While it is common knowledge that women will inevitably gain weight during pregnancy, have you ever noticed that some women actually lean out during the first trimester? Yes, morning sickness may be the cause of it in some cases, but a hormone naturally released from the pituitary gland during pregnancy, called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), could also be a source.
Dr. Brian Arcement, renowned cardiologist and medical director of Nuviva Medical Weight Loss, says that hCG is believed to help people lose weight from their stored fat, which is what naturally occurs in a woman’s body during the early stages of pregnancy.
Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is a glycoprotein hormone produced in the pituitary gland, which is one of the glands that can have an impact on our natural body weight, according to Dr. Arcement.
“hCG is believed to help people lose weight from their stored fat if they are also following a low calorie diet,” he added. “This has not yet been proven in medical studies and the FDA has not approved the use of hCG for medical weight loss, but it is used ‘off-label’ in some programs. An hCG diet does not yet have substantiated medical studies to prove its effectiveness, but many dieters are reporting real and sustainable results when they incorporate their use of hCG with better nutrition and exercise. While we lack the empirical data, new anecdotal data comes in every day, and now it’s being examined closely in the media as well as in some new studies.”
He also said that hCG can be controversial because of the way some people use it.
“The only way of directly controlling the proper amount of hCG to use in conjunction with a weight loss program is to use only injectable hCG administered by a medical professional,” he added. “Oral hCG tablets usually require at least double to triple the amount of injectable hCG to ensure that some hCG is absorbed. However, the amount absorbed can vary from person to person, depending on body weight and chemistry. It’s not a reliable method, and there is a substantial risk of overdose. Some dieters try using topical hCG, but the same logic applies – inaccurate dosage, questionable effect and potentially negative outcome. People want to lose weight, not get sick.”
But those negative results aren’t related to people who use hCG through a properly comprehensive and integrated medical program that focuses on nutrition and exercise as well as weight loss.
“For many people, weight loss is a chronic endeavor,” Dr. Arcement said. “All too often the shedding of pounds is a temporary event followed by a steady regain of lost weight. This is because most individuals do not learn how, what and how much to eat in order to properly fuel their bodies. They are not educated about proper food choices and effective exercise. A proper weight loss program helps dieters learn to count calories and understand how their body will process food, and that’s the only way to avoid the yo-yo effect and maintain weight loss results – and a healthier lifestyle — for the long term.”