As a personal trainer, there are many questions that I routinely get from the people with whom I work.. One that I get over and over is about which diet program people should follow. You have probably heard all the buzz words as well. Everyone wants to know what I think about Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, low carb, high carb, and even the grapefruit diet. You name it, and someone is looking for my opinion on it!
The latest diet that people are discussing is the HCG diet. It can often be purchased online, as well as in chiropractic offices and some spas. So just where does it stack up for baby boomers? Let’s take a look!
HCG, which stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone that was discovered over 50 years ago by a Dr. Simeons. What he found was that it is effective in removing fat storage. Today people are using HCG in order to eliminate their fat storage rapidly.
How HCG works is that when you begin taking it, the hormone communicates with your brain to let it know it is time to release your fat storage. It leads to a rapid weight loss of about a pound or two per day! Over the course of one month, people can lose 30 pounds by following the HCG diet.
The HCG diet is comprised of three main phases:
For the first couple of days you eat what you want and begin taking the HCG drops. This will begin sending the signals to your brain to release the fat storage.
Then for the next few weeks, you follow a very low calorie diet of around 500 calories per day (consisting of fruits, veggies and protein) and continue with the HCG drops.
The third phase is the maintenance period. At this point, you go back to eating a higher calorie diet, while still avoiding sugar and starches, and stop taking the HCG drops after a couple of days.
Does the HCG diet work for baby boomers? The research is out there that shows it does indeed work. It is effective in helping people be able to rapidly lose weight. However, it is a very low calorie diet (that your doctor may even advise against), that many people may have difficulty sticking with for any length of time. And the bottom line is that if you haven’t changed your lifestyle, making sure that working out is a part of your daily life, then how long your efforts pay off remains to be seen.
My professional advice to baby boomers, as well as everyone else, is to not go on a diet, but rather to make lifestyle choices and changes. It is those changes that will be long lasting. You need to focus on eating healthy, which means a balanced diet and sticking with an exercise routine. Following a healthy lifestyle will always pay off, even if it takes a little longer to achieve the desired results!