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Weight Loss Supplement Formula
Clinical Studies on the key ingredients, combined with a low-calorie diet, suggest they may help:
  • Reduce fat mass and body fat percentage*
  • Improve resting metabolic rate*
  • Helps reduce hunger cravings*
  • Hormone FREE | Stimulant FREE
Clinical Study Provides New Hope for Dieters!
A proper diet and regular exercise plan are keys to losing inches and pounds. Now, with support from hCG Alternative™ you can push toward your goals with greater confidence.
In a University of Mary Hardin-Baylor study, 54 male and female participants using the hCG Alternative formula increased free fatty acid appearance in the blood (a significant marker of body fat breakdown) by over 150% over the placebo group*
What's more, those who took the hCG Alternative during the study experienced a 3.03% decrease in body fat percentage compared to a 0.36% decrease for the placebo group after only eight days of supplementation. That is over 8x greater loss in body fat in only 8 days!*


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size  2 Capsule(s)
Servings Per Container  60

Amount Per Serving     % DV

HCG Alternative™ Properietary Formula  758 mg   **
   L-Arginine Alpha-Ketoglutarate   **

** Daily Value (DV) not established.
Other Ingredients
Gelatin, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate
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How To Use

As a dietary supplement, take one serving (2 capsules) twice daily with a full glass of water, preferably on an empty stomach. Take one serving, upon waking (before breakfast); and take the second serving six hours later (between lunch and dinner). Please read the entire label carefully before use, and follow directions.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Not intended for individuals under the age of 18, unless instructed by a doctor. This product contains black cohosh, which is not to be used while pregnant or nursing. Consult your physician prior to use if you have high blood pressure or heart problems or are taking prescription drugs. Do not exceed the recommended daily intake. Seek the advice of a healthcare professional before beginning any supplement or exercise program. This product contains black cohosh, which is not to be used while pregnant or nursing. Improper use of this product will not improve results and is not advised. DO NOT USE IF SAFETY SEAL UNDER CAP IS BROKEN.
BioGenetic Laboratories
Golden, CO 80401


