HCG Diet: The Medical Facts Revealed

The latest weight loss diet sweeping the Cincinnati area is the “HCG Diet”. The British physician, A.T.W. Simeons, originally developed this diet in 1954. Over 55 years later, this diet is grabbing the attention of many once again.  Many Cincinnati weight loss centers are promoting it and actually inferring it is “the weight loss cure”.

According to Simeons, a person on this weight loss program that combines a low-calorie diet (500 kcal per day) with daily doses of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), will lose more weight, and maintain the weight loss, in addition to burning fat at specific parts of the body such as the hips, belly, and thighs.

The best part of the HCG diet is that it has been around for over 55 years, which means there is a huge amount of credible research on its effectiveness.  Rather than boring your with the medical jargon, I will just give you the conclusion of a few studies:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “There was no difference in the… weight loss, percent of weight loss, hip and waist circumference, weight loss per injections, or in hunger ratings. HCG does not appear to enhance the effectiveness of a rigidly imposed regimen for weight reduction.

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. “We conclude that there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss of fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being.”

South African Medical Journal. “We conclude that there is no rationale for the use of HCG injections in the treatment of obesity.”

And my favorite:
Western Journal of Medicine. “With the overwhelming body of evidence suggesting that HCG is no more effective in the treatment of obesity, it would seem that further efforts to perpetuate this diet could only be financially motivated.”

The medical research community unanimously slams this diet.  In fact, I could not find any studies that said HCG worked, but must be honest, quit looking after finding so much credible evidence against it.  Like many dietary supplements, someone will find one study, often with a bias conclusion that promotes a product, and then exploit this study for their financial gain.  Google scholar and MedLine are two online medical libraries, and I encourage you to search for yourself.

It is not the HCG that is causing this dramatic weight loss, it is being slapped on 500 calories and being in ketosis (a state where limited carbs forces you to burn fat).

I can tell you first hand that the marketing of this diet is financially motivated, as the Western Journal of Medicine stated way back in 1977.  I personally know someone financially linked to a physician promoting this diet in the Cincinnati and I was told that he has made over $1,000,000.00 in one year from it.  Cha-ching!

Now here is the sad part, and I apologize in advance for the harsh tone to follow.

Because it is easier to slap yourself on a diet than to change poor lifestyle choices, it is appealing to many to try fad diets.  Unfortunately, my years of experience has taught me that many in the overweight population are often in denial about their lifestyle, and quite frankly, desperate for an easy path to weight loss.

Someone will read this article and convince themselves that I am wrong.  This is because of the desperation I mentioned. Some will try anything to live in their comfortable and sometimes lazy world, eating like crap, and miraculously attain the health and appearance of an active and physically fit individual. People will try diets, pills, potions and lotions, not to mention invasive surgery, but God forbid committing to exercising and living a healthy lifestyle.

As you probably sense, this topic brings me great frustration.  It is my passion to help people with their weight loss battle, but so many just don’t “get it” or care enough to do what it takes to succeed, which is change their lifestyle.  This saddens me.  Life is just too short to live with the negative impact that being overweight has on your health and the psychological well-being of you and those you love.  Yes, it impacts others too.

Being healthy, energetic, and physically fit comes from living that way, and not from a diet that you realistically cannot stick with for life.  A “new you” all starts with a commitment.  Until you are ready to commit to changing your lifestyle, you are wasting your time, money, and energy, and you will continue to struggle with your weight for the rest of your life.

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