Is HCG and the HCG side effects worth rapid weight loss?
You can hardly pick up a weight-related magazine, visit a weight loss website, or read a diet blog, without reading about HCG. Surprisingly, this hormone isn't new, but was discovered and developed by Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons, (1900 - 1970), an English endocrinologist, over 50 years ago, while living and working in Europe and India.
Dr. Simeons attributed obesity to three main causes: genetic disposition, glandular disorder, and culture. He discovered that the HCG hormone could restore balance in the system and consequently help the body burn stored fat efficiently.
In 1954, Dr. Simeons published Pounds & Inches: A New Approach to Obesity".
What is HCG?
It is a substance found in the urine of pregnant women. HCG stands for Human Choriongonadoptric Hormone and when Dr. Simeons discovered that this hormone changed the way the body deals with fat deposits, he began studying its use on people suffering from obesity.
He discovered that the HCG hormone could metabolize fat reserves by programming the hypothalamus to release energy. HCG caused weight loss especially from the hips, stomach, thighs, and butt! In addition, HCG naturally suppressed the appetite. The hormone is effective only on a highly restrictive diet, consisting of 500 calories per day, which is one of the reasons that this program is controversial.
HCG side effects seem to be the major concern for people considering this drastic diet, but very little research is available one way or the other.
The HCG diet consists of lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Alcohol and sugar of any kind are strictly prohibited. There are many HCG diet recipes readily available.
In addition, the HCG is taken, usually in the form of drops, six times a day. HCG injections are also available, but don't appear to increase the effectiveness of the diet over drops.
Gentle low-impact exercise is recommended daily and yoga is found to be particularly effective for a lean, tight, toned appearance.
Average weight loss on a 30-day plan is advertised as 20-40 pounds for men and 15-30 pounds for women. These would certainly be impressive results!