Does the HCG Diet Work? Pt 1 (5:48)
There is an immense amount of controversy surrounding the HCG Diet. This piece will clarify many of the misconceptions and confusions surrounding this diet. The information contained herein has been developed over years of research to clarify if, and how, this hormone is affecting dieters. Keep in mind there are many opinions on the topic, yet this piece is written from my research experience, and to summarize talking points from the March 14, 2012 airing of The Dr. Oz Show.
History of the HCG Diet
Dr. ATW Simeons conducted an experimental treatment involving HCG injections, obese patients, and a special diet. The results of this study were outlined in the now infamous “Pounds and Inches” manuscript, written in 1954. Once this manuscript became public, it ushered in the use of HCG for weight loss, but it was not accepted as a method of treatment by the FDA or general medicine. Why? The studies in the 1970s and early 1980s failed to show how HCG was working to aid in weight loss. It doesn’t make people lose faster; it makes people lose differently. No study to date has shown this, until my most recent clinical trial.
Why Do I Study HCG?
When I first began my examination of the use of HCG with a low-calorie diet, I found that there was little information on it. However, through the use of this regimen, I produced an astounding weight loss in a childhood friend who was desperate. He had struggled with obesity his entire life, and with two family members that had undergone gastric bypass, he was ready to try anything. He said, “If you can help me lose weight, then you’re onto something!”
With daily injections of HCG and a strict diet he swore he would never be able to stick to (but he did), he lost 46 pounds in 6 weeks. In addition, his pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol virtually disappeared. The success spoke for itself. However, I now had a much bigger job ahead of me. I had to discover why it worked.
My Study Findings
In my first retrospective research study conducted from 2010-2011, I analyzed hundreds of patients. This was a large ongoing gathering of data to find proper doses by analyzing blood levels of HCG. In the process of studying the blood levels of the hormone, I found that patients using an oral form of HCG (drops or pellets) had no detectable HCG in the bloodstream. I concluded that HCG is unable to be absorbed by mouth.