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Posted on: Jul 27, 2010 11:36AM
The HCG diet is all the rage all around me. I tend to steer clear of anything hormonal since I became a breast cancer survivor 8 years ago. Do any of you have any insight into using this diet as a survivor? I've seen dramatic results for many people with the HCG diet...Log in to post a reply
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Jan 7, 2011 12:47PM Timothy wrote:
I would be concerned that it is: unnatural (hormone injections), unsafe (500 calories per day), and unsustainable (what happens after you quit the hormone injections and severe calorie restriction?). Sounds like a pharmaceutical shortcut. Ultimately if you are going to keep the weight off, you need a change in lifestyle and the discipline to maintain it.
Jan 7, 2011 12:55PM - edited Jan 7, 2011 12:59PM by Nordy
This is really the DUMBEST diet you could go on. Anyone will lose weight if they limit their caloric intake to 500 calories. Really. AND when you do that, you place your body into starvation mode, so that when you do start eating "normally" your body wants to put those new "extra" calories into storage for the next round of starvation. You are teaching your body to store its calories for times of famine. I am seconding what Timothy is saying and if you research it, you will find that it really is not safe. Whatever happened to putting in the work and making sound food choices?
Oh, and if you think from the picture, that I am just one of those people that doesn't have to work at it, you are so wrong. I have three siblings that are obese and the only reason the 4th is not is that he had gastric bypass and now loves to cycle. I have all the genetics to lead me down that path, but have chosen to work hard not to get there. And I have certainly had my struggles, including developing an eating disorder during high school that took me 9 years to get over. You have to be in charge of your food choices (not your emotions) and your activity - your body won't do it without your brain telling it to.www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/07/hcg-diet-look-elsewhere-for-weight-loss/
Jan 7, 2011 01:08PM Timothy wrote:
Journal of Clinical Nutrition article:
Jan 7, 2011 01:54PM Member_of_the_Club wrote:
When you put yourself into starvation mode your body learns to conserve energy and when you start eating anything close to the typical diet you will get everything back plus some.
There are no shortcuts. Eat healthy foods, smaller portions, exercise. Thats the only way.
I also come from a family with obese people.
Jan 7, 2011 01:59PM Timothy wrote:
The claim is made that the HCG prevents: 1) hunger 2) ill effects from caloric deprivation.
Problem is that neither claim appears to be substantiated. The HCG part seems to add nothing, and must be costly.
Jan 8, 2011 12:55PM KEW wrote:
If I remember correctly HCG is the hormone they use in pregnancy tests. If that is true, I'd like to know where they are getting it. I'd steer clear. I have a coworker how is losing weight like crazy on it, but she is in her 50's and HCG shouldn't be present in her body. Kind of scares me.
Jan 8, 2011 02:22PM Nordy wrote:
Oh, and I forgot one very key thing. One of my sister-in-laws did this diet... two times in a row. Interesting enough a couple weeks after she came off she developed a stress fracture (doing... NOTHING extra as far as exercise) in one of her tarsals (these are the bones in your feet). Of course when I mentioned that maybe the whopping 500 calorie per day diet in addition to what the hormone might do, may have caused a mineral depletion in her bones - she was totally in denial. I just don't think the HCG diet is a smart choice. Actually, I KNOW the HCG diet is not a smart choice.
Dec 28, 2011 06:16PM Lisa75 wrote:I tried this diet and only lasted about 4 days..not for me. its supposed to release your fat stores into the bloodstream and even though you only eat 500 calories, your body uses the fat in the bloodstream to burn off.
Jan 2, 2012 11:04AM AmyIsStrong wrote:
I have been looking into this diet as well. I work out 6 days/week very hard and eat reasonably well. The weight WILL JUST NOT COME OFF. I would like to only lose about 20 lbs. and I would be content.
I did read a study of a doc from Harvard Medical School who said that this hormone could serve as a breast cancer PREVENTATIVE in the future. But also read anecdotal stuff from people who were dx after using it. Anyone else have info on this?
Dec 24, 2015 10:07AM LivingLovingLaughing wrote:
I am now 9 years after my last dx of BC and I am desperate to lose weight. I am so depressed at miserable at the extra 70lbs that I am lugging around with me. My daughters have both start the hcg diet and 1) I am terrified for them that this is NOT a good thing with a mum that has had BC but 2) they are looking so well and happy that I want to do it - but how can I, am I being a terrible mum by doing this. My breast cancer surgeon lost 70lbs on it and looks amazing, hardly recognizable. Is it ok to do it - PLEASE I NEED ANSWERS I HAVE ORDERED THEM AND WANT TO START ASAP
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