About the Simeons Diet
So what is all the excitement and interest in losing weight with a Dr. Simeons' diet that our diets are based on? What did he use and how did he do it? Is this just another passing phase or is his diet concept here to stay? Are there dangers with a Simeon's type of Diet we should know about?
These are great questions and let's see if we can help clear up some confusion. The Simeons Diet dates back to the 1950s when a British endocrinologist, Dr. ATW Simeons, pioneered the theory of using a natural substance comprised of 244 amino acids to help people lose abnormal fat. These amino acids are a protein found in many organs of the body and in nature, and naturally produced in the placenta during pregnancy at extremely high levels.
So the question has arisen whether these amino acids are a hormone or not since they can be linked to pregnacy in this fashion and the answer is no. It most definitely is not a 'sex hormone' and is definitely not a 'pregnancy hormone'. It should be described as a natural substance comprised of 244 naturally occurring amino acids. So by eliminating the definition of his diet as a 'hormone' Diet, people should feel a lot more comfortable using it for dieting and weight loss!
The history of these amino acids is pretty interesting. It was discovered in 1929 and has commonly been used over the years in females to treat infertility. It is extracted from a pregnant woman’s urine and then administered via injections to females in increments of 10,000 unit doses, along with other actual fertility hormones. It's interesting to note that male body builders and professional athletes who use steroids and deplete their natural testosterone levels have used amino acid injections for years at about 500 units 3 times a week as a precursor to increase testosterone levels. They are now discovering that if they use a lot less and follow the correct food plan, they can also reduce their body fat significantly!
When I first heard about this for weight loss, I thought it sounded pretty bizarre and wondered why Simeons came up with the idea to inject amino acids from pregnant women's urine into people. After I found more information about him and his work, he knew that these amino acids positively affect the master gland - the Hypothalamus gland. This master gland is responsible for regulating the body’s ability to store and release fat and this made perfectly good sense to me. Based on this, he hypothesized that people who could not lose weight or who stored abnormal fat potentially had a problem with the gland or the association with the hypothalamus regulating fat. After years of research with amino acids and specific foods, he successfully created the Simeons-type of Diet Plan that began, and still does today, help people lose extraordinary amounts of weight in a relatively short period of time better, easier and faster than diet and exercise. When you use the top weight loss supplements, it all comes together!