Dr Oz: Dr Emma hCG Diet Protocol Review
Like many of you, I also saw the recent Dr. Oz show on the hCG Diet. It was nice to see another confirmation of what we have seen with our hCG weight loss patients. Since January 2010, we’ve had over 33,000 patients lose weight on the IAPAM’s Clean Start hCG Weight Loss program, so to say we speak with authority on this subject is an understatement.
Every month or two, we hear about someone who has “improved” the original hCG diet. Typically when we investigate deeper, we find they have increased the daily calories and/or added supplements that they sell. The original protocol diet consists of a very low carb, higher protein diet, without any additional sugars and starches. I’m not really aware of any supplements, bars, or powders that don’t contain sugars or starches.
Increasing the daily caloric intake is certainly something we, at the IAPAM Medical Advisory Board, have discussed in the past. The fact is we don’t see the point in increasing the calories because patients are just not hungry. Dr. Emma mentions a reason to increase the calories is to help maintain your muscle mass while on the diet. In our tests, we have found that the fat vs. muscle loss is consistent with her findings, however our patients are following the original Dr. Simeons hCG diet protocol. We have found that patients who follow the original diet (including taking prescription hCG, not hCG drops) are not hungry and lose primarily fat, not muscle.
If you increase the calories per day, then you are in essence just giving the patient a diabetic ketegenic diet. Under these circumstances, you can then offer the supplements that Dr. Emma offers her patients, which are protein bars, soups, protein powders, supplements, raspberry ketone powder, fruit drinks (see her available products for purchase here: http://dremmasdiet.com/products/).
They also had a chef with “updated” recipes, who was using ham, omelet, sauces, yogurt, etc. However, she also said she was hungry during the Dr. Emma hCG diet, and by straying from the allowable foods list on the original protocol, that is why she was probably hungry. We do know when patients don’t follow the original diet, they are hungrier. so this makes sense.
She also thought that because women are pregnant they sometimes get nausea and don’t feel like eating, this may be the part of how hCG that effects hunger. Personally, I think that hCG interacts with Leptin (which is a hormone that tells your body you are full), so I don’t buy that theory.
I do like this quote from Dr. Emma, since it helps better describe the program to patients: “it’s the diet that drives weight loss; it’s the hCG injections that effect how you lose the weight.” This makes sense, because after people lose 30lbs they should be requiring less calories, but in fact (Resting Metabolic Rate testing confirms this), they can eat a similar amount of calories. This is due to the muscle being retained (which burns more calories than fat).
Another item we certainly agree on is that exercise should be part of the program. She doesn’t really say what exercises are allowed, but with our program we want you to do a 20 minute walk every day.
In summary, Dr. Emma, as we’ve seen many others do in the past, is trying to create a “new and improved” hCG diet protocol that works better and saves muscle mass. However, our experience with over 33,000 patients is that the original protocol saves the same amount of muscle mass and patients are not hungry. There is no point in increasing the dosage and daily calories since people should not be hungry. On the original protocol, they lose the weight, they lose fat, and their metabolism is reset. I do agree with exercise, and we have included it from the beginning. She only has 1,000 patients, whereas the IAPAM Clean Start hCG Weight Loss program has over 33,000, so I think we have a better feel for what works and doesn’t work.