HCG Not Just a Fad Diet

hcg-dietThe HCG diet is a fad that just won’t die, with its early roots in the 1950s work of British endocrinologist Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons, who suggested the use of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in conjunction with a calorie restricted diet as a means to lose weight and combat obesity. He outlines the details of his proposal in his book Pounds & Inches, A New Approach to Obesity, which was first published in 1954.

The hormone HCG is produced naturally when a woman is pregnant. It aids in the growth of a healthy placenta and with fetal development throughout the duration of the pregnancy. HCG also contributes to the production of healthy nails and skin, increases fertility, and naturally suppresses appetite, giving the hormone a variety of uses as a fertility treatment and a means to stimulate weight loss.

In the late 1960s, the HCG Diet had all but vanished, but over the last decade it has a made a major resurgence, with over-the-counter supplements and prescription products marketing themselves as a safe, effective way to lose a lot of weight very quickly. While success varies from person to person, the fact remains that the use of HCG to cut unwanted fat has stood the test of time and has been used safely by thousands of people. Further, the science surrounding HCG is starting to become clearer, and the associated diet has been systemized to maximize safety and effectiveness.

“It’s one of our most popular diets,” says Jenny Wilkins, the co-owner and Chief Clinical Researcher at AgeVital Pharmacy. “People are actually calling it the ‘miracle hormone’ because it actually helps people to lose weight.”

There is no question that an HCG weight loss system gets results, as long as consumers are smart about the way they use it. The hormone has not been approved by the FDA for weight loss, and many of the products containing HCG have been banned, most notably the homeopathic HCG drops. However, injecting HCG into the body is completely legal with a prescription from a doctor as part of a set program.

“It is required that you get a prescription from a licensed physician,” Jenny says. “AgeVital works with doctors all over the country … Ninety-nine percent of the doctors [we work with] are for the diet; they don’t know the biochemistry of it, but that’s where the pharmacy comes in. We actually educate them.”

You should talk with a physician before you start HCG to assure you are healthy while shedding those unwanted pounds. As with any diet that restricts calories to a minimal amount, there are some risks associated with the use of the hormone. However, many people lose extreme amounts of weight with no noticeable side effects for the duration of the diet program, which has four phases and takes about 23 days to complete. Jenny says she has seen the diet change the lives of people who are severely overweight.

“In general, people will lose 20-60 lbs in a 23 day cycle of visceral fat,” she says. “You don’t go hungry from it because your body is eating off of your reserves … It is the best product for people that are severely overweight.”

Visceral fat is the intestinal fat that the body stores up to use only in emergency situations. When you work out, your normal fat reserves are what the body typically burns for fuel. HCG tells your metabolism to use the visceral fat first, resulting in the immediate loss of the most stubborn fat in the body—fat which is attributed to heart disease, sleep apnea, and hypertension.

While the HCG diet is reasonably safe, you should make sure you only use it as part of a monitored diet system. In order for the hormone to be used effectively, it requires you follow all instructions to assure that your body uses visceral fat for energy as opposed to your normal fat stores or muscle. If you follow the appropriate guidelines and acquire HCG legally from a licensed source, it may just be the ‘miracle’ you’ve been looking for to lose those extra pounds.

For more information on the HCG diet, contact AgeVital Pharmacy at AgeVital.com.