Do hCG Supplements Actually Work?
In the 1950’s, obesity researcher Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons, of the Salvatore Mundi International Hospital in Rome, concluded during one of his studies that hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)- the “hormone of pregnancy” is effective for weight loss when coupled with a restrictive diet. So, the hCG diet is by far not a new concept, although it may seem to be since it has become the latest diet fad to steal the attention of millions of Americans who are seeking weight-loss nirvana. During the 1960’s the hCG diet did gain some attention, but quickly fell out of popularity.
In 2007, it hit the diet market and found its way back into the mainstream. Until recently, you could not avoid all of the billboards, radio ads and those late-night TV commercials promising a truly slimmer waistline in a matter of just days.
According to Simeons, the effectiveness of hCG is simply “re-setting” the hypothalamus and changing how the body burns fat. During his study of hCG, Simeons described that there are 3 different types of fat in the body: structural fat which is the fat that fills in the gaps to create protection around organs and bones; reserve fat, the fat that is used by the body as a sort of nutritional income as well as for fuel for the muscles and body temperature regulation and “abnormal fat” which should be available for nutritional reserves but is actually trapped within the body. During this study, Simeons hypothesized that hCG can unlock the body’s ability to burn that trapped fat. Dieters may supplement hCG with a 500-calorie diet and feel no hunger pains because their body is fueling off the calories that were in that trapped fat.
So, to answer the burning question, does hCG work? The answer is yes - it is an effective stepping stone for healthy weight management and can not only benefit from weight loss but from improvement in reducing their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.