Dr. A.T.W Simeons attended medical school in Germany. His work abroad studying infectious disease, often in impoverished third-world countries, particularly the slums of India, lead him to an interesting observation: that extremely malnourished women were still capable of giving birth to healthy, full weight babies. In further researching this he found HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), produced by the placenta during pregnancy to be responsible for this phenomenon. |
When a woman becomes pregnant, her body is responsible for providing calories to the growing baby for proper development. Just as the baby requires a 24/7 oxygen supply, it also requires a continuous supply of calories. These calories, along with oxygen and other nutrients, are derived from the blood flow that enters the baby’s circulation through the umbilical cord. Any interruption in calories, just like any interruption in oxygen would be catastrophic to the development of the baby. Obviously the mother is capable of supplying oxygen in available quantities, but what about calories? The baby can’t wait 3-5 hours in between meals for the calories necessary for healthy neonatal development, so the placenta of the mother begins to produce HCG.
HCG is produced in humans only during pregnancy. The sole purpose of the HCG hormone is to provide a continuous calorie source for the growing baby. It does this by acting on a gland in our brain called the hypothalamus. This is discussed more later, but the hypothalamus regulates all metabolic function in the human body and the HCG tells the hypothalamus that additional calories are needed to supply the baby. The hypothalamus then opens up mom’s fat reserves, releasing thousands of calories per day into the blood stream, which is then delivered to the baby.
Dr. Simeons theorized that the same concept could be applied to obesity and discovered that when HCG diet drops are supplemented, in the absence of a pregnancy, and combined with a low calorie diet, the same effect was produced. The HCG taps into the unwanted fat we tend to store in our bellies, thighs, arms, etc., and converts it into calories in a process called Ketosis. The dieter can then use these calories as an energy source and literally sustain themselves on their own stored fat, resulting in rapid weight loss. Women tend to lose a 1/2 to a full pound per day while men lose up to 2 pounds per day.
While Dr. Simeons theory on HCG and the HCG diet are still very relevant, his protocol is stuck in the 50s and in dire need of revision. Introducing HCG 2.0 - Don't Starve, Eat Smart and Lose; A Modern Adaptation of the traditional HCG Diet, authored by Dr. Zach LaBoube. HCG 2.0 uses a BMR calculation to customize the diet to each individual patient. It also utilizes current research into low-cab ketosis dieting, caloric ratios and innovative food statistics to make the diet entirely sustainable for the average working adult, without sacrificing the rapid weight loss.
To learn more about the HCG 2.0 diet protocol, click here. Don't beat yourself up with the traditional 500 calorie HCG diet protocol. There's a smarter way to lose!
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