HCG: Weight Loss Cure or Craze?
Jan 03, 2012 08:47PM
By Patrick McCabe ARNP, CRNA, MS
2012 is the year you’re going to lose that unwanted weight, right? Each year so many Americans make that same New Year’s resolution. We desperately want to lose those extra pounds, especially the additional ones we just added during the holidays. We always say to ourselves that after the holidays we’re going to start watching what we eat and really dedicate ourselves to losing weight. Then January rolls around and we go to put on that favorite pair of jeans, which we inevitably need a shoehorn to get into. Maybe they shrunk in the wash again? Well, that’s at least what we try to tell ourselves to avoid that gut wrenching feeling of failure, mixed with disgust, drizzled with self doubt, and topped with sprinkles of hopelessness. After all the excuses run dry, reality kicks in, and we realize that we need to lose weight once and for all! This year is the year… it has to be! Why shouldn’t it be?
If you have not heard about hCG weight loss, read on because we’d like to introduce you to a fascinating program that continues to work for thousands of people every year. The hCG weight loss program has gotten a lot of attention recently. You may have seen articles in national publications, your local news or maybe you heard about it on the Dr. Oz Show. Some people have even called hCG a "weight loss cure", especially since people claim that the weight stays off long after the program has been completed. There have been controversial books written about hCG like, "The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About". On the other hand, there are always the skeptics who say that you can get the same effects from a placebo. This article is to inform and let you decide.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG, is a natural occurring hormone that is comprised of 244 amino acids and naturally produced in large amounts by pregnant women. Dr. ATW Simeons, a British endocrinologist, pioneered the theory of using hCG to help people lose weight and abnormal belly fat during his clinical work in the 1950’s. In 1967, Dr. Simeons published "Pounds and Inches, a New Approach to Obesity" to help people better understand his findings.
Although hCG is not FDA approved for weight loss, for over 45 years the medical community has been using hCG for its FDA approved uses, consisting of the treatment of various reproductive and metabolic health issues. HCG is legal, considered safe and has very few side effects.
HCG can also be used in young boys who have underdeveloped genitals, often with undescended testicles, due to a pituitary gland disorder. As far as its use in aiding reproduction, hCG is used to cause ovulation and to treat infertility in women. Likewise, hCG is also used to increase sperm count in men. When it comes to infertility, hCG is typically prescribed between 10,000-20,000 iu’s whereas, when given for weight loss, protocols are usually much less, between 100-200 iu’s (100 times less than the FDA approved safe potency for infertility).
As you can see, hCG plays many roles, but its primary function is during pregnancy as it helps guarantee that a developing fetus receives the calories and nutrients it needs to grow, nearly independent of a woman’s daily caloric intake in those early developmental months. Why does it do this? We aren't ravenous for fatty foods for no reason. Our bodies like to maximize caloric intake in case lean times are ahead. In the case of women, excess calories tend to wind up in those lovely "problem" areas such as the hips, buttocks, abdomen and thighs. However, once pregnant, fat from these areas is released in the presence of hCG. This fat then makes its way to the fetus. This way, if a woman doesn't consume the nutrients needed for initial fetal growth, her fat reserves will suffice.
The prescribed pharmaceutical grade hCG weight loss injections are the most effective at getting to those "problem" areas because the hCG hormone can be injected directly into areas such as belly fat, sometimes referred to as a "site injection". On the contrary, extremely mild, homeopathic sublingual forms of hCG are available on the market, but do not boast the same patient success rates. Due to the plethora of web sites that claim their homeopathic hCG will have the same effect as the prescribed site-specific injections, hCG has gotten some bad press and the FDA has cracked down on these unregulated black market products. The majority of these homeopathic hCG supplements are herbal and provide little to no effect at all. Only naturally occurring hCG will help to effectively lose weight and this naturally occurring hormone must be prescribed by a physician and given as a direct injection to unlock its full benefits.
The hCG weight loss program has a four-phase process that can vary, but having a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) component is a key part to the plan. Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness Center, highly respected for its extensive experience and success with injectable hCG, offers numerous adjuncts to optimize their hCG weight loss program, such as pharmaceutical grade supplement packs containing essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins that one might not completely receive during a VLCD. The Center also provides a menu of additional services to help promote their patients’ quick, permanent weight loss, such as unlimited use of their spacious infrared sauna, B12 injections, customized lipotropic IV therapy and much more.
Visit www.DietwithhCG.com to get a free copy of Dr. Simeons’ book, "Pounds and Inches, a New Approach to Obesity" and learn more about the hCG weight loss program available at Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness. HCG is available only by prescription and should only be administered under the supervision of a physician or qualified health care professional. Call 727-518-9808 for an appointment or for more information visit www.OrthomolecularNutrition.net. .