What is the hCG Protocol?

 

The following information has been summarized from "Pounds & Inches - A New Approach To Obesity" by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons.  I would highly recommend reading P&I (Pounds & Inches) in it's entirety, especially if you decide to get to your weight loss goals and stay there, with the help of hCG!

What is hCG?

How does hCG work?

How much weight will I lose?

Men and hCG

Length of hCG Course and Course Overview

Other considerations


What is hCG?

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a hormone-like substance that comes from the human placenta during pregnancy.  


How does hCG work?

Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a British physician at the Salvator Mundi International Hospital in Rome, determined that obesity is caused by a break-down of a regulating mechanism located in the hypothalamus gland.  It is widely known that there are different kinds of fat cells. Normal fat tissue serves as structural material in our bodies and also as reserve storage for fuel.  This fuel is converted into energy when the body goes into starvation mode. This is what happens with most diets that simply restrict our calories; our body believes it is starving and begins to burn "good fat" or even deplete muscle as a source for energy. Abnormal fat cells are larger and metabolize glucose less efficiently than the normal cells. These cells are also a potential reserve for fuel, but are not utilized until after the normal fat reserves are exhausted.  By the time the abnormal cells begin to be used, a dieter is already week and hungry and most often abandons the diet.  The only exception to this is found during pregnancy, when the body uses both cells equally, to provide for the growing fetus.  

Dr. Simeons found that the presence of hCG and its stimulation of the hypothalamus gland is what allows this to happen.  After 30+ years of research, he found that when hCG in small daily doses (usually through injection), combined with a nutritional deficit (very low calorie diet), abnormal fat is released without depleting the normal tissue. Because of this, the hCG causes the individual to lose fat in the most undesirable areas first, where the abnormal fat is stored.   The body will actually use the abnormal fat that is being released, as a form of energy and nourishment, in addition to the 500 calories you are taking in, while on the low calorie diet.  He also found that the hCG allowed the individual to stay on the very low calorie diet, with little or no discomfort and also gave them a general overall feeling of well-being.  


How much weight will I lose?

Everyone is different and therefore, no one's weight loss is the same. (Profound, huh?) LOL Most people can expect to lose between 20-40 lbs (usually about 12% of your starting total weight) with each 43 day course of hCG.  Men often lose faster than women.  I lost 28.2 lbs in by the 43rd day. I extended my course longer than the recommended 43 days and went 58 days, for a total loss of 40 lbs.  (for more information about that, please see My hCG Journey


Men and hCG

Dr. Simeons recognized that some men may be shocked at the thought of using a "hormone" that resembles an aspect of pregnancy.  He explains that a man will in no way be feminized and that the very small amount hCG is simply a natural means of correcting a disorder with the hypothalamus that is responsible for his being overweight.  Hundreds of men who have used hCG for weight loss can confirm this - including my own husband!


Length of hCG Course and Course Overview

A single round of hCG is either 26 or 43 days long, depending on how much weight you want to lose.  Each round will start with 2 days of "gorging" on high fat and high calorie foods, on your first 2 days of injections.  It takes 2 days for the abnormal fat to begin to circulate and become available, and the additional calories will actually re-stock the depleted normal fat reserves that is common in most over weight individuals that have tried many different diets.  On the third day of injections, the Very Low Calorie Diet begins.  (Please see hCG and the Low Calorie Diet for details.)  After the 23rd or 40th injection (depending on length of the course) you discontinue hCG injections, but continue on the Low Calorie Diet, as it takes 3 days for the hCG to get out of your system.

After you complete 72 hours on the Low Calorie Diet, with out hCG, you begin your 6 week break.  (The break gets longer between each subsequent round.)  The first 3 weeks, you avoid all sugar and starch.  The second 3 weeks, you can slowly reintroduce these foods back into your diet.  This break prevents you from becoming immune to the effects of the hCG, and just as importantly it gives a chance for your hypothalamus gland to work in your behalf and re-set your weight set point. 


Other considerations

There are other details and considerations to review before beginning hCG. This includes correcting dietary errors, menstration and other causes for a possible stall, and how hCG affects or improves upon existing health issues.  The details of these considerations can be found in Pounds & Inches.


The most important thing to understand about the hCG Protcol is that it works!  When you follow Dr. Simeons plan, you can finally succeed in what has likely been a battle you have lost many times before.  It is a program that allows you to quickly lose weight and keep it off. Afterall, weight loss is not a success, if you gain it back!  

 

***Disclaimer***  hCG is commonly used in the US to treat some conditions, however, it has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of weight loss.  I am not a physician and no statements or information on this site, should be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. 

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