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The HCG Diet

HOLY COW, IS THIS A SPOOF OR SOMETHING?

I wish this was not actually something that exists in our world. I wish this was only an Aprils Fools Day prank, but it is not just a prank. This is something that exists because there are nefarious people out there who are looking to take total advantage of vulnerable men and women who have become desperate to lose weight.

OBESITY IS A SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUE!

I do not want to belittle anyone in any form or fashion, but if we are being honest, anyone with at least average intelligence knows and understands that it is not healthy for our bodies to carry too much body fat. Even those who are a part of the “Self Lovely” crowd  who are defiant about their weight secretly know this, even if they will not not publicly admit it.

Obesity requires a long term fix. Controlling obesity requires a lifelong commitment!

If the roof on your home was leaking, you might place a piece of duct tape over the hole for a temporary repair, but did you fix the damage long term? No.

If the tire on your car is leaking air, does it do any good to just keep putting air in it? Or, do you get the tire repaired or replaced for a permanent fix?

Placing duct tape over a hole in your roof, or airing up your tire when it goes low might help in the moment, but are nothing that is going to last for life.

Obesity requires serious, lifelong solutions. You cannot hack your way to a healthy, trim and fit body. There are hacks that will help you to lose weight rapidly, but you can bet these hacks are not long lasting, nor will you be happy with the way your body looks when you complete the hack. Rapid weight loss results in unsightly, saggy skin and only serves to further display how unhealthy and unfit your body may be. You can take these words to the bank.

What is HCG?

HCG is the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.

Have you ever wondered how at-home pregnancy tests are able to detect if you are pregnant? The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) hormone is important in the early stages of pregnancy. It is produced by cells that are surrounding a growing embryo, which eventually forms the placenta. hCG can be detected in your body as early as 1 week after an egg is fertilized, which forms the basis of most over the counter pregnancy tests

What does nuimagemedical promise with HCG?

From their ebook:

We are aware that dieting is very frustrating; even more so when, after all the sacrifice, you end up gaining back all the weight you lost, and in some cases, even more. You DO NOT need to struggle with this anymore. The advantage of the HCG diet, and what sets it apart from other low-calorie diets, is that the HCG program improves your metabolism, helping your body to shed abnormal fat while retaining muscle. The HCG diet is not a starvation diet; it is a well-balanced program that will help your body get rid of weight that is not needed while conserving essential muscles.

These charlatans are bold faced liars!

While following the HCG diet, your body will be supplied with up to 2000 calories of energy each day, while shrinking your fat cells. You will not experience hunger or weakness. In fact patients state they feel more energetic while on our program.

Notice, they say you will be supplied with 2000 calories of energy per day day. Did you notice the vials and syringes in their pictured ad at the top of this article? Hell, amphetamines will give you 2000 calories of energy too, but you are not going to take them if you are half way intelligent or have a medical need.

It is highly recommended for patients with any pre-existing conditions or taking any type of medication to talk to their health care provider before starting the program. In some cases, prescriptions may need to be modified.

Our medical staff, doctors, PA’s, and nurses have extensive experience and knowledge of weight loss safety. The HCG is a prescribed medication, and in order to provide a proper program and guidance, the following is required:
Medical history information from the patient, submitted when the order is placed and as detailed as possible. Approval from our Medical Staff, once the medical information has been reviewed with the patient.

The patient will inject a daily dose of the HCG medication into the fatty tissue (belly area preferred). A tiny insulin needle (1/4 inch) is used daily and a very small amount of HCG medication is injected.

If you consult your physician about this diet, they are going to advise against doing this. The so-called medical staff who are going to approve you for this plan are never going to see you in person and will never know your true health status. They are going to take your word, and prescribe you injectable garbage after taking your money. If you lie about your underlying health conditions out of desperation to receive this garbage, you are taking a huge gamble on your very own life.

From Mayo Clinic!

Has the HCG diet been shown to be safe and effective?

No on both counts.

In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers to steer clear of over-the-counter weight-loss products that contain HCG. HCG is human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced during pregnancy.

As a prescription medication, HCG is used mainly to treat fertility issues. HCG is not approved for over-the-counter use, nor has it been proved to work for weight loss. HCG medications are required to carry a label from the FDA noting that the medication is not effective for weight loss. Some over-the-counter HCG weight-loss products are labeled “homeopathic” — but the FDA says they’re still not safe. Companies that sell over-the-counter HCG weight-loss products are breaking the law.

 This so-called diet recommends severe calorie restriction — typically just 500 to 800 calories a day. People who follow diets so low in calories are likely to lose weight in the short term, but this must be done under the supervision of your personal physician! Diets that so severely limit calories have risks, such as gallstone formation, irregular heartbeat, limited intake of vitamins and minerals, and an imbalance of electrolytes.

Some research has linked HCG weight-loss products to a possible increase in cancer risk. HCG might encourage the production of androgen cells, which could result in the growth of certain types of cancers. Side effects have also been reported with the HCG diet and include fatigue, irritability, restlessness, depression, fluid buildup (edema), and swelling of the breasts in boys and men (gynecomastia). Another serious concern is the risk of blood clots forming and blocking blood vessels (thromboembolism).

Please, just don’t try this one!

