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The History of HCG and Weight Loss


During clinical work in the early 1950s, Dr. ATW Simeons, a British endocrinologist, pioneered the theory of using hCG to help people lose weight and abnormal belly fat.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG, is comprised of 244 amino acids.  It is produced in large amounts in a pregnant woman’s placenta, extracted from her urine, and historically used, in part, for the treatment of infertility in females to help induce ovulation.  When males are given much lower doses than would be given to a female for infertility,  hCG acts as a precursor to increase low testosterone levels.

HCG Diet History

While treating adolescent boys’ low testosterone levels with hCG,  Dr. Simeons observed they began to slim down and began losing abnormal belly fat.  Knowing that hCG positively affects the hypothalamus gland, he hypothesized this gland was responsible, in part, for the regulation of normal and abnormal fat.

Over the next 10 years, Simeons experimented with specific amounts of hCG and specific foods.  He proved that when both the correct amount of hCG and his food plan were followed as he had designed, both males and females had the ability to lose extraordinary amounts of abnormal fat in relatively short periods of time than with just diet and exercise alone.

As word spread about Dr. Simeons work with hCG and dieting, Doctors and other Health Care Professionals from around the world traveled to Rome to learn more about his work.  Due to this extraordinary interest, in 1967 he published Pounds and Inches, a New Approach to Obesity to help Health Care Professionals and lay people alike, better understand his findings.  Following his publication, so-called “Fat Clinics” mushroomed all over Europe and the US.

Over the years, the HCG Diet popularity declined, mostly due to the attrition of practitioners who believed in and understood Dr. Simeons’ work.  Even though there were several HCG Diet studies conducted in the mid 70s, these studies didn’t follow Simeons’ protocol exactly and Simeons’ HCG Diet never received FDA approval for better weight loss results than common dieting.

In 2007, Kevin Trudeau released a book called “The Weight Loss Cure, What THEY Don’t Want You To Know”, which included enough information about the hCG Simeons diet to again create interest in Dr. ATW Simeons original work.  Shortly thereafter, a few ‘pioneer’ Professional Clinics in the US began offering hCG for weight loss.  As more people started reading “The Weight Loss Cure” and interest stirred again, the general public became eager to find a ‘cure’ to weight loss and began doctoring themselves because they couldn’t find Doctors offering the HCG Diet.

People began ordering hCG from outside the US in an attempt to try the HCG diet and You Tube videos began bashing medical clinics that were offering the HCG Diet saying that medical intervention was unnecessary and expensive.   An internet HCG Diet Q & A Yahoo! Group was formed, comprised mostly of people wanting to try to do the HCG Diet who could not find Professional supervision or believed the ridiculous claims that the HCG Diet can be done with out proper Professional Health Care supervision. Most were purchasing hCG from outside the US and needed information as to how to mix hCG; administer injections; and were seeking a source to gain competent answers. Due to HCG Diet-related product merchandisers joining, the group eventually became fairly commercialized with many trying to do nothing more than sell their hCG related products to this group.

Homeopathic hCG began being successfully used around 2008 by many Naturopathic Professionals as an alternative to hCG prescription injections.  However, shortly there after, a large  manufacturer of homeopathic hCG allowed lay people to purchase the product wholesale and sell to anyone without the necessary professional knowledge and experience needed to over see HCG Dieters. That incident was the start of the rampant, uncontrolled, non-regulated selling of homeopathic hCG products on affiliate marketing websites, e-Bay, Amazon and the likes.  Coupled with blatant false claims copied from Kevin Trudeau’s book THE WEIGHT LOSS CURE”, the HCG Diet again had created a lot of controversy and confusion. Even though HCG Diet internet sites mostly started from HCG Dieters who wanted to help others successfully complete the HCG Diet, it became extremely commercialized through 2010 and 2011 with websites and manufacturers selling bottles of homeopathic hCG without regard for Professional Health care staff  nor their web ownership identify revealed.

The HCG Diet Council receives regular inquiries from around the world from people seeking properly trained and experienced Health Care Professionals to help oversee their HCG Diet.  They are well aware the failure rate is high when attempting to complete the diet without the proper guidance and from internet sites. To date, even though the HCG Diet is gaining popularity, there still is only a relatively small number of adequately trained and experienced  Health Care Professionals for people to work with.

The HCG Diet Council’s goals continue to be an integral part of helping to standardized HCG Diet information and training to Health Care Professionals.

For more information about The HCG Diet Council Training and Certification Program

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