hCG for weight loss explained
The use of hCG has a storied past. hCG is a hormone naturally occurring in the urine of pregnant women, however, today, most hCG on the market, such as Pregnyl, is synthetic. Christmas Jones explains how hCG works. In layman’s terms, hCG is said “to perform a metabolic recovery, where the hypothyroid is said to be reset, boosting the metabolism and increasing the person’s ability to burn fat at a much higher rate. hCG is also said to break down body fat, causing rapid weight loss by mass even before registering on a scale. Simultaneously, it is said to protect the endogenous fat and muscle which the body needs to stay healthy, but also avoiding sagging and loose skin known of excessive of weight loss.” (C. Jones, hCG and The Weight Loss Cure, 2007)
In 1954, with the publication of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons’ study in the British medical journal, The Lancet, hCG was introduced widely to the world as a weight management drug. Dr. Simeons’ study and subsequent publication, Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity, “discovered that a small quantity (125 to 250 I.U.) of hCG administered once daily for a short period of time (23 to 46 days) in combination with a very low calorie diet (VLCD) consisting of 500 calories, produced an average weight loss of 1 pound per day.” Also, Simeons work with hCG began the dialogue around the issue of obesity. Subsequently, weight management began to be characterized as “a disorder of energy metabolism,” and in response to a growing market for drugs to remedy this “disorder,” by the late 1950′s, the FDA had approved the use of several prescription appetite suppressants to assist in weight management.
There are three main compelling arguments to promote the Dr. Simeons’s program:
1. Loss of problem fat (found around the abdomen, thighs), not muscle
2. Ability to reset a person’s base metabolism so they can process food more efficiently
3. Maintain weight loss
In the Pounds and Inches manuscript, Dr. Simeons’s explains there are three types of fat, and that his program deals only with the third type of fat (the problem fat the body doesn’t need to survive).
Three Kinds of Fat (from the Pounds and Inches manuscript)
In the human body we can distinguish three kinds of fat. 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. Fat is a substance which packs the highest caloric value into the smallest space so that normal reserves of fuel for muscular activity and the maintenance of body temperature can be most economically stored in this form. 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.
But there is a third type of fat which 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. It is, so to speak, locked away in a fixed deposit and is not kept in a current account, as are the normal reserves.
When an obese patient tries to reduce by starving himself, he will first lose his normal fat reserves. When these are exhausted he begins to burn 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 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.
Interestingly, appetite suppressants and hCG protocols flourished in parallel during the 1960′s, and then in the early 1970′s, following a series of unfavorable studies refuting the effectiveness of hCG in weight loss, hCG use fell from credibility. Equally, the use of appetite suppressants in the class of amphetamines also fell from favor. Proponents of hCG in weight management, such as Dr. Daniel Belluscio, cite the excessive proliferation of disreputable “fat clinics” and the over prescribing of this agent, which resulted in an increased rate of clinical complications.
Today hCG is experiencing a renaissance. According to the editor of the hCG Diet Info website, their “traffic levels have gone from a few dozen hits a week to several thousand a day.” hCG is the hottest topic in online weight loss chat rooms and in doctor’s wait rooms.
However, hCG is not without its detractors and its controversy. The FDA only approves the use of hCG for the treatment of certain problems of the male reproductive system and in stimulating ovulation in women who have had difficulty becoming pregnant. The FDA is adamant that “no evidence has been presented, however, to substantiate claims for hCG as a weight-loss aid.” Moreover, the FDA requires all labeling and advertising of hCG used in a weight management program, to include the following notice:
“THESE WEIGHT REDUCTION TREATMENTS INCLUDE THE USE OF hCG , A DRUG WHICH HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF OBESITY OR WEIGHT CONTROL. THERE IS NO SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT hCG INCREASES WEIGHT LOSS BEYOND THAT RESULTING FROM CALORIC RESTRICTION, THAT IT CAUSES A MORE ATTRACTIVE OR “NORMAL” DISTRIBUTION OF FAT, OR THAT IT DECREASES THE HUNGER AND DISCOMFORT ASSOCIATED WITH CALORIE-RESTRICTIVE DIETS.”
