British endocrinologist A.T.W. Simeons did the “original” work on hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in India while studying malnourished pregnant women along with “fat boys” with pituitary problems suffering from Frolich’s Syndrome treated with low dose hCG lost fat and not lean muscle tissue. The diets were just around 500 calories. The idea is that the hCG resets the hypothalamus in order to access abnormal fat deposits. Simeons argued that there are 3 types of fat 1) fat that surounds the organs for cushioning 2) fat that cushions the joints in the feet, toes, knees, etc. 3) fat that abnormally accumulates in the subcutaneous layer of skin which lends itself to the prevalence of obesity.
Simeons’ work was fascinating to say the least. But the true questions remain, is hCG safe and does it work?
I believe hCG works! After doing some research the authority available in San Antonio is most likely best obtained via The hCG Institute http://thehcginstitute.com/sanantonio.html. They offer products that are compounded at United States pharmacies. Not to be confused with homeopathic solutions that have been diluted and are completely not regulated and not to mention sold over the internet with no physician supervision. Keep in mind that this is a hormone produced by pregnant women, it is highly unlikely that something sold over the counter or via the internet could compete something regulated by the FDA. What I like most about The hCG Institute is the newsworthy testimonials on their site. They are very careful to explain the general complexities of the program. The other thing that is really quite neat is that they offer sublingual drops, pellets and injections.
Keep in mind that whether you’re on hCG or not if you restrict your calories to 500-800 a day you will lose weight. The hCG studies demonstrate though, that the weight is predominately fat and NOT muscle! That is important because you must be aware of what type of weight you’re losing. Weight loss requires work no matter what approach you take.
I had a client years ago take Releana (a patented sublingual, physician administered hCG product) and she saw good results but she was quite often tired. She continued to try to workout but I noticed her energy levels were very low while exercising on several occasions her blood sugar was so low we had to discontinue the workout. My suggestion is that you consult with a doctor before you begin an extreme program of this nature. Ask the tough questions and see if this alternative is right for you!
I’ve been testing with New Leaf Fitness http://www.newleaffitness.com/index.html conducting metabolic assessments since 2005. When we conduct a resting metabolic rate assessment before hCG we see “normal” metabolic activity. When we conduct a resting metabolic rate assessment after hCG we see a much lower than “normal” metabolic activity. So what does this mean? I would theorize that you’ll need a period of “re-adjustment” so you would need to slowly re-introduce calories and exercise into your lifestyle. After all hCG can be seen as a way to hit “ctrl-alt-del” and completely reset your body. However if you immediately reintroduce calories and little exercise the results might make for a life-long customer of a program meant to be temporary with lasting effects!
Yours In Health,
Kurt D. Klein, BS Kinesiology
Certified Personal Trainer