History of The HCG Diet
In the 1950’s, a Doctor named A.T.W Simeons discovered the HCG diet while traveling overseas. Dr. Simeons was doing research in India when he noticed that malnourished Indian women were giving birth to healthy babies. After making these observations, Dr. Simeons sought out to discover the mechanism that made this possible, and this is when he discovered the function of the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone. He discovered that the HCG hormone has metabolic functions, in that it works to use fat stores to feed a growing fetus in the event of a food shortage or famine, and the hormone’s action was triggered with a decreased amount of nutritional intake.
Dr. Simeons discovered that when a person that was not pregnant ingested the hormone, it worked the same way, and when the hormone was taken with a very low calorie diet of around 500 calories per day, it began to trigger the breakdown of fat stores for energy. In this way, Dr. Simeons helped many people to lose weight, and he opened a weight loss clinic in Italy and wrote the book, “Pounds and Inches.”
How Does The HCG Diet Work?
The HCG Diet works best for people that have over 15 pounds of weight to lose, and for those that are not at high risk for prostate, breast, or uterine cancer. When a person that is obese takes the HCG hormone, it can break down around 1500-2000 calories of fat each day, and if the diet is used in conjunction with a very low daily caloric intake of food of around 500 calories, the hormone triggers the body to breakdown fat stores. Usually, the body aims to take fat from the most abundant storages, which are usually found in the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen; however, each person’s body is different.
Some people have speculated that the weight loss occurring from the HCG Diet is due to the low caloric intake of food; however, without the HCG hormone and the release of the calories from fat each day, a person would be miserable with hunger and would suffer from other adverse physiological effects. A diet of around 500 calories per day is close to a starvation diet, and without the calories and nutrients being obtained from fat stores, a person would begin to suffer from muscle atrophy and hair loss. Usually, the body can obtain energy more quickly from protein, which is found abundantly in the muscles, than it can from fat, and so, the body would aim to break down muscle before fat without the use of the HCG hormone.
While on the HCG Diet, patients must follow a very strict diet, which can help them to reset their metabolism and form new eating habits. Despite a person’s enthusiasm, the HCG Diet will not reduce a person below what is considered to be healthy that person’s age and height. After finishing the HCG Diet, most people are able to keep the weight off; however, some people regain a few pounds after stopping the HCG Diet. This is usually because the body is adjusting to its new metabolism, or it is restoring essential fats, which are fats needed to cushion and protect internal organs.
Dr. Scott Shapiro has guided many women and men back to health with the HCG Diet, and he can help patients to determine the right course of action to help them reach their weight loss goals.