Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Will I ever stop searching? (oh and Oprah too)

I just read about a new diet.  Promises of great results fast.  Testimonials.  Evidence.  Price tag to prove it. 

And for a good five minutes I contemplated it.  What if it could get to me to goal - just like that?  What could be the harm in it? 

It's the newest latest thing.  The HCG diet.  Yup - the pregnancy hormone diet.  You inject yourself with it - diet lasts 21 days - 500 calories - etc. etc.  Sounds great.

Except that I googled it and it's supposed to be in prescription format from a doctor - not order-able on the web like I saw it.  And it's not FDA approved.  And it's expensive.  And there are risks.

Of course there are. 

When will I stop searching and realize I know the way already?  *sigh*

Also - Oprah has Geneen Roth on today - you know the reason why Oprah swears she will never diet again?  You can read the whole show online.  I might grab the book.  I know some of you have read it.  What did you think?  Did it change your outlook?  Anything helpful?

16 comments:

Wishful Shrinking said...

I was on the treadmill today waiting for my workout buddy to show up and on one of the TVs they had the 6 week weight loss solution infomercial playing. I was lulled in and seriously thought about it for a few minutes.... then thought WTF?!? Remember you are on a program. And its is not for 10 million payments of 39.95 or whatever. Seriously My head is crazy like that.

Southern Belle said...

Sweetie I did the HcG diet and I can tell you it works, but it comes right back!! It is expensive and doesn't "reset" your metabolism like they say...you are doing great, keep up the good work and it will come off!!

Rheina said...

Diets just don't work. As much as we would all hope that one will come out that actually takes off the weight permanently and doesn't require some hokey $hit. Sadly, we just have to put in the work and discipline and make better decisions regarding food and activity.

Oh God...remember the cabbage soup diet? Barf!

Brooke said...

Yeah and I hate saying this BUT all the "overcoming emotional eating" stuff, that doesn't really work, either. I worked at an eating disorder counselling centre for 5 years and had access to all the data. Rates for "healing" anorexia and bulimia are about 85% on average. Rates for "healing" compulsive over eating (or binge eating, etc etc) are less than 5%.

I think that's because of the mechanics of the different kinds of eating disorders and how they interact with your brain chemistry and physiology- anorexia shuts down grehlin while overeating behaviour fuels it and leads to metabolic syndrome and eventually (sometimes) type II diabetes, (which means your appetite just gets even bigger).

Blah. Blah. Blah.

What I am saying is the only thing that works, sadly, is what we're all doing. Eating less and moving more. Knowing why you overeat is helpful, but it won't necessarily STOP you from doing it is what I saw in my five years in the industry and my own journey.

Sucks.

Simply Kimi♥ said...

Ive never heard of the hcg diet. All those are tempting lol
I thought trying kirstie alleys diet line OrganicLiaison out but I think I'll just stick to good ol fashioned exercising and watching my calories lol I mean it works for me so why not. :}

Nora said...

See - I'll always search because what if there is finally a magic pill? I'd hate to not be one of the first to know. ;)

Yes. I look too. But I know the answer. Cals in, Cals Out. Blah.

Pie said...

"When will I stop searching and realize I know the way already? *sigh*"

If I lost a pound for every time I said that, I wouldn't need a lap band, that's for sure! Then again, if I lost a pound for every time I jumped on a diet bandwagon, I'd probably be non-existent! =)

I'm reading "The End of Overeating" right now and I am just appalled at the section regarding the food industry, and how there are focus groups and millions of dollars in R&D involved in creating foods that will purposely get us ADDICTED. If food is a drug (and I do believe that it is) why isn't there an uproar about that kind of practice?? At the very least, it makes me happy that it's not always me attacking food, food is attacking me!

Stephanie said...

Kirstie Alley's diet plan, egads!!I can think of $1500 I would much rather spend elsehwere and know that I'm not supporting the Church of Scientology.

Bonnie said...

It's so hard not to get sucked in. I saw what Oprah had on her show and made sure to dvr it. Eventhough I'm about 2 months out from getting the band I'm still soaking up any info on how to lose weight. Kind of crazy.

Sandy Lee said...

I bought the book and it is interesting. Go get it and read it and absorb. You can get it cheap at Costco. Gen recommended it a few weeks back. I also watched Oprah and am starting to try some of her suggestions. I'm hoping it will help me stay thin because I know we have a bunch of stuff to work through. I've been sad about the two young boys that were killed last weekend and today I was devastated when I read about Jacquie losing her father and BIL in a motorcycle accident. But I didn't turn to food. I decided I wanted to feel the sorrow. And that is what Geneen tries to get across-don't let food numb what you are really feeling-guess you don't have to buy the book now.

And HCG-why don't you just get pregnant-and make your own HCG-remember how much weight you lost while pregnant. OK I'll say no more about it's effectiveness.

Camille said...

I still pause and read about new diets and get sucked in and I have an f-in Lap Band! I so know the feeling!!

Cindylew said...

I Tivo'd Oprah (as I've done every day for the past 15 years) and plan to watch that show later tonight. I'll let you know what I think once I see it.

Karen@WaistingTime said...

I usually am months behind watching Oprah recorded, but today I saw the show. And I took notes! How coincidental that his episode airs the same day that I blog with a big question as to if there has to be some reason behind my eating issues. Geneen and Oprah would say YES.

Merri said...

Huh how would taking pregnancy hormone make you skinnier? Pregnant women gain weight. Well some of that is cuz theres a thing growing inside but still. Glad you didn’t take that it sounds fishy.

Diz said...

I've had about 5 friends do HCG and the only 2 that could even tell a difference say NOT to do it because their metabolism was jacked afterwards and they gained all the weight back. The other 3 (that I know of)...I couldn't even tell that they were on it, except they told me. I wanted to do it at first, but after talking to everyone and seeing results, I decided it wasn't worth the $$$, and I can do it the long way anyway, as much as it sucks. At least it's free and permanent!!! :)

Carmen said...

oh drizzeee....
according to your little ticker you have 11.5 to go...awesome!! you can do it, i have faith in you! i'll let you borrow portia for a week or so ok? she'll be the mafia strongarm who kicks sheniqua in the arse and sends her on her merry way!
xoxo