HCG FAQ

What is HCG?

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin–also written hCG) is a glycoprotein produced in pregnant women that allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both the mother and her fetus. By combining a small amount of this protein with an extremely restricted calorie intake, it’s possible to lose stored body fat without a significant loss of energy or feelings of extreme hunger.

How is Dr. Constantinides’ program different from other programs that are being offered?

We do not offer this as a “quick fix” for your weight problems. Dr. Constantinides believes that any weight loss program should be only one part of an overall health and wellness plan that will enable you to experience long-term success in achieving your health goals. You will be evaluated first to determine if this diet plan is right for you now or if you should explore other options before starting the diet. When you do start the diet, you will have regular conferences with the clinical staff or Dr. Constantinides to monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments to ensure your safe and successful completion of the diet program.

Who is a good candidate for the HCG diet?

Properly following the HCG diet protocol takes planning and commitment. We have found that the best candidates for the diet seem to be those who have “tried everything” but still have trouble losing weight. Patients who have already dealt with hormonal and other medical issues and who have been through a good detoxification plan and who are already eating properly and exercising regularly but still can’t seem to lose weight may be ready for the HCG diet. The diet is also good for patients who need to lose a lot of weight and who are ready to make a commitment to getting it off and keeping it off.

Is it safe? Are there risks or potential side effects involved with taking HCG?

We are unaware of any reported health problems directly related to the use of low-dose HCG or the diet protocol we are using. However, with any medication or diet plan there is always the potential for side effects. That is why we believe it is crucial to be under a doctor’s care while using HCG or following a highly restrictive diet plan.

Can both women and men use the HCG diet?

Yes. The small amount of HCG used does not mimic pregnancy and it can safely be used by both men and women.

How long does the diet last?

The diet plan is divided into two main phases. Phase 1 is the “fat burning” phase when the HCG hormone is taken and calorie consumption is very restricted. This phase lasts for 21 days and is the time you experience the greatest loss of weight and inches. Phase 2 is the “weight stabilization” phase in which more calories are introduced. The 3 week “weight stabilization” portion of the diet is designed to help the patient stabilize at their new weight and develop healthier eating habits to maintain the loss long-term.

What kind of foods will I eat and how much can I eat?

You’ll eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, meat, and seafood in limited proportions. Your caloric intake during the “fat burning” phase will be between 500-800 calories per day. The use of the HCG hormone and specially chosen nutritional supplements during this period will help suppress hunger and boost your energy levels.

Do I have to buy special meals from Dr. Constantinides as part of this program?

No. There are no preprepared meals to buy. Everything comes from your favorite grocery store.

How much weight can I expect to lose on this diet?

Most patients lose an average of 1/2 pound to 1 pound per day during the 21-day “fat burning” portion of the diet while they are taking the HCG hormone.

Do you guarantee results?

Although a patient may lose 5 pounds a week or more on this program, Dr. Constantinides does not guarantee results.  Weight loss depends on many variables, such as adherence to the diet and how physically active the patient is, that are completely out of the control of Dr. Constantinides and her staff.  Though we will provide you with the tools and information to ensure your success, we can not guarantee that you will lose weight.

Will I gain back all the weight I lost when I stop the diet?

People gain weight for many different reasons. It is important to deal with such things as hormonal imbalances, thyroid problems, insulin resistance, and even emotional issues before beginning this diet to ensure the ability to keep off the weight you have lost. It is Dr. Constantinides’ goal to help you use this diet as a jump-start to a lifetime of healthful dietary and exercise habits. That’s where Phase 3 of the program comes in: the “Lifetime Maintenance” phase.

Can I repeat the diet program if I want to lose more weight?

Yes. Additional rounds of the program are offered at a reduced price for our patients. We recommend a minimum break of 3 weeks between rounds for optimal results.

Has the FDA approved HCG for weight loss?

Use of HCG to treat obesity or for medical weight loss treatment is not an FDA approved use of this prescription drug. A patient’s physician may prescribe HCG for an unapproved medical purpose or off-label use of the drug because the use of this drug has not generally caused serious adverse side effects when administered to patients for its approved use in treating infertility. Allowing physicians professional discretion to prescribe HCG in treating obesity or for patient weight loss is not based upon any governmental determination that HCG is effective for such use.

There are both negative and positive reports on the Internet about HCG diet programs. How do I know which ones to believe?

We have visited dozens of websites with information about HCG diet programs. Many of the sites report that HCG has no beneficial use as part of a weight loss program. On the other hand, there are hundreds of testimonials swearing to the effectiveness of the HCG diet. As with any form of alternative therapy, it is possible to find sincere people on both sides of the issue with differing opinions. Here is what we do know: Dr. Constantinides has tried this diet for herself and it worked for her. She has also worked with a number of patients who’ve had excellent success. The bottom line is that we encourage each potential participant in the program to do research on their own and determine if they are comfortable with the program before committing to it.

What is the HCG diet background and why has Dr. Constantinides included it as part of her weight loss protocol?

Dr. Marion Constantinides is a chiropractic doctor in Virginia Beach, VA, who serves the greater Hampton Roads, Richmond, Northern Virginia/ Washington DC areas and who has patients nationwide.

After hearing about the HCG diet, Dr. Constantinides did extensive research to assess the suitability of this weight loss method as a part of her overall clinical practice. She is not a fan of “fad diets,” but she recognizes that there are times when simply following a good nutrition and exercise routine are not enough to lose stubborn pound and inches.

Before recommending the treatment to others, she and her husband tried it with excellent results. Based on her personal experience she then worked with several patients as a clinical trial, again seeing excellent results. In many cases, patients see a weight loss of between one-half pound to a pound a day of losses during the “fat-burning” phase of the diet.

What excites Dr. Constantinides most about this program are the potential health benefits for patients who shed extra pounds. The cosmetic benefits are nice, but more important is the potential for reducing blood pressure or diabetes medications and promoting a healthier lifestyle by breaking unhealthy food addictions.

It is important to note that this diet involves extreme calorie restriction. Dr. Constantinides strongly believes that it is critical to closely monitor each patient’s progress to assess any changes in their medical condition. This is why patients are required to keep their scheduled conference appointments while on the program.

Although a patient may lose 5 pounds a week or more on this program, Dr. Constantinides does not guarantee results.  Weight loss depends on many variables, such as adherence to the diet and how physically active the patient is, that are completely out of the control of Dr. Constantinides and her staff.  Though we will provide you with the tools and information to ensure your success, we can not guarantee that you will lose weight.

It is Dr. Constantinides’ goal to help you use this diet as a jump-start to a lifetime of healthful dietary and exercise habits!

In the 1950’s an Italian doctor named A.T.W. Simeons developed what has come to be known as the “Simeons Protocol” for a weight loss program that combines a very restricted calorie diet with the use of a hormone commonly known as HCG (hCG). Simeons claimed in his later book Pounds and Inches to have discovered some important keys to quick weight loss that targeted stored fat but did not break down muscle tissue.

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a glycoprotein produced in pregnant women that allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both the mother and her fetus. By combining a small amount of this hormone with an extremely restricted calorie intake, it’s possible to lose stored body fat without a significant loss of energy or feelings of extreme hunger.


Indications and usage: HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.