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About the HCG Diet
So what is all the excitement and interest in losing fat with hCG? What is hCG and where does it come from? Is it just another passing phase or here to stay?
The HCG Diet dates back to the 1950s when a British endocrinologist, Dr. ATW Simeons, pioneered the theory of using hCG to help people lose abnormal fat. hCG is actually the abbreviation for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, which is a protein naturally produced in high levels in the placenta during pregnancy.
Since Simeons’ research from the 50s, newer research has revealed that hCG is also found in other organs of the body and “hCG-like” materials are even found in the plant kingdom. So the question has arisen whether hCG is actually a hormone or not. It is a substance comprised of 244 naturally occurring amino acids and does not fit the definition of a ‘hormone’.
The history of hCG is very interesting. It was discovered in 1929 and has commonly been used over the years in high doses in females to treat infertility. hCG is extracted from a pregnant woman’s urine and then administered via injections to females in increments of 10,000 unit doses, along with other fertility hormones. It is interesting to note that male body builders and professional athletes who use steroids and deplete their natural testosterone levels have used hCG injections for years at about 500 units 3 times a week as a per-cursor to increase testosterone levels. They are now discovering that if they use a lot less hCG and follow the correct food plan, they can also reduce their body fat significantly!
When most people first hear about using hCG for fat loss, it may seem odd and some question how did Simeons came up with the idea to inject hCG into people along with a diet. After further research into his work, we discover he knew that hCG positively affects the hypothalamus, which is the master area of the brain. This area is responsible for regulating the body’s ability to store and release fat. Based on this, Simeons hypothesized that people who could not lose weight and who stored abnormal fat, potentially had a problem with the hypothalamus regulating fat. After years of research with hCG and a specific food plan, he successfully created the HCG Diet plan that began, and still does today, help many, many people lose abnormal fat in a relatively short period of time.