Just my 2-cents (and hopefully, no one will feel the need to "attack" me here, considering that yes, this is a very "controversial" diet as others have mentioned).
I've done the HCG diet -- however, you don't have to go the injections route or even the sublingual drops via doctor or expensive clinic -- but rather, do homeopathic HCG. In some folks' opinion, homeopathic = placebo, and thus won't work. My weight-loss strongly debates that opinion. If you're worried about putting a naturally occurring hormone (found in higher levels during 1st trimester of pregnancy, but not absent from women's AND men's bodies other times [in lower levels]), or even just worried about the cost, try the homeopathic version, which can cost as little as $20 or so per 23-day round, as it's basically the HCG distilled a million times over so that there's nothing much left but a "footprint" of the hormone -- and yet, it has worked for many, including me.
I lost 17 lbs my first 23-day round, on which I followed the diet strictly. Anyone should be able to do something for 3 wks. In fact, in Psychology you learn that any habit requires 21 days to form/instill. What is key is that you follow the phases as instructed by Dr. Simeon (or other online sources -- there are a couple groups here on SparkPeople that can help guide you), which is somewhat similar to an Atkins-like plan for 3 wks (as your metabolism & hypothalmus "re-set"), which does not completely omit carbs followed by slow re-introduction of starchy-carbs. What that first round revealed to me was how intolerant I apparently am to gluten. Post-diet, when I ate bread for first time, I fell asleep at work 20 min after eating it! Two wks later eating a small piece of someone's bday cake? Same thing. Nodded off.
My 2nd round wasn't as successful, as I tried the longer 42-day round (did fine until roughly 23 days, then mostly stalled thereafter -- so I think longer "suffering" is pointless -- 3 wk sessions are just fine), and also tried experimenting with alternate food choices (nothing like staying strict to the word!). After 3 months of maintaining weight-loss, I started eating more like my DH, not noticing the increased starch/gluten levels. I think that's what caused me to gain back 1/2 of what I lost (which curiously, only happened after the wkends, never mid-wk, even though I wasn't eating more over wkends but WAS eating more gluten!).
500 cal diet wasn't hard to follow, since the homeopathic drops curb hunger. Yes, you're supposed to avoid contact with any oils & fats, including moisturizers -- but I use Jergens or whatever everyday & still lose roughly .75 lbs/day. I don't feel any "danger" or side-effects, as some who haven't tried it instantly assume or accuse -- but everyone is different, and my experience might not be the same for others. However, I HAVEN'T found blogs or forums where complaints about HCG are from folks who have tried HCG (and believe me, DH and I researched thoroughly for 2 months before I did the diet!) -- anyone who has tried the diet seems to have had significant success, and the few who've said it doesn't work admitted they found it too hard to stick to, as they continued dining out & being social or wanting to eat with their DHs. If you can't commit to 3 wks, this isn't for you. Just my experience & my humble 2-cents. HTH!
By the way, as I'm now researching potential correlations between PCOS and gluten intolerance, I plan to start testing out a gluten-free diet (e.g, Paleo) in late July for roughly 2 months, to see if my symptoms (including psoriasis/eczema on scalp) respond positively...
Edited by: NC_SUNSHINE at: 7/3/2011 (13:06)
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