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The HCG diet for a healthy metabolism

Dr Simeons1, originator of the HCG diet, over the course of his studies, became increasingly sure “that the tendency to accumulate abnormal fat is a very definite metabolic disorder, much as is, for instance, diabetes” and that “overeating is the result of the disorder, not its cause”.

He describes the basal metabolism as being “The body’s chemical turnover at complete rest and when fasting. The basal metabolic rate is expressed as the amount of oxygen used up in a given time. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is controlled by the thyroid gland.” (My emphasis).

The three most common goals of people who embark on the HCG diet regime are:

  1. Losing weight
  2. Resetting or fixing the basal metabolic weight – by increasing it
  3. Maintaining weight loss after the regime is complete

The second goal is achieved by faithfully adhering to the regimen’s 500-calorie diet for at least 20 days – not deviating from it by substituting foodstuffs, which are not explicitly listed, with other seemingly ‘similar’ foods. This goal is vitally important because it assists in the achievement of the first goal and is fundamental to achieving the third. By cheating while on the diet, partakers are robbing themselves of the opportunity to normalise their metabolisms and permanently improving their lives.

As Dr Simeon says:

“We never give a treatment lasting less than 26 days, even in patients needing to lose only 5 pounds. It seems that even in the mildest cases of obesity the diencephalon2 requires about three weeks rest from the maximal exertion to which it has been previously subjected in order to regain fully its normal fat-banking capacity. Clinically this expresses itself, in the fact that, when in these mild cases, treatment is stopped as soon as the weight is normal, which may be achieved in a week, it is much more easily regained than after a full course of 23 injections.”

“Interruptions occurring before 20 effective injections have been given are most undesirable, because with less than that number of injections some weight is liable to be regained. After the 20th injection an unavoidable interruption is merely a loss of time.”

So to establish or re-establish a healthy metabolism, it is necessary to rest your hypothalamus by breaking from the physically taxing business of overeating. Once done, the gland can function normally and metabolise fat – providing the body with energy, rather than storing it, which depresses energy levels.


  • Add different-flavoured teas to your diet. Many of these contain anti-oxidants, increase the body’s metabolic rate and provide the opportunity to imbibe more liquid. Quite often, people reach for food, misreading their bodies’ actual craving, which is for more liquid and electrolytes.
  • Take frequent walks. A brisk walk increases the heart rate and therefore, improves circulation and raises the body’s metabolic rate. The oxygen in fresh air is a detoxifier, helping to hoover up free radicals that stymie the smooth working of the body.
  • Get enough sleep. The endocrine system needs a rest so that it can work optimally when you need you need it to.


  1. Dr A T W Simeons MD is the author of the original 1950s HCG diet manuscript, entitled “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”
  2. The diencephalon is the hypothalamus gland – a primitive part of the brain which regulates the base bodily functions, such as breathing, breathing, heart rhythm, digestion, sleep, sex drive, urinary function, the autonomous or vegetative nervous system and via the pituitary, the whole interplay of the endocrine glands. It is also thought to control blood sugar levels.


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