VLCD

Lowcarbfriends sells hhCG despite declared illegal by the FDA

FDA, FTC act to remove “homeopathic” HCG weight loss products from the market Joint action is first step in halting sale of the products Lowcarbfriends, a popular lowcarb bulletin board, established a support forum for the HCG diet about a year ago. This coincided with Netrition, the company that owns Lowcarbfriends, starting to sell the […]


HCG Diet

HCG stands for Human Choriogonadotropin, the hormone produced by pregnant women in the early stages of pregnancy. Research suggests a small, daily hcg injection (approx. 125 IU to 200 IU) results in a weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs per day, and often more, when accompanied by a VLCD (very low calorie diet) of […]


Feeding Off Body Fat

Kimmer, the founder of the Kimkins Diet, has always insisted that starvation mode does not exist as long as there is body fat to burn for energy. Her diet suggested a daily calorie limit of 500 or less, later adjusted upwards to 710. The rest of the body’s needs would be taken from body fat. […]


Low Carb Fiber

One of the main concerns for people starting a low carb diet is the apparent lack of fiber in the diet. I say “apparent” because it’s really a misconception. One of those accepted “truths” that keeps on being repeated over and over again. The FDA recommends 28 grams of fiber for a 2,000 cal diet. […]


Mind Over Body

When it comes to weight issues, we have decided that our body doesn’t know what it is doing so we have to overrule anything it says. That includes fighting hunger on a too restrictive diet. It also includes ignoring feeling too full at binge episodes or just plain overeating when we fall off the wagon. […]


Daily Calorie Intake

There has been a lot of discussions lately about number of calories needed in the communities I frequent on the internet. However, I think there is some confusion about what the calculators are telling us. BMR = Basal Metabolic Rate. This is how many calories the body consumes in a “comatose state”. Calories just needed […]


Dieting Linked to Obesity

I believe dieting causes obesity and not the other way around. Who didn’t start their first diet when they were just a few pounds overweight? Dropped some weight and then put it back on, plus a few pounds more? Kept on repeating this cycle with each attempt ending up at a higher weight? This dieting […]


Diet Addiction

The term addiction is used to describe a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual’s health, mental state or social life. Is there such a thing as food addiction? No, not according to the author of Breaking out of Food Jail, Jean Antonello R.N., B.S.N. […]


Transitioning from a VLCD like Kimkins

I have written several posts where I have pointed out that a starvation diet like Kimkins is not sustainable long term and that most dieters on a VLCD (very low calorie diet) will regain any weight lost. Of course, I point this out as I do not want anyone to start a diet like Kimkins. […]


Lowcarb Food Pyramid

The USDA food pyramid was latest updated 2005 and is due for a revision in 2010. Can we expect a change from the present recommendation of 45-65% carbs, 10-35% protein and 20-35% fat? I doubt it but it wouldn’t hurt to try. Kimkins Review has a call-out for how you can help. Only by getting […]