Equally, the endorsement of hCG in Kevin Trudeau’s controversial book, The Weight Loss Cure they don’t Want You to Know About, drew venomous attacks from medical researchers who challenge the efficacy of hCG in weight loss. These clinicians concur with the FDA, that hCG is not effective in weight loss, and caution patients about the possible side effects of the use of hCG, ranging from blood clots to ovarian hyper-stimulation. Kevin Trudeau shot back saying “There is absolutely no documentation or substantiation backing up and proving these negative statements are true.” He also accused the researchers of not following the Simeons protocol exactly as instructed by substituting food which was not on the original protocol.
It is absolutely true that hCG taken on its own will not result in long term weight loss, it is critical that hCG is taken while following a strict dietary protocol. According to Dr. Simeon’s there are 3 phases of the protocol, all which must be followed exactly in order to (1) lose weight (2) reset your base metabolism, and (3) maintain weight loss.
In the end, both proponents and critics alike are in agreement that hCG is not “a magic wand.” Proponents emphasize that a “daily injection of hCG gives optimum results only when used in a rational weight reduction program, including a VLCD, and strict observation to the complete protocol is mandatory” for success.
Before starting a hCG based program and diet, it is very important you do so under the direct supervision of a physician who is experienced at providing this type of diet to their patients. Some physicians do not understand the Simeons hCG weight loss protocol, so you certainly don’t want them as your guide. My second piece of advice is that please remember hCG is only available by prescription from a physician, Do Not buy hCG from the internet or from someone who says you do not need a prescription. You have no idea where that hCG is coming from, there seems to be a lot of hCG (and other prescription drugs, like Botox) coming from questionable facilities in China. Any hCG you receive should be from a Federally licensed compounding pharmacy located here in the USA (or Canada). I really don’t think the little money you will save is worth the potential health risks (or reduction in hCG potency) by buying it from an internet site (or a weaker homeopathic version that doesn’t even need a prescription).
The original protocol is based on injection, but you can now take hCG sublingually The only research paper we’ve found was completed by the Oral hCG Research Center: “Oral hCG (human Choriogonadotropin) for obesity treatment: a Double-Blind study: Recent findings on hCG oral preparation and photographic results.” However, when taking it sublingually, you need to take the hCG in higher amounts twice a day to compensate for the lack of absorption. One item to note is when taking hCG sublingually, it must be kept refrigerated to maintain its potency.
I must remind you that it’s critical to have medical supervision while following the hCG diet protocols (or any weight loss program). Prior to prescribing hCG, your physician will do a complete medical history and order some lab tests and an EKG. As with any weight loss program, there are potential health risks involved, and the reason you are loosing weight should be for the health benefits (not risks). As well, some of the original protocols should not be followed without the advice of your physician, for example Dr. Simeons says “no medicines….may be used without special permission.” This advice should not be followed unless instructed by your physician.
Clean Start hCG Weight loss
The purpose of this weight loss program is to give patients a long-term weight loss solution that keeps the weight off. What makes this program unique is that no other program will:
- Reset you appetite, allowing you to eat less
- Reset your metabolism to a “normal” range
- Create a new normal weight
- Reduce cravings
The Clean Start Weight Loss patient package is designed to help you help your patients realize their weight loss goals. It is a comprehensive and complete weight loss program that includes:
- Patient education DVD, that gives your patients an overview of the entire program, and answers the most common question.
- Patient Guidebook, that explains the program in detail, including over 50 program tips, as well as over 20 pages on the all important “maintenance” phase of the program. It includes information on: portion size, the Glycemic Index, how to read a nutritional label, tips on how to combat emotional eating and cravings.
- Quick Tip Sheets giving your the most important tips and a take away shopping list complete with calorie counts.
- Cookbook with over 50 recipes for all 3 phases of the weight loss program.
- Food Journal for your patients to record their daily food intake.
Vitamin B12 for Weight Loss
What It is and How it Works?
Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is important to good health. It helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells, and also is needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 is bound to the protein in food. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach releases B12 from protein during digestion. Once released, B12 combines with a substance called intrinsic factor (IF) before it is absorbed into the bloodstream.
