Just when I thought I had heard it all (especially after my last blog), I've heard more! It's not uncommon with all the celebrities talking about their diets for certain roles, and how they dropped tons of weight or put on muscle.
Some of the things you might hear them talk about are syrup cleanses, juicing only diets, banana a day, and other unhealthy means of losing weight. This brings me to the HCG diet. If you don't know what it is, I'll explain a little throughout. Anyways, a friend and I were talking about our other friend that has done the diet which consists of 500 calories a day, no working out or physical activity (cuz you'll pass out), and a droplet of HCG that supposedly curbs appetite.
With all that said, I'm hoping most of you are already either not reading past this or at least shaking your heads saying "how can anyone do that?'. Here is what I find even more unbelievable, our friend did this diet for 30 days in the past and of course lost a good number of pounds on the scale. That is not hard to when dropping calorie intake from 3000 a day to 500 all while starting at a 240+lbs of lots of fat and water retention. After the 30 days he's obviously starving, skinnier, and his body isn't primed and running optimally.
However, once someone finishes a strict diet what is the first thing want to do? Eat Pizza of course! Duh! Pizza, that's it? Nope. Pizza, burgers, melted cheese on everything, ice cream, candy, and so on. And that's what the people on HCG do. They lose weight on the scale, mostly water, muscle, and some fat and then they gain it all back and usually more because they binge in some kind of celebration or they go back to eating what they were before the diet because they never learned anything about nutrition during that time, annnnnnd on top of it all, their bodies are running well and when your body isn't running optimally why on Earth would it digest, burn, and use the nutrients properly?!
So guys and girls, when "dieting" don't go for these quick fixes. Learn the basics, be consistent, find out what works for you, and then work your tails off.
If you need help with a diet plan or something similar, feel free to ask me OR anyone else here on the Beast Sports Blog before you go out and do something that will not only set you back, but also make it harder for you in the long run.
Stephen Obar (@OBARmuscle) is a writer for various fitness publications, a personal trainer, diet coach and a cancer survivor. Stephen currently spends his time hitting the weights as well as continuing to soak up all he can on the newest and latest bodybuilding and nutrition studies and news. When he is 'relaxing', you can find him in the kitchen, and overseeing his little brother's nutrition and training as he is a sponsored Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete.