Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a naturally occurring hormone, found in both men and woman. It is produced in very large quantities by the placenta during pregnancy, to provide nutrients and energy for the developing foetus. During pregnancy the increased levels of HCG releases stubborn, hard to burn, stored fats allowing the baby access to nutrition between meals. The daily production of the HCG hormone peaks at around three hundred thousand units in pregnancy. The Real Food program uses 600 units each day during the Fat burn phase to achieve your weight loss goals.

Using HCG in conjunction with a closely monitored specific dietary plan allows for the abnormal fats to be released and used by the body for energy, resulting in fast, safe and long-term weight loss.

At Real Food Real Weightloss we use the pure form of HCG, The hormone known as HCG is extracted from pregnant women’s urine, using a scientific process. It is then purified, broken down and reconstituted into its purest form as a powder. This powder is then frozen and reconstituted as either a nasal spray or a dissolvable troche, by our registered  compounding pharmacist.

As the pure hormone is used, it has a shelf life of 60 days.

We follow the protocol used in studies published in the 1980’s and 1990’s, before the availability of pharmaceutical weight loss drugs.

There have been no recent studies done on the use of HCG in the weight loss industry. Given that the hormone cannot be patented into a profitable pharmaceutical drug, research dollars continue to be directed elsewhere.

Some in the medical community use the absence of research as proof that HCG does not work.  We rely on the results and safety profile of the thousands of clients who have journeyed with us on our medically supervised Real Food weight loss program over the past 15 years.


As our program is medically supervised your initial consultation with our experienced doctors will determine if HCG is right for you and discusses the risks and benefits related to your use of the hormone.

If you have  existing gall bladder disease, the mobilisation of fat that happens during the program can trigger pain related to gall bladder spasm.

Women who have had a rare cancer related to the placenta in pregnancy are not suitable for the program.

There are several large studies on the use of HCG in both the fertility and breast cancer treatment arenas. These provide good evidence of the safe use of HCG in humans, particularly at the very low dose required for weight loss.

Please refer to studies below.

The following published and peer reviewed research on HCG in the breast cancer treatment arena provides reassurance of the safety of this hormone.


Schüler-Toprak S, et al. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and Breast Cancer. Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Jul 21;18(7):1587. doi: 10.3390/ijms18071587. PMID: 28754015; PMCID: PMC5536074.


Rao CV. Protective Effects of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Against Breast Cancer: How Can We Use This Information to Prevent/Treat the Disease? Reprod Sci. 2017 Aug;24(8):1102-1110. doi: 10.1177/1933719116676396. Epub 2016 Nov 15. PMID: 28715966.


Janssens JP, et al. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and prevention of breast cancer. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2007 Apr 15;269(1-2):93-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2006.06.015. Epub 2007 Feb 11. PMID: 17386970.


Rao ChV, et al. Human chorionic gonadotropin decreases proliferation and invasion of breast cancer MCF-7 cells by inhibiting NF-kappaB and AP-1 activation. J Biol Chem. 2004 Jun 11;279(24):25503-10. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M400683200. Epub 2004 Mar 24. PMID: 15044447.


Liao XH, et al. Human chorionic gonadotropin decreases human breast cancer cell proliferation and promotes differentiation. IUBMB Life. 2014 May;66(5):352-60. doi: 10.1002/iub.1269. Epub 2014 Apr 21. PMID: 24753159.