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I am watching the Kardashians on T.V.

This one of many “compromises” I endure so that my wife will let me watch baseball. Please don’t ask what the other ones are.
On this particular episode, the season finale, Khloe is told that she is not ovulating and can not conceive a pregnancy.
The doctor sights the reason for infertility being “high levels of HCG.”
I did’nt even need to see any more. Nor did I need to google what I did. But I Google anyway:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvuIib3rvAs&feature=player_detailpage
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“Kloe Kardashian HCG diet.”
Viola.
19 600 000 hits.
*facepalm*

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What Is HCG?

HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a prescription drug administered for fertility issues in women. It is widely used for blowing up mens balls after a steroid cycle has left them with small testies. Too much HCG is a reason for early puberty in some boys. However in the diet world, HCG Is a  drug is used in congunction with an extremely low calorie diet to get results like this:

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The point is khloe kardashian weight loss with out a doubt works and that’s not propaganda.

Here’s the scoop: hcglifestyle.com is the premier resource for online for khloe kardashian weight loss& has the most potent hCG on the market in 1M“(source)

 

*facepalm*

 

Look. I know that there is a lot of pressure on “celebrities” to look a certain way. I have trained both celebrities and non celebrities alike. But COME ON PEOPLE! When did it become okay to go to such extremes in the persuit of a body?

I’ve said before and I’ll say again: The fitness industry is full of false claims. Perhaps you will listen to a bit of reason.

 

The HCG diet has never been proven to effect any fat loss.

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Most HCG protocols involve and exremely low calorie diet. So any weight loss is directly attributable to calorie restriction and not to the drug.

“Subjects receiving HCG injections showed no advantages over those on placebo in respect of any of the variables recorded. Furthermore, weight loss on our diet was similar to that on severely restricted intake. We conclude that there is no rationale for the use of HCG injections in the treatment of obesity.”(1)

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What it does in the body:

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HCG signals the hypothalamus (area of the brain that affects metabolism) to mobilize fat stores. In pregnancy, this helps the body bring nutrients into the placenta, fueling the fetus with the energy to grow. Some women using this medicine have developed a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS can be a life-threatening condition. HCG can cause early puberty in young boys. Early signs such as a deepened voice, pubic hair growth, and increased acne or sweating. Although HCG can help you become pregnant, this medication is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that using the medication once you are pregnant can cause birth defects in the baby. As is the case for Kloe Kardashian, too much HCG can prevent a pregnancy.

 

And, which is more, HCG has not been shown to decrease body fat.

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“The success of the diet was based on motivation and good information, rather than on the hCG administration.”(2)

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Side effects of HCG include:

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severe pelvic pain;

  • swelling of the hands or legs;
  • stomach pain and swelling;
  • shortness of breath;
  • weight gain;
  • diarrhea;
  • nausea or vomiting; or
  • urinating less than normal.

HCG can cause early puberty in young boys.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • feeling restless or irritable;
  • mild swelling or water weight gain;
  • depression;
  • breast tenderness or swelling; or
  • pain, swelling, or irritation where the injection is given.

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These seem like a good enough reason to find another approach to your fat loss endeavors. But there is more.

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“…the opinion of the German steroid toxicology panel is still valid, that hCG is ineffective in dieting and should not be used (Bolt 1982 a, 1982).”(3)

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We conclude that there is noscientific evidence that HCG causesweight loss, a redistribution of fat, staves off hunger or induces a feeling of well being. Therefore, the use of HCG should be regarded as an in appropriate therapy for weight reduction, particularly because HCG is obtained from the urine of pregnant women who donate their urine idealistically in the belief that it will be used to treat an entirely different condition, namely infertility.”(4)

 

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The HCG diet does not represent the first time people have injected hormones to affect weight loss or performance. Athletes and others have been using testosterone for 60+ years. This practice of anabolic steroid use is illegal. Yet we’ve managed to come up with certain legal versions to fill the need in the market. I mention this to point out the extremes that people are willing to go in order to fit the body image we covet in our society.

There exists on every web page and infomercial a new pill product diet book or piece of equipment that promises the moon. These are all lies. And there is certainly no substitution for proper diet, training and supplementation.

Please, please, please talk to your doctor before you commit to any of these approaches. And for the love of God don’t just take Dr. Oz’s word that it is bad. Seek multiple opinions!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hPNxFcnEFjo
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1-  Human chorionic gonadotrophin and weight loss. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

Bosch B, Venter I, Stewart RI, Bertram SR.

