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TYGERCUB12 Posts: 53
7/27/10 1:30 P

I agree with MBG976... 23 days isn't really THAT long, though I'm not sure I will ever do it again. It's all about changing your lifestyle, I personally followed hCG with totally changing my lifestyle, that's the key or people are right, the weight comes back.

MBG976 Posts: 338
7/27/10 1:26 P

Is eating 500 calories healthy in the long-term? No. But eating low calories on the HCG diet or whatever diet someone is doing is no different than a gastric bypass patient eating 500 calories. Why is it OKAY for people that have surgery to reduce their stomach or rearrange their intestines to eat very low calories?!
Bottom line is that over a long period of time, these diets don't work. You might lose the weight, which is great, but people will gain it back if they don't change their mindset with food.

MBG976 Posts: 338
7/27/10 1:24 P

Is eating 500 calories healthy in the long-term? No. But eating low calories on the HCG diet or whatever diet someone is doing is no different than a gastric bypass patient eating 500 calories. Why is it OKAY for people that have surgery to reduce their stomach or rearrange their intestines to eat very low calories?!
Bottom line is that over a long period of time, these diets don't work. You might lose the weight, which is great, but people will gain it back if they don't change their mindset with food.

STANDATTHEEDGE Posts: 266
7/27/10 12:55 P

I have a friend who is using that as her method of weight loss - seems unnatural to me, I'll stick with Spark :)

WENDINGO1 Posts: 162
7/27/10 12:40 P

I agree - no quick fix is healthy in the long run. They don't usually last either - as soon as you go back to a more normal style of eating .... back comes that weight.

Life style changes are (or can be) permanent and also very good for your body and mind.



PANDALARUE Posts: 322
7/27/10 9:05 A

I can't imagine why people would choose to starve themselves, when a moderate reduction in calories, along with a little exercise, is so effective. I guess everyone just wants a quick fix. But the real fix isn't quick, nor should it be. The real fix is to make permanent, sustainable changes. *Sigh.*

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,256
7/27/10 6:39 A

My doctor told me it was safe for a woman to eat a minimum of 1000 calories a day. When I joined Spark People in February, my suggested calorie intake on here was 1200-1550 and I was wanting to make sure that wasn't too low of an intake and wouldn't put me in starvation mode.

Although my doctor told me that 1000 calories a day for a woman was okay, I have no desire to eat that low of an amount and will stick with my higher calorie count of between 1200-1375. There is no way I would eat just 500 calories either, that is far too low.

I've seen people mention that "diet" on other boards I go to and I think it's very unhealthy and not the correct way to lose weight unless directed by a doctor for some medical reason.



Edited by: KISSFAN1 at: 7/27/2010 (06:39)
AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,410)
Fitness Minutes: (4,362)
Posts: 3,171
7/27/10 1:46 A

I think that any group that actively encourages members to eat 500 calories should be banned!

Here's a link where this diet was discussed:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.a
sp?imboard=7&imparent=20369406&strView
ThisPage=2


KIMMY_LEE Posts: 5
7/27/10 1:39 A

I've seen people try to post links to articles about scientific research that says the HCG diet is a dangerous idea and a placebo on the HCG support groups here on Spark People, and the administrators remove it.

It's almost like a "Diet Cult" over there where no opposing opinion is tolerated!

I have a friend that got into the HCG diet craze, and there was no way anyone could talk him out of it. Hopefully, he didn't do too much long term damage to himself, but once most people get started on it, all they seem to care about is the fact they can lose weight fast by starving themselves:-(

Edited by: KIMMY_LEE at: 7/27/2010 (01:42)
PATTISWIMMER Posts: 4,763
7/27/10 1:33 A

No I think Sparks says think for yourself... it is not about censorship it is about being educated enough to know that 500 calories a day is a dumb idea.


PATTISWIMMER Posts: 4,763
7/27/10 1:33 A

No I think Sparks says think for yourself... it is not about censorship it is about being educated enough to know that 500 calories a day is a dumb idea.

KIMMY_LEE Posts: 5
7/27/10 1:24 A

The HCG diet is VERY unhealthy! The 2 day "loading" on unhealthy foods, the 500 calorie per day diet -- EVERYTHING about the HCG diet is unhealthy. Basically, it is an unproven theory from 50 years ago that uses people's bodies for experimental labs.

I am sorry that Spark allows support groups on this website for people that choose to engage in this madness!

Read the articles below for some good reasons NOT to do it:

www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400413/Pregnancy-H
ormone-for-Weight-Loss.html


www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.ph
p?t=843512


Edited by: KIMMY_LEE at: 7/27/2010 (01:29)
RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
7/26/10 10:30 P

Agree with Renae1979 on this one.. No one can live on 500 calories, it forces the body directly into starvation mode..

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reference_cal
orie.asp


Also using doping- people don't know what they may do to their bodies down the road in years to come.. Playing with hormones is not a good thing!

Eat healthy and work with exercise- safer results long term they also help to avoid aging faster..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAUQd1xfyPs&videos
=FrL73_7dGLY

Morjorie Newlin is a good role model for women of all ages.. You can't do this eating 500 calories at her age!

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 7/26/2010 (22:35)
TYGERCUB12 Posts: 53
7/26/10 3:11 P

I did it. My sister bought the homeopathic drops for me. I cut out multivitamins because the protocol deters fat-soluble vitamins... and I can promise you I felt very little energy. I did it for the recommended minimum of 23 days and had quite a bit of success... 22 lbs in those 23 days. I would get so hungry during the day that I'd go to bed at 8pm just to get my mind off being hungry. All you can eat during the 18 days of intensive protocol are 200g meat (7oz), 200g veggies (7oz) and two fruits per day. Being 275lbs at the beginning was hard as that wasn't enough food for me to make me feel satisfied, let alone full. My sister bought me more drops but I have held off on re-starting because I have lost 20lbs more on my own 1200-1500 calorie plan. I don't know what the drops did to my body, but losing the weight with the hCG protocol gave me confidence to continue losing more weight on my own. Please feel free to mail me with any questions.

Edited by: TYGERCUB12 at: 7/26/2010 (15:12)
RENAE1979 SparkPoints: (40,731)
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Posts: 2,390
7/26/10 12:25 P

Yeah, I don't think that injecting yourself with a hormone and then only eating 500 calories a day can be healthy (and it is really selective list of things you can eat to make up those tiny 500 calories). Plus those plans are pretty expensive too and there is no long term research out there.

There is no way that I would do it!

CASJ57 Posts: 1,377
7/26/10 11:37 A

Yes, a friend is doing it. She has been a longtime WW member, but doesn't follow the plan, so gosh, for some reason, doesn't lose weight!

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THUNDADIVA Posts: 748
7/26/10 11:18 A

Has anyone heard of this? A co-worker is actively participating in this madness.....

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