Albert T. W. Simeons

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Dr. Albert Theodore William Simeons (1900 in London – 1970 in Rome) was the leading exponent of a weight-loss protocol based on human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). In 1954, he published a book called "Pounds and Inches",[1] and a paper in the Lancet on his theories.[2]

Scientific consensus does not support Simeons's claims, finding no weight loss attributable to the use of hCG.[3][4]


  • The Mask of a Lion, 1952 (a novel)
  • Pounds & Inches a New Approach to Obesity, 1954
  • Man's Presumptuous Brain: An Evolutionary Interpretation of Psychosomatic Disease, 1961
  • Food: Facts, Foibles & Fables: The Origins of Human Nutrition, 1968


  1. ^ Linda Lee (5 April 2012). "Bridal Hunger Games: Losing Weight in Time for the Wedding". New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  2. ^ Simeons, A. T. (1954). "The action of chorionic gonadotrophin in the obese". Lancet. 267 (6845): 946–947. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(54)92556-8. PMID 13213083.
  3. ^ Stein, Mark R.; Julis, Ronald E.; Peck, Carl C.; Hinshaw, W; Sawicki, JE; Hinshaw, William; Sawicki, John E.; Deller, John J. (1976). "Ineffectiveness of human chorionic gonadotropin in weight reduction: A double-blind study". American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 29 (9): 940–8. doi:10.1093/ajcn/29.9.940. PMID 786001.
  4. ^ Lijesen, GK; Theeuwen, I; Assendelft, WJ; Van Der Wal, G (1995). "The effect of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in the treatment of obesity by means of the Simeons therapy: A criteria-based meta-analysis". British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 40 (3): 237–43. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2125.1995.tb05779.x. PMC 1365103. PMID 8527285.