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Book Review: The Weight Lose Cure They Don’t Want You To Know About

the weight loss cure trudeauI’m pretty happy that Todd wrote this post for me. I see Kevin Trudeau’s smiling, shiny face pretty often at the library, beaming away from the face of books that circulate frequently.  He’s quite popular in the “Cures” department, the “free money” department, and now, the Weight Loss department. I hope you feel safer knowing that he is helping to keep you safe from THEY. Every single book looks so dumb that I can’t bear to pick one up. And of course, by laughing at it, I’m sure I qualify as one of THEM. Thanks Todd, for taking on this onerous duty. If you’re up for a 500 calorie diet, read on!

Guest post by Todd Boyer

I picked this book up at the book store at the airport while traveling home. I figured that it looked like something that I could polish off during the flight.

Into conspiracy theories? There’s some interesting arguments for one concerning the drug companies, food manufacturers, the FDA, the FTC, and some super secret society of the rich and powerful. In fact, this makes up majority of the book.

The author makes excellent points about consuming clean, natural foods. Also, limiting your exposure to products that contain preservatives and chemicals that have been attributed to making us sick. Honestly, if the book ended there, this review would be heading in a different direction.


The meat of the book is a “weight loss protocol” that was authored by a British endocrinologist, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, in the 1950’s. The author offers this up in four phases. The first and fourth are his own additions, while the second and third are supposedly taken directly from Dr. Siemens manuscripts.

It was these two “phases” from the original writings that dumbfounded me. The essence of it is a daily injection of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin), which is a hormone produced during pregnancy.

HCG is available by prescription only (although not in the US), and is produced by drug companies from animal and human placenta, and is an extract from the urine of pregnant women (the last is the preferred variant according to Mr. Trudeau).

500 calories of duh

In addition to these daily injections, the “protocol” calls for eating a mere 500 calories per day. I do not even know where to begin with this. The extreme low calories prescribed are flat out not safe, period.

I’d have thrown this one out of the 737 that I was on if not for a fear of attracting attention from the Air Marshall sitting two rows in front of me (I spot these guys every time).

Losing the weight doesn’t have to be this complicated, or secret, or conspiratorial.

About the author:

Todd Boyer writes to inspire and motivate about losing weight and getting strong at PhitZone.

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  • k.sol January 14, 2011, 6:53 am

    Kevin Trudeau … where to even begin? Dreadful stuff. Stunningly bad health advice thoroughly laced with conspiracy theories. Quackwatch has info on the FTC actions against him, and Science-Based Medicine has taken him apart in at least one post.

    Everyone wants to think that if they just perfect their diet,they’ll somehow avoid death. Scarier still is when we then use that “knowledge” to blame others for their ill health. We can influence our health with self-care, but that’s where it stops. Genetics, luck, life circumstances all play a big part, too. I’m all for taking control of what we can, as best as we can (welcome to humanity, all, we’re not going to do it perfectly), but the idea that we can totally control our health through some kind of effort of our own is a fantasy.

    • Todd@Phitzone January 17, 2011, 7:39 am

      Wow, I’ve been bad about commenting on this one.

      Genetics, etc. do play a huge role in what we are able to do. I believe firmly though that we have the obligation to take control of as much as we can. Coasting will only take you to the bottom of the hill. It’ll never get you to the next hill top.

  • Blake January 14, 2011, 9:05 am

    This is nothing new. My wife’s chiropractor recommended the same diet to her a couple of years ago. That was the last time she went to her.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 14, 2011, 3:36 pm

      Crap, maybe I need to get out more. It was new to me. I think my two year old eats more than 500 calories a day.

    • Todd January 15, 2011, 6:23 pm

      What, a chiropractor that was offering up bad advice? I’ve never had that happen. 😉 I read this the first time about two years ago. I thought that I had burned it, but apparently it survived. So, I recently reread it.

  • Bethy January 14, 2011, 10:05 am

    A friend of mine was actually ‘PRESCRIBED’ this by an actual, trained, certified/licensed/whatnot ‘NUTRITIONIST’.

    I wanted to cry. She was so convinced it would work! It’d be great! Because an *actual professional* told her.

    Misinformation is rough enough, but when it becomes both harmful and promoted by others who earn trust via fancy letters on the business cards… meh.

    I suppose I just have nothing good to say on the subject, so I’ll leave it alone now. I’m trying to enjoy the day. 😉

    • Josh Hanagarne January 14, 2011, 3:35 pm

      Good luck. Enjoy.

    • Todd@Phitzone January 17, 2011, 7:41 am

      Interesting. We all need to be careful with who we glean information from, especially when our health, both physically and spiritually, is involved.

      Best wishes on enjoying the day. 🙂

      • Bethy January 17, 2011, 12:41 pm

        Mmm. Thank you, and thank you.

        It’s really frustrating in such a situation, and unfortunately, about all that is eventually left to do in many cases is simply be around for them… hoping that it stops before serious damage is done.

  • Niel January 14, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Er, an article talking about 4-hour mentioned Tim Ferriss used HCG to triple his semen volume.

    Not quite sure why it would be used for fat loss.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 14, 2011, 5:21 pm

      I honestly didn’t know anything about this hormone before Todd wrote this post. I’ve done some looking around today. I’ve read several studies that say HCG can be beneficial to the fertility of men and women, but I have yet to see one non-spam blog or website saying that it does anything for fat loss.

    • Todd@Phitzone January 17, 2011, 7:45 am

      All I can really say about this one is, ewwww. haha

  • Boris January 14, 2011, 11:39 pm

    Trudeau… I don’t know how anyone could take him seriously as an expert on anything other than conning people out of money.

    If he wrote a book on marketing, I’d probably buy and read it. Until then, I’ll pass.

    • Todd@Phitzone January 17, 2011, 7:42 am

      Hahaha You have a point. Then again, I’m not sure I want marketing advice from a snake oil salesman. I’ll stick with the likes of Copyblogger and company for that kind of info.

  • Deidre @ TransFormX January 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Never read Trudeau’s book, can he actually write?

    Interesting points of view though! I have tried the hCG diet and it worked very well for me, I lost 40+ pounds and 39 inches. I had major issues due to a mis-diagnosis from an ‘allergy & hormone doctor’ and could not lose the excess weight that I put on – until I found the hCG.

    My advise to anyone who is searching for weight loss solutions is to do your homework, don’t take just one guy’s word for something. If you are interested in really learning about why this works on a biological level – my suggestion would be to read the original scientific document & protocol Pounds & Inches by Dr. Simeon which was written in the 1950’s.