HCG is a hormone secreted by the placenta during pregnancy. Its main purpose during pregnancy is to supply the growing fetus with the nourishment through metabolizing fat from the mother’s body.
Dr. Simeons proposed the method of HCG diet against obesity that became famous among many people around the world. He observed this pattern of fat metabolism in most of the pregnant mothers and found that HCG hormone alters the hypothalamic regulatory centers. Hence, this alteration in the hypothalamus helps to reverse the fat accumulation, which is common in obesity. The entire plan of this proposed HCG diet is to make the hypothalamus to consume unwanted fat that stored in our body when the body is in a low-calorie diet. This situation compels the body’s fat to be used as fuel to run the body and results in depletion of the abnormal fat accumulated reserves.
- How does HCG diet work?
The important phase of the HCG diet is when it activates the process of lipolysis (fat breakdown) in the adipose tissue by inhibiting the lipogenesis. This is possible through the HCG’s direct action on the hypothalamus. Hypothalamus is the major organ that regulates our fat stores in the body. The externally given HCG deposit near and on the hypothalamic region and inhibit the process of fat accumulation. Further, the HCG diet increases the speed of fat mobilization from the fat store, hence, increases the discharge of fatty acid from the fat stores. These fatty acids are utilized by the liver and results in the production of energy that is required by the body. These actions of the HCG are intensified when the HCG diet is coupled with a low-calorie diet. This results in the loss of 2 or more pounds of body weight per day.
- How does this HCG diet program work?
For a person (male or female) who wants to lose 15 pounds or less, would need about 23 HCG injectionswhich are followed by 3 days of the low-calorie diet. This diet would typically look like 500 calories per day.
After 3 days of this restricted calorie diet, the patient’s body weight is stabilized, so that this restricted diet is no longer required to be continued after the full course of HCG diet (26 days). However, the consumption of high sugar food substances and simple carbohydrates are not recommended after the completion of this diet. This is a precautionary measure to prevent recurrence of obesity in the future.
On the other hand, it does not matter whether you want to lose few pounds or more, the complete HCG diet program of 26 days should be followed in order to achieve positive results.
While many patients have realized benefits for HCG for weight loss, it is not approved by the FDA for that purpose. However, this does not mean that HCG injections are illegal. The FDA approves HCG for the treatment of female infertility and other medical conditions, but not for the treatment of obesity. Any use of HCG for weight loss is off label. We here at Z Med Clinic only prescribe HCG injections as a part of the HCG diet.