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Nu Image Medical no longer offers the HCG Weight Loss Program. GOOD NEWS! We have developed something better and easier: WAYT-less!

When To Take the HCG Shot?

When To Take the HCG Shot?

If you are gearing up to start the HCG injections , you may be questioning when to take the HCG shot. To get right down to it, there really is no particular designated time for this. For example, if you take your injection at 9 am the first day and at 9:03 am the next day, don't worry. This is not going to harm you or your weight loss results in any way.

The recommended time, per Dr. Simeons (the original creator of the HCG diet), for the injections is in the morning. Now, that being said, if you are a night shift worker that doesn't mean you will not have adequate weight loss results if the HCG injection time has to be changed around a bit. The main concept with the HCG injection is this...

1) Make sure your injection has been refrigerated properly and ready to go. If your HCG injections and /or liquid has not been refrigerated for 6 hours or more, it will have to be replaced. The HCG will no longer be potent or effective.

2) No matter which time of day you choose to do your injection, make your best attempt at giving it around the same time each day. It doesn't have to be exact, but avoid giving yourself doses that our very close together. Timing your doses around the same time each day will keep a therapeutic amount of HCG in your system at all times. If you happen to miss a dose, don't fret...The HCG stays in your system for up to 3 days after your last injection. So make sure to continue the diet and resume your injection the next day at your normal scheduled  time. If you cannot remember if you have given your injection or not, withhold your injection until the next day at your normal time, and document that you have given it. This will keep you from double dosing and running out of medication later in the diet.

Most HCG dieters choose the morning to do their injection because they started taking their HCG on their first loading day or perhaps they coordinate their injection with their morning weigh in. As a rule, HCG dieters that take their injection right after weighing in the morning tend to have an easier time remembering their injection as well as documenting that they took it. This certainly does not mean,however, that if this advice is not followed exactly that weight loss will not result, but HCG dieters who have used this strategy typically do not have problems forgetting their injection, being short on HCG later on, etc. It can be challenging to remember to take a new medication every day, so associating the task with something you do everyday already may help significantly.

Ultimately, as long as the HCG is getting into your system each day and your injections remain cool and refrigerated during the program, the exact time of the injection can vary slightly if needed.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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