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The hCG Diet Demystified
Written by Dr. Lydia Waterson   

If your BMI is over 25, change your metabolism for long-term results.

woman looking up and to the side with finger on chinThe hCG diet offers safe and rapid weight loss for healthy individuals who want to lose 20 pounds or more using a combination of a VLCD (very low calorie diet) and hCG injections. This helps to reset your metabolism to maintain long-term weight loss. After the weight loss, the metabolic impact is the most remarkable aspect of this diet. The history of the hCG Diet begins with Dr ATW Simeons, the author, researcher and scientist who developed the hCG diet over 50 years ago. His research covered 40 years of grappling with the fundamental problem of being overweight. Throughout those years, he investigated every new theory, method and promising lead. He experimentally screened and critically evaluated each aspect of them. He then developed the hCG diet to aid clinically obese patients in quickly returning to a safer weight zone to reduce dangerous health-related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. His results have been documented and heralded in medical journals around the world.

Dr Simeons recorded his findings in his book Pounds and Inches. If you can get past the medical jargon, the book provides a thorough understanding of how the diet came to be and the research that went into it. His first report on hCG was published by The Lancet in 1954 (a copy is available on our website>.

Correcting the Disorder

Dr Simeons found that in most cases of weight loss brought about by traditional dieting, the loss is only temporary and is rapidly regained as soon as the reducing regimen is relaxed or eliminated. His conclusion is simple: “none of these measures [or methods] corrects the basic disorder.” Through the hCG diet the “basic disorder” is addressed, targeted and finally controlled. It is a fat-loss regimen that corrects and resets the metabolism. Dr Simeons found that while using hCG, only abnormal fat was being released for energy while the good, structural fat was conserved. It was consistently found that regardless of how overweight the patient, the weight is lost from the greatest circumference, whether it be the abdomen or the hips, and is consistently lost at a rate of 1cm per 1 kg of weight lost.

What Is hCG?

The abbreviation hCG stands for “human Chorionic Gonadotropin.” It is a hormone produced during a woman’s pregnancy. It is believed that hCG can provide pregnant women with extra immunity during pregnancy and can actually help the body burn more fat. During pregnancy, reserved fat is used for growing the fetus under the influence of hCG. That is why the growing fetus will continue to thrive even during the severest of morning sickness. When used in a calorie-restricted diet, the result is that the released fat will be used to make up for the caloric deficit of the diet.

Clinical Results

A 1973 clinical trial published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by WL Asher MD and Harold W Harper MD demonstrates the benefits of using hCG in conjunction with a calorie-restricted diet.

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. The hCG group lost significantly more mean weight and the percentage of affirmative daily patient responses indicating “little or no hunger” and “feeling good to excellent” was increased in the hCG treated group. It was also found in another study that the hCG group coped more efficiently with daily irritating situations, were in a better mood and handled conflict better than those on the diet without hCG. It seems that the benefits of adding hCG to a VLCD far outweighs a diet with only calorie restriction in every aspect. If your BMI is over 25, the hCG diet just might be for you.

Dr. Lydia Waterson -

Internationally accredited since 1986, Dr. Lydia Waterson practices at The Coliseum MediSpa in West Vancouver, specializing in and providing popular treatments in aesthetic medicine.


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