Since the discovery of hCG in the 1950′s by Dr. Simeons, small doses of hCG have been given to overweight men and women to decrease their appetite and help them lose weight specifically around their hips, thighs, buttocks and stomach. hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy. The hypothalamus gland moderates the thyroid, adrenals, fat storage, and more importantly, your metabolic rate.
Contrary to popular belief, the hCG used in the hCG diet protocols is a variation of the hCG form used for fertility treatments, and in a much smaller dose. All hCG used for medical purposes is natural, but created in laboratories from sterile cells. It is NOT extracted from women or animal urine; a common misconception.
HCG is a natural hormone that is produced by the human body. In fact, it is present in every human tissue, including males and non-pregnant women as well as pregnant. Dr Simeons has done extensive research on the safety of hCG when used for weight loss and there is no evidence of any side effects. HCG is totally safe for men. There is no evidence that hCG is not safe to be used in men or women as it is already found in every living tissue in both sexes naturally. Most hCG dieters report a loss of 1 to 2 lbs a day. At the very least, .5 pound a day, and at the most, 3 pounds. hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeons protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight lost comes directly from unhealthy fat and does not strip the body of much needed muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health, while at the same time, releasing excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body. For this reason, hCG dieters report a feeling and appearance of great health and marvel at the loss of negative health risks they had as an overweight individual.
HCG diet shots cause your hypothalamus to mobilize the fat out of the fat storage locations so that it’s available for use. While you are only consuming 500 calories, your hypothalamus is continually releasing the fat stored in your body. Because of this, your body is actually operating on thousands of calories a day. The result is your body using thousands of calories of fat from your body each day, the reason hCG dieters lose 1 to 2 lbs of fat or more, per day.
It is common for mild hunger during the first few days, however this will pass and by the 2nd week, you will find even very tiny servings, to be completely satisfying. This is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the amount of calories circulating in your system from the fat being released. It is common that hCG dieters feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 500 calorie limit!
After the hCG diet, not only will you have lost physical weight, former hCG Dieters also report a change for the better in appetite, and a natural course of modified eating behavior. They also report this as being an ideal situation for easily transitioning into a healthy relationship with food. With all of these changes and experiences, the hCG Diet is the perfect opportunity to adopt that healthy lifestyle to maintain your weight.
Will you gain the weight back after hCG? There is no reason you should, so long as you have replaced any former negative eating and inactive lifestyle habits with new, healthy perspectives on food and exercise.
Most post-hCG dieters find a minimum amount of daily activity is sufficient to maintaining their hCG weight loss goal. A minimum amount of exercise is recommended not only for weight maintenance, but also for the added health benefits. With your hypothalamus “reset”, your metabolism will reflect these differences and you will be able to eat moderately without feeling the need to overeat.
Because this type of dieting is not for everyone, Dr. Elizabeth Grady also offers a variety of more conventional weight loss treatments, such as Phentermine, B-Vitamin with Lipotropic (fat burner) injections, nutritional and exercise counseling, hormone balancing, to name a few.