This morning a friend sent me a screen shot of a “suggested page” on facebook for the “123 Diet” which appears to be a Multi Level Marketing version of a HGC Diet. As per most of these diets, the page promises a massive amount of weight loss very quickly with “no starvation, no exercise and no shakes”.
Looking into the HGC diet though, the way it works is that you consume a 500 calorie per day diet, while taking HGC drops which supposedly “trick” the body into burning fat.
First off… I’m not sure in what version of reality 500 calories a day does not count as “starvation”. It’s less than I have for breakfast. I have female clients steadily losing weight on anything from 1600 to 2600 (minimum, not maximum) calories per day depending on their needs. There’s absolutely no way on earth you need to slash your intake so drastically to such a dangerously low level in order to lose weight. As I’ve described in detail elsewhere, such drastic measures inevitably backfire horribly, as you’ll read in the link that follows.
Long Term Effects Of HCG Diet – a horror story on the myfitnesspal forums.
I did four rounds of HCG over the course of 2 years. I started with about 15 lbs to lose, and then lost it on HCG, and gained back 20…. lost the 20 on round 2, but gained back 30! etc. etc. now i’m about 35 lbs over weight and even though I havent touched hcg in over a year, i am unable to lose weight!
Now as to the HCG drops… if you’re starving yourself on 500 calories, you’ll lose weight initially albeit at the expense of your health. You’ll inevitably put the weight back with interest, but you will lose some to start with because you are literally starving. Even assuming that these drops actually do contain any significant dosage (or any at all for that matter) of the HCG hormone… you’re losing weight due to starvation, just the same way anorexic people, people in famine stricken countries or in concentration camps do.
Now the popularisation of the HCG Diet though, where did that start? Interestingly enough, wikipedia informs me that the resurgence in interest in HGC started with marketing by Kevin Trudeau. If you missed it a couple of weeks ago, this scumbag just received a 10 year jail sentence for unrepentantly continuing to market scam weight loss products in violation of court orders banning him from doing so.
From the United States Food And Drug Administration mandated disclaimer for all HGC products:
There is no substantial evidence that HCG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets.
Simply put… the HGC Diet is a dangerous starvation diet that does produce dramatic short term weight loss, but inevitably results in long term weight gain and metabolic damage. It was popularised by a known scumbag scam artist currently serving a 10 year sentence for fraud in relation to weight loss products.
Here’s the actual science on the HGC diet, as published in the American Society For Clinical Nutrition.
SERIOUS TALK: stop fucking around with these dangerous scam diets. Your body is designed BY GOD (or, you know… nature) to be a “normal” weight range on a “normal” range of calories. Despite what the diet industry wants you to believe, you don’t need to eat “less than normal” to be a normal weight.
Consume a suitable amount and train strategically, not to burn calories but to build a strong and healthy body. This is very simple.