Below is a broad outline of of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons’ protocol, Pounds and Inches, A New Approach to Obesity.
Dr. Simeons Protocol
The Science Behind: Pounds and Inches, A New Approach to Obesity
Dr. A.T.W. Simeons is the father, creator and legend behind the hCG protocol. He developed this plan during the 1950’s in Italy with hundreds of patients, perfecting it into a sure-fire, healthy weight loss “cure”. Back then this plan was accessible only to the elite, wealthy and famous with thousands of dollars to spend. Patients were required to stay at his European facility while under constant monitoring, even being served the proper meals throughout the day. When scientists figured out how to make the hCG program more accessible to the masses, its popularity boomed. Unfortunately, while this program was able to produce lasting results, many people were not successful at keeping the weight off. This is because they lost the weight without correcting all of the imbalances that got them there in the first place. As of late 2011, the FDA began to stop the sale of hCG to the general public.
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The hCG protocol, Pounds and Inches, is based on daily consumption of hCG in conjunction with a very strict set of dietary guidelines. It is based on the concept that excess fat is due to some part of the body being out of balance. Since Simeons found that the hypothalamus gland is essentially the control tower of the body, he hypothesized that using hCG to act on this organ was the key to success.
- “Obesity in all its many forms is due to an abnormal functioning of one part of the body” (the hypothalamus)
- “If obesity is always due to one very specific hypothalamus deficiency, it follows that the only way to cure it is to correct this deficiency”.
So what causes these abnormalities? It’s the toxins all around us, and especially in our foods, things such as:
- Outdoor pollutants
- Food preservatives and chemical dyes
- White sugar
Simeons found that hCG combine with a low calorie diet would reset the hypothalamus thereby causing weight loss. Here is what his manuscript states: “we find that the ‘use’ of only 125 units per day is ample to reduce weight at the rate of roughly one pound per day, even in a colossus weighing 400 pounds, when associated with a 500-calorie diet”. (Pounds and Inches).
The hypothalamus is located in the brain just under the thalamus on either side of the third ventricle. The main function of the hypothalamus is homeostasis, or maintaining bodily balance. Blood pressure, body temperature, fluid and electrolyte balance, circadian cycles, and body weight are all regulated in the hypothalamus (Molavi, 1997). Ultimately the hypothalamus can control every endocrine gland in the body. A person who suffers from obesity, especially someone whom cannot seem to lose weight despite their efforts has a problem with homeostasis, a metabolic disorder that lies in the hypothalamic region. There are many hormones that are involved in regulation of our bodies and one of those is human chorionic gonadotropin hormone or hCG. The anterior hypothalamus contains receptor sites for hCG (Lei, 2001). Evidence suggests hCG promotes the destruction of fat cells. Scientists know hCG does not directly act on fat cells, it does however, act on the receptor sites located in the hypothalamus which regulates our metabolism (Belliscio, 2009).
hCG Protocol Details
Below are a set of interesting details about the Pounds and Inches Protocol, straight from the text of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons
No using fats, oils or creams while on the program.
“Fats, oils, creams and ointments applied to the skin are absorbed and interfere with weight reduction by HCG just as if they had been eaten. we find that persons who habitually handle organic fats, such as workers in beauty parlors, masseurs, butchers, etc. never show what we consider a satisfactory loss of weight unless they can avoid fat coming into contact with their skin. Under treatment normal fat is restored to the skin, which rapidly becomes fresh and turgid, making the expression much more youthful.” – Dr. Simeons
Feelings of weakness are not due to lost muscle.
“This phenomenon (feelings of weakness), which disappears soon after the end of the treatment, is caused by the removal of abnormal fat deposited between, in, and around the muscles. The removal of this fat makes the muscles too long, and so in order to achieve a certain skeletal movement – say the bending of an arm – the muscles have to perform greater contraction than before. Within a short while the muscle adjusts itself perfectly to the new situation, but under HCG the loss of fat is so rapid that this adjustment cannot keep up with it.” – Dr. Simeons
No massages durring treatment.
“I never allow any kind of massage during treatment. It is entirely unnecessary and merely disturbs a very delicate process which is going on in the tissues. The only effect obtained is severe bruising. The torn tissue then forms scars, and these slowly contract making the fatty tissue even harder and more unyielding.” – Dr. Simeons
Despite only eating 500 calories per day, people are not hungry.
“While fat was in transition it was available to the body as fuel. Only when the fat which is in transit under the effect of HCG is actually consumed can more fat be withdrawn from the fixed deposits. It seems that HCG brings about this continual saturation of the blood, which is the reason why obese patients under treatment with HCG never feel hungry in spite of their drastically reduced food intake. Every time they lose a pound of fatty tissue, which they do almost daily, only the actual fat is burned up; all the vitamins, the proteins, the blood, and the minerals which this tissue contains in abundance are fed back into the body.” – Dr. Simeons
All of the information in this article came from that manuscript.
Belluscio, D.O. (2009). The hCG (Human Choriogonadotropin) method for the treatment of obesity: Overcoming the “test of time.” Retrieved June 14, 2009, from http://www.hcgobesity.org/
Lei, Z. M., & Rao, C., V. (2001). Neural actions of luteinizing hormone and human chorionic gonadotropin. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. Retrived June 14, 2009, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11394198
Molavi, D. W. (1997). Hypothalamus and Autonomic Nervous System., Washington University School of Medicine. Retrived June 14, 2009, from http://thalamus.wustl.edu/course/hypoANS.html
References to the Use of Chorionic Gonadotrophin In Obesity
Nov. 6, 1954 Article Simeons
Nov. 15, 1958 Letter to Editor Simeons
July 29, 1961 Letter to Editor Lebon
Dec. 9, 1961 Article Carne
Dec. 9, 1961 Letter to Editor Kalina
Jan. 6, 1962 Letter to Editor Simeons
Nov. 26, 1966 Letter to Editor Lebon
THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRIC SOCIETY
Jan. 1956 Article Simeons
Oct. 1964 Article Harris & Warsaw
Feb. 1966 Article Lebon
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION
Sept.-Oct. 1959 Article Sohar
March 1963 Article Craig et al.
Sept. 1963 Letter to Editor Simeons
March 1964 Article Frank
Sept. 1964 Letter to Editor Simeons
Feb. 1965 Letter to Editor Hutton
June 1969 Editorial Albrink
June 1969 Special Article Gusman
THE JOURNAL OF PLASTIC SURGERY (British)
April 1962 Article Lebon
THE SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL JOURNAL
Feb 1963 Article Politzer, Berson & Flaks
A.T.W. SIMEONS POUNDS AND INCHES Privately printed: obtainable only from A.T.W. Simeons, Salvator Mundi International Hospital, Rome, Italy
VETSUCHT (Netherlands Edition) Wetenschappelijke Uitgeverij, N.V. Amsterdam
MAN’S PRESUMPTUOUS BRAIN Longman’s, Green, London
E.P. Dutton, New York (hardback) Dutton Paperbacks, New York