One of my favorite bloggers is Casey of Mooshinindy.com, because she just seems like a genuinely good person–and she’s real funny. I like her enough that I’m willing to read her sponsored posts and her stuff on Babble, and let me tell you, that is a powerful like. So today I went over to Babble to read about her recent weight loss and found out that it was because of the hCG diet.
Oh, Casey. No, Casey. Oh, honey–no.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever come out and said this, but for most of 2011 I worked as a ghostwriter. My former employer had a contract to create content for various small businesses, so my job was to write between sixteen and twenty blog posts a day. There were plenty of legitimate businesses in there–I actually really miss writing for veterinarians, for example–but there were also a metric ton of scammers…and most of them were selling plastic surgery, that cash for gold nonsense, or the hCG diet.
Of the three, the hCG clients were the absolute worst to work for because that diet was such an undeniable scam that virtually every credible source I found said something along the lines of, “Yo, this is a scam, y’all.” I spent far more time searching for legitimate sources that had something at least lukewarm to say about hCG than I ever did writing one of the articles–and that alone should tell you something.
So what exactly is so problematic about the hCG diet? Here are just a few fun facts:
- The study that it’s based on has never, ever been successfully replicated, and it’s been decades.
- A lot of the people selling hCG sell it in liquid or pill form, and those products are usually pretty low on the actual hormone.
- Experts are in agreement that the severe calorie restriction that goes along with hCG is what actually causes all the weight loss, not the hCG itself.
- Despite the fact that the medical community acknowledges that the hCG diet is a total scam, plenty of doctors still support it. Why? Because you can make bank if you sell hCG–even in liquid form it’s expensive, and many doctors have set up weight loss clinics where they can charge you incredible amounts of money for your injections and your appointments. I should know. I wrote the promotional materials for those places.
- There are also a ton of health problems associated with the hCG diet, which you can read about here and here.
I’m glad Casey’s lost weight and that she’s feeling a lot better, but I’m in a unique position to say that this diet is a scam. After all, I had to write hundreds of articles pretending that it wasn’t.