That's where I aim to keep my cals. 1100-1200/day. Even that is a little low. 500/day puts your body into reservation and starvation mode. The people are losing more of muscle than they need to when they're taking that kind of stuff and seeing such dramatic loss.
I think it's crazy. It’s not FDA approved for weight loss and there are sites out there dedicated to the risks of the diet. Only brought it up because I know another person wanting to try it and I'm not sold.
Here’s what they say: (hcgdietinfo.com) "hCG weight loss studies have shown that weight lost following the Simeons protocol comes directly from adipose fat tissue rather than lean muscle. In doing so, the weight lost comes directly from unhealthy fat and does not strip the body of much needed muscle, vitamins or minerals essential to maintain good health, while at the same time, releasing excessive amounts of fat-stored nutrients into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body.
A 500 calorie a day diet also known as the VLCD (very low calorie diet), is combined with a minimal intake of hCG. A natural hormone that is created in laboraties (is that a word?) which raises the body's rate of metabolism while using stored fat for energy. The result is significant loss of fat in a very short time."
Ever heard of the HCG Diet? The diet consists of eating 500 calories a day along with taking these drops (See Image) every day. I guess the drops suppress your appetite so eating 500 calories a day is (somewhat) manageable. I've had 3 people close to me try the diet. One gave up quickly, but the other two lost 37 pounds (in 9 weeks I think) and 20 pounds (in 5 weeks) respectively.
Here's the question for you stinkyfingers: 500 calories a day is crazy low. So low that you aren't allowed to work out while on the diet. Doesn't that just sound bad for the body?