As you probably know, Dr. ATW Simeons was the British endocrinologist who developed the HCG diet. However, it helpful to know more about the credibility of the man who has helped so many of us achieve our weight loss goals.

Dr. Simeons was born in 1900 in London, and he died in 1970 in Rome. Before his work with HCG, Dr. Simeons was awarded the Red Cross Order of Merit for his groundbreaking work with Malaria and conducted extensive studies on the bubonic plague and leprosy in India. While working with malnourished women in India, he noticed that despite the mother’s malnutrition, they were delivering healthy babies. He then shifted his focus to weight loss and obesity in the 1950’s while in Rome where he began giving HCG to young boys suffering from Froehlich Syndrome. These boys were considered “fat” and had over-sized breasts and undersized sexual organs. Dr. Simeons noticed that the HCG was helping the boys lose their hunger and inches around their hips.  

That’s when a woman came to visit him in his clinic and ask for his help. He noticed that even though she looked thin and drawn in the upper body, she was obese from the hips down. Dr. Simeons began treating the woman with 125 IU’s of HCG thru daily injections. She lost eight inches in her hips in only eight weeks. He claimed the combining a calorie-restrictive diet with HCG and 30 minutes of low-intensity exercise that the woman was able to rid herself of stored fat.

In the late 1960s, Dr. Simeon’s clinic in Rome was treating the rich and famous from around the world for obesity. He wrote Pounds And Inches: A New Approach To Obesity to help him educate other doctors and hospitals about the HCG diet. In it, he claims that men and women who used his diet found relief from headaches, hunger pain, irritability, and fatigue by using HCG with their diet.

Now, many healthcare professionals still prescribe HCG for weight loss even though it is not approved by the FDA for that purpose. This is called “off-label” use. But many dieters are still having great success with the diet today with HCG. One of the biggest concerns will always be how a very low-calorie diet, such as the 500 calorie per day diet affects the body. Each person is different, and their bodies will react differently. That is one of the main reasons doctors are recommending a low-calorie diet (800-1000 calories per day) rather than the very low-calorie diet. This is a decision that should be made by you along with a physician who knows your medical history and can monitor your progress.

As for me, I have my doctor’s blessing to do the HCG diet, and he has been very pleased with my results, even when I have used the homeopathic drops as opposed to the injections. Because of the HCG diet (and with my doctor’s approval), I have been able to stop taking many of my medications for health issues that were results of being overweight. It is my hope that someday the FDA and organizations that study obesity will conduct further studies on the effect of HCG and further the work of Dr. ATW Simeons.

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