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Losing Weight if You Can’t Lose Weight

or What That Pregnancy Test Really Tests

Rhyena Halpern
6 min readMay 25, 2020


Are you like me? One of those women who can’t lose weight despite severe caloric restriction?

Have you shamed yourself enough yet? Have you double shamed yourself not only for the extra weight but also for buying into the fat-phobic society we live in?

Despite your feminist positions on body acceptance, do you feel better lighter?Do you need to resolve your eating and weight issues for your own health and happiness?

Have you, like me, really and truly tried every diet? Have you gained and lost the same 20 pounds more than ten times?

I lost 32 pounds over the last several months. Those pounds slowly found me again after my last big weight loss six years ago.

That brings me to hCG, or the only way I can lose weight.

It stands for human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced early in pregnancy to sustain the embryo until the placenta is formed. HCG takes between one to two weeks after conception to show up in the blood and urine, which is what a pregnancy test is actually measuring. Additionally, hCG is normally produced by the pituitary gland in minute amounts by both men and women to support good reproductive health.

In the 1950’s Dr. Simeons, a European endocrinologist, discovered that, used for short durations of typically 23 or 40 days, injecting tiny amounts of hCG into patients, combined with a very low calorie diet (that emphasize protein, limit carbohydrate intake and eliminate fats), resulted in a.the loss of the visceral fat (not subcutaneous which is good, protective fat), b.significant weight loss of .5 to 1 pound a day, and the body’s hypothalamus, causing the body to reset its metabolism and thus better maintain the weight loss.

If you need to find out more about it this very instant:

Dr. Simeons original protocol can be found here.

Alot of hCG businesses will put a big hustle on you to buy the product. The hCG site I trust the most is here.

Back to my story. Six years ago, I tried hCG under the care of a Functional Medicine doctor, after months of working on detoxing, cleansing and…



Rhyena Halpern

End of Life Doula who loves to write on Death & Dying, Third Act/Retirement, Wellness, Healing & Trauma, Sexuality/Romance/Aging.