Human Chorionic Gonadotropin better known as HCG is a hormone that is mainly produced in high levels during the first three months of pregnancy. The HCG hormone is made by cells formed in the placenta and is tasked with the responsibility of nourishing the egg once it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterus wall. HCG levels in a pregnant woman’s body tend to increase after every 72 hours and can be easily detected using a blood test, about 11 days after conceiving. The hormone eventually reaches its peak during the first 8-11 weeks although it will start declining after that.
Apart from nourishing the egg, HCG hormone also maintains the integrity of the corpus luteum in the ovary of a pregnant woman. This action stimulates the production of the hormone progesterone which is important to her fetus. At the moment, obese and overweight individuals are relying on the HCG hormone in order to lose weight. However, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of HCG hormone for weight loss as it considered to be dangerous and may lead to health complications.
Uses of HCG Hormone
HCG hormone is widely relied upon when it comes to increasing the production of sperms in men and stimulating egg release in women. Through this action, you are able to regain your fertility within no time.
- Treat Sex Hormone- Linked Conditions
HCG plays an important role of treating sex hormone linked conditions like undeveloped sexual traits in girls and undescended in young men.
- Weight Loss
When taken together with a low-calorie diet, the HCG hormone can help overweight individuals lose weight. However, you must follow the HCG Diet protocol strictly if you are to get maximum results.
Dr. Simeons and the HCG Hormone
A.T.W Simeons, a British endocrinologist spent close to 30 years looking for the best solution to deal with obesity. From his research, Dr.Simeons concluded that the main reason as to why individuals develop obesity is a problem within the diencephalon, a part of your brain. This is after examining the relationship between obesity, endocrinology and psychosomatic disorders.
With the problem already identified, Dr. Simeons decided to look for a solution to the diencephalic deficiency. While working in India, he realized that thin pregnant Indian women were still delivering healthy babies, despite taking low-calorie diets. These pregnant women could easily drop weight with a low dietary intake without feeling hungry or causing harm to their unborn babies.
Dr. Simeons came to the conclusion that the HCG hormone was the reason behind what he had witnessed. This he believed was made possible by the action of HCG on the hypothalamus of pregnant women. Through this action, the hypothalamus could easily mobilize the maternal fat stores thus protecting and nourishing the fetus.
From his findings Dr.Simeons begun to wonder whether the HCG hormone could prove beneficial in obese individuals by stimulating the breakdown of abnormal fat reserves. After carrying out a number of experiments, he discovered that taking HCG injections together with low fat and low-calorie diet could lead to weight loss. It is from these findings that the HCG Diet became popular for weight loss.
How HCG Hormone Aids Weight Loss
Dr. Simeons believed the human body had three types of fat i.e. structured fat, normal fat reserves and abnormal stored fat.
- Structured Fat
This is the good fat in your body and is tasked with the main responsibility of protecting major body organs and joints. The body does not normally burn this type of fat into energy.
- Abnormal Stored Fat
Also known as adipose fat, this type of fat accumulates in your body leading to obesity. Adipose fat is stored around your organs and underneath the skin. The body uses it as the final survival mechanism incase you suffer from malnutrition.
- Normal Fat Reserves
It is categorized among the good fat in your body and is burned down into energy.
To aid in weight loss, the HCG hormone instructs your body to maintain the good fat i.e. structural and normal fat reserves while burning down the abnormal fat. For this process to take place, you will first have to take the HCG hormone via Injections. Additionally, you must combine the HCG hormone with a low calorie diet since the body is sent into an energy deficit with the calorie restriction.
Thanks to HCG, your body is able to transform the abnormal fat into 1500-3000 calories in a day of energy and nutrition. The more fat that you have stored in your body the greater the daily fat loss. All this is made possible without feeling hungry since the body is able to get enough energy from the burned fat.
Possible Side Effects of HCG Hormone
Relying on the HCG hormone for weight loss can at times lead to side effects depending on how your body reacts. Fortunately, these side effects do not last for long and they will immediately disappear once your body adapts to the new changes brought about by HCG hormone. Some of the possible side effects that dieters might experience include:
- Temporary water retention
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Muscle cramps
- Low blood sugars
When following the HCG Diet, dieters have to make do with a very small fraction of the Hormone (125 IU). This is way below the usual amount produced by a pregnant woman as it can be as high as 200,000 IU. Since you are combining the HCG hormone with an extreme calorie restriction, you will only be limited to about 40 days or even more depending on the weight that you wish to loose. During this period, dieters have to make do with different types of food which can aid weight loss. Furthermore, you need to follow the set protocol afterward in order to easily transition into your normal eating routine.