What is HCG?
HCG is an acronym which stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. The HCG Diet Protocol was written and discovered by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons who devoted his life to the study of obesity and how to cure it. The first report on the use of HCG for the management of obesity was published in 1954 by the late Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a London-born physician practicing at the Ospedale Salvatori Mundii in Rome.
Dr. Simeons discovered the cure by observing women in third world countries who were working hard and long hours with very little food. He realized that even though these women were practically starving out in the fields, they were still giving birth to perfectly normal, healthy, full weight babies. From this observation Dr. Simeons realized that whether the mothers ate or not, the baby was STILL GETTING THE NUTRITION they needed through a biological process using HCG.
HCG is found in pregnant women's urine, created by the placenta at first and then by the fetus itself. HCG levels are measured in pregnancy tests to detect whether a woman is pregnant or not. The high levels of HCG that are produced during pregnancy have no negative effects on the pregnant woman's body. In fact, doctors have used HCG for many years in order to help women experiencing hormonal issues or fertility problems.
More recently, however, researchers have found that HCG can actually help the body burn more fat and can be used to aid in weight loss when combined with a healthy low calorie diet and a moderate exercise routine.
This is certainly the key to Dr. Simeons' discovery: HCG helps people lose weight by releasing the ABNORMAL fat storage pockets in your body, allowing the fat to be burned as fuel. (You could not acheive this result without the use of HCG.) When combined with Dr. Simeons' diet protocol low calorie diet, one can reasonably expect to lose a pound a day!
However, HCG is not a magic wand. It does not necessarily eradicate obesity, but weight losses are rapid, comfortable, and the maintenance period after treatment runs a smoother course.
There are no age or sex limits, and tolerance to the treatment is excellent. Many patients willingly submit to a second or third treatment. Weight loss is safe and comfortable for patients, provided that they meticulously follow the prescribed diet. Any deviation from the protocol is likely to not yield the desired results. Even minor deviations may cause unwanted setbacks.
The HCG protocol is a safe and appropriate approach to the treatment of obesity that includes behavior modification as well as pharmacological and dietetic aspects. When properly managed, the result is rapid weight loss and improved body shape after treatment. Clinical complications and unfavorable results are related to unsafe modifications of the protocol.
The 500 calorie diet as prescribed in the original treatment by Dr. Simeon proved to be safe and effective.
Results are not surpassed by any other modality of obesity therapy. Reshaping of body contour is more noticeable in those patients displaying the so-called obesity types.