The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About is a diet book written by Kevin Trudeau, whom you may have seen on many late night infomercials.
Kevin Trudeau is a highly controversial author who often claims that the real cures to many diseases and the overweight problem is hidden by the medical establishment in order to boost the sales of weight loss drugs and medicines, and aesthetic surgery.
Trudeau has no medical or nutrition credentials or formal qualification. He is also a convicted felon and has been fined by the FTC for making false claims about the Weight Loss Cure (source: Wikipedia). This, and numerous customer complaints regarding his products and services, has greatly tarnished Trudeau’s reputation to the point where many consider him to be a scam artist.
The book itself was a massive bestseller when it was released in 2007 and has appeared on the best seller lists of the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times, among others. Today, it is still a very popular diet book.
The book itself is the subject of heated debate. On Amazon alone, there are over 550 reviews of the Weight Loss Cure. It should be noted that of these reviews, 310 have awarded the book a 1-star rating, the lowest on the scale, showing how controversial and problematic this book really is.
How Does The Weight Loss Cure Work?
The premise of the book is based on the work of British Dr. Simeons who in the 1950′s presented a weight loss plan which Trudeau later built upon. Trudeau claims that this is the way to lose weight easily without feeling hunger, cravings, or deprivation and without the need to diet or exercise. The book was sold with the claim that you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days with it. This seems very tempting which may explain the book’s massive popularity when it was first published. The book involves certain elements including eating organic food, HCG injections and supplements, and colon and liver cleansing.
There are four phases to the Weight Loss Cure diet:
1. During this phase you need to eat all organic foods with a highly restrictive list of approved foods. In addition, you need to follow several colon and liver cleansing procedures. This cleansing is supposed to purify the body from within and make weight loss much easier.
2. During the second phase you introduce daily injections of HCG ( human chorionic gonadotropin) which is a hormone that is found in the urine of pregnant women. The injections are supposed to be supervised by a doctor. This is where the diet becomes very hard to follow as HCG injections are not approved as weight loss aids in the
US and many other countries. This means that you may find it very difficult to find a doctor who’ll prescribe you with these shots. If you can’t find one, you can’t really go along with the diet. HCG has various side-effects. In men, it may even cause Gynecomastia (the development of feminine breast tissue). In addition to the injections, you’re supposed to stick to a very low calorie regimen.
3. In this phase the injections are stopped but the ritual of cleansing continues and the depriving list of organic foods remains.
4. In this phase you increase the range of your detoxification with specific procedures to cleanse your liver and kidneys from parasites and heavy metal pollution.
Some of the other rules of the Weight Loss Cure include:
- Drinking 8 glasses of water each day.
- Eating a large breakfast and a salad each day.
- Never eat after 6 