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This product had absolutely NO effect on me! Huge waste of $50
February 4, 2019
4 months ago
I didn’t see any difference ???
January 25, 2019
5 months ago
How it worked for me
Depending on how much weight you need to lose this is the best product. I have been using it ever since it came out. I lost 40 pounds then kept with the next product to even out then back to HCG to lose more which took longer and helped me with choosing the right foods. I found if I stayed at the same weight for a few days then I would eat several apples and it kicked my metabolism in and I started to lose weight again. I started out at 1200 calories and found it very hard to eat that much. You must watch your food when you are done with HCG, its key to going back on it and losing more. I always have HCG on hand just in case I cant control my intake of food and need a week of cheat days specially around the holidays, then I go back on it for 20 days and it comes right off. Drink lots of water...
December 5, 2018
over 2 years ago
HCG Activator worked Alternative does not
I started with a bottle of HCG activator and lost 15 lbs. the next and subsequent bottles are of HCG Alternative and though it claims to be the same, I have stalled and even gained a little back. Was the formula in fact changed?
March 4, 2018
Love this product
This product is great for controlling your appetite. I usually lose about 10 pounds in a month,but I never have a lot to lose.Just want to feel better & lose a few pounds & inches.
January 31, 2018
1 year ago
Had no effect at all.
December 1, 2017
1 year ago
Good stuff
This the best I've used!!! I love the realistic meal plan!!
November 3, 2017
1 year ago
THE BEST!!!!!!!!
October 5, 2017
Need to drop some weight...
Quick and easy way to drop weight. 500 calorie diet doesn't sound like much, you also get calories from the pills, but some evening I have to force myself to eat the protein. One week down, 9.6 pounds down. Loving it.
September 4, 2017
1 year ago
Must Try
This product really works. I started 30 days ago at 195 lbs and have lost 20 lbs. The first week i lost 8 lbs and 4 lbs every week after. Just follow the diet plan.
August 28, 2017
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What is the difference between HCG activator & HCG alternative?
A shopper on May 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It seems like everytime GNC puts out a good product, they change it...but the name and box looks the same.
Can I eat 800 Calories a day and work off 300 at the gym and it still be effective? Or You eat 500 Calories a day and then workout?
A shopper on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I ate 1,000 calories a day and did not lose the weight as fast but still lost like 1 lb a day.
is it just like the prescription?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2016
Can you workout taking this pill? Also can you take it if you take throyde meds?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Anytime you are under the care of a physician for a medical condition or if you are on prescription meds you should always consult your physician before starting any new diet or exercise program.
Has ANYONE had any success losing weight with this product who is hypothyroid AND is not on synthroid????
A shopper on Dec 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hello Sunshine. I am not able to answer this question for you personally as I do not suffer from hypothyroid. However if you are on prescription meds or under the care of a doctor we recommend talking to your doctor prior to starting new supplementation, diet or exercise.
Hello Everyone,
Can anybody tell me here what the diet plan included in the package consist of?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The diet protocol is included in the box with every purchase. The protocol outlines the both the 500 calorie diet plan as well as the 1500 calorie optional plan. The diet plan consists of lean proteins, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.
What Medications cannot be used at the same time as the HGC? Does it contain any shell fish?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2012
BEST ANSWER: If you are under the care of a physician or on prescription medications we recommend talking to your doctor before starting any new supplementation, diet or exercise program. The product does have a gelatin capsule which is non-vegetarian. This product does not contain shell fish.
If suspending the product before completing the 30 days that can produce side effects?
if achieved your desired weight can stop treatment?
What diet should I continue in the event of having achieved my ideal weight?
A shopper on Dec 10, 2012
BEST ANSWER: If you acheive goal weight before the 30 days are over you can stop using the HCG Activator supplement and follow the rest of the program recommendations. Meaning you would continue with Phases 3 and 4. For the best results we recommend following all phases of the program. Once in Maintenance Phase 4 there is information in your pamphlet to help you transition.
Can I use this product with Birth Control?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2012
BEST ANSWER: hCG Activator has not been shown to interfere with birth control; however, if you are pregnant, nursing, or contemplating pregnancy, you should not use hCG activator.
What exactly is the diet? Is it 500 calories?
A shopper on Jan 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is a low calorie side and a high calorie side for people who are more active on a day to day basis. There is a specific meal plan we recommend following for the best results. All of this information is included in the weight loss pamphlet that comes with the supplement.
Is this mostly made for women?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: HCG Activator can be and is used by both men and women. Both men and women have found very good weight loss results taking this supplement and following the weight loss program.
Can this product cause a false positive pregnancy test? Even if you stopped taking it a month ago?
A shopper on Dec 23, 2011
BEST ANSWER: HCG Activator should not have any affect on a pregnancy test. However if you are contemplating pregnancy, are pregnant or nursing we do not recommend taking it. Keep in mind HCG Activator does not contain the hormone.
I am looking for the HCG Platinum (the liquid). I cannot find it anywhere. What is the difference between the liquid and the HCG Activator pills?
A shopper on Apr 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The capsules can certainly be more convenient. Taking 2 capsules twice a day. With many of the drops you are required to take several drops throughout the day. You are not able to eat or drink for 15-30 minutes before or after consuming the drops. They can taste bitter, many people complain of over dropping or under dropping meaning they are not getting the recommended amount. Although the weight loss programs may have similarities there are also many differences.
Can you combine the two meat servings.
A shopper on Apr 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: As long as you are getting in the necessary calories every day how you choose to take them in is up to you. It is important not to go below the low calorie intake. We also recommend eating every 2-3 hours throughout the day. But to answer the question you can combine your two meat servings if you wanted to.
Why is it recommended that you do not take fish oil with this product?
A shopper on Feb 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The recommendation is to avoid any products that contain oils, including Fish Oils, CLA's,Vitamin E, make up, lotions. The reason is the more oils you consume or put on your body can potentially effect your results. However if you are on prescription meds we do not recommend the discontinuation of any medications. What we do recommend is always talking to your doctor prior to starting any new supplementation, diet or exercise program.
what is the source of Gelatin?
A shopper on Apr 7, 2016
What foods are in the diet plan?
A shopper on Feb 3, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Leah, for rapid weight loss there is a diet plan that consists of 500 calories per day and as mentioned below a very specific list of foods are recommended. However, we know not everyone has the same kind of lifestyle and for some 500 calories may be difficult to sustain their day to day activities. This is why we have an optional 1500 calorie a day diet plan also included in your pamphlet. Weight loss is still achievable with the higher caloric intake.
I am on my last week of Phase 2, 500 calorie phase, and I have stalled for 3 days. What can I do besides the apple day to start losing again. Any ideas?
A shopper on Dec 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hello Kita, it is common for some to see a stall or even a plateau during the program. If you have gone 1-3 days with no gain in weight, no loss and no fluctuation you are just stuck, we recommend increasing your water for the next 2-3 days by 8-16 oz each day. Often times the increase in water helps adjust the stall. If it doesn't and you go 4-6 days of no loss, no gain and no fluctuation we call this a plateau. Here is when the Apple Day can come in handy.
I am an avid gym mole. I work out at least 4 times a week. I have stopped seeing the weight loss I want. Is this product compatible with someone who works out 3 - 4 times a week?
A shopper on Feb 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Although exercise is always good to add to any weight loss program with the HCG Activator program we recommend a low to moderate exercise when consuming the low calorie diet. If you train more vigorously we recommend increasing the calories to compensate for the added activity level. In the pamphlet you will see it offers a higher caloric intake option. Taking in too little calories and expending too much energy can affect the weight loss results.
Does it come with a diet plan, like a nenu? I've searched online for some and only found ones for the drops. Can I follow those or are they different?
A shopper on Nov 11, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Hello Cool Girl. HCG Activator comes with its own diet program and the pamphlet outlining the program is included with your purchase. For the very best results we recommend following our diet program as closely as possible. Keep in mind there are other HCG programs out there and although there may be some similarities the diet programs are different. It is best to follow our program if you are using HCG Activator.
Can I do the Vi-Shape diet along with the pills? I would be substituting one or two meals a day with one their shakes and eating one or two portion sized meals depending on how many shakes I drank. Overall, my calorie intake would be below 500 or around there. Would that work too or do I have to follow the diet plan?
A shopper on Nov 3, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Our HCG Activator capsules and our diet program work hand in hand to help you achieve the very best results. We do recommend following our program closely. However should you decide to follow your own diet plan that is entirely up to you. I would tell you although shakes can certainly be very convenient during the day, it is also vey important to make sure you are eating whole foods as well. Also, it is very important not to go below 500 calories a day. Doing so on a consistent basis can cause the body to go into starvation mode and affect your weight loss. Again, following any other diet plan is up to you each individual person, we cannot say what type of results you might see.
I have just purchased the HCG drops.... which one is more effective do you feel? I have a friend who used the drops and said they worked but i was wondering if the pills were more effective? If so why?

Thank you :)
A shopper on Oct 29, 2013
BEST ANSWER: There are several different variations of the HCG diet program out there. The drops are considered homeopathic, that means they contain a trace of or the essence of the active ingredient. Which means for many drops you have to take anywhere from 10-30 drops several times per day. The complaints I have heard from people switching from the drops to our HCG Activator Capsules, was effectiveness, over or under dropping, inconvenience; no eating or drinking 20-30 minutes before and after dropping, and taste. The HCG Activator capsules are effective, convenient and easy to take, 2 capsules twice per day. Really just depends on each persons preference.

Seems like you have to follow a diet plan on the HCG activator. Is that correct? I have no interest and a diet plan. Will the HCG activator work without the diet plan?
A shopper on Oct 10, 2013
BEST ANSWER: For the very best results we recommend following our diet program. The supplement and the diet plan go hand in hand to help you achieve the best results. If you choose not to follow our diet program it is difficult to say what kind of results you will see.
how long after taking hcg activator before breakfast can i eat?
A shopper on Oct 1, 2013
BEST ANSWER: You can eat 20-30 minutes after you have taken your supplement. And although we do recommend taking the supplement on an empty stomach for better absorption, taking them with food would not be detrimental to the plan.

Can men use HCG diet solution?
A shopper on Sep 28, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes. HCG Activator can be used by both men and women.
what are the "disastrous consequences" that wil happen if face cream or lotion is used?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2013
BEST ANSWER: It is recommended to avoid oil based products and use mineral based or water based. The more oils that are put on your body are absorbed by the body and can potentially affect your weight loss results. There are no "disastrous consequences" and that line has been removed from our newer pamphlets.
Hi ! I bought the hCG activator, but I lost the diet protocol that is inside the box, so is there any web page so i can get It , because I' m not sure What I can eat and What i can't, and i can't wait to take them and start to lose weight!,
A shopper on Sep 22, 2013
BEST ANSWER: If you are using the HCG Activator, we dont recommend following any other HCG Diet Programs. You can contact BioGenetic's at and request a new pamphlet.
Is it o.k to lift weights and walk for exercise while taking HCG Activator?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Although exercise is not mandatory while on the program, it is recommended. We recommend a very low to moderate exercise program. We suggest a 30 minute brisk walk, 20-30 minutes on an eliptical, exercise bike or treadmill at a low resistance or 15-20 minutes of resistance training. Anything more vigorous or strenuouse we recommend increasing the calories while sticking with the program recommendations.
Can you take HCG Activator with GNC Force Factor Nitric Oxide Booster?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The substances in these two products comprising their active ingredient are different, meaning you will not be doubling a dose of the same supplement. However, as with any change to your diet it is recommended you contact your physician for your specific needs.
Can i Take Panadol or asprin for a headach and Agiolax for constipation With HCG Activator ??

and is Eggs ok in phase 2 ?? if yes how many i can have ?

A shopper on Aug 23, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Hello. You can take an otc pain reliever for a headache. It is not uncommon for your bowel movements to be different. With less food in there is less waste out. If you find yourself getting a bit backed up try metamucil, benefiber as well make sure your water intake is at least 2 liters per day and that you are getting in your fruits and vegetables each day. Eggs are part of our vegetarian protocol and are permitted in phase 2 as a protein. You can consume 3 egg whites + 1 whole egg in place of your meat protein in phase 2.