The Science Behind the HCG Diet

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It is the position of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, a group of over 1500 doctors focused on the treatment of the patients affected by obesity and associated conditions, that:

  1. The Simeons HCG method for weight loss is not recommended.
  2. The Simeons HCG diet is not recommended.
  3. The use of HCG for weight loss is not recommended.

Here’s What We Know...

I would love to be able to tell you that the HCG diet works and that you will keep off the weight that you lose. Unfortunately, that is not what medical science has proven about the HCG diet.

History of the HCG Diet

The HCG diet was first introduced by Dr. A.T. Simeons in 1954. HCG is a hormone seen in pregnancy. Dr. Simeons and providers that give HCG believe that HCG somehow helps decrease hunger on a 500 calorie dietSince its introduction, thousands of people have been on and off this diet.    

Do People Lose Weight on the HCG Diet?

Like many fad diets, people do lose weight on the HCG diet. Some lose a lot of weight. Unfortunately, the weight is usually regained, and sometimes more weight is regained than lost. 

My Experience

In my Arizona clinic, it seems that for every four or five new patients, at least one has been on the diet, lost weight and then regained that weight. More often than not I also hear that they have regained more weight than they lost.

Why does this happen? Weight is regained because you cannot sustain a diet of 500 calories indefinitely, especially not in the world in which we currently live full of readily available food, sweets and high-calorie beverages. In addition, this diet does not have enough protein to sustain muscle mass. When an individual loses muscle, metabolism slows and when calories are added back into the diet, resting metabolism will be lower than before and you will eventually gain more weight than you lost.