous chemicals and/or diet drugs. Fen Phen was my first worry because I knew a guy who had serious side effects that seemed similar to mine. The illegal thing is interesting. With no hCG in the drops, they shouldn't be illegal right? But, on the label they still advertise it as hCG. The vast majority of people won't realize that the 3x, 6x, 12x...etc... means no hCG. The FDA specifically made these homeopathic drops illegal because they are dangerous. Fortunately, most women seem to have enough sense to avoid them. I wasn't one of those women but I didn't know they were illegal and I didn't realize how truly dangerous these would end up being. At times I think it is probably just tap water but with all the stories, who knows.

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        Liz 2 years ago

        I'm reading about this because so many women in my area are promoting Omnitrition. I happen to be a distributor for another company that promotes clean eating with lots of healthy fats, complex carbs, lean meats, fruits and veggies. I've never gone under 1650 calories and have lost. I am confused about one thing, if there isn't actually HGC in omnitrition drops, then what makes it illegal and what are the side affects from? Just the low calorie diet? Thanks!

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        Kay 2 years ago

        It really is awful, isn't it? On only 500 calories, the brain just feels fuzzy. It's not healthy. Hope you feel a lot better and best of luck with the weight. Thank you so much for sharing. I know it is discouraged but it is important that women hear this before trying this diet.

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        Thank you so much for your honesty, I tryed the drops for 8 days. I lost 6 pounds in six days, then gained 3 pounds on day eight . I have never felt this bad in my life. I EVEN quit drinking any and all alcohol for 10 days. I thought I would feel great but I feel like hell. I don't wanna get out of bed, I'm dizzy and light headed, I can't concentrate, and I know it sounds stupid but I don't feel as smart as I was before. Needless to say after all this and reading up on the Omni drops, I am done with them. I will try the old fashion way and try to work the weight off! Thank you! :-)

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        Kay 2 years ago

        For those who believe the hCG diet may be responsible for their cancer, I read this today:

        "The hCG diet has been shown to increase the risk of developing testicular tumors. Those that have a high risk of developing prostate cancer or those that are already undergoing treatment for prostate cancer should not take on an hCG diet. This can make their cancer worse."

        While this applies to men, it is clear that the hCG diet can be very dangerous.

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        Kay 2 years ago

        The drops really are a placebo unless you really believe they carry an imprint or 'the energy' of hCG. There's no real hCG in them. It is the diet that makes you lose the weight. However, when doing a crash diet, you can end up with terrible side effects as we've seen and really do a number on your metabolism. Ditch the drops and talk to a nutritionist. They can help you figure out a healthy way to lose the weight and, better yet, keep it off without having to do continuous cycles of this type of thing.

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