I found their website to find out what this is- these are some drops being presented as an alternative to hCG in Canada. From their own website it says:
“These HC6 diet drops are also 100% hormone-free”
The ingredients are: “amino acids, combined with the vitamins, herbs, and nutrients”
So to be clear, these don’t contain hCG, even in a homeopathic preparation, and hC6 is simply an entirely different product altogether – kind of like Vitamin C and hCG – just simply different things entirely.
So here are my thoughts. There is nothing wrong with these ingredients, in the sense that sure, amino acids and vitamins are great. However, as a stand-in for hCG and doing a low-calorie diet, I don’t feel it’s the same thing at all. And that’s also why they suggest an 800-1200 calorie diet while using them.
So if you decide to go that route, I would definitely follow the suggested higher calorie intake. I think because of hCG being the hormone that it is, it does something special in our body that allows you to do the 500 calorie diet without having the same ill effects that you’d likely experience without it- excessive muscle loss, extreme hunger, metabolic slow-down, etc.
Will you lose weight with it? Likely yes! Any time you are in a calorie deficit, you will lose weight most of the time. Just like even with hCG – hCG doesn’t cause you to lose weight actually, which is a commonly misunderstood thing. Your own body loses weight as a result of the 500 calorie diet. Even with NO hCG and no amino acids or vitamins, a person whose body is in correct operating condition would likely lose a similar amount of weight- at least at first.. What hCG’s role is in the diet is to curb hunger and preserve muscle mass so that you are losing fat and not muscle and I think too it’s a protective mechanism for your metabolism.
So if you really want to do the 500 calorie diet which would no doubt produce more overall weight loss than a diet with double the calories – 1000-1200 calories, then I would definitely spring for actual hCG.
Otherwise, I’m sure you can safely follow their higher calorie protocol and the drops they offer may help you with energy and such