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HCG For Weight Loss--Here Is How To Make It Work!

By harrisjensen - Posted on 14 December 2010

Scientific Studies Show How To Keep The Weight Off That Is Lost With The HCG Diet

Gastric Bypass Surgery In Fort Collins May Be Avoided With New Diet And Psychotherapy Strategies!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, has only one study that shows it suppresses appetite and keeps your mood good while  on a 500 calorie per day diet. See STUDY. This can allow people to lose 20 pounds in the 40 day diets with HCG, which can be repeated several times per year, allowing a person to lose 40 to 60 pounds in one year. 

The HCG diet is not a long term solution.

Other diet strategies have been shown to maintain the weight loss, to prevent people from regaining the weight.  The key to making all diets work is to win at the mind game of dieting, and new strategies help for this.

Why am I interested in this?  I see almost total failure of people dieting while using medication for mood issues.  As a child, I saw my mother become morbidly obese and it ruined the last 40 years of her life.  As a result of getting over weight, she progressively got: back pain, exercised less, ate more to comfort herself, and eventually got sleep apnea, lower energy in the day from worse sleep at night, and this lead to depression which increased appetite all the more.  The increase of weight lead to high cholesterol issues, hypertension, and endless visits to doctors to manage her high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, back pain, shoulder pain, degenerative disc disease in her back, chronic pain in her hips, knees and ankles...most of all this caused by her binge over eating.  Her addiction to high energy diets.  She learned to be an addict to carbs.  She learned to be helpless to fight this.

Now she has since passed away, but we have new science to inform us on how to take control of obesity.  Strategies that work!

Nonetheless, many medical authorities point out a whole host of studies show HCG does NO GOOD to increase weight loss, maintain weight loss, suppress appetite, enhance sense of well being:


Mayo clinic review and the felon who promoted HCG.

Quite a colorful history here! 

One British medical review showed there is no evidence HCG does anything to help weight loss, see British Review.

CVS pharmacy web site just calls HCG a diet scam!  See SCAM.

Wow!  HCG is just a scam!

But we have a problem here.  Obesity is an epidemic.  Wikipedia has leaked some information out on this on its articles on OBESITY and WEIGHT LOSS.

So What Is The TRUTH about what works for weight loss?  If it is a quick fix, it's probably a quack fix, according to this Web MD article: see QUACK.

Remember the story of the blind men and the elephant?  Each blind man touched a different part of the elephant and said it was a different thing, they were perceiving just it's leg or trunk or tail.

That's the problem here.

I have had doctors and nurses and my own patients tell me on their own,they have tried HCG and it decreased their hunger and enhanced their mood (got rid of the awful mood they feel in their dieting).  It is a big, big help.

HCG helps some lose weight.  It avoids weight loss surgery. It doesn't help everyone.  You need to check out the supply of HCG and how you use it, etc.  There is much to know.  But the Asher study showed it can help some people. See Asher.

HCG is not a quack remedy because some quacks sell it.  It works if you follow the protocol in the Asher study TO THE LETTER.

But not for everyone, just like many "remedies," only some are helped, and the placebo effect is helpful if you can get that too.  Then maintain weight loss using empirically driven approaches, good hard science, see Weight loss maintenance.

See Beck's Diet Solution Workbook for a do it yourself manual for cognitive behavior therapy to maintain the weight lost with HCG dieting.

Staying overweight is a nightmare for the person and their family.

In the end, being obese leads to a horror of medical problems that costs people their life, from a shortened life span, their vitality--from dealing with a whole host of medical problems--and it costs them a lot of money.  Staying overweight costs the average person $250,000 to $500,000.

Does that sound crazy?

People who stay fat, stay thinking hopeless, get the expensive consequences in their 60's and 70's.  Chronic pain, back pain, heart attacks, strokes.  A five day stay in the hospital can run $50,000.  A simple ER visit can be $1,500 for several pills.  The bills pile up quickly.

When a person can least afford it.

A major cause of bankruptcy and losing the mortgage on your house now days is medical costs.  The h   ospital that saved your life now wants to get paid and they will take your money even if it means you have to take a second mortgage out on your house to get the money.  Even if it means you can't afford that second mortgage payment and the bank then gets your house.

One third of hospital beds are occupied by people with preventable diseases.  Smoking and obesity are the leading preventable diseases.

So people make money off obesity: hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies.

It costs about $8,000 per year for a person to stay overweight, and that money will flow like a river into the coffers of the medical-pharmaceutical-insurance industry.  We are in the worst economy in 60 years, the common man and woman in the street is taking a huge hit, but you don't see the medical sector hurting.  You don't see the pharmaceutical sector hurting.  You don't see the insurance sector hurting.

Older people who've been smoking and overeating for years are now in their 60's and 70's and 80's and handing over their life savings to these companies--not to their children.

Locally, I've seen our local hospital triple in size.  They do good work.  But much of that growth is likely related to preventable diseases.  And they do good work educating people to not overeat and not to smoke.  But addictions are hard things to break, the addict has to want to quit the addiction.

Keeping the fat on yourself artificially inflates your appetite for fat producing food and fat producing (sedentary) life styles.  Once people lose weight, their lose much of their appetite for what is bad for them: excess carbs and fat in the diet.  They get off the couch, get more active, watch less TV, buy less carbs, enjoy life more.  When they weigh less it is easier to take a walk and go biking, and it's more enjoyable.

They make more and more choices to keep the vitality in their life.

Trying to diet slowly for many people is a prescription for disaster.  Fat creates the appetite for the food and lifestyle that keeps the fat.

I've seen great results from the HCG diet and other very low energy diets, combined with new thinking and new actions.

New thinking about food and lifestyle and goals.  New actions to stay with a low energy diet of whatever sort works for the person.  New thinking to keep the committment to fight the addiction and keep the vitality in their life. 

As their doctor, I use medications that don't fight their long term goals for weight loss, and do help to control the mood issues that add to the weight problems.  Once their mood and anxiety is level, they are much more effective at staying with their diet and lifestyle changes...and making them work.

However, if medications are used for mood issues that increase appetite, I see virtually 100 percent failure in weight loss efforts.

Antidepressants that don't cause increased appetite include wellbutrin and prozac and sometimes lexapro.  For people with anxiety, I avoid fat causing antidepressants like paxil and zoloft and instead use psychotherapy, buspar, atarax, and short courses of benzodiazepines.

For bipolar disorder, I try to use appetite neutral mood stabilizers like trileptal, abilify, geodon, klonopin.

I have found topomax to be helpful, not as a mood medication, but as an appetite suppressant, sometimes to counteract the appetite stimulant effect of another medication.

Many times, a history of attention deficit disorder is shown, and ritalin or adderall or dexedrine is helpful for the attention issue.  And with good attention, they can better focus on their diet and exercise activities.

Exercise is almost essential to maintain the weight loss from any weight loss program.

It is so encouraging to see people make these changes and make them work. As the years go by, they will make more accomplishments, and one day pass on this legacy of accomplishments to their children...and pass on a financial legacy to their children too.  Not give away all the money they worked so hard to earn and save for decades--giving it away to insurance companies, drug companies, doctors and hospitals!