This month we are covering two diets that are very different, but both can be good avenues for weight loss and detoxification. The Whole30 Diet is a healthy way to eat for life for everyone. The HCG diet is designed as a quick weight loss program, only recommended under medical supervision for optimal results. The Whole30 diet would be an excellent maintenance plan following the HCG weight loss protocol.
Whole30 Diet – Started in 2009 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, it has been a very popular elimination dietary plan in recent years. As written, it is a 30-day challenge to simply eat, real, whole food. Their website says, “Think of it as a short-term nutrition reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”
The diet discourages anything processed or packaged. It also discourages sulfites, MSG and Carrageenan specifically. The diet does not call for any measuring or counting, but does provide visual guidance for portions using your hand, and encourages three meals a day. It also encourages a protein, a vegetable and a heathy fat every time you eat. It does call for strict adherence for at least 30 days. It appears to be a Moderate Carbohydrate, Moderate Fat, High Protein diet in our best estimation, and could fluctuate based on how the user selects their food choices.
Main Features include:
- Carbohydrates- The diet allows “some fruit” with meals, and only occasionally. “A lot” of vegetables are encouraged, including potatoes. The diet restricts all dairy, all grains (including pseudo grains such as quinoa or buckwheat), all sugar in any form, all alcohol, and all sweeteners, whether natural or artificial. The diet also restricts legumes and beans including peanuts, beans, and soy, but allows string beans, sugar snap peas and peas.
- Fats – “Plenty” is the word used to describe the quantity of fats to consume. A visual diagram using your hand is used to demonstrate the amounts of different kinds of fat recommended. Vegetable oils (corn, soy, canola) are strictly forbidden, as is regular butter. Clarified butter, aka ghee, is allowed.
- Protein – Included here are eggs, meat, poultry and fish. Portions the size of your palm are suggested at each meal.
- No Recommendations regarding animal feeding/care, food chemicals, pesticide use, or packaging.
HCG Diet – HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and is a natural substance produced in large amounts in the human body during pregnancy. Dr. ATW Simeons developed the diet in the late 1940’s, based on his understanding of how HCG provides fuel for the fetus to grow and develop by mobilizing the mother’s fat stores, particularly when the mother is malnourished from morning sickness or general inadequate caloric intake. Knowing this mechanism of action, Dr. Simeons began using HCG in conjunction with a low-calorie diet, theorizing that this would result in the burning of fat and rapid weight loss in his patients. The pairing of the HCG substance with the low-calorie diet is critical, as neither one alone can accomplish healthy weight loss. The importance of this combination is that the weight that’s lost is primarily fat, and NOT muscle, bone, or structural protective fat. While the patient (some exceptions apply) is only consuming 500-700 calories a day, the HCG hormone is providing the body with one to two thousand or more additional calories of energy burned from the body’s fat stores. This also prevents the body from going into starvation mode, shutting down the thyroid or slowing metabolism. Therefore, very few are hungry or tired while on HCG.
This diet requires Low Carbohydrate, Adequate Protein and virtually No Fat. It is highly restrictive and is primarily made up of a short list of very low carbohydrate vegetables and very lean meats, as well as apples and plenty of water. We recommend doing it under the care of a physician who can access high quality HCG, monitor results, offer supplementation for optimal results and comfort as well as provide education regarding maintaining weight loss and finding a lifestyle diet for optimal health. The goal is to accomplish quick weight loss for motivation or for needed medical procedures, but not rely on the diet to correct poor dietary choices and yo-yo dieting. We offer the HCG diet protocol here at TWIHW.
**Please note that HCG is NOT FDA approved for weight loss. Furthermore, the FDA feels that there is inadequate data to support the above claims. We’ve offered HCG protocol for 10 years and continue to see amazing results. It’s also important to understand that, no matter how the weight is lost, it will eventually return if bad habits remain unchanged.**