Thank you for your positive information. Can you tell me where you got your homeopathic drops? My doctor has offered this plan to me, but I would be interested in a less expensive version if it is available.
When I was first diagnosed around 2000 with PCOS, I could've sworn I read somewhere in the laundry-list of symptoms a mention of dry scalp or similar. However, I haven't been able to find that included lately.
HOWEVER, now when I search on "gluten intolerance" and "scalp" and/or "psoriasis", I find loads of webpages postulating correlations. That couuld be just one key as to how PCOS might be connected with gluten intolerance / senstivity -- I've read posts from several other PCOS'ers complaining about skin issues with their scalp (itchiness, flakiness) that, who knows, might be exacerbated (if not caused) by gluten in our diet. I'm hoping that cutting it out helps eliminate some symptoms like the scalp plaques, weight-maintenance issues, and my daily fatigue (which I don't even notice since I feel I've had it for over a decade on a daily-basis -- but my husband knows it's not right that I can naturally wake after 8 hrs, but then fall back asleep for a total of 12 hrs & still appear tired!)
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...
It's a combo of shots and a 500 calorie diet. It must be done under a doctors care. Some of the people I know who have tried it gained the weight back after going off the diet. As a nutritionist myself, I don't necessarily agree with it and find it to be dangerous.
I can't say as I hold an opinion one way or the other. I have briefly discussed it with a doctor but really got no further than that. Seems there are two forms of the diet, one is the injections - overseen by a physician and it is EXTREMELY low calories and limited to specific foods and it is also EXTREMELY restrictive including types of skin products that can be used while on the diet.
The second is the sublingual drops which are much less expensive, just as restrictive on calories and foods but does not seem to have the same restrictions on hygiend products.
I would like to try it myself but just cannot afford the shots and I have to say I am a little skeptical of the whole thing but would love it if it really worked.
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I just heard of it today it was on dr. Oz. He specified that only under dr care but that it needs to be researched more to make sure it's safe. Some people have REALLY bad side effects. It sounds really risky to me....
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I've heard of it but I'm sceptical. The people who I've heard talking about it explain that it is a seriously low calorie intake. Add to this that as a woman this hormone (hCG) would usually be telling your body that you are in early pregnancy (it's the hormone picked up by pregnancy tests), I can't see how this can be a healthy way to lose weight.
On the plus side, I have heard that the way it works is by reducing hunger pangs and mobilising fat stores, so it should make following a lower calorie diet a bit easier.
I realise I'm no doctor but surely more exercise and a lower (but not starving) calorie intake is better.
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I have not heard of the HCG diet. I started to follow the Metabolism Miracle diet last March. I lost and kept off 20lbs until some stresses & transitioning "encouraged" me to make bad food choices (potato chips and ice cream for dinner). So I am back on plan now - and hope to lose more weight and go from there. Good lucj!
Has anyone ever tried the HCG Diet (prescription). My doctor mentioned it to me. She said she has had several patients who have had great success with it. Just checking to see if any of you have info about results and cost.
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