Multiple studies have concluded that weight loss achieved by the HCG diet is due to ultra-low-calorie intake alone and has nothing to do with the HCG hormone. These studies compared the effects of HCG and placebo injections given to individuals on a calorie-restricted diet. Weight loss was identical or nearly identical between the two groups. Furthermore, these studies determined that the HCG hormone did not significantly reduce hunger.

One common side effect of weight loss is decreased muscle mass.This is especially common in diets that severely restrict caloric intake. Your body will think it’s starving and reduce the number of calories it burns in order to conserve energy.

Proponents of the HCG diet claim that it only causes fat loss, not muscle loss. They also claim that HCG elevates other hormones, boosts metabolism and leads to a growth-promoting, or anabolic, state. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. If you’re on a low-calorie diet, there are much better ways to prevent muscle loss and metabolic slowdown than taking HCG. Follow us here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness, our plan can be found here at this link.

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The Military Diet, Hooah!

As one who is a retired veteran of the US military, having served in two separate branches, I want to state very emphatically, this diet is not used by the US military!

Nor was it created by the US military!

The origin of the three-day military diet is unclear. According to some sources, the diet was allegedly created by nutritionists working for the United States military as a fast way to help soldiers slim down. It is also widely speculated, however, that the diet was created by a marketing specialist and not a dietitian. For the life of me, I cannot see any legitimate nutritionist or dietician creating something so flawed and nutritionally unsound. The truth is, this diet isn’t affiliated with any military or governmental institution no matter what the hell Ol’ Joey Bagofdonuts might tell you.

But do military members ever try to use this diet?

Sadly the answer is in the affirmative, some do try this out of desperation when their semi-annual physical fitness test is coming up and they are sweating out making the weight standards. This is more common than those who have never served realize, especially in some fields where physical fitness can take a backseat to other tasks such as maintenance of ground and aviation assets that require multiple man hours of maintenance for each hour of actual equipment operation. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into maintaining a units operational readiness, and it is not uncommon for the responsibility of the military members physical fitness  to be handled on their own time away from work, which from my experience can amount to 24 hour work days even in peacetime. If one has never served, it is difficult to understand how hard our service members work and what they go through to always be  either deployed, preparing to deploy or returning from deployment. We are human and can break down over time the same as the over used equipment we operate and maintain.

Picture of me in the early 90’s while assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron Four. The Red Wolves
Red Wolf helicopter on Special Operations training with a Navy SEAL squad.

Why the Military Diet is foolish!

The Military Diet is simply foolish in that even if you do manage to lose ten pounds of weight in three days, it will be almost exclusively nothing more than water weight. If a service member cannot weigh more than a certain weight for their age, gender and height, they might resort to this when they exceed their weight limit, especially since the next step is being measured by tape to ensure they also do not exceed the maximum allowed body fat percentage. For instance, at my height and age, I am not supposed to weigh over 165 pounds and my body fat limit is not to exceed 22 percent. If I were still serving, when I stepped on the scale I would automatically be measured because I am 15 pounds over my max weight at 180 pounds. However, since I maintain my body fat at 9%, I am well within my limits and have nothing to worry about. If I were to measure out at greater than 22%, my career would then be in jeopardy. Once a service member exceeds their body fat standard three times in four years, they are involuntarily separated from military service. When one is facing the loss of their career under these circumstances, they will try desperate measures to not fail the standard. This diet would be a desperate measure to say the least. It is also a very temporary bandage to cover a serious problem. As soon as you quit this diet, the water weight will swiftly return.

Doomed to failure before you even begin!

The military diet is a “combination of low-calorie, chemically compatible foods designed to work together and jump-start your weight loss,” according to the Military Diet website. However, there is no science to back up these claims.

The program requires you to eat a very strict list of food for three days (these are referred to as your “on” days). Then you take four days off from the strict diet. I am not going to get into how to follow the plan because it is not a healthy diet and it relies on too large of a caloric restriction. For short-term weight loss, the three-day military diet is reportedly effective, but weight lost on the plan will be regained once you resume a normal diet. This very stupid diet is  not a long-term weight loss solution or a healthy eating plan, nor does it teach skills, like healthy meal planning and preparing, needed for sustained weight loss.

Advocates of this diet falsely proclaim that it has a certain weight loss advantage due to the “food combinations” in the meal plan. These combinations are said to increase your metabolism and burn fat, but there is no truth behind these claims. There are no known combinations of food able to do this no matter what proponents of fad diets might spout off about.

Foods high in protein boost metabolism more than other foods. But most of the meals in the military diet are low in protein and high in carbs, which is a bad combination for weight loss. If you look at the overall foods included in the meal plan, it simply is not a sustainable fat-burning diet. I recently wrote about the difference between fat loss and weight loss here.

Some people also claim this diet has similar health benefits to intermittent fasting. However, there is no fasting involved in the diet, so this is false. Look if you truly want to lose body fat and to be fit and trim, then follow us here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. You can find our simple to follow plan by clicking on this link. I am so confident that you will lose body fat in a healthy manner and then keep it off by following us that I will give a money back guarantee!

I will return every penny you spend to follow us if you can not lose body fat in a healthy manner and then keep it off. I can make you this promise because my site has been, is, and will always be free to our readers and subscribers. I charge nothing to help others as the large weight loss businesses do. My goal is to simply pay the benefits of my good life forward by helping others around the world.