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Crazy Diet

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So one of my friends has been working out and lost about 10 pounds this summer and looks great! But she still has some areas she thinks could be more toned so she’s starting a crazy diet in my opinion. This diet is called the HCG diet.

Basically, you do the diet for a period of 25 days. Each day, you eat basically the same thing, and you are suppose to loose 1 to 2 lbs. a DAY. That is a lot of weight loss fast.

For your daily food, you can only consume 500 calories and you have to eat what they tell you. I do not have the exact menu, but when I looked it at you can have coffee or tea for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, you get 3 oz. of grilled chicken, a veggie and a fruit and one special cracker. You can have no dressing, oil, butter or anything extra. You can not drink pop, milk, juice or alcohol.

30 minutes before you eat, you have to take the HCG hormone drop and then wait to eat. The HCG drops are suppose to trick your body into thinking its pregnant and basically eat the fat on your body.

My friend that is on this diet heard about it from a friend who lost 50 lbs on it, but in my opinion it is NOT safe and it sounds unhealthy. Especially since you are so limited to what you eat.

Torie Nicholas

  1. This “diet” is not sustainable. It is a quick fix and this person will just gain it all back. Why? Because they never learn how to eat right.

    500 calories is not healthy. I picked up, while viewing a recent “Biggest Loser” show, that everyone must eat 1800 calories a day. This gives them enough energy throughout the day and still lose weight.

    My guess is that this person put on all that weight because they either:
    1. Ate portion sizes that were too large.
    2. Ate foods that gave them cravings instead of curbing their appetite (white bread vs whole-grain bread)
    3. Did not exercise enough

    Fix one or all of these and they will lose weight.

  2. For reference, folks undergoing lap-band or gastric bypass only consume a recommended 800 calories per day and that’s BARELY healthy and done under careful supervision. (And, keep in mind, for the severely overweight, not those looking to trim those last 5 pounds.)

    Going under 1200 calories is seldom recommended and can put your body into starvation mode. When in starvation mode your body eats muscle, not fat, as it considers fat a last-resort source of energy. Add to that muscle burns more calories than fat, even in resting mode, and your friend is likely wrecking her metabolism in the process.

    Optimally, the guideline is to cut your calorie intake 500 calories from what you body would normally need maintenance-wise (that amount varies due to lifestyle and body type–remember, more muscle means more calories consumed–but 1800 to 2000 is not an unreasonable average.

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