Originally Posted by SpottedFoxx
It is the biggest scam. Seriously - just eat 500 calories a day and you'll lose at the same rate as some one being injected with Hcg. By the way - when you restrict to 500 calories and then go back to a healthy level, you'll gain everything back (and it usually brings along some friends).
There is no magic pill.
Less calories in (a healthy number - not 500) + more calories out = weight loss.
Rochelle - when you say you are eating healthy what does that mean? Are you tracking what you are eating? Try using a website like sparkpeople to track the amount of calories you are eating. Also, if you are eating a lot of diet foods (or processed foods) it can inhibit your weight loss.
Just out of curiosity, what would you say to someone who had an impeccable diet free of anything refined including grains, ate small amounts, was extremely active, had great strength, endurance, agility and cardiovascular health, ate an appropriate amount of calories based on their basal metabolic rate and
was 85 or so pounds overweight despite not binging, not eating after 7 pm, getting a good amount of rest etc? Have you been there? Have you ever worked with someone (or several someones) closely who have where there were literally no errors in diet or lifestyle and yet the weight did not move? What would you recommend then?
I think it's very easy to judge someone for an issue you do not have. I think that it's important to keep an open mind and look to other people's experiences rather than assuming they're just "not doing it right."
By the way, a double blind study that contradicts your assertion is links a few posts up. They found there was a difference between those on the VLCD vs. those on a VLCD + HCG. Here is part one of the conclusion:
"1. Female obese volunteers participating in a double blind study, and submitted to the administration of an oral presentation of hCG plus a VLCD, decreased specific body circumferences and skinfold thickness from conspicuous body areas more efficiently than Placebo+VLCD -treated subjects.
Since a significant fat proportion from total body fat is subcutaneously located (50 to 65 percent, depending on sex and fat distribution), this hCG metabolic activity would result in a reduction of the total body fat mass, the main cause for obesity. We suggested that the combination of a VLCD and oral hCG could not only trigger clinically significant changes in subcutaneous fat stores but simultaneously decrease body weight and modelate body contour."
I'm not saying it's for everyone. But I do think perhaps reading the actual material before writing it off for others may be prudent.