Diets and fad diets!  Oh boy.  There are so many out there.  I think that most people should know better but strangely they don’t.  I realize that not everyone is a health expert but really?  500 calories a day –  the equivalent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple?  I suppose that people are so desperate to lose body fat that they will put themselves in harm’s way to do it, thinking that maybe this is going to be the magic solution.  The key to getting great results on a program are the following:

  • Find something healthy and natural – check to make sure there are no artificial ingredients, colors or stimulants in it.  Stay away from anything GMO (genetically modified organism).
  • Make a commitment – 90 days minimum.   This will give you a good chance to turn it into a lifestyle.
  • Don’t over commit – I know clients who have gone on Dr. Bernstein’s program. Weekly injections, reduced calories and dramatic weight loss.  When they were sent back to real life on their own, the weight came back, often by 20-50 lbs extra.
  • Find a program that can easily be integrated into your lifestyle.  A few months back I spoke with a trainer who owned a gym that promoted the Paleo diet.  He expressed how bored and uninspired he was becoming from eating a daily breakfast of cold chicken and vegetables.
  • Cleanse your body regularly in a healthy, non-starvation way.

Here are some details about this diet:

It combines extreme calorie restriction with daily shots of a hormone produced by pregnant women called human chorionic gonadotrophin.

It requires that you eat only 500 calories a day.

If you stick to a diet of only 500 calories a day, you can lose 5 or more pounds a week but you won’t keep the weight off.  Decades of research show that you will regain the weight as the body starts to store fat.  When you try to lose weight again, it becomes more resistant and the body’s protective mechanism kicks in, which is to store the fat for the next time starvation comes.  Losing weight in this manner can create health problems such as hair loss, constipation and gallstones only to name a few.

If you would like to discuss healthy options,  please be in touch with me.  I have used the Isagenix cleansing and nutritional system for over 6 years with my clients and the results are phenomenal.  It has all the components needed to turn it into a lifestyle.  It is not a fad diet and combined with healthy eating, for e.g. the Weight Watchers method of eating (though stay away from their processed food line) is a good way to teach people how to eat well.  You can visit my site for more information at and fill out the form for a free personal analysis.


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