All of these B vitamins help the body in converting carbohydrates into glucose or sugar, which is burned in order to produce energy for proper body function. These are often referred to as B complex vitamins, and are essential for the breakdown of fats and proteins. They help maintain muscle tone, protect the mucus lining in the digestive tract and mouth, and promote upkeep of nervous system and the organs like the liver, skin, hair, and eyes. Cobalamine is an excellent anti-stress vitamin since it is believed to enhance the health functioning of the immune system and improve the body’s ability to fight stressful conditions.
B12 injections have been found to frequently improve energy levels and general well-being. They also support thyroid function to regulate energy levels. B12 also reduces water retention owing to its diuretic attributes. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods, including fish, milk and milk products, eggs, meat and poultry. Fortified breakfast cereals are an excellent source of vitamin B12 and a particularly valuable source for vegetarians.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is the average daily dietary intake level that is sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97 percent to 98 percent) healthy individuals in each life-stage and gender group. The 1998 RDAs for vitamin B12 (in micrograms) for adults are 2.4 µg and the results of two national surveys, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III-1988-91) and the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII 1994-96) found that most adult men and women consume recommended amounts of vitamin B12.
Diets of most adult Americans provide recommended intakes of vitamin B12, but deficiency may still occur as a result of an inability to absorb B12 from food. It also can occur in individuals with dietary patterns that exclude animal or fortified foods. As a general rule, most individuals who develop a vitamin B12 deficiency have an underlying stomach or intestinal disorder that limits the absorption of vitamin B12. Sometimes the only symptom of these intestinal disorders is anemia resulting from B12 deficiency.
Characteristic signs of B12 deficiency include fatigue, weakness, nausea, constipation, flatulence (gas), loss of appetite and weight loss. Deficiency also can lead to neurological changes such as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. Additional symptoms of B12 deficiency are difficulty in maintaining balance, depression, confusion, poor memory, and soreness of the mouth or tongue. Some of these symptoms also can result from a variety of medical conditions other than vitamin B12 deficiency. It is important to have a physician evaluate these symptoms so that appropriate medical care can be given.
MIC Injections and Their Role in Weight Management and/or as Part of a Successful hCG Protocol
MIC is an acronym for the compounds: L-Methiomine, Inositol and Choline. These are lipotrophic agents which help with the breakdown of fat during metabolism in the body.
As part of a successful hCG Protocol, physicians add MIC injections as a therapy to augment a patient’s weight loss experience. Since hCG releases much fat into the body, lipotropic injections help move fat out of the liver. Equally, some hCG programs enhance their MIC injections with associated fat burning compounds such as Cyanocobalamin, or they add additional injections to complement their MIC injection protocol, such as injections of B6 and/or B12.
L- Methionine is one of eight essential amino acids that are the building blocks for proteins but which cannot be produced in the body. Aside from injection or ingestion as a supplement, L-Methionine can be found in meats and diary products, as well as spinach, potatoes, Brazil nuts and sesame seeds. L-Methionine is useful in the treatment of liver disease and is a recommended supplement for vegetarians.
For weight management, L- Methionine helps the body process and eliminate fat. It is a required amino acid in the production of cysteine and taurine, which help the body eliminate toxins.
Inositol is a carbohydrate, but is not considered a sugar, and was once considered a member of the vitamin B complex, however, since the body is able to synthesize it, it is not a classic vitamin. It is also found predominantly in fruits such as cantaloupe and oranges, as well as bananas, kidney beans, raisins, and peanuts.
In the management of weight, inositol, when used in combination with other B complex vitamins, helps the liver break down fats in the body, and when used in combination with other compounds in a MIC injection, especially choline, inositol forms lecithin which is known to aid in the metabolism of fat.
Choline is considered an essential nutrient that, while produced in the liver, is generally not produced in sufficient quantities. Like inostiol, it is often grouped within the B complex of vitamins, although it is not a true B vitamin. Choline is required in the regulation of the kidneys, liver and gallbladder.
As part of a weight loss program, choline is essential for fat metabolism, it functions as a methyl donor and it assists detoxification reactions in the liver. Soybeans along with eggs are two of our best choline-based food sources, as well as beef liver, cauliflower, tofu and almonds.
Interestingly, the components of a MIC injection, especially inositol and choline, have been found to improve mental function, improve feelings of depression, and as part of a successful hCG Protocol, MIC injections are typically given weekly for the duration of the program.
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