For many years, the hCG hormone (human chorionic gonadotropin) program for weight loss enjoyed worldwide popularity due to the excellent results obtained. Daily hcg dosage of 125 IU, plus a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), rapidly decreased body weight without any side effects. Hundreds of thousands of patients benefited from this safe and effective weight reduction program.
Owing to the fact that HCG has no direct action on any endocrine gland, its enormous importance in pregnancy has been overlooked and its potency underestimated.
Though a pregnant woman can produce as much as one million units per day, according to Dr Simeoens and his findings, the injection of only 125 units per day is an ample hCG dose to reduce weight at the rate of roughly one pound per day, even in someone weighing 400 pounds, when associated with a 500 Calorie diet.
It is no exaggeration to say that the flooding of the female body with HCG is by far the most spectacular hormonal event in pregnancy. It has an enormous protective importance for mother and child, and Dr. Simeons even went so far as to say that no woman, and certainly not an obese one, could carry her pregnancy to term without it.
HCG has been known for over half a century. It is the substance which Aschheim and Zondek so brilliantly used to diagnose early pregnancy out of the urine.
The hCG injection and the VLCD described in Dr Simeons book "Pounds and Inches" must be followed exactly. Even seemingly insignificant deviations, particularly those that at first seem to be an improvement, are very liable to produce disappointing results and even annul the effect completely.
For instance, if the diet is increased from 500 to 600 or 700 Calories, the loss of weight is quite unsatisfactory. If the daily HCG dosage is raised to 200 or more units daily, its action often appears to be reversed, possibly because larger doses evoke diencephalic counter-regulations.