What is the Difference Between hCG and HGH?

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and HGH (human growth hormone) are two types of hormones that have become increasing popular within the health and fitness circuits. Each are naturally produced by the human body however, they greatly differ in their functions.

HCG is the hormone women produce in the early stages of pregnancy, immediately following conception. This production usually takes place approximately 11 days after conception.  According to the American Pregnancy Association, hCG production continues to occur throughout the pregnancy, with its highest levels being between weeks 8 and 11; levels of hCG begin to peter out throughout the remainder of the pregnancy and eventually dissipate.

The purpose of hCG in pregnant mothers is to help nourish and sustain the developing embryo. HCG fortifies the inner walls of the womb. This helps protect the unborn baby.  Other uses of the HCG  hormone in pregnancies include adjusting the metabolism, so that its easier for pregnant mothers to provide adequate nourishment  of the their babies, and reducing the levels of food cravings.

When taken as a dietary supplement, e.g. as supplement to the HCG Diet, the hormone sends signals to the hypothalamus of the brain to breakdown body fat and convert it to fuel to use as the body’s main source of energy. This makes weight loss fast and serious HCG diet side effects are easily prevented since dieters are well provided with energy. The body systems remain efficient.

HGH (human growth hormone) is a hormone the body also produces naturally however, this occurs when we are younger; production slowly decreases as we begin to age. HGH is secreted through the pituitary gland of the brain, in which fuels childhood growth and development; it helps to maintain healthy tissues and organs. Scientific studies relate the loss of HGH to our aging metabolic slowdown and weight gain.

HGH is known to stimulate an increase in muscle mass while also reducing body fat. Factors that help to stimulate HGH without supplementation are sleep, exercise, and dietary protein. Oftentimes, similar to hCG, when supplementing HGH into your diet, there is no presence of the hormone unless taken by injections.

In short, hCG as a dietary supplement, is used to attack fat deposits and convert to fuel for the body. HGH as a dietary supplement is used to breakdown fat and convert it to lean muscle mass.

Therefore, each hormone clearly serves their own distinct functions and there are many controversial claims and studies relating to their known impact on reversing the aging process and supporting health and well-being. HCH are often used for body builders while the HCG hormone is one of the important components of the HCG weight loss program

Many athletes have been banned from their sports due to testing positive for the presence of each hormone. Each should be used and taken with extreme caution and after conducting thorough research. Supplementing diets with these hormones fall victim of many controversial claims, yet proponents of each state that they provide body-altering results and help to support a life of longevity and well-being.

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HCG Diet : Hair Problem Correction

A concern recognized by many dieters of the hCG diet is the apparent potential for hair to become unhealthy while taking the hormone injections or drops. Some changes in hair quality have been noticed – changes such as loss of elasticity, lack of sheen, hair dryness and in extreme cases, hair loss. Sadly, this is a common side effect however, it’s been stated and reported that hair typically grows back and returns to its previous luxe after the diet is complete. The hair issues stem minimally, if any, from the hCG hormone itself; the change is primarily due to the very low caloric intake.

Proper measurements may be taken to prevent this frustrating problem from arising; measurements may also be taken if noticeable damage has already begun to occur.

Application of a special herbal treatment can improve the condition of unhealthy hair or correct the problem before it begins. Consuming more vitamins and nutrients through hCG approved foods may also alleviate the problem.

Follow these helpful tips to ensure your hair remains full and vibrant throughout the duration of the diet:

Burdock tea

An at-home treatment of burdock tea may provide healthy benefits to your hair by strengthening and repairing damaged hair.


  1. Allow the tea to soak in water for twelve hours.
  2. After twelve hours have passed, heat the mixture; apply to hair once the mixture has reached room temperature.

Note: Do not rinse the tea from your hair. In addition, you will want to save the combined tea mixture. For maximum results, the same mixture should be applied each day, for one whole week.

Consume more zinc, protein and iron

Each of these vitamins and nutrients support hair growth and overall hair health. For example, if your hCG diet menu is lacking in zinc, try consuming more pumpkins seeds or chickpeas, forgoing your breadsticks. Protein comes from your lean meats, as well as iron; approved seafood’s also contain high amounts of iron, as does beef. Eggs can also strengthen the hair as they are a reliable source of protein.

