In the book “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You To Know About”, infomercial guru Kevin Trudeau talks about the “suppressed weight loss breakthrough” that was discovered in the 1960s.
This treatment uses a hormone produced by the placenta during the development of the fetus. Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, triggers the sex glands of the fetus to develop. He talks about Dr. Simeons, a doctor in Rome in the 60’s who found that hCG could also help people who are on very low calorie diets lose more fat with less symptoms such as hunger, headache, etc.
Kevin Treudeau gives testimonial to the process when he describes how he lost 50 pounds in 60 days. He then goes on to guarantee a weight loss of 30 pounds in 30 days. Quite a guarantee, although one that you will see in practically every infomercial dedicated to weight loss. When you look into the hCG treatment of obesity you find some pretty disturbing facts that Kevin Treudeu “doesn’t want you to know about”.
First, many people think that hCG is all that is required in order to lose weight. In fact, you have to do a lot of work in order to make hCG therapy work for you. This includes a very strict diet and supplement regimen that is nearly impossible to stick with. Now Kevin Treudeu does not keep this info from you in the book, the problem is you have to buy the book first and read it before you will decide not to do it! I believe that he is banking on the proven fact that only 1-2% of people go through the hassle of sending back an item.
Second, most physicians who actually treat patients with the protocol do not find the same “magical” results that are reported in the advertising materials for the book. These doctors see it as an adjuvant to the entire weight loss program. This means that they find that fat loss proceeds at a faster rate but not at a magical rate.
Now is the big question. Can we get similar result without the need to take the hCG? I believe the answer is yes! You must remember that this program was designed during a time when we did not know about Leptin and dozens of other hormones produced by the stomach and fat cells. With a better understanding of these hormones and how to regulate them we are now able to help our system regulate the hypothalamus rather than looking to hCG to do it. This is an exciting area of research and one which we will cover in detail in later sections. For the time being, let’s just leave the book on the bookstore shelves.