Many people are surprised to learn that the history of HCG diets goes back almost sixty years. Although HCG diets have gained widespread attention only in recent years, the basic research behind these programs dates back to the 1950s, and it originated in India.
Dr. Simeons Goes to Mumbhai
Dr. A.T.W. Simeons was born in London, U.K. early in the 20th Century. After the First World War, he attended medical school at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he graduated with honors. Following this, he went on to additional training in endocrinology at Swiss and German facilities, eventually taking up a post at a hospital near Dresden.
Eventually, Dr. Simeons developed an interest in tropical diseases. Over the next few years, this interest led him to Africa and eventually to Bombay (Mumbhai), India in 1931. Here he would remain until 1949.
During his years in India, Dr. Simeons studied the effects of malnutrition in expectant mothers as well as the causes and effects of obesity in patients with disorders of the pituitary gland. It was during the course of this research that he came to a startling conclusion about the nature of obesity. In his seminal paper Pounds & Inches: A New Approach to Obesity, Simeons wrote:
“…obesity in all its many forms is due to an abnormal functioning of some part of the body and that every ounce of abnormally accumulated fat is always the result of the same disorder of certain regulatory mechanisms. Persons suffering from this particular disorder will get fat regardless of whether they eat excessively, normally or less than normal. A person who is free of the disorder will never get fat, even if he frequently overeats.” (1954)
The Cure for Obesity
Treating obese patients, Dr. Simeons discovered that by administering low doses of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a water-soluble hormone produced by the fetus during gestation and present in the urine of pregnant women, patients actually began utilizing fat instead of lean muscle tissue when fed a calorie-restricted diet.
What has been discovered since that time is that HCG is responsible for the regulation of the hypothalamus gland, which controls metabolism and the use of bodily resources such as fat. While all persons are born with an abundant supply of HCG, this is depleted by adulthood. Replacement of HCG corrects the imbalance and reprograms the hypothalamus to use fat stores when caloric intake is reduced.