Kate, author of the blog, This Is Not a Diet, recently brought to my attention Simeons' Protocol and the dangerous hCG diet.
In part, this is what Kate wrote in her email to me:
"I'm really interested in helping people who need to lose weight do it the right way- through moderate eating and exercise. I really hate fad diets, crash diets, and diets that make you buy products or make unrealistic claims.
As a person who has recently lost a lot of weight, I spend a considerable amount of time on a calorie counting diet website and I've noticed a really freakish trend this last month.
It's called "Simeon's Protocol" or the hCG diet. Google it and you will find nothing but ads. Google "hcg dangers" and you will find nothing but ads. It's very disturbing. This is a "diet" that asks people to inject themselves with a hormone (hcg), which is a banned substance, and then tells them to eat 500 calories a day for 43 days. The next phase is to gorge yourself for some period of time before returning to the starving-yourself phase.
Here's what Diet Scam Watch has to say:
Diet Scam Watch - hCG"
Kate's written a compelling post on this starvation diet here:
Diets in Review is also warning of the dangers of the hCG diet:
"You won’t see me promoting quick fixes or fad diets anytime soon. But every once in awhile something comes along that seems so dangerous I have to call it out. That’s why I’m going to help reveal the truth behind the HCG diet."
Please take a moment to read Kate's post, Diet Scam Watch's warning, and the Diets in Review post.
Be forewarned that if you embark on this starvation diet, you will suffer serious medical consequences.
Thanks again, Kate, for the heads up on this dangerous starvation diet. Much appreciated!