The HCG diet is not really a new concept, it may look as if it is, however, HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) has been a dietary solution during the 1950s. It was when Dr Albert T.W. Simeons, an obesity researcher from the Salvatore Mundi International Hospital in Rome, published his research entitled “Pounds and Inches,” which described HCG as a weight loss supplement, that the HCG diet become known.
It did not gain too much traction, and it fell out of popularity by the 1960s. It became known again, back in the mainstream, by 2007. An infomercial marketer declared its advantages in a book. Now, there are radio ads, TV commercials and billboards that promise that slimmer waistline after a few days and with the HCG diet.
HCG use and its effects on the body
HCG is very controversial for weight loss, as most weight loss methods are. Its controversy lies from the great calorie-restriction it requires and the possible side effects from it. The hype, alongside America’s obsession with multiple weight loss regimens, fueled the controversy more and shadowed HCG as a tool towards a healthy and successful weight management.
According to Simeons, HCG’s effectiveness is its role of resetting the hypothalamus, as well as modifying how fat is burned in the body. In his research, he indicated that there are 3 types of body fat: structural, reserve and abnormal. Structural fat fills the gap in order to create a protection for organs and bones. Reserve fat is used for nutrition, a fuel for muscles and as a temperature regulator. Abnormal fat should have been used as a nutritional reserve, but is trapped.
Simeons speculated that HCG unlocks the ability to burn the trapped fat in the body. The dieters can supplement HCG using a 500-calorie diet and do not feel hunger, since their body is living off from calories of trapped fat. It is advisable to partake in the diet between 21 – 40 days.
Success from the HCG diet
Patients who are doing the HCG diet not only take advantage from its weight loss, but also from minimizing the number of markers from diseases. These include elevated blood pressure, metabolic syndrome markers, high glucose levels, total cholesterol levels and high C-reactive protein. Several patients may no longer need several of their medications.
For Dr Jennifer Landa, a Chief Medical Officer from BodyLogicMD, HCG is an effective step towards weight management. However, it should be carefully distributed as a lot of people buy HCG drops online from unreliable retailers. Likewise, its use should be monitored.