The Dr. Simeons hCG Diet: Historical Roots

The use of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) for weight loss seems to be in the spotlight today but it is not a new concept. When you trace down the historical roots of hCG in the weight loss field it all traces back to the Dr. SimeonshCG Diet which was first developed in the early 1950s.

This may seem a bit unbelievable. Most people believe that the best weight loss strategies are modern inventions that come from years of research and technical studies that prove they work. While the Dr. Simeons hCG Diet is rooted in years of research and has been proven to work over the years, it is rooted in science that was developed by a brilliant doctor studying obesity long before it was considered a worldwide epidemic.

Dr. Simeons’ Initial Findings

Dr. Simeons was of British decent but he conducted the bulk of his research and study in Rome. He studied many people suffering from obesity in attempt to find a better solution than was already available. When he started using hCG shots for some obese patients he noticed a remarkable difference in how their bodies responded to a diet with severely restricted calories.

Most people have heard today that you put your body into starvation mode when you drop your calories too low and that is true to a certain extent. Back in the 1950s when the Dr. Simeons hCG Diet was just being explored and developed, it was very common for doctors to put patients on extremely low calorie diets.

Dr. Simeons came across something new with his hCG shots because he noted the following changes in patients receiving the shots while following the low calorie diet:

1. Patients taking the hCG shots did not feel hungry and deprived like other patients on the same restrictive diet.

2. Patients taking the hCG shots had more energy while escaping the headaches and other physical discomforts others felt on the low calorie diet.

3. Patients taking the hCG shots lost more stored fat and their bodies reshaped differently than those losing weight on the low calorie diet alone.

With time and further study of obese patients, Dr. Simeons noticed that those who lost the weight using hCG had an easier time keeping the weight off in the long term.

The Original Dr. Simeons hCG Diet

The very first version of the Dr. Simeons hCG Diet was what he used in his own practice with his private patients. This first came out to the public in the early 1950s through a report that explained his findings through his private research with obese patients.

This original diet which led to the development of the full hCG Diet restricted followers to just 500 calories a day. That is not a lot of food and would not pass with most doctors today, but Dr. Simeons did achieve remarkable results when this restrictive diet was combined with hCG shots.

The hCG Diet Today

Over the years, others have stepped up to research hCG just as Dr. Simeons did years ago. This has resulted in a variety of competing hCG protocols so there is more to choose from today. Determining which protocol is right for you may take a bit of research, but the mere fact that competing protocols are being developed shows that the science of Dr. Simeons is legitimate and effective.