Once an onset of hair loss is visible and becomes of concern, it may in the dieter’s best interest to re-evaluate their diet and seek professional medical advice. The hCG drops may have minimal impact on hair loss; the very low calorie diet is what leads to this problem. Increasing caloric intake should correct these issues. It has also been suggested for the dieter to increase caloric intake until hair is fully restored, then proceed with the diet after the problem has been remedied. If discontinuation is chosen, supplements such as Biotin and Regenemax can be taken to aid in restoration of the hair. Keep in mind, as with any diet, there are positives and negatives; hair will be restored after completing the diet, the change in hair is merely temporary.

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Eggs on the HCG Diet

While the hCG diet does not offer a vast array of allowable foods, a common question surfaces about the regulation of eggs. Considering eggs are an excellent source of protein, this is not an unreasonable question. In addition, in the event eggs are allowed, understanding portions, appropriate preparation and the benefits to the dieter should be well-examined.

Some proponents of the hCG diet will argue that eggs are not allowed; and this can be a true statement if consumed too regularly and/or prepared in inappropriate ways. In following the hCG protocol, the consumption of eggs varies, offering dietary advantages but also dietary disadvantages.

In truth, egg consumption while on the hCG diet may be allowable, provided adherence to the hCG guidelines. When a diet is supplemented by the hCG hormone, eggs should not be consumed on a daily basis; eggs should be considered a boredom alleviator, eating only occasionally. “Moderation is the key” to any successful diet and the restriction of many foods and calories on the hCG protocol, while following a very low calorie diet, is certainly of no exception.

Two to three times per week should be more than sufficient in terms of egg consumption while following the protocol. During this time, if a weight stall or gain is suddenly noticed, eliminating eggs will be recommended.

As for the quantity of eggs that can be consumed, the dieter will need to consider their protein intake. According to the hCG diet guidelines, a dieter is allowed to consume as many as four eggs on any given day, if and only if the eggs serve as the primary source of protein on those days.

Suggested consumption is three eggs without the yolk (egg whites) with one single egg, including yolk. Eggs eaten may be a lunch and/or dinner selection but should serve only as the protein intake requirements. Eggs may be eaten as the dieters breakfast, but must only be eaten as a single egg, with or without the yolk included; and must only be cooked or boiled. In this case, additional calories will need to be waived and the dieter must forego Melba toast and breadsticks.

In most cases, the yolk of the egg should not be consumed; removing the yolk will reduce or eliminate any concerns of surpassing daily caloric intake. Further, egg whites prove to provide many health advantages, whether following the hCG protocol or any other diet. The yolk of the egg contains a high fat content and should be eliminated in most instances.

While on a very low calorie diet, every calorie counts. Depending on the size of the egg, each holds approximately 80 calories, with the yolk included. Eggs consumed without the yolk, the egg whites, contain approximately 17 calories each.

To prepare a meal with egg whites only, carefully crack open the egg on the skillet and allow only the whites to pass through the cracked shell of the egg, leaving the yolk inside the shell for disposal. Egg separators are also available in most stores which will help to easily remove the yolk.

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Eating after the hCG Diet

Simple theories say that following Phase III of the hCG diet is based upon eliminating most foods containing sugars and starches. This is a convenient statement however, does little in providing confidence for dieters who may be unaware what this actually means.


Once you’ve devoted your time and hard work to Phase II of the diet, efforts should not be squandered when entering Phase III for sustaining long-term results. Eating habits for success in the longevity should be more than to simply ‘avoid sugary and starchy foods.’


The three most important factors for maintaining healthy living and eating habits consist of the following questions – what do you eat, how much do you eat and when do you eat? Strict analyzing of this will provide the long-term results you are really navigating towards.


Possibly the most important component is developing a proper eating style is in terms of your meal spacing – i.e., when to eat.


Proper spacing between your meals in maintaining weight loss is scientifically proven to be based around hormone balance; and it has an effect upon insulin levels. To theorize this simply, one should eat approximately 5-6 times per day; eat every 3-4 hours; avoid snacking; and avoid eating after 6 PM.


What to eat is the other most important component. Eating clean, well-balanced meals is your navigation toward weight loss maintenance. According to the University of Iowa Health Cary System, sedentary women should eat around 1,600 calories per day, while sedentary men and active women should be eating consuming closer to 2,200 calories each day. Active men have larger requirements, being around 2,800 calories per day. The best advice is to spend some time after coming off of the hCG diet to make a strict count of calories ingested. This will help you to get a proper feel for how many are actually being consumed. Every bite or drink should be noted; everything from a stick of gum to a drink of coffee with cream.

Healthy diets should consist primarily of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein from meats and dairy.

