Posted 01 March 2013
|My attention has been drawn to the Reshape “Medically Assisted Weight Loss Program. A consumer asked if the diet is safe?The diet is based on the ideas of Dr ATW Simeons. Dr Thys Heyns writes on the Reshape website: ” . . made me even more positive about this revolutionary weight loss protocol that was introduced to the world by Dr ATW Simeons”.|
There are a few things you need to know about this diet:
Although not a scientific source of information, Wikipedia has this to say about Dr ATW Simeons: “Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons was the leading exponent of a weight-loss scheme based on human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). In 1954, he published a book called “Pounds and Inches”, and a paper in the Lancet on his theories. Scientific consensus does not support Simeons’s claims, finding no weight loss attributable to the use of hCG.”
Furthermore, if Dr Heyns is using a homeopathic version of HCG, then it has no active component. The USA Food and Drug Administration has stated that over the counter hCG products marketed as weight loss aids are unproven and illegal, including allleged hCG products marked as “homeopathic”.
“The HCG diet has been studied in randomized trials that have included control groups receiving a placebo (saline) injection instead of HCG. In almost every case, researchers found that any weight loss was entirely due to the low-calorie diet. A meta-analysis (combined analysis) of 24 studies published in 1995 concluded that there is no scientific evidence that HCG causes weight loss, redistributes fat, reduces hunger, or creates a feeling of well-being.”  (and no subsequent studies to support this diet has been published subsequently. “I do not recommend the HCG diet. The calorie intake is too low to provide adequate nutrition . . . ” 
Read these associated postings on CamCheck to get the full picture:
|The person behind the Reshape diet is Dr Thys Heyns|
On the Reshape website’s product page, the following product is advertised:
Dr Heyns’ Cellulite Cream:
“The Ingredients: Dr Heyn’s Cellulite Cream contains a unique combination of the following three ingredients; Aminophylline, Caffeine and Yohimbine. The three main ingredients of the cream have been shown to reduce cellulite by improving the metabolism of the abnormal fat cells.”
One very big problem: Yohimbine is banned in South Africa. Oops?!
Below are scientific peer-reviewed articles stating that the evidence does not support this diet (there are no recent studies that do):
- W V Med J. 2011 Jan-Feb;107(1):12-3. “There they go again”–hCG and weight loss. Toffle RC.
- WebMD Expert Review. The Truth About hCG for Weight Loss. By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
- Harv Womens Health Watch. 2010 May;17(9):8. By the way, doctor. I’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time and nothing seems to work. What do you know about the HCG diet? Robb-Nicholson C.
- Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1995 Sep;40(3):237-43. The effect of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in the treatment of obesity by means of the Simeons therapy: a criteria-based meta-analysis. Lijesen GK, Theeuwen I, Assendelft WJ, Van Der Wal G.