Department of Medical Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Stellenbosch, Parowvallei, CP.

Aktuel Endokrinol Stoffwechsel. 1987 Jul;8(3):142-9.

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2-   [Influence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in combination with a 500 calorie diet on clinical and laboratory parameters in premenopausal women with and without hormonal contraception]

Rabe T, Richter S, Kiesel L, Zaloumis M, Runnebaum B.

Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd. 1987 May;47(5):297-307.

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3-   [Risk-benefit analysis of a hCG-500 kcal reducing diet (cura romana) in females]

Rabe T, Richter S, Kiesel L, Runnebaum B.

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4-   Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) in the Treatment of Obesity

A Critical Assessment of the Simeons Method

Frank L. Greenway, MD and George A. Bray, MD

Clinical Research Center, and the Department of Medicine, Harbor General Hospital, Torrance

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of the naturally occurring amino acid, glutamic acid. MSG makes up 10 to 25 % of all food protein, from both animal and vegetable sources. Many people think that it is evil. For my part, I am sensitive to it. I get stomach aches and headaches when I eat it,  and therefor have decided to eliminate it from my diet. In order to do this I read a lot of labels. But it is possible that this is not enough…

I am taking a course right now on the principles of sport nutrition. The course conductor said this:

anytime you see the words “natural flavor” on an ingredients label it IS M.S.G.”

 

 

Have you ever wondered what exactly are the rules when labelling products with M.S.G. in them?

 

Something about my instructor’s comments  struck me as wrong because 1- I didn’t want to believe that Canada would allow mislabelling. We have the most detailed food labelling laws in the world(source) and 2- I have an M.S.G. sensitivity that causes stomach upset and headaches- I have eliminated M.S.G. products from my diet but I do sometimes eat products that say “natural flavor” in the label. I do so without stomach upset nor headaches. So, for me at least there’s a little personal evidence that “natural flavor” and MSG are not the same. But it raises questions. For instance, what is this ‘natural flavor’? Is it a cumulative load of both MSG and “natural flavors” that lead to my headaches and stomach upset? If so, how do I reduce this load and avoid stomach upset and headaches?

So I do what anyone in my position does who wants an answer. I google.

 

In Canada I assume the rules are different then in the U.S. I am Canadian so this is what I could dig up…

Please keep in mind that I am just cross referencing this with my experience. Your’s may be different or it may be similar. Also, keep in mind that what the law states and what is enforced are often different. I am not examining enforcement merely I am looking at what the official story is.

 

 

There are a lot of websites that confirm that “natural flavor” is M.S.G. (328 000 results). And I am not reading all of these. But I decide to have a look at the official story. So I go to Health Canada’s website.

HEALTH CANADA STATES A LOT OF BULLSHIT ABOUT M.S.G. Please note this is just my opinion.

Health Canada’s official position on M.S.G is that “…the use of MSG does not constitute a health hazard to consumers. Health Canada scientists concur with these views.”

This is junk in my opinion. I get sick when I eat the stuff. So I know. You may not. That’s fine.

Now they get into science a bit, sighting lack of evidence that MSG is bad.

” In addition, there is no scientific evidence linking obesity in humans with the consumption of foods containing MSG.”

and then they go on to make concessions for people like me:

Nevertheless, some individuals may exhibit an allergic-type reaction or hypersensitivity when exposed to MSG. For those who suffer from this sensitivity, avoiding MSG is recommended.”

To me this is analogous to saying “some people may be sensitive to being shot in the stomach. Those people should avoid getting shot in the stomach.”

But okay. What I really want to know is “what are the labelling laws about MSG in Canada?”. Remember, it was my teacher saying that “‘natural flavors’ on labels means MSG” that started this. And this is where things get a bit nebulous…

The problem is that there are glutamates that occur naturally. MSG is not the only source of  glutamates. Other sources of free glutamates include tomatoes and tomato juice, grapes and grape juice, other fruit juices, cheeses such as Parmesan and Roquefort, and mushrooms. These foods may also be of concern to those who are sensitive to glutamates. I do not eat a lot of these foods. Perhaps if i did, I would be subject to the same sensitivities I experience when I eat MSG.

 

The Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB), in its report on adverse reactions to monosodium glutamate, concluded that there is no difference in the physiological response to synthesized and natural glutamates.”