Fruits and Vegetables

While on the hCG diet, dieters typically learn the value that vegetables and fruits reflect on day-to-day living. They are nutrient-rich, flavorful and more often than not, low in fat. Fruits and veggies not only keep you feeling satiated but they also provide antioxidants to support powerful bodies and immune systems. The U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests making these dense, nutritional foods consist of nearly half of your meal plan for weight maintenance.


Whole grains are important for reaching your recommended daily fiber intake. Allowing adequate fiber in your diet will aid in proper digestion, which can rid the body of toxins and waste, resulting in less constipation and bloat. Rather than choosing white breads and pastas, opt for whole grain options, as white breads and other starches are packed full of ‘empty calories,’ and are simply going to straight to your gut while providing no nutritional benefits. The body has a difficult time breaking down these starchy foods, so oftentimes they are simply stored as fat deposits outside of the body’s cells.


No more than one serving of meat is recommended per day to help limit saturated fats and keep cholesterol levels at ‘good’ levels. This will help to keep your heart healthy and maintain weight loss. Fried meats should never be consumed and beef and pork should be replaced by chicken, turkey and wild game.


Many studies show that having the proper dairy intake may also provide weight loss and management benefits. Choosing the proper dairy options prove to have many benefits including enhanced weight loss over time, weight management, and provides calcium to keep strong teeth and bones. Proper dairy intake would be to replace whole fat options with low fat or fat-free options.

When discontinuing your hCG injections or HCG diet drops and moving forward with your newfound confidence, you should become accustomed to reading food labels and avoid anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce; ingredients labels are listed from descending order from greatest amount of contents to least amount of contents – ‘whole’ vs. ‘enriched’ is what you want to read. Fried foods should be eliminated and all sugary foods should be considered forbidden for breakfast, as consuming sugary foods so early in the day sets the stage for the rest of the day. Sugar acts as a drug – the more you consume, the more your body will crave it. Most importantly, think eating clean. Engrave that into your mind, and all your hard work and devotion will pay off.

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Better Skin Elasticity with hCG

Are you worried about the possible side effects of developing loose skin or wrinkles at the end of your HCG Diet; which is typically associated with weight loss diets? This is an all-too-common issue dieters of other treatments face due mainly in part to rapid weight loss. Fortunately, hCG is one of the only dieting methods available for losing weight fast and avoiding unsightly issues such as loose skin and wrinkles.

Many know that the hCG diet plan can be an effective way to correct the metabolic system and quickly trim abnormal fat off of the body, but the hCG supplement also has a positive effect on the hypothyroid processes within the body. What this translates to for you, is that weight loss may become more routinary, more painless and rapid.

One of the primary purposes of hCG when used as a dietary supplement, is that instead of burning structural or normal fat, it only attacks ‘abnormal’ fat. Abnormal fat is the fat deposits that result in unnecessary, unwanted fat; fat resulting in bulging waistlines and cellulite. In supplementing with hCG, your body is given the opportunity to destroy fat deposits that provide no benefit to the body; and it solely attacks areas of fat that are more visible and concentrated, while causing no negative effects to the muscles or structural fat –i.e. necessary fat that provides cushioning and safety to the internal organs. It is because of this that the development of loose skin and wrinkles can be avoided almost entirely.

The hormone hCG also offers other beneficial effects on the skin. As an example, consider the infamous “healthy glow” that appears on healthy pregnant mothers. You probably wonder where this comes from. Same say you have the glow when your baby is a girl. This “healthy glow” is actually due in part to the presence of HCG in her body.

HCG also helps to provide elasticity. A common side effect related to aging is the loss of firmness; skin becomes less elastic, resulting in more defined wrinkles due to age, sun exposure, smoking, pollution, etc. While dieting on the hCG diet and using the hCG supplement, your body becomes redefined, also altering the skin cells. Most hCG dieters notice suppler features in their face and body and the hCG can provide the commonly desired contouring. The results of the renewed suppleness are fewer visible wrinkles and a possible overall healthier complexion. HCG has also been found in numerous skin creams for anti-aging and skin correction.

There are many benefits to feeding your body with hCG. The worry of wrinkles and loose skin should be of no issue; you should quickly notice enhanced features and a healthy radiance. Rapid weight loss will be sustained, skin dimpling will disappear as the skin will become tighter and cellulite will diminish. Facial features may be more definitive and contoured and unleash a healthy natural glow. hCG supplementation may sustain an overall improvement to the health of the body and generate desirable elasticity.

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