Human chorionic gonadotropin, otherwise known as hCG, is not a new concept in the world of medical weight loss. In fact, it was in the 1950s that obesity researcher Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons first published his research, Pounds and Inches, describing the efficacy of hCG as a weight loss supplement when paired with a restrictive (500 calorie!) diet*. According to Simeons, the effectiveness of hCG as a diet supplement is its role in “re-setting” the hypothalamus and changing how the body burns fat. In his research Simeons wrote that there are three types of fat in the body: structural fat, the fat that fills gaps to create protection around organs and bones; reserve fat, the fat used by the body as nutritional income, fuel for muscles and body temperature regulation; and “abnormal” fat, which should be available for nutritional reserves, but is actually trapped. Simeons' research found that hCG unlocked the body’s ability to burn this trapped fat. Dieters who supplemented hCG with a 500-calorie diet felt no hunger pains because their body lived off the calories from the trapped fat. The down side? It is only advisable to participate in this stage of the diet for 21 to 40 days.
So... is hCG an effective stepping stone for healthy weight management? For many, yes, as long as it's carefully distributed and monitored under the care of a physician, and patients are guided back into a healthy eating and daily exercise lifestyle. However, because hCG has not been approved by the FDA for use as a weight loss drug – it was developed to treat infertility in women – the FTC has enforced strict regulations on advertising and distribution. When considering weight loss solutions, be sure to consult a highly-trained medical weight loss tampa doctor or your primary care physician.
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