Before getting to the heavy HCG talk, let’s talk breakfast.
It’s an every day occurrence that I bookmark a recipe found on a blog that I can’t wait to try. But none of those recipes revolve around oats. *yawn*
Fruit, cinnamon, chia seeds, nut butters, seeds, eggs…the blog world has glorified oats from just about every imaginable angle. But NO creative oats top Jessie’s Black Forest Oatmeal! I saw these oats on her blog yesterday and could not wait to bound out of bed to try them!
And…oh…my…gosh. Heaven in a bowl.
Black Forest Oats borrowed from Jessie’s
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup skim milk + 1/2 cup water
1/2 ounce chocolate chips, chunks, or shavings
2/3 cup bing cherries, pitted
1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
2 Tbsp walnut pieces
Mix oats and milk. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add toppings, stir, and savor! Serves 1.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 437 calories; 18 g. fat; 4 mg. cholesterol; 180 mg. sodium; 62 g. carbohydrate; 7 g. fiber; 12 g. protein
Result: Ohhmygossh! Try! Fiber, protein, fat, and chocolate…what’s not to love!? 😀
The HCG Diet in Review
What. A. Hot. Topic. Whether flipping through magazine ads, surfing the internet, or passing by billboards, you’re bound to see media promoting The HCG diet — it’s making a comeback after it’s rein in the 50’s when it was used to jump-start puberty in young males. (Red flag, anyone?)
HCG, human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone secreted heavily during pregnancy. The hormone is made by cells which support placenta growth and nourish a fertilized egg. HCG signals the hypothalamus in the brain to move nutrition to the developing embryo.
In addition to HCG drops or injections, dieters eat a 500 calories a day consisting of lean meat and fish, fruits, and vegetables — starches, sugar, and processed foods are eliminated. In essence, the body enters a state of ketosis and must utilize fat stores. This aids in weight loss as ketosis is a “natural” appetite suppressant…with a lot of side effects and risks ranging from bad breath to kidney stones and gallstones.
After completing the HCG diet, there is a 6-week maintenance phase where the same foods are consumed, but the caloric intake increases to 1,500 calories.
And after that, most people re-introduce carbohydrates into the diet, see rapid weight gain, and spiral back into their old, bad habits, regaining the weight. Sigh.
And what does the science say?
Low-dose human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) combined with a severe diet remains a popular treatment for obesity, despite equivocal evidence of its effectiveness. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, the effects of HCG on weight loss were compared with placebo injections. Forty obese women (body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2) were placed on the same diet supplying 5,000 kJ per day and received daily intramuscular injections of saline or HCG, 6 days a week for 6 weeks. A psychological profile, hunger level, body circumferences, a fasting blood sample and food records were obtained at the start and end of the study, while body weight was measured weekly. Subjects receiving HCG injections showed no advantages over those on placebo in respect of any of the variables recorded. Furthermore, weight loss on our diet was similar to that on severely restricted intake. We conclude that there is no rationale for the use of HCG injections in the treatment of obesity. [source]
Question: Have you, or someone you know, tried the HCG diet? Was it successful?
P.S. Please check out my guest post on body image on Samantha’s blog, Bikini Birthday!
Down with fad diets and lots of carb love,