The HCG Diet
The HCG diet is a weight loss plan developed by Dr.
A.T.W. Simeons, a British doctor. The two main components
of the diet include regular injections of Human chorionic
gonadotropin (HCG) and a 500 calorie daily diet of limited
food choices. Advocates of the HCG diet believe that the
injections of HCG allow a dieter to reduce the side
effects typically associated with a low-calorie diet,
such as hunger.
HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy. The substance almost completely controls the woman's metabolic functions during this time; however, the HCG used in the diet protocols is usually synthetic.
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin) alone will not make you lose weight, it is only one small piece of a specialized HCG weight loss program which when followed properly has produced up to 40 pounds of healthy weight loss for thousands of people. With most, the weight stays off, and their quality of life drastically improves. This happens because we focus on finding the reason for their weight management issues and help our patients to properly understand the program that will work for them.
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Effect of human chorionic gonadotrophin on weight loss, hunger, and feeling of well-being
W. L. Asher, M.D.1 and Harold W. Harper, M.D.1
Twenty female patients on 500 to 550 kcal diets receiving daily injections of 125 IU of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) were compared with 20 female patients on 500 to 550 kcal diets receiving placebo injections. Patients in both groups were instructed to return for daily injections 6 days each week for a total of 36 injections (unless desired weight was achieved prior to this). The HCG group lost significantly more mean weight, had a significantly greater mean weight loss per injection, and lost a significantly greater mean percentage of their starting weight. The percentage of affirmative daily patient responses indicating "little or no hunger" and "feeling good to excellent" was significantly greater in the HCG group than in the placebo group. Additional investigation of the influence of HCG on weight loss, hunger, and well-being seems indicated.