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History: The hCG Weight Loss Plan

hcg weight loss planWhile most people have heard of the hCG weight loss plan, few know how it came to be and why it is under attack. The original hCG diet was created by Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons in the 1950s when he realized hCG’s fat burning abilities. The same diet is recommended today, but consumers now have the option of using homeopathic hCG drops instead of injections. The FDA says hCG (this includes both drops and injections) is ineffective for weight loss and should not be used for this purpose. They do not however say that hCG is dangerous or harmful.

Despite this recent FDA attack, consumers everywhere continue to seek out hCG for weight loss and they continue to see great results. It is unclear why the FDA believes hCG is ineffective considering the hundreds of thousands of people who have had succeed and truly know it works.

Dr. Simeons’ hCG Weight Loss Plan

“HCG is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat infertility in both men and women. But its weight-loss roots trace back to the 1950s, when British endocrinologist A.T.W. Simeons realized that giving obese patients small, regular doses of the hormone helped them lose stubborn clumps of fat. It only worked, however, when coupled with a near-starvation diet. Simeons began touting hCG as a potent appetite suppressant that would make anything more than 500 daily calories unbearable. And he claimed the hormone could blast fat in key trouble spots like the upper arms, stomach, thighs, and buttocks, while preserving muscle. Save for a few tweaks, the modern-day incarnation is largely as Simeons presented it: Dieters supplement an extremely low-calorie meal plan with daily injections prescribed off-label by medical professionals, or take diluted, homeopathic hCG— typically in drop form—sold online, in drugstores, and at nutritional supplement stores.

Exactly why the hCG diet is experiencing a revival now is unclear, but the hype has sparked a response from the FDA. In January, the agency warned that homeopathic hCG is fraudulent and illegal when sold for weight-loss purposes. Though the FDA said such products aren’t necessarily dangerous, their sale is deceptive, since there’s no good evidence they’re effective for weight loss. What’s more, all hCG products, including injections prescribed by a doctor, must carry a warning stating there’s no proof they accelerate weight loss, redistribute fat, or numb the hunger and discomfort typical of a low-calorie diet.”

Original story here.

This FDA onslaught has prompted many hCG manufacturers to develop “hormone-free” hCG alternatives that contain no homeopathic hCG in them whatsoever. To date, we see no evidence that these products can burn the 1-2 pounds of fat per day possible with homeopathic hCG drops and the hCG weight loss plan.




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