Oral HCG is a remedy derived by subjecting the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone to the homeopathic dilution process. With each phases of the dilution method, the amount of the hormone that is used grows smaller, but more potent. The hormone is preserved in an alcohol tincture, which can be ingested by placing a few drops under the tongue.
According to the principles of homeopathic medicine, the small but potent amount of the hormone is enough to trigger a series of biochemical events in the body. These events cause rapid weight loss.
This process was first observed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a British endocrinologist, who began a study of the hormone in pregnant women in India. His findings were published in the "Pounds and Inches" protocol, which has been in use for decades now. According to Dr. Simeons' observations, the HCG diet program affects great weight loss in the body in three steps:
1. The Hormone Triggers the Hypothalamus
The hormone acts as a kind of relay switch for the hypothalamus of the brain. The hypothalamus functions as the body's thermostat, causing the body to burn fat when more energy is needed. Without adequate reserves of the hormone, the hypothalamus malfunctions and causes the body to burn lean muscle tissue and structural fat. When the hormonal balance is restored, the hypothalamus triggers the body to burn excess adipose fat, which is the kind of fat that leads to obesity.
2. The Hormone Resets the Metabolism
Without adequate reserves of the hormone, the body's metabolism slows to a crawl. As it begins converting food to fuel inefficiently, it causes the body to store fat. When the hormonal balance is restored, the metabolism is effectively reset, allowing it to function optimally again. It will begin converting food to energy, efficiently keeping the body from storing excess fat. For dieters who had a rapid metabolism in their youth but lost it in middle age, this is akin to "turning back the clock" to regain that ability to process food efficiently.
3. The VLCD Teaches Behavior Modification
No diet program is considered fully rounded unless it teaches behavior modification principles to the dieter. Over time, people who have lost their hormonal balance often overeat because their bodies process food so inefficiently. With the VLCD (very low-calorie diet) phase of this diet program, dieters are encouraged to learn portion control as well as healthy eating habits. This behavior modification will help the dieter make the transition into maintenance, and will help her to keep from regaining weight once she has achieved her goal weight.