The HCG drop diet is an easier (and often cheaper) alternative to the HCG injections diet. With the injections you have to get your daily dose of HCG through a shot. Understandably, this is a big turn off to most people.
You take the drops orally three times a day. You don’t need to go to a doctor to take them and they don’t involve poking sharp things into your skin. If you ask me, these are all huge pluses.
The HCG diet drops contain the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone, which is produced in women during pregnancy to help a woman’s body feed the baby with fat stores rather than her own muscle. This is why it is helpful for weight loss.
When paired with a low-calorie diet, HCG helps your body burn your fat stores instead of attacking your muscles to make up for the calories you are no longer eating. When your body is burning extra calories—especially from fat—you lose weight.
You need to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound. So every time you eat 3,500 calories less (usually the 3,500 is spread out over a few days) you lose one pound. This is why the diet causes weight loss. The HCG just keeps your body from going for your muscles instead of your fat—as it is wont to do when calories get low.
The HCG is contained in an alcohol base to make it easier to administer orally, but don’t let that turn you off. Many products we consume are diluted with an alcohol base to make them easier to use.
Vanilla or maple flavoring that comes from a bottle is most likely swimming around in a little bit of alcohol. Obviously, it’s a very low amount and does not affect you. Nobody’s getting drunk off of their chocolate chip cookies and you could not possibly get drunk off the HCG drops.
There are a few things to keep in mind when taking your drops. You will want to take them at approximately the same time every day. This is actually a good practice for most medicines and vitamin supplements you are taking regularly. Taking your drops at the same time will help your body maintain a good level of HCG.
Also, you will need to either take the HCG 20 minutes before you eat or 20 minutes after you eat. It can be longer than 20 minutes in both instances—you just have to make sure it’s at least 20 minutes. If you choose the before method you will probably want to set a timer.
A good way to do it is to take your HCG drops, set the timer for 20 minutes, and then you can be preparing your meal while you’re waiting. If you choose the after method you can set a timer after you eat to make sure you hit at least 20 minutes before taking your dose.
Generally, you administer the drops under your tongue where there are lots of blood vessels and soft tissue. This helps make absorption into your blood stream more efficient. A dose is usually about 15 drops. This is a lot of drops to put under your tongue at one time so I suggest looking in the mirror or counting your drops into a small measuring cup or a spoon.