What about the HCG diet?
What’s the right diet for your DNA?
What about for your blood type?
We’re getting scientific on the blog today
We’ve done the research so you don’t have to!
Scientific sounding diets have been popular for a long time. Who wouldn’t trust a doctor speaking in medical-jargon about their expertise in helping clients with weight loss?
We’re going to dispel the myth around scientific sounding diets.
The new: Can a diet based on DNA or blood type help you lose weight?
But not because of your DNA or blood type.
Rather, these diets will guide you to making healthier choices associated with whole, nutritious foods.
For example, if you have a Mediterranean background, you will be recommended options like olive oil and seafood. If you have an Asian background, you will be recommended a diet rich in unprocessed soy and other whole foods associated with the region of your ancestors.
Unfortunately, there is no blood type associated with improved health by eating cookies and cakes or DNA associated with better health by eating pork rinds and potato chips.
So when you pay the bill to the lab, or naturopath who orders you a fancy test to prescribe your custom diet, don’t expect to be handed a free pass to eat the foods that are really the culprits to your poor health that you are currently in denial about.
Instead expect to get real about the real food required for health that you already know about.
The old: What about the HCG diet?
The HCG diet was developed in the 50’s or 60’s for weight loss.
The HCG diet involves injections with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin along with a 500 calorie diet.
HCG is the hormone associated with pregnancy. In fertility treatment a megadose is given at a certain time of the month. In the HCG diet, small doses are taken daily.
However, the evidence shows that HCG is a placebo. Weight loss on this diet is associated with the small caloric intake of a starvation diet of 500 calories.
This is another no-brainer. Don’t eat much and you will lose weight.
What is science saying about the best nutrition plan for you?
Quality over quantity!
A recent study demonstrated that long-term weight-loss is best achieved with eating high quality foods rather than a specific quantity of food.
Simply instructing on better food choices rather than an amount of food was associated with weight loss and higher satisfaction with daily food intake.
While eating according to these instructions, weight loss wasn’t associated with genotype pattern or insulin secretion.
What does this mean for you?
Make eating high quality foods a priority in your diet. Decide you are no longer interested in wasting your precious calories or destroying your health in the name of Frankenfoods.
Get back to basics. Not sure where to start? We’d love to hear from you and get you started on your path to eating foods that make you feel full, satisfied, and happy with possible side-effects of better skin, mood, weight, and health!
Christopher D. Gardner, PhD1; John F. Trepanowski, PhD1; Liana C. Del Gobbo, PhD1; et al. (2018). Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin SecretionThe DIETFITS Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018;319(7):667-679. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0245
Lijesen, GK, Theeuwen, I, Assendelft, WJ, Van Der Wal, G. (1995). The effect of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in the treatment of obesity by means of the Simeons therapy: a criteria-based meta-analysis. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 40(3):237.