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    Has anyone heard of HCG Activator? Has anyone used it?
    sheashea07 posted:
    I saw these pills in GNC and I want to try them. I just need to know if they are safe. I also want to know if they are effective or just a waste of money. Anybody had any experiences? Please share.
    jean4u responded:
    I just surfed HCG activator pills on the net. The "diet" calls for 500 a day calorie intake. That isn't much food. Think about it, if you only ate 500 calories without these pills, you probably would drop a few pounds quick.

    BUT, are you going to stay on 500 a day calories and don't forget these pills arent free?

    Many people have a history of yo-yo weightloss and weight gain. Losing slow by eating healthy and slowly increasing your exercise is one way.
    blondie454u responded:
    How could you survive on 500 calories? I would starve. The best way is too to do it the natural way.
    Amber CW 129-132 maintaining, SW 250. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
    Sambeannie responded:
    I have done the hCG diet twice using the injections. It was great for me and I lost 25 lbs the first time and 20 the second. Last night we had dinner with someone who is involved with this product and company. He was raving about it but it took me awhile to figure out that it was associated with the hCG diet I did last year although a different product. I don't have any experience with this particular product but I do know that the hCG diet worked for me.

    One thing you must consider is that you do need to be on a specific diet for this to work. The concept is to lower fat content so your body feeds off the fat currently in your body. So if you don't follow the directions, it may not work as well for you. I found that it worked so well and I lost weight so quickly that I was very satisfied. A word of advice, going on a 500 calorie diet without hCG would be too difficult. You would be hungry and you will not be able to stay on it. I had energy and was able to do this diet because I got results and fast plus when it works, your own fat that your body is feeding upon gives you the energy.

    My advice would be to try it but pay strict attention to the direction. This is a cheaper alternative that the shots that I gave myself. That costs about $450. Those that don't loose weight or dislike it may not have followed the directions. If you don't follow the directions, it may be a waste of your money.

    For some reason, many people do not like this diet and will try to get you to not do it. Emotions run very high and I have been attacked on blogs for posting about this diet but I know it worked for me and I have kept 90% of the weight loss off for over a year. You will have to decide for yourself.
    knitwhimsies responded:
    My doctor recommended I try this diet at my last check-up. He said it was safe and that many of the staff at his practice were on it. I haven't started it yet; I've been looking for more information. Please let me know if you've tried it and, if you have, what your experience has been.

    Indiaguerita replied to knitwhimsies's response:
    Yes.......I've been anorexic. It didn't work out......I weight 240 pounds now.

    This diet is dangerous and risky.

    AND...the FDA recalled HCG and the hormone is no longer approved as a diet aid. Apparently, the FDA is going to ban the hormone in the compound of HCG and this will make HCG useless as an appetite suppresant.

    Good luck with starvation!

    dianibm replied to Indiaguerita's response:
    LJ, Can you tell me where you found out about the FDA thing? I did a search for "hcg" on the FDA website and can't find it, but government websites don't always have the best search engines. I also googled "FDA HCG" and couldn't find it.

    I just want to find something to show a family member who is starting this diet.

    The FDA generally doesn't get involved with supplements. Why do you say it's "dangerous and risky"?

    It's definitely NOT the same as anorexia, anorexia is a mind issue. Drs. are recommending the HcG diet to patients who can't exercise due to a disability or post-surgery, but they recommend you find a Dr who administers it, not saying anything about buying it over the counter.

    I'd definitely like to give this FDA info to my parent who is about to start this, before something awful happens to her. So, I'm looking forward to your reply.

    jean4u replied to dianibm's response:
    I saw a You-tube person who was on HCG and said it was a hoax. The "HCG" was water or alcohol. Also, this diet requires 500 calories per day. I think that's going to mess up a person's metabolism because it will create a starvation mode, so when you go off the 500 calories, you WILL gain weight because your body is not used to burning extra calories.

    WHO are these "Drs" who are recommending HCG to patients? Do they provide the HCG?

    Google HCG risk factors and side effects and go to You-tube/HCG.
    miafeduptwice replied to jean4u's response:
    agree 100% with you jean. 500 cals would make you starv your body -maybe you would loose few lbs at the beggining strictly due to food depravaton but just like with all of the yo-yo diets - you would gain all the weight back and more!
    I ate 1200 cals a day and exercise a lot and i could not get my wegiht down untill i started to eat about 1600 a day.
    Sambeannie replied to Indiaguerita's response:
    This is not true. FDA has not recalled hCG. It works and you don't starve.
    Sambeannie replied to miafeduptwice's response:
    Don't knock it if you have not tried it. I have done it twice and starting a third round tomorrow. It is not a hoax unless you purchase hCG from someone who is not selling you real hCG. This diet has been around for over 50 years. At the beginning it was only available for the ultra rich as you had to go to a clinic in Italy and stay for 40 days. Today it can be used by anyone. Many places it is expensive. You eat 500 calories but your body feasts on 2200 calories of fat on your body per day so you don't starve at all.

    Indiaguerita is not correct that it has been recalled or banned by the FDA.

    My Doctor is a hormone replacement specialist and he prescribed it for me.
    miafeduptwice replied to Sambeannie's response:
    if that is true than i wonder why all of those clinics go with these super expensive ,super dangerous procedures for super obese....????
    often what works for one does not work for another, i just dont believe in magic fixes
    Sambeannie replied to miafeduptwice's response:
    that is totally can believe in what you want. I agree with you that what works for one does not work for another but it has worked for me so that is why I share. It is no magic fix and it is not exactly an easy diet to follow but for me it was a breakthrough.

    It is not super dangerous.... but being obese is super dangerous. This diet is not for those who need to loose 10 lbs. It is for those who have a problem losing other ways.

    Clinics go for super expensive fixes because they are out for SSS. That is not what I used as I did not want to pay that much for this diet. My doctor charged $450 for the first round and $300. for the second round. Today I am starting Round 3 and ordered after much research my hCG for less than $100. Don't know if I would have ever done it without a physician first but for round 3, I don't need a physician....just need the hcg.
    laura2gemini2 responded:
    Per WebMD what HCG was originally created for:

    This medication is a hormone used in boys (before puberty ) to cause the normal dropping of the testicles into the scrotum. It is also used in certain boys to help with normal sexual development. It works by causing the testes to release male sex hormones (e.g., testosterone ).This medication is also used in women to treat fertility problems. It is given after finishing another medication (menotropins ) to cause the release of an egg (ovulation ). It should not be used in women whose ovaries no longer make eggs properly (primary ovarian failure).

    Do you really want to take a medication that is supposed to make your testicles drop as a means to lose weight?
    Indiaguerita replied to dianibm's response:
    I'm sorry for the delay in response. I will look for that tonight when I get home from work and see if I can find the story I read. It was a news story about the HCG diet craze.

    If I can find (I'm sure I can) I will post the link on here post-haste!


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