About the Simeons Diet
So what is all the interest in reducing abnormal fat with a Dr. Simeons' diet? What was his method and what did he do? Is this just another passing phase or is his weight management concept here to stay?
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 along with a low fat food plan to help people lose abnormal fat. The 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.
One of the questions that has arisen is whether these amino acids are a hormone or not a hormone since they can be linked to pregnancy. 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. By eliminating the definition of Simeons' diet as a 'hormone' diet, people should feel a lot more comfortable using it for weight management.
The history of these amino acids is pretty interesting. They were discovered in 1929 and have 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. Dr Simeons discovered that if a lot less is used along with his specific food plan, many people are able to reduce abnormal body fat they cannot otherwise lose through diet and exercise.
As an endocrinologist, Simeons knew that these specific amino acids positively affect the master area of the brain known as the Hypothalamus. This master area has been found to be responsible for regulating the body’s ability to store and release abnormal fat and so he felt it would make sense to use it along with a fat restrictive food plan to manage and reduce abnormal body fat. Based on his theory, he hypothesized that people who stored abnormal fat potentially had problems with the hypothalamus or the association with the hypothalamus regulating fat. After years of research with specific amino acids and specific foods, he successfully created the Simeons-type of diet plan that began, and still does today, help many people lose abnormal fat in a relatively short period of time better than diet and exercise.