Additional studies included the analysis of weekly EKGs and electrolytes in all study patients on a low-calorie diet to monitor safety. There was no significant change in cardiac function or blood electrolytes. However, it must be noted that the patients were all appropriately screened by a physician and a cardiologist prior to their participation in the study to make sure they were healthy enough for this diet. It is important for anyone considering a low-calorie diet to see their physician first to make sure they are a good candidate.
In my next set of studies, I conducted ongoing clinical trials. There were four randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies for which the usable data was pooled and analyzed. This meant we tested HCG patients against Placebo patients on the same diet. It was shown that both groups, HCG and placebo, lost weight, but their body structure in terms of fat and muscle were significantly different in the end. This data was revealed for the first time on the March 14, 2012 airing of The Dr. Oz Show.
The large graph shown to the audience illustrated the difference between HCG and Placebo. The HCG group lost an average of 13 pounds in a month, and the Placebo group lost an average of 15 pounds in a month. The weight loss in each group is similar. The striking difference is that the HCG group lost only 2 pounds of muscle, but the Placebo group lost 5 pounds of muscle. This was a significant difference. Anytime muscle is lost from the body frame, it hurts metabolism and puts someone at risk for regaining weight; this is what happens with Placebo or diet alone.
This leads us to conclude that the likely reason why HCG helps someone lose weight differently and better than with diet alone is because it spares muscle. This also helps explain why I do not see rebound weight gain with my patients. This is the first modern clinical trial to demonstrate how HCG may be working for lasting weight loss.
Why are people claiming that HCG causes regaining of weight?
The answer can be very simple. Many people who claim to have lost weight with HCG have only used the drops, which we now know cannot be absorbed. It is the same as dieting alone. That’s why people gain the weight back. The only way we have been able to demonstrate a protection against regaining weight is with the use of HCG injections.