Medical Weight Loss
What is the HCG diet?
Obesity is an epidemic in the USA more than other western countries. There are multiple reasons for this epidemic that we are trying to understand. We know the food that we eat is contaminated with pesticides and hormones, which cause havocs in our body and endocrine system, which in turn affects our metabolism, and how our body convert food to fuel. As well as high calorie diet, sedentary life style, and consuming processed foods instead of natural and whole foods has caused the nation to face obesity as the major cause of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, thyroid dysfunction and kidney failure among other diseases. In an effort to address the obesity epidemic, pharmaceutical companies are trying to find the magic pill for weight loss. Fad diets come and go, and alternative approaches have evolved, including surgeries developed specifically for weight loss. There are multiple different approaches and tools to weight loss that are safe and useful.
Some of these approaches are misunderstood. One of those approaches is the Dr. Simeons HCG Protocol. Developed in the 1950s, Dr. Simeons Protocol, published in the medical journal The Lancet, was designed to improve the obese patient’s metabolism thus allowing for weight loss. When a patient was compliant with the diet it was found that the weight loss was generally maintained. The protocol worked. After Dr. Simeons died in 1970, the protocol nearly disappeared with him. Though interest in the HCG Protocol has waxed and waned over the years, it has found recent resurgence.
How Does the HCG diet work?
The basics of the protocol involve using a protein hormone called human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which is produced in high amounts during pregnancy to allow the fetus to survive. HCG medication requires a physician’s prescription. The actual medication is stored in a powder form and needs to be reconstituted and refrigerated for use. Once reconstituted and properly refrigerated its shelf life is about 60 days. There are oral drops or pill forms that are used as well but they are not as effective as the injectable form.
In the protocol, HCG is used once each day and is combined with a strict, very low calorie diet, which has to be adjusted to individual protein requirement. The HCG also acts as an appetite suppressant and also allows the body to tap into and utilize the stored fat as a source of energy and nutrition. It also prevents muscle loss while on the diet by slightly increasing the hormones that the individual may lack or have insufficient amount.
Will I keep the weight off forever?
One has to understand this is NOT a cure or a solution for weight loss. The HCG Protocol is not for everyone and it is not a diet to follow as a way to manage weight for life. It is, however, an effective tool that can be used for some individuals to improve their metabolism, lose weight, and help work towards finding a change that improves their overall health in the long run.
Many individuals continued to lose weight after they completed the protocol and began a regular diet. This is attributed to an overall improvement in the participant’s general metabolism due to HCG, and decrease insulin resistance, which is a side effect of low calorie diet.