Introduction The HCG Diet: What is it? A British endocrinologist, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, who later practiced in ROME Italy, discovered the HCG diet. He was always looking for cures for current-day medical problems. Dr. Simeons had already pioneered an anti-malaria drug and studied bubonic plague and leprosy in India when he turned his attention to weight-loss and obesity in the 1950’s.
Introduction The HCG Diet: What is it? A British endocrinologist, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, who was always looking for cures for current-day medical problems, discovered the HCG diet. Dr. Simeons had already pioneered an anti-malaria drug and studied bubonic plague and leprosy in India when he turned his attention to weight-loss and obesity in the 1950’s.
The HCG hormone was being extracted from the urine of pregnant women and given to young boys suffering from Froehlich Syndrome. These were the so-called “fat boys” with oversized breasts and undersized sexual organs. He had noticed that the HCG helped the boys lose their appetites and inches around their hips. Dr. Simeons treated the woman with 125 IU’s (international units) of pharmaceutical HCG via daily IM injections. Within 8 weeks, she lost 8 inches around her hips. He claimed by using the HCG, combined with a calorie-restricted diet and a 30-minute daily walk, the woman was able to get rid of her reserve fat. By 1967, weight-loss patients from around the world flocked to Dr. Simeon’s clinic in Rome. He was treating Hollywood starlets, royalty, the rich and famous. He was spending enormous amounts of time telling other doctors and hospitals about his HCG diet, so he put together a protocol titled, Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity. His claim: Men and women who used the hCG diet had no headaches, hunger pains, weakness or irritability and lost on average a pound a day. By the 1970s, HCG was the most widely administered obesity medication in the United States, but the FDA as a fertility drug only approved it.
Dr. Simeons originally put his patients on a strict 500-calorie diet with very tight controls on exactly which foods could be used. Dr. Simeons prohibited his patients from use of regular medications prescribed by their physician, however, because he required his patients to see him every day, he could resume a specific medication if needed. His patients were not allowed to eat breakfast or take any vitamins except for coral calcium. They could only take HCG by intramuscular injection.
The new 800-calorieHCG diet protocol suggests a daily calorie intake between 550-800 that has been found to be more tolerable, much safer, and has produced similar weight loss results. The body is technically “starving” if a less than 800-calorie diet has been consumed for the day. It is suggested to stay between 725-750 calories daily to prevent going above the 800 daily limits. This increase in calories has enabled my patients to complete the entire 6 weeks with reduced complaints of hunger, weakness, and headaches. The additional calories added to the protocol were mostly obtained from adding more protein sources providing 3 major benefits. Protein:
In 2010, the President of the ASBP performed a 6-week successful clinical study on a modified 800-calorieHCG diet with the use of sublingual Rx HCG hormone. 19 HCG patients were compared with 19 patients using an 800-calorie daily meal replacement diet without HCG. “Results: The modified hCG diet patients lost an average of 19.84 lbs. in 6 weeks, whereas the meal replacement patients lost 14.75 lbs. The average decrease in BMI in the hCG group was 3.18 and 2.48 in the meal replacement group.” Conclusion: “Sublingual hCG appeared to be significantly better in weight loss than a similar meal replacement diet of comparable protein and calorie composition. The results revealed a relatively rapid weight loss in 6 weeks with preservation of lean body mass. Furthermore, it appears that this approach could have a benefit to the patients in that they demonstrated reduced usage of controlled substances for appetite. As this study revealed that sublingual hCG with a modified diet was beneficial to patients in assisting them with weight loss…”
To view the full clinical trial, please visit http://www.weightshop.net/documents/Bryman%20HCG%20Article.pdf American Journal of Clinical Nutrition www.ajcn.org and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians Research Council.