What is HCG?

Grove City, Ohio HCG Diet Specialist, Sophia Beynen, M.D. knows that excess weight can damage a lot more than the ego—it can affect all areas of mental and physical health—not to mention quality of life. There’s no doubt that being overweight is a major risk factor for a number of serious conditions including diabetes, heart and kidney disease, stroke and even cancer. And the extra weight is literally an excess burden on the body’s musculoskeletal system—think foot, joint and back pain to cite a few examples.

With the ever-present temptation to yield to the ease of prepared and fast foods combined with a busy schedule that gets in the way of exercise, it’s no surprise that a growing portion of the population carries more than a few extra pounds. Many men and women try diet after diet, only to experience disappointment—or success shortly followed by weight gain once they return to their usual diet. For those who have at least 20 pounds to lose, there’s a proven option for rapid, healthy comfortable weight loss. It’s called the HCG diet.

What is HCG?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone present in pregnant women. Its innate biological purpose is to draw on a woman’s fat stores to feed her fetus in the event of food shortage. For men and women who are not pregnant, the HCG hormone combined with a low calorie diet functions the same way, using the body’s stored fat for energy. While there are over-the-counter HCG applications touted by weight loss product promoters, only HCG injections prescribed and overseen by a medical weight loss physician interact correctly with the body to generate safe, natural and sustainable weight loss.

The History of HCG

Since it was first introduced in the ‘50s, the HCG diet has gone through various phases and, fortunately, been adapted to be ever more successful. Today’s medically supervised HCG diet is designed to get rid of excess weight and fat, and make it easier to keep it off for a lifetime.

In the early 1950s, British endocrinologist Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons established the theory of using HCG to help both men and women lose weight and belly fat. The HCG hormone includes 240+ amino acids and is abundant in the placenta of pregnant women. Extracted from the pregnant woman’s urine, one of his early uses was to treat infertility by inducing ovulation. In much lower doses, males were given HCG to address low testosterone. While using HCG to treat low testosterone in teenage boys, Dr. Simeons noticed a common side benefit—they slimmed down and started shedding belly fat.

Over the subsequent decade, Dr. Simeons tested his theory using certain amounts of HCG along with permitting only specific foods on a 500-calorie-day-diet. Of significant note, his protocol recommended no exercise during the diet period. The results? Men and women alike were able to lose significant abnormal body fat within a short time when given the correct amount of HCG and following his food plan. The results exceeded those achieved through diet and exercise alone. In 1967, he published Pounds and Inches, a New Approach to Obesity, inspiring establishment of “fat clinics” across the U.S. and Europe. After waning in popularity in light of the myriad of diet crazes that surfaced in the following decades, there was resurgence in 2007 with publication of Keven Trudeau’s book, The Weight Loss Cure, “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. A few years later, medical weight loss specialists began working on theories and protocols of their own, refining HCG dosage and diet plans and adding an exercise component.

Today’s HCG diet doctors have built on Dr. Simeons’ findings to develop new protocols for dosing, diet plans, exercise and guidelines that offer a range of calorie limits. As with other bioidentical hormone therapies, HCG diet doctors base their recommendations and guidelines on the individual patient and carefully supervise the healthy weight and fat loss process.

So what exactly does the HCG hormone do?

Losing Weight On The HCG Diet

It’s possible to consume a low number of calories (500 or so a day) and not feel uncomfortably hungry. It’s thought that HCG in the blood stream suppresses appetite. The HCG hormone helps the body create more hormones. Since hormone deficiency is often a suspected culprit in weight gain—think thyroid, menopause or andropause—the HCG hormone helps. HCG instructs the body to utilize fat reserves through the hypothalamus, flooding the body with 2,000 to 3,000 calories—more than enough to provide nourishment and energy.

The main reason that HCG diet doctors recommend injections is that this is the way to raise the level of HCG in the blood. Drops, pills and sprays are less likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Only a prescription from a doctor and appropriate supervision can provide the results that people have experienced with the HCG diet. HCG injections also help keep you from losing muscle. Again by elevating hormone levels in the body, including testosterone, the HCG hormone creates an anabolic state (muscle-building) that counteracts the catabolic state (muscle-breakdown). There are hormone receptors on muscle fibers that respond to the increased hormone levels in patients taking the HCG hormone.

It’s a fact that muscle weighs more than fat. So while muscle loss (in terms of pounds) might look good on the scale, it’s bad for your body, metabolism and health. When metabolism slows down, weight can be regained even more quickly after the diet period. And, rebuilding muscle is no easy task.

Ready to Begin n HCG Diet?

Today’s HCG protocols yield a high success rate. There’s nothing like getting on the scale in the morning to see that you’ve lost weight every day that you’re on the HCG diet. For many people, following the HCG protocol for 30 to 45 days is ample time to set you on the path to a healthier life. Talk to Grove City, Ohio HCG Diet Specialist, Sophia Beynan, M.D. at Buckeye Physical Medicine and Rehab for all the information you need to find a leaner, healthier and happy you.