 

The Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology? Yes. Health Canada uses U.S. research. . . sigh*

What is this society? Who conducts this research? Who pays for the research? Seems that these are questions that need to be asked and answered if you  are going to base recommendations to an entirely other nation(Canada). I’m not looking into this here; I just want to know about labelling.

Well, FASEB may feel there’s no difference but my head and gut sure do.

 

HERE’S THE THING:

There are no labelling requirements for naturally-occurring free glutamates(source). HOWEVER, in Canada when MSG is added to prepackaged foods, it must be declared on the list of ingredients of food labels, even when it is a component of flavouring preparations, spice mixtures, food flavour-enhancer preparations and other preparations or mixtures(source). .

A product that contains high levels of free glutamate cannot state that it is MSG free when sources of free glutamate are present (e.g., hydrolysed vegetable protein (HVP), hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP), soya sauce or autolysed yeast extracts). There are also a number of common food ingredients that contain high levels of naturally-occurring free glutamate, including tomatoes and tomato juice, grapes and grape juice, other fruit juices, cheeses such as Parmesan and Roquefort, and mushrooms. These products may act the same way as MSG according to FASEB.

So a tomato sauce cannot be labelled MSG free unless it can be shown that there are no detectable glutamates present.

My nutrition teacher was not wrong when she said that “natural flavors” means MSG IF you concur with the The Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology’s stance that naturally occurring glutamate and MSG are one in the same. If I had to venture a guess, I feel they are not the same but really, what do I know? I eat a lot of tomatoes and tomato sauce. However, I do not eat a lot of hydrolysed vegetable protein , hydrolyzed plant protein , hydrolyzed soy protein , soya sauce or autolysed yeast extracts, grapes and grape juice, other fruit juices, cheeses such as Parmesan and Roquefort, and mushrooms. Maybe if I did I would get stomach upset and headaches. I am not going to try it, though.

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Please take away from this blog post that if MSG is in a product it must be listed on the label. At least in Canada. There are, however other sources of glutamate that can be listed as “natural flavor”. These sources of glutamates may act the same way as MSG to certain people according to a U.S. society.Also, it is unclear whether or not it is a cumulative load of both MSG and “natural flavors” that lead to my headaches and stomach upset. Balls.

 

 

 

“Health Canada is responsible for establishing health and safety standards and the development of food labelling policies related to health and nutrition under the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the administration of food labelling policies and enforcement of regulatory labelling requirements. Consumers may wish to contact their local CFIA office should there be questions with regard to the labelling of specific food products that they may have purchased.

 

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sources: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/addit/msg_qa-qr-eng.php

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/guide/ch4e.shtml

 

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The European Society of Cardiology released a study September 4 2012 that shed light on the obesity paradox.

What is this “obesity paradox“?

Please have a read while I talk myself out of work as a trainer :)

 

According to this, the largest study on the subject, people can be obese without greater risk of heart disease or cancer.

While it is well known that obesity does contribute to various conditions of what is  referred to as metabolic syndrome, there is a subset of obese people who are metabolically healthy.

Over 43,000 participants were tested for cardiorespiratory fitness and body fat and followed between 1979 and 2003.  46% of of those obese people studied were metabolically healthy.

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Our study suggests that metabolically healthy but obese people have a better fitness level than the rest of obese individuals. Based on the data that our group and others have collected over years, we believe that getting more exercise broadly and positively influences major body systems and organs and consequently contributes to make someone metabolically healthier, including obese people. In our study, we measure fitness, which is largely influenced by exercise,”

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This study revealed that cardio-respiratory fitness should be used as a predictor of health in obese people and that healthy but obese people have the same or similar prognosis and healthy normal weight people.

A second study of more than 60, 000 participants discovered that overweight or obese patients who had developed acute coronary syndrome(ACS) actually have a reduced risk of dieing compared to normal weight individuals with ACS.

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We believe that no evidence exists that proves weight reduction in itself has a positive prognostic value after ACSs. Actually some evidence suggests that weight loss after ACSs might in fact have a negative effect. We believe that given the current state of our knowledge, obesity paradox requires much more attention and deserves to be recognized in the guidelines.”

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Take away from this research that metabolic health is more important than weight loss where heart disease is concerned and that obesity is not necessarily associated with abnormal metabolic function.

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source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/esoc-af083112.php

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