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HCG Diet

What is HCG?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and is a glycoprotein composed of 244 amino acids.

The use of HCG for weight loss was pioneered by British endocrinologist A.T.W. Simeons while studying pregnant woman on an extremely low calorie diet in India in the 1950’s. He thought it was a “medical oxymoron” that pregnant women in a 3rd world country just devastated by war, would walk everywhere, work and eat just a handful of calories produce normal weight and normal height babies. His medical logic determined that these babies should be malnourished. This led him to discover that when a woman is pregnant, her body produces HCG. Also while in India, Dr. Simeons treated “fat boys” with pituitary problems with low doses of HCG. He observed both lost fat rather than lean muscle tissue.

How does the HCG Diet work?

HCG mobilizes the adipose tissue (abnormal fat). There are 3 types of fat.

  • Reserve fat which your body draws upon for energy when you skip a meal.
  • Structural fat which is located between your organs, joints and bones.
  • Abnormal fat or adipose tissue which is the fat that your body “banks” in case of starvation.

A pregnant woman’s body will produce over 1 million IU (International Units) of HCG to mobilize the abnormal fat full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to nourish the unborn fetus. Dr. Simeons wrote, “In pregnancy it would be most undesirable if the fetus were offered ample food only when there is a high influx from the intestinal tract. Ideal nutritional conditions for the fetus can only be achieved when the mother’s blood is continually saturated with food, regardless of whether she eats or not, as otherwise a period of starvation might hamper the steady growth of the embryo.”

The use of HCG in conjunction with VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) produces weight loss but more specifically, fat loss. The HCG Diet will reshape your body. Your body needs reserve and structural fat but does not need abnormal fat to survive. By using HCG, your body releases the unlocked calories and nutrients stored in your abnormal fat. Therefore, HCG used with VLCD will produce not only weight loss but fat loss.

Can men do the HCG Diet?

Dr. Simeons also wrote, “When a male patient hears that he is about to be put into a condition which in some respects resembles pregnancy, he is usually shocked and horrified. The physician must therefore carefully explain that this does not mean that he will be feminized and that HCG in no way interferes with his sex. He must be made to understand that in the interest of the propagation of the species nature provides for a perfect functioning of the regulatory headquarters in the diencephalon during pregnancy and that we are merely using this natural safeguard as a means of correcting the diencephalic disorder which is responsible for his overweight.”

Why can’t I just do the low calorie diet without HCG?

Well, if just reducing calories is the solution to overweight and obesity then why hasn’t worked in the past? Let’s face it; if you’re investigating the HCG Diet then I’d say you’ve tried other diets in the past without the desired results. There are 2 basic reasons one should avoid just reducing calories to lose weight.

  1. Reducing calories lowers your metabolism. If you are overweight or suffer from obesity, it’s safe to say your metabolism is low. By reducing calories, your body slows down its metabolism as a mechanism to survive. That’s why when you terminate the diet, your weight bounces back or it’s above your original weight before starting the low calorie diet.
  2. Inducing your body on a low calorie diet shocks your brain into starvation mode. During starvation, your body holds on to your fat as a mechanism to survive. Thus, a low calorie diet will prohibit your body from releasing your abnormal fat. Instead, your body will deplete your reserve fat, then your structural fat and then finally your bank of abnormal fat.

These 2 basic reasons are why you have not been successful by reducing calories in the past. A combination of HCG and VLCD can mobilize and reduce your abnormal fat.

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