HCG could be solution to shredding weight, feeling great

By: Therese O'Shea Email
By: Therese O'Shea Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - If you've ever tried to lose weight by cutting calories, you know the sluggish feeling that sneaks up on you. But what if you could shred fat without feeling hungry?

It may sound like a "magic diet..." although HCG is anything but magic. It's actually a naturally generated hormone created in pregnant women. The magic is in its ability to actually reset the brain's ability to handle how we take fat in to our bodies. Those who've tried it seem pleasantly surprised with their results.

"I knew my metabolism was just gone after having four kids,” says Michelle Christopherson.

Overweight and bordering on obesity, Michelle knew it was time for a change.

"For the last 15 years I’ve been the same weight. I haven't been able to lose it, or I’ve just plateaued. And I needed something to jump-start my metabolism,” she says.

After countless diets proving ineffective, both Michelle and her husband knew it was time to get serious.

"We’ve been married 24 years, so we gained weight together,” says Michelle.

So together, they decided to try HCG.

"HCG stands for human chronic gonadotrpin, thus HCG is a whole lot easier to manage,” says Dr. Scott Rollins, MD, Medical Director at Integrative Medicine Center of Western Colorado.

You might be surprised to find that HCG is a pregnancy hormone, created naturally to regulate fat metabolism in pregnant women.

"About 60 years ago, a British physician Dr. Simione, figured out that it could be used as a helpful way to lose weight. His theory was that during pregnancy, you can starve a mother, and all the resources of the body will go toward protecting the developing fetus. And so it made sense that this may play a role in fat metabolism,” says Dr. Rollins.

Although the hormone is generated in women, it's safe and effective in both male and female patients.

"We think HCG works by resetting the set point at which the body balances deposits and withdrawals of fat. That seems to be how it works when you're taking it. After you're done with it, there's a very important transition back to a normal healthy diet,” he says.

But it's more than a quick fix. Dr. Rollins says it’s the beginning of a lifestyle change.

"It’s pretty much cutting out all your oils, your sugars, and then you're on the 500 calorie diet,” says Michelle.

The difference is it limits hunger unlike any other diet plan.
"That’s what's unique about it. If I just put you on a restricted calorie diet, in two three days you'd be very unhappy with me,” says Dr. Rollins. "People don't lose muscle mass, they lose fat. The HCG seems to help them just shred fat first."

"It’s a life change, and that's what it’s been for me. I haven't had a pop since September 27th, that was the last time, and I don't crave it. And I drank pop my whole life,” says Michelle.

Michelle, who actually works at Integrative Medicine Center, says she lost 25 pounds in just 20 days during treatment. She's down two dress sizes and a ton of inches on her body. Yet her husband, who she calls “the poster child for HCG,” managed to shred 30 pounds in 20 days. More importantly, she says, they both feel great and have created a new lifestyle for their entire family of six.

Dr. Rollins says HCG should not be your last resort in weight loss. Rather, it should come before more invasive procedures such as lap band or gastric bypass.

A recent report from the FDA ruled that over-the-counter HCG is illegal because it uses a tiny amount of the federally regulated hormone. However, the FDA does approve the hormone for fertility treatments, just not weight loss.


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  • by uhm Location: gj on Feb 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
    25lbs in 20 days is NOT natural nor healthy. There's a reason the FDA doesn't approve this. I feel this is pretty irresponsible reporting. How about reporting on some exercises or healthy recipes?
  • by Luke Location: GJ on Feb 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    I have known several people who did the HCG thing and got the weight off, but, if you don't adhere to the maintenance program, you will gain very quickly. The reason most people can't do the maintenance program is because of the economy, every penny counts today. Veggies and other foods needed to maintain are expensive, and most people can't afford it. I don't mean to rain on anybodys parade, but that is what I have observed being around several people who have been on HCG.
  • by Anonymous Location: GJ on Feb 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    I feel that everyone want a magic cure. I like a lot of of us could stand to lose a few pounds. I know the way to lose weight is calories in calories out plain and simple. I know what I should do and that's not taking a hormone supplement. Though I don't agree with FDA banning anything they don't like people need to make decisions for themselves. If you're ok with doing this and accepting the possible side effects you should be able to.
  • by Truth be known.... on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    Unless any of you have actually read the original diet and/or tried it - I think you should not offer your UN-knowledgeable opinion. We have the fattest population ever in this country and believe me I speak from experience when I say this program works and works very well with absolutely no physical, mental or emotional consequences. If the FDA has its way this weight solution program will not be available to anyone but the rich... as usual. The only reason this Dr. is talking about it? Brings attention from the FDA and than only through him and others like him will it be available to the public through a very expensive program. Disgusting... because it has been affordable so far.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    It is Human Chorionic Hormone
  • by guest Location: colorado on Feb 21, 2012 at 09:04 AM
    I think that this is one thing that you should be under the care of a doctor for and not able to do it over the counter. If you listen very closely to what the Doctor says he talks about how the hormone regulates fat in a body basically if a pregnant woman is starving. Essentially that is what these people are doing is starving themselves and adding hormones in so it is something that should be monitored by a health professional.
  • by Acinonyxj Location: Grand Junction on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:21 AM
    It figures; if it really works, the FDA will make it illegal or by prescription only.
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