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Atkins Diet AND HCG -- Two Diets that Worked

Reader Reviews: Pros and Cons of the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Diet

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By Barbara

Updated July 23, 2010

Diet Programs From the Thyroid Patient Perspective

Name of the Diet/Weight Loss Program or Service: 


When did you follow this diet/weight loss program?: 

1997 and present



My Review 

I lost weight successfully pretty much for the first time on Atkins in 1997 and kept if off for many years until a new thyroid crisis, after which I again gained. This time I was unable to lose even with Atkins. I contemplated lap band surgery, but ultimately realized that if you are not a big eater, lap bands may not be very effective. Gastric bypass would have done it, but came with too many risks and consequences. So finally I found the hcg diet online and researched it. Ultimately it is a 500-calorie very specific diet. The hcg doesn't make you lose more, but it does make that stringent diet much more comfortable and even positive an experience, and I seemed to lose weight from where I most needed it, rather than the usual wrong places. You do it only in four to six-week stints, and in between you readjust and learn to maintain that weight. The short periods make it easier than facing years of dieting. I have lost 55 pounds on it to date and am just beginning a new round.

Did you successfully lose weight on this diet? 


How much weight did you lose so far? 

51-100 lbs

Pros for Thyroid Patients? 

Both diets really help with energy and feelings of well-being.

Cons for Thyroid Patients? 

Any limitation sometimes is a hard pill to swallow. Make sure on Atkins to get your carbs mostly from vegetables. So-called Frankenfood is not a food group. Dr. Simeonton's diet requires a doctor's prescription and can be pricey.

Would you recommend this to a friend? 


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