Who should do the HCG DIET program?
Anyone who wants to lose excess weight and improve their health are candidates to doing the HCG DIET. It is especially helpful for those who have been trying to lose weight with exercise and dieting but are at a plateau and just can't seem to get those extra pounds off. Changing their metabolism to burn the fat does work.
Can men and women do the program?
The program works very well in both men and women. In fact, many times men will lose more weight than women. The HCG produces the same metabolic effects to burn the extra fat in both genders. Don't worry, men don't develop "man boobs" or have symptoms of pregnancy from the HCG. It just works to shrink the fat and shed the weight.
Will I have any side effects from doing the program?
Eating a very low calorie diet could potentially cause some problems within your body. Therefore, a physical exam and workup is required before doing the program. While on the program, regular monitoring by a trained professional is a requirement to ensure your safety. If properly monitored, the program is very safe and very effective.
Why not just buy HCG off the web and do the program?
You can only buy HCG with a prescription from a physician. There are many websites that state they sell HCG, but this is considered illegal without a prescription because the FDA requires adequate monitoring while on the medication. Some websites sell "homeopathic" HCG, which are simply markedly diluted products with very little active HCG ingredient present. We do not recommend anyone do the HCG DIET without proper medication and proper monitoring.
What is the hypothalamus?
The hypothalamus is a part of the diencephalon area of our brain. This is the vital part of the brain which controls all of the autonomic functions of the body, including breathing, heart beat, digestion, sleep and the complex functions of the endocrine system. One of the many functions of the endocrine system is regulation and control of your metabolism and weight.
How do I keep my goal weight once I stop using HCG?
Don’t think of HCG as just a diet. The HCG Diet program helps reset your hypothalamus which controls your metabolism and your fat regulation system so your body no longer is triggered into storing unneeded fat. But do continue to be aware of the foods you take into your body; more natural, organic foods that haven’t been processed to refined flours and sugars will provide the nutrients and energy required to keep a healthy weight. If you go back to the lifestyle and eating habits that caused the weight gain in the first place, you will surely gain the weight back.
From Pounds and Inches: Dr Simmons Protocol:
I must warn the lay reader that what follows is mainly for the treating physician and most certainly not a do it-yourself primer. Many of the expressions used mean something entirely different to a qualified doctor than that which their common use implies, and only a physician can correctly interpret the symptoms which may arise during treatment. Any patient who thinks he can reduce by taking a few “shots” and eating less is not only sure to be disappointed but may be heading for serious trouble. The benefit the patient can derive from reading this part of the book is a fuller realization of how very important it is for him to follow to the letter his physician's instructions.
In treating obesity with the HCG + diet method we are handling what is perhaps the most complex organ in the human body. The diencephalon's functional equilibrium is delicately poised, so that whatever happens in one part has repercussions in others. In obesity this balance is out of kilter and can only be restored if the technique I am about to describe is followed implicitly. Even seemingly insignificant deviations, particularly those that at first sight seem to be an improvement, are very liable to produce most disappointing results and even annul the effect completely. For instance, if the diet is increased from 500 to 600 or 700 Calories, the loss of weight is quite unsatisfactory. If the daily dose of HCG is raised to 200 or more units daily its action often appears to be reversed, possibly because larger doses evoke diencephalic counter-regulations. On the other hand, the diencephalon is an extremely robust organ in spite of its unbelievable intricacy. From an evolutionary point of view it is one of the oldest organs in our body and its evolutionary history dates back more than 500 million years. 'This has tendered it extraordinarily adapt able to all natural exigencies, and that is one of the main reasons why the human species was able to evolve what its evolution did not prepare it for were the conditions to which human culture and civilization expose it.
When a patient first presents himself for treatment, we take a general history and note the time when the first signs of overweight were observed. We try to establish the highest weight the patient has ever had in his life (obviously excluding pregnancy), when this was and what measures have hitherto been taken in an effort to reduce.
It has been our experience that those patients who have been taking thyroid preparations for long periods have a slightly lower average loss of weight under treatment with HCG than those who have never taken thyroid. This is even so in those patients who have been taking thyroid because they had an abnormally low basal metabolic rate. In many of these cases the low BMR is not due to any intrinsic deficiency of the thyroid gland, but rather to a lack of diencephalic stimulation of the thyroid gland via the anterior pituitary lobe. We never allow thyroid to be taken during treatment, and yet a BMR which was very low before treatment is usually found to be normal after a week or two of HCG + diet. Needless to say, this does not apply to those cases in which a thyroid deficiency has been produced by the surgical removal of a part of an overactive gland. It is also most important to ascertain whether the patient has taken diuretics (water eliminating pills) as this also decreases the weight loss under the HCG regimen.
Returning to our procedure, we next ask the patient a few questions to which he is held to reply simply with “yes” or “no”. These questions are: Do you suffer from headaches? rheumatic pains? menstrual disorders? constipation? breathlessness or exertion? swollen ankles? Do you consider yourself greedy? Do you feel the need to eat snacks between meals?
The patient then strips and is weighed and measured. The normal weight for his height, age, skeletal and muscular build is established from tables of statistical averages, whereby in women it is often necessary to make an allowance for particularly large and heavy breasts. The degree of overweight is then calculated, and from this the duration of treatment can be roughly assessed on the basis of an average loss of weight of a little less than a pound say 300-400 grams-per injection and day. It is a particularly interesting feature of the HCG treatment that in reasonably cooperative patients this figure is remarkably constant, regardless of sex, age and degree of overweight.
The Duration of Treatment
Patients who need to lose 15 pounds (7 kg.) or less require 26 days treatment with 23 daily injections. The extra three days are needed because all patients must continue the 500- Calorie diet for three days after the last injection. This is a very essential part of the treatment, because if they start eating normally as long as there is even a trace of HCG in their body they put on weight alarmingly at the end of the treatment. After three days when all the HCG has been eliminated this does not happen, because the blood is then no longer saturated with food and can thus accommodate an extra influx from the intestines without increasing its volume by retaining water.
We never give a treatment lasting less than 26 days, even in patients needing to lose only 5 pounds. It seems that even in the mildest cases of obesity the diencephalon requires about three weeks rest from the maximal exertion to which it has been previously subjected in order to regain fully its normal fat banking capacity. Clinically this expresses itself -in the fact that when in these mild cases treatment is stopped as soon as the weight is normal, which may be achieved in a week, it is much more easily regained than after a full course of 23 injections.
As soon as such patients have lost all their abnormal superfluous fat, they at once begin to feel ravenously hungry in she of continued injections. This is because HCG only puts abnormal fat into circulation and cannot, in the doses used, liberate normal fat deposits; indeed, it seems to prevent their consumption. As soon as their statistically normal weight is reached, these patients are put on 800-1000 calories for the rest of the treatment. The diet is arranged in such a way that the weight remains perfectly stationary and is thus continued for three days after the 23rd injection. Only then are the patients free to eat anything they please except sugar and starches for the next three weeks.