The Harvard Diet Study and the Official HCG Diet Plan

Long before the Harvard weight-loss study released on June 27, 2012, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons was pioneering a low-carb, low-sugar, low-calorie dietary regimen that he recommended -- with great success -- to his diet clinic patients, who also took injections of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) to control their metabolisms and direct their weight loss to areas of excess, unneeded fat.

Now the Harvard study, called "For Calories, It's All About Quality Over Quantity," published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), confirms that not all calories are created equal, and that those that are found in lean meats and low-carb,low-sugar fruits and vegetables are the best. This, of course, is exactly what the original HCG diet formulated by Dr. Simeons six decades ago relied upon -- a low-carb, low-sugar approach.

Today, in following the scientific findings of Dr. Simeons, we at the Official HCG Diet Plan rely on the same food choices that both Dr. Simeons and the Harvard study confirmed, but like Dr. Simeons' approach, we also supercharge the weight loss with the addition of HCG, this time in the form of HCG diet drops , which in Dr. Simeons' time had yet to be synthesized.

To be brief, the Harvard study examined different types of diets to find which would not only take the weight off but keep it off after the low-calorie, restricted part of the diet was over. The hands-down winner was the low-carb diet that shuns all starches and sugars (sound familiar to you Official HCG Diet Plan followers?). The second best was a low glycemic diet that is very similar to the low-carb diet and is often known by the name of Mediterranean Diet (it does allow a few more carbs).

In his seminal HCG diet-descriptive work entitled Pounds and Inches, Dr. Simeons spelled out the exact parameters of his version of low-carb, low-sugar, and he brooked no deviations since he found that other foods, though similar in calories and composition, worked differently with the HCG and could stall or reverse weight loss. But after the desired weight loss has been attained, his approach to food consumption more closely resembles the low-carb diet studied by Harvard. So there is a profound intersection between the recent study and Dr. Simeons's studies of more than six decades ago.

During the weight-loss portion of Dr. Simeons's diet (what we call Phase 2 on the Official HCG Diet Plan), the dieter is limited to 100 grams of lean protein for both lunch and dinner, along with one vegetable (from a specified list), one apple or orange or handful of strawberries, and one Melba toast or grissino breadstick (the only carbs allowed). To clarify, 100 grams equal 3.5 ounces, and Dr. Simeons specified absolute weight measuring. Also, Dr. Simeons said that Americans, due to our fat-marbled American beef, should not use beef for the protein portion but instead choose fresh white fish, chicken, veal, lobster, crab or shrimp. He also ordered the consumption of at least two liters (half a gallon) of water-based liquids each day.Dr. Simeons wrote:

"Every item in the list is gone over carefully, continually stressing the point that no variations other than those listed may be introduced. All things not listed are forbidden, and the patient is assured that nothing permissible has been left out. The 100 grams of meat must he scrupulously weighed raw after all visible fat has been removed. To do this accurately the patient must have a letter-scale, as kitchen scales are not sufficiently accurate and the butcher should certainly not be relied upon. Those not uncommon patients who feel that even so little food is too much for them, can omit anything they wish."

The main point here is that, though Dr. Simeons naturally focused his low-carb approach on the perfect foods to complement the HCG protocol, he was basically using the same principles that worked for low-carb patients in the Harvard study. Thus those of us who undertake the Official HCG Diet Plan can be sure that we're following scientifically proven, safe weight-loss diet procedures.

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