HCG DIET Info
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BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT HCG
The following describes some basic facts about HCG that are not widely known among the dieters on this program, nor among most doctors. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is best known as a pregnancy hormone that is produced by the embryo soon after conception. HCG is the hormone that is used to test for pregnancy.
When produced during pregnancy, HCG is meant to help the corpus luteum remain intact. The corpus luteum, which is part of the ovary, is integral in maintaining production of the progesterone that is an important component of human pregnancy. In addition to preventing the disintegration of the corpus luteum, researchers believe that HCG provides pregnant women with extra immunity during pregnancy. The high levels of HCG that are produced during pregnancy have no negative effects on the pregnant woman’s body. In fact, doctors have used HCG for many years in order to help women who are experiencing hormonal issues or fertility problems.
More recently, however, researchers have found that HCG can actually help the body burn fat and can be used to aid in weight loss when combined with a healthy low calorie diet and a moderate exercise routine. This discovery confirmed the work of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, who used HCG plus a 500-calorie per day diet to direct the bodies of overweight people to burn fat instead of muscle. Although HCG is associated with pregnancy, it can safely be used by both men and women that are looking to get their weight under control.
Several other positive side effects have also become associated with HCG therapy. These include:
• Increased energy without experience a sense of nervousness
• Clearer thought processes
• Improved sleep at night
• Feeling less irritable
A few negative side effects are associated with HCG therapy, in spite of what some practitioners believe. These are generally mild and are not very troublesome to most people. They include:
• Breast tenderness
WILL HCG WORK FOR YOU?
The grass roots use of HCG in weight loss is growing fast. Local radio stations are advertising the program in spas and clinics. Hundreds of blogs and forums on the internet expound on the miracle of HCG. Kevin Trudeau and his “Weight Loss Cure‟ book and products are getting a lot of attention because of his infomercials and intense marketing. Positive testimonials are pouring in by the thousands.
None of this information, nor the dim views of modern medicine, can predict with certainty whether any one person will get the desired results on HCG. The creator of the program, Dr. Simeons, never had 100% success. I have watched closely those who have not been so successful. In every case the lack of success corresponded to not following the protocol closely enough. This, by the way, is the root cause of scientific experiments that give negative results – i.e., an experimental design that does not follow the protocol exactly.
The answer to the question, therefore, is that you must find out for yourself if you want to know for sure whether HCG will work for you. By the way, you will also be like scientists who have a bias before designing their experiments. Your bias will influence the success of your own experience on HCG as research on even the most hardcore prescription drugs shows that personal belief about a treatment influences its outcome. Not even the most highly acclaimed, powerful drugs have 100% effectiveness in everyone. Your success with HCG will absolutely be better when you believe it works. This is not a placebo effect. This is simply the power of the mind to control physiologically processes.
WHY HCG WORKS!
A lot of nonsense is being thrown around about why HCG works. The bottom line is that this hormone evolved to direct the bodies of pregnant women to use their own fat as a source of calories for the developing fetus. Dr. Simeons simply discovered that this hormone will do the same thing in women who are not pregnant, as well as in men. It directs the body to use up calories from fat. That is the fundamental explanation.
The way that HCG works is, of course, much more complicated. Dr. Simeons explained that it influences the hypothalamus of the brain to guide the metabolism of fat. Although medical people have mostly ignored this explanation, a key discovery in 1994 about the master fat-burning hormone provides support for Dr. Simeons. This was the discovery of a hormone called leptin, which is also a protein hormone that directs the body to burn fat by communicating with the hypothalamus. This is the most significant scientific discovery on fat metabolism in the past century, and doctors either don‟t know about it or don‟t know what to do with it.
The key point here is from a recent scientific article in the Journal of Endocrinology (Aug. 2007): “…HCG significantly stimulates the secretion of the pro-adipogenic factor, leptin, from human adipose tissue.” Nobody yet knows how these hormones work together, although the interdependence of HCG and leptin, plus insulin, is undoubtedly at the core of how we store and burn fat. It is also a delicate balance, since we can develop resistance to all of these hormones, which undermines our ability to use storage fat for energy.
*Results May vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Above are merely personal stories and do not guarantee success.