A friend of a friend recently commented on losing weight on a diet called HcG. I found some information for you here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/truth-about-hcg-for-weight-loss. I am so disgusted by this, not only because the woman in question is so grossly underweight to begin with, but because the diet involves injecting oneself with hormones, and restricting caloric intake to about 500 calories per day. That’s insane. And yes, I’m well aware that there’s an exercise program called, “Insanity”, and that, I think is quite effective, and wonderful, if you don’t have joint problems, or orthopedic issues. But this HcG thing is totally crazy.
Please, if you know anything about this, feel free to comment. Enlighten me. Convince me otherwise. I’m just wondering, do people actually think it’s a good idea in the long run to inject hormones and starve yourself ? What amazes me is that these people have the willpower to engage in calorie restriction, but they can’t engage in moderate exercise 45 minutes a day?? For me, 500 calories a day would mean a black out, or at the very least, becoming a really snarky, snippy lady, because I’d be STARVING!!! But these folks can eat only 500 calories a day and think they also need to inject hormones to lose the weight? This is the reason the word, “die” is the first three letters of the word, “diet”.
I have a problem with all diets, actually, not only because the word begins, “d-i-e”, but because anything that involves abstaining completely from a food group(s), or restricting yourself so ascetically from eating certain foods can only result in eventual failure, or bounce back weight gain. That is, unless there is a food allergy involved, or other health issues such as diabetes. This is an entirely different consideration, of course. In those circumstances, avoidance of certain foods is mandatory, and the person is much healthier for it.
The woman I interned with while I was studying to be a Personal Trainer used to say to her clients, “You know why people can’t lose weight? You know what they need to change to really lose weight, and become healthy?” And while she was saying this, she tapped her head, and then answered her own rhetorical question, “their minds, people need to change their minds”. Now she was no great philosopher, but man, never a wiser statement was ever spoken on the topic of weight loss.
And so, how much weight loss is enough? When I heard this lady had lost 15 pounds on the HcG diet, all I could think was, “well, your brain weighs five pounds, perhaps the weight came off of there”. And I wasn’t being mean!! The Special K lady would not be able to pinch a centimeter, let alone an inch on this woman!!! What is she aiming to look like, a seventh grader?!? It’s so disturbing…I’ve been saying this for at least a decade now, people seem to be one extreme or the other…way too thin, or very overweight. I don’t remember growing up seeing so many extremes. People were mostly healthy looking, slightly more or less a good size for their body frames.
How thin is thin enough? And when should a person start losing weight? Thin enough depends on your body type, and activity level. Some people are ectomorphs, built small, and will always be small. They can appear “bony”, and have to watch out for, “too little”. They can easily be mistaken for tall children from behind. They still need to exercise!! But they don’t have the bulk, and they certainly don’t need the HcG diet.
Endomorphs are built bigger, they are larger boned people, and they need to exercise too! Endomorphs include your beautifully curvy ladies, and your big, hulking firemen and football players. Gorgeous, all. But they have to be careful, because they can hold more weight on their frames. They have to watch out for the “too much”.
Mesomorphs are your “somewhere in the middles” … many athletes are found in this range, because they have the ability to build strong muscles fairly easily, but they aren’t very small people, nor do they carry bulk or lots of extra fat on them. They still need to exercise!! If you examine mesopmorph athletes’ bodies in swimsuits, you can tell what sports they engage in by looking at their major muscle groups, because they are highly developed. The key is to figure out your build, and work both your strengths, and weaknesses, and keep moving.