HCG Diet? Are you for real?
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
I just have to get something off of my chest. I was catching up on reading blogs on this site, and for the first time, I heard of the HCG diet craze that is going on right now and how people live on 500 calories and take some kind of hormone shot. Just reading it, made my blood boil.
Background: I am in the position I am today, because of disordered eating. Slim in high school and college, I looked in the mirror and saw fat. I starved myself, then after a few weeks I would lose control and go on a binge fest, (but was unable to make myself purge), then overexercised, then went back to eating nothing but a bag of popcorn and washing it down with a diet coke for the entire day. That's why I'm here. That's why I am 233 pounds and struggling day after day to get my weight under control. I destroyed my body. I destroyed my metabolism. I let it take over my life.
So this AM, I decided to look up the HCG diet plan. I'm not an MD, and I can't believe there are doctors that are actually for this thing, but when did treating yourself as an anorexic become the healthy diet method? Yes, anorexic. You heard me. It sounds crazy. 500 calories??? It used to be called anorexia, and now it's being touted as the next great thing for weight loss? People are willing to starve themselves and get shot up with hormones to lose weight? I just can't wrap my head around it. Maybe because I dealt with eating disorders for so long and now that I am on the other side, well...I just don't believe it.
What happens when you go off your 500 calorie plan? Do you really think you will be able to do that plan forever? Eventually, you will lose control, and your going to gain that weight back and then some.
I don't care if you agree with me or not, or if my post makes you angry. I've been there, and I cannot support anyone on a diet plan that only allows you 500 calories a day. I just can't do it friends, because it's just not healthy in the long run. I just won't.
Now, if you are ready to exercise on a regular basis, attempt to eat healthy on a regular basis and deal with the emotions that put you here in the first place, I've got your back and you know it. But please, do it the old fashioned way and be safe.