HCG Diet - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
Maintaining a normal weight is perhaps the most important thing one can do to achieve long term health and chronic disease prevention. Toward that end, a large part of our practice at Image Essentials clinic focuses on teaching patients the lifestyle and dietary changes necessary to accomplish long term weight maintenance. But before you can maintain a normal healthy weight, you have to be at a normal weight, and for most Americans, that means losing some weight.
As a compliment to our standard diet program, we are introducing a revolutionary diet that was actually developed many years ago, was popular in the 1970’s, then faded from use in America but was continued to be used in Europe. This diet is known as the HCG Diet. it is based on the work of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950’s and 1960’s and is described in his small book called “Pounds and Inches”. We strongly recommend and encourage each HCG Diet patient to read this book.
lt is important to realize and distinguish three types of fat in the human body. The first is the structural fat which fills the gaps between various organs, a sort of packing material. Structural fat also performs such important functions as bedding the kidneys in soft elastic tissue, protecting the coronary arteries and keeping the skin smooth and taut. It also provides the springy cushion of hard fat under the bones of the feet, without which we would be unable to walk. The second type of fat is a normal reserve of fuel upon which the body can freely draw when the nutritional income from the intestinal tract is insufficient to meet the demand. Such normal reserves are localized all over the body and are used by the body to provide fuel for normal activities, such as muscular activity and body temperature regulation. Both these types of fat, structural and reserve, are normal, and even if the body stocks them to capacity this can never be called obesity.
The third type of fat is entirely abnormal. It is the accumulation of such fat, and of such fat only, from which the overweight patient suffers. This abnormal fat is also a potential reserve of fuel, but unlike the normal reserves it is not available to the body in a nutritional emergency. When an obese patient tries to reduce by starving themselves, they will first lose their normal fat reserves. When these are exhausted they begin to and less. Their skin wrinkles and they look old and miserable. And that is one of the most frustrating and depressing experiences a human being can have. bum up structural fat, and only as a last resort will the body yield its abnormal reserves, though by that time the patient usually feels so weak and hungry that the diet is abandoned. It is just for this reason that obese patients complain that when they diet they lose the wrong fat. They feel famished and tired and their face becomes drawn and haggard, but their belly hips, thighs and upper arms show little improvement. The fat they have come to detest stays on and the fat they need to cover their bones gets less Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, or HCG, is a hormone produced initially by the embryo soon after conception and later by the placenta during pregnancy. After observing that pregnant women often rapidly metabolize _ their own tat stores to nourish the developing baby, Dr. A.T. W. Simeons in the 1950’s theorized that HCG might be a useful adjunct in combination with a very low calorie diet to treat obesity. His observation were the first to suggest a link between HCG, obesity, and the weight regulatory center in our brain known as the hypothalamus. The HCG maximizes the functional capacity of the body’s control centers in the hypothalamus. That one center in the hypothalamus, “the fat bank”, controls the movement and distribution of fat throughout the body. HCG mobilizes abnormal fat and releases it as a source of energy and nutrients.
In order for the HCG Diet to work, protocol requires a 500 calorie per day diet. A 500 calorie per day diet by itself would very quickly result in a patient experiencing hunger, craving, feelings of misery, and a loss of structural and normal fat and muscle mass. However, with HCG and the 500 calories per day diet, the patient typically loses up to one pound of abnormal fat per day. Each pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. If the patient loses one pound of abnormal fat in one day, that makes 3,500 calories available to them. This gives the patient access to adequate amounts of energy as the calories are generated by the body internally through the breakdown of the abnormal fat deposits (lipolysis) and the fat cells themselves. The net result is loss of weight without feeling hungry. It is especially noteworthy to emphasize that the structural and normal fat reserves are not depleted nor is muscle mass lost. Only the abnoffilaJ fat is assimilated and used as fuel by the body, with the main by-product being water. This is evidenced by an increased urine output. Another test that can be done is to test the urine for ketone bodies (ketosis) by using ketone test strips.
Recently, the use of HCG has become popular again based on the recent publication of Kevin Trudeau’s book, “The Weight Loss Cure” and his infomercial. In our research on the diet, we found that success seems to be greatest in those patients who adhere to Simeons’ original protocol the closest. We therefore are not advocates of Trudeau’s book, as he introduced a number of additions and changes to Simeons’ original protocol which we feel are costly and unnecessary. Instead, we adhere closely to Simeons’ original protocol which uses daily HCG injections, along with a low carbohydrate, calorie restricted diet, as a component of a very successful weight loss program.
Most patients trying the HCG protocol have previously tried many other diets with limited success and the predictable regain of the lost weight within months after discontinuing treatment. Once on the HCG Diet these same patients report losing fat from areas of their body that they have never been able to lose before, all the while having more energy, less hunger and an improved sense of well being that was never experienced when they were previously observing other very low calorie diets. As an added bonus, many of our dieting patient with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol see a significant improvement in these chronic medical conditions, often enabling them to reduce or discontinue some or all of their prescription medications. Man have had their blood pressure return to normal after losing about 20-30 pound in 4-6 weeks.
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40 Day Supply: $159.50
23 Day Supply: $119.50
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