Post # 1
My sister just got married in March, 2011. She did the HCG for 2 months and lost 30 pounds and kept most of it off!. It’s really hard but I have already lost 4 pounds in two days and my energy level is through the roof! The food is awful but nothing tastes better than being a thin bride! I want to lose 30-40 pounds so hopefully this is will be a good start. Is anyone else doing this or any other extreme diet for their wedding?
Post # 3
I did it! Stuck to the diet for the min. 21 days, lost 15 lbs. Gained it all back during my honeymoon though. Thinking of doing another round in August. If you want more info, see my previous posts on hCG.
Post # 4
I tried. I was so miserable and mean…I only got through two weeks of it 🙁
There are better ways – I just didn’t see how it was worth it.
Post # 5
500 calories? That’s craziness. Crash diets/fads never work.
Post # 6
This kind of diet is NOT good for you and is almost impossible to keep weight off.
Post # 7
I’ve done it and I’ve lost weight, but it is a difficult diet to do. Some people have a great reaction to the hcg – their appetite decreases, then get energy… I was tired, STARVING, and the last thing on this earth I wanted to eat was chicken.
Post # 8
Since 1975, the FDA has required labeling and advertising of HCG to state: HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it 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-restricted diets.
HCG’s principle current promoter, Kevin Trudeau, is a convicted felon, scammer, and con artist. Twelve clinical studies conducted from 1959 to the 2000s have found no effect from HCG in promoting weight loss or hunger management. One study has shown benefits, though with significant methology issues. While people may experience positive results when using an HCG protocol, there’s no credible evidence to suggest HCG itself is responsible for the results.
While many people report weight loss from HCG, all clinical evidence suggests weight loss is strictly due to the very low calorie diet (500-800 calories/day) and NOT the HCG injections (Note: <500 cal/day diets have severe side effects including death). Placebo effects may also play a role, particularly in “homeopathic HCG” protocols.
See also: MayoClinic: HCG diet: Is it safe and effective? HCG diet was largely discredited long ago HCG is a potentially dangerous placebo – do not use HCG for weight loss Obesity doctors issue statement against HCG diet American Society of Bariatric Physicians on HCG
Post # 9
My sister lost about 30 pounds as well on the HCG diet and kept it off (but she had to work hard to keep it off)
so…I ordered the drops (the injections scare me) they say the drops have very little HCG actually in them so you lose weight from pretty much starving yourself. I’m really on the fence about this whole thing, I just watched the Dr’s this morning (even though I hate that show) and they talked about how it can give you tumors. Yikes.
Post # 10
@Heatherloveskenny: I saw that preview for the show. I had wanted to see it. How was it?
Post # 11
@Miss Tattoo: Agreed. I don’t believe in diets. I believe in lifestyle changes. Those are the things that last. I’ve made a few lifestyle changes in the last few years (such as exercising more, cutting out unhealthy carbs) that have made me feel better, stronger, and healthier.
Post # 12
Look into other options!
I had adipex. My gynecologist prescribed it to me. It actually helped me and trained me to eat smaller portions on my own and fill up faster.
I am not the poster child for diets working though.. I took the pills for about a month – month 1/2 and then stopped.. Kept the 15-20 lbs off for a couple of months after that. I am now dieting again, but without the diet pills. I am replacing all sodas with water (ONE CUP OF COFFEE A DAY AND ONE CHERRY COKE ZERO A DAY). Not eating after 7 PM and using smaller “saucers” instead of big dinner plates. I’m using the Special K! Meal replacement bars and snacking on fruits and nuts instead of french fries or chips! We’re also incorporating some exercising (once FH heals properly) — we’ll start walking, crunching, lunges and sit-ups, and work up to running. Even if I can knock off 10-12 lbs, I’ll be SUPER excited:) 🙂
Best of Luck to you! But definitely do your research. Some of this shit can EFF you up.
Post # 13
Yeah, I was SO hungry all the time, had NO energy, and gained all of the weight back a week later. This diet is SO unhealthy and isn’t worth the weight loss. There are other diets that can have the same effect but you get to eat actual food. I.e. cutting out starches/sugars..etc.
I knew it was a bad idea when a friend of mine (who did the HCG diet) suggested I do an ‘apple day’. I asked, what the heck is that? ‘Oh, it’s where you eat an apple 4 times today. That’s all you eat, though.’
WHATTTTT? 4 apples to get me through the day? Ha.ha.
Post # 14
@lefeymw: it was pretty brief but they had one doctor saying it’s perfectly fine – only costs $40 a month for the real injections. But a lot of drops over the interent don’t have very much HCG in them and aren’t as effective.
On the other side there was a doctor saying it causes tumors and cancer and is not FDA approved for dieting but is effective for fertility issues. She went on to say that the hippocratic oath states that doctors are suppose to use their best judgement to keep the patient from harm so any doctor that does prescribe HCG to patients is horrible.
The whole pannel of “doctors” were very against it. They acted like its very new though, and its not.
Post # 15
People keep saying “you will gain it all back”..HELLO it’s for my wedding! I am eating whatever I want on our honeymoon! I know this isn’t a lifestyle eating 500 cals a day but the weight is falling off for my wedding..then after the honeymoon I will do a “lifestyle” change!
Post # 16
@Jsto2003: Exactly. You don’t need the HCG to lose the weight…the restricted calories is what’s doing it. Anyone can lose weight eating 500 calories a day.
I did it 25 years ago and got deathly sick. It didn’t work then and it doesn’t work now.