The Black Hole of Weight Loss. Discover a New Universe - HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin)
Author: Sheila M. Stephens, Pharm. D.
The current model of weight loss therapies center around calories-in and calories-out. This requires restricted calorie intake, appetite suppressants and strenuous exercise. How is that working out for America? Recent statistics show that 56 million people start a diet four times a year. These numbers reflect that we are motivated to lose weight, but the method has not been adequate. What is the black hole? The answer is metabolism!
Metabolism is the sum total of all biochemical reactions driving physiology toward health or disease. It is a continuous and dynamic process that can be redirected to change health outcomes and quality of life. We recognize abnormal metabolism by weight gain, food cravings, fatigue and physiologic stress. The Centers for Disease Control have specific guidelines that identify risk factors for heart attacks, hypertension and diabetes related to the waist to hip ratio. This is a direct measurement of belly fat. By dividing the measurement of the waist at its most narrow point to the hips at the fullest point provides an important ratio. For example, a 30-inch waist divided by a 37-inch hip = 0.81 waist-to-hip-ratio. For Men the ratio <= 0.9 and Women the ratio <=0.8 is preferred for optimum health.
Abnormal, visceral fat can act like an organ, just like the heart or kidney. It has the ability to produce hormones and inflammatory markers that creates poor insulin response, elevated lipids, blood pressure and cancer risks. This dangerous fat is a result of an imbalance where storage exceeds utilization. However, all fats are not created equal. Structural fat is used as “packing material” for the organs; normal fat reserves are needed for nutrition, and these are the good fats. The abnormal, visceral fat, usually stored in the belly, thighs, or breasts is not available to the body for nutrition.
During the 1970s, a British endocrinologist, Dr. A.T. W. Simeons, began groundbreaking research on a method to mobilize dangerous, abnormal fat. For over 40 years, his studies used a naturally occurring hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin, HCG, to create a means to target the abnormal fat. HCG is a hormone normally produced by the placenta during pregnancy. It is produced in excess of one million units per day in the urine. This hormone facilitates the movement of fat stores from the mother to the baby. Dr. Simeons discovered that small doses of HCG (100-200 Units) effected the mobilization of abnormal fat in men and women. This mobilization can range from one to two pounds of weight loss per day. It is important to note that HCG is not a sex hormone and will not cause men to grow breasts or have decreases in virility. There is no effect on any endocrine gland.
There is a part of the human brain that controls all the automatic functions of the body, such as breathing and the heartbeat, as well as storing and issuing fuel to the body. This part of the brain is the hypothalamus. This is the unique aspect of HCG in that it acts on the hypothalamus to create a transfer of abnormal, stored fat into circulation to be used as an energy source. Along with the HCG, a very low calorie diet is used to affect the one- to two-pound-per-day weight loss over a minimum of 23 days. A major concern expressed with the HCG protocol has been the very low calorie diet of 500 calories. In the traditional model of calories-in and calories-out, there is reason for caution. However, with the metabolic model, the HCG is actually moving stored calories (abnormal fat) into circulation. For every pound of fat mobilized, this accounts for 2000 calories available for use.
Also creating confusion is the availability of homeopathic HCG that is available without a prescription. This Homeopathic HCG is not the hormone produced in pregnancy, with the actual components not known. This is, indeed, a dangerous approach to weight loss in that this will have no effect on the hypothalamus to mobilize fat and may cause damage to muscle tissue. It is important that HCG be prescribed by a physician and prepared by a compounding pharmacy using pharmaceutical grade chemicals that have been tested and validated for safety. This protocol has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is considered an off-label use.
The traditional approach for treatment used by Dr. Simeons was an injectable form of the HCG. More advanced methods of delivery are now available with nasal sprays, sublingual drops or lozenges and topical applications. This creates an easy and convenient dosing. The cost of the medication is in the range of $140 to $200 for one cycle, plus the office visit to the physician.
How to get started – Get the facts by attending a Skinny on Weight Loss workshop and the Lock-In and Lock-Down Workshop for maintaining a lean body at Stephens Compounding Pharmacy, Pineland Station, Hilton Head Island, SC or visiting www.stephenscompoudingpharmacy.com
- Visit a participating physician for evaluation and prescription
- Plan your schedule for success.
- Plan to start shopping for new clothes at least two sizes smaller.
The HCG program is designed to create a metabolism that is effective and allow good eating habits and exercise to provide a lean body weight. Dr. Simeons was bold in his original work to call this the “cure for obesity.” Many participants agree.
OVERVIEW OF HCG PLAN
Minimum of 21 Days—Max 40 days
Day one and two: Start HCG and load with calories.
Day three-21 or 40: HCG Spray and 500 calorie diet (except during menstruation—do not take HCG, but do continue 500-calorie diet).
Breakfast: Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar—only 1 tablespoonful of milk in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia allowed.
• 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab or shrimp. Must be boiled or grilled without additional fat.
• One type of vegetable only to be chosen from spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.
• One breadstick (grissino) or Melba toast
•An apple or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit or orange
Dinner: The same choices as lunch.
After 23 HCG days or before 41 HCG days:
• Stop the HCG, but continue following the 500 calorie diet for 72 hours
• All foods are allowed except starches and sugars, always weighing every a.m.
Very gradually add starches and sugars in small amounts.
Sheila Stephens, Pharm. D. is the president and “chief problem solver” of Stephens Compounding Pharmacy, 430 William Hilton Pkwy – Pineland Station Mall, Hilton Head Island, SC. She earned her doctorate in pharmacy from University of Florida and has served as the director of pharmacy at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and as a clinical pharmacist at the University of Alabama Women’s and Infants Center and Summit Cancer Care, Savannah, Ga. as an oncology pharmacist. She held an academic position of assistant professor for South University, Savannah, Ga. Her areas of expertise include specialized training in bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management and endocrine disorders. She is also a preceptor for Advanced Practice Pharm.D. students for South Carolina College of Pharmacy. For more information, call (843) 686-3040 or visit online at stephenscompoundingpharmacy.com.