Another fad diet or permanent weight loss?

Cardiac Surgeon and Medical Talk Show Host, Dr. Oz, has talked about the HCG Diet on his show a few times. Some of his guests were doctors and some were people who were able to lose a considerable amount of weight while on the HCG diet.

First of alll what is HCG?

HCG is the acronym of Human chorionic gonadotropin. This is the hormone that women produce during the early stage of pregnancy.

So what has this hormone got to do with weight loss?

In 1954, British endocrinologist Albert T. W. Simeons,  published a book entitled Pounds and Inches with the purpose to combat obesity, via this diet. The diet consists in injecting a small dose of HCG in addition to a very low calorie intake of 500 calories per day. The claim of the diet is that, by strictly following the protocol a person can lose a lot of fat, without loss of muscle.

On his show Dr OZ has invited Doctor Sheri L. Emma, the creator of Dr. Emma’s HCG Protocol.

Doctor Emma explains that the Simeons'  protocol in her opinion is wrong.

Doctor Simeons' protocol doesn't allow exercise, the 500 calories per day intake doesn't take in consideration gender and individual characteristics such as height and current weight. The original HCG protocol allows the consumption of only one vegetable per meal. The use of oil, body creams and other hygiene products is prohibited. It has no published guidelines on how to dose the HCG hormone and as a result, most providers of this diet are generally using random dosing of the prescription hormone. 

Based on years of research, Dr Emma affirms that HCG does not make you lose weight – the diet makes you lose weight. However, the HCG injections change the type of weight you lose (fat and not muscle).

The presence of HCG in your body keeps the hunger at bay and prevents you from losing muscle while you diet. 

Usually, during a low calories diet, there is a dramatic loss of weight, but that is exactly that weight, not fat. Most weight loss comes from muscle. This is very bad for your body, shape, and metabolism. The metabolism slows so much that people go back to their original weight very quickly. In addition to that it takes a lot of working out to build back the muscle that has been lost.

Dr Emma claims that her protocol  protects muscle from being lost and that the weight loss is pure fat and she has thousands of patients that can confirm their successful fat loss.

HCG injections or homeopathic drops?

Dr Emma explains that only HCG injections have been shown to raise blood levels of HCG, so that is the only acceptable way of taking HCG  and that injections should only be taken with a prescription from a doctor, and under medical supervision. 

Despite what Dr Emma says, many people can testify that they have been able to achieve great results also with homeopathic drops, which come pre-mixed in an amber bottle with a dropper. Homeopathic HCG drops need to be taken 3 times per day and held under the tongue for about two minutes. You are not allowed to eat or drink anything for about 15 minutes before or after. 

Now I'll reveal you a secret, I am one of these crazy people following this diet. I have started the hcg diet with homeopathic drops 3 weeks ago and so far I have lost 6 kg. As I am feeling good, energetic, with a clear mind and don't have hunger or craving (except twice during the whole period) I have decided to keep on doing it for another couple of weeks. I will talk about my experience when it's all over, in another article. xo


This article is for information only.  You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet.