What You Should Know
The HCG Diet is one that has been around for quite some time. A quick Internet search will bring up millions of results and none of these are from an “official” website for the plan. Taking a closer look, there is one website that looks a bit more professional than others and includes a complete pdf of the original manuscript for the HCG Diet by Dr. A.T.W Simeons. The manuscript was written more than 50 years ago.
List of Ingredients
A very low calorie diet consisting of 500 calories per day and daily injections of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).
More than 50 years ago, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons studied pregnant women and young boys with Frolichs Syndrome, a pituitary problem that causes fat storage. During his studies, Simeon noticed that low doses of HCG, the hormone commonly recognized as a pregnancy marker, helped the body preserve lean muscle and utilize stored fat for energy when paired with a very low calorie diet. Simeon recommended daily doses of HCG in very low amounts, just 125 mg, for a period of no longer than 40 days. If the patient needed to lose more weight, the very low calorie diet would be continued until another cycle of HCG could begin.
The very low calorie diet was comprised of high protein, low fat, low carbohydrate – essentially an Atkins diet without the fat. The body, according to Simeon, would kick on protection mechanisms when HCG was injected to protect the fetus from starvation. Due to the effect of HCG on the body, it seems this diet would only be successful for women though there is no reference to men being unable to partake in the HCG Diet.
The complete manuscript written by Dr. Simeon is available online from what appears to be the official website. Simeon has since pass on and all websites offering information on the HCG Diet are working independently of Simeon.
There is no cost associated with the HCG Diet manuscript, but the injections can be costly. Some references list the lost of one injection as $700 or more. Several play off diets claim HCG drops taken under the tongue are just as effective and less costly. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the HCG Diet is unsafe and ineffective as part of a weight loss plan.
- The complete HCG Diet manuscript can be found free online.
- Eating only 500 calories a day is unhealthy.
- HCG injections are very costly.
- There is no medical support for the use of HCG in weight loss.
- The HCG Diet is considered an unsafe form of weight loss.
The HCG Diet is based on information from one doctor written more than 50 years ago. The effect of HCG on weight loss is not supported by the medical community and is considered unsafe.