Reshape: Medically Assisted Weight Loss Programme

What is hCG?

hCG is an abbreviation for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin. It is a hormone that is produced by the placenta during pregnancy. Women make the equivalent of millions of International Units (IUs) during pregnancy. It is believed that hCG maximizes the functional capacity of the body's control centers in the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a part of the central nervous system and controls many different body functions. Dr. Simeons believed that one center in the hypothalamus, which he called the fat bank, controls the movement and distribution of fat throughout the body. hCG mobilizes abnormal fat and releases it as a source of energy and nutrients. Thus the hypothalamus ensures that the developing fetus has access to energy and nutrients even if a pregnant woman temporarily lacks access to food, thus protecting the fetus's growth and development. Likewise, when a patient is on the Dr. Simeon's hCG Protocol small amounts of hCG have been shown to mobilize abnormal fat and to make it available to the body as a source of energy and nutrients.

How is it possible to be on a 500* Calorie per day while on this Protocol?
Some people have a hard time understanding the rationale behind the 500* Calorie per day diet. They may say that anyone would lose weight on a 500* Calorie per day diet or that it would be impossible to follow.

If somebody were to start a 500* Calorie per day diet without hCG, he or she would experience the following: hunger, cravings, feelings of misery, loss of structural mass, and a lack of loss of abnormal fat deposits. When patients start on the hCG protocol they generally lose up to 0.5kg abnormal fat per day. Each 0.5kg of fat contains approximately 3500 calories. If people lose 0.5kg of abnormal fat in one day that makes 3500 Calories available to them. This in addition to the 500 Calories that they consume through their diet, making the total 4000 Calories. If people lose 0.25kg of normal fat, that makes 1750 Calories available to them, making the total 2250 Calories. So although the oral consumption is limited to 500 Calories per day, patients have access t adequate amounts of energy because of the calories is generated internally through the breakdown of fat deposits (lipolysis).

One food Calorie (1 kcal or 1,000 calories) is the amount of digestively available food energy (heat) that will raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius.

What is the long-term success rate?
Dr Simeons found that the long-term success rate among the patients that he treated and followed in the 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s was very high. I have found that many patients who start the hCG Protocol lose their desires and cravings for junk food, and that they tend to make permanent changes in their eating habits. To ensure long-term success it is important to stay away from or minimize the consumption of any foods and food ingredients which may adversely impact the hypothalamus. As much as possible, I recommend that patients choose organic, whole foods that are not processed or adulterated in any way.

Is there any research that supports this protocol?
A significant amount or research has been done that shows that the Dr Simeon's hCG Protocol is effective for weight reduction. More than 90% of the patients that take this protocol seriously, who are willing to follow Dr Simeons recommendations closely, and who follow up with me regularly are very successful in losing weight, quickly, safely and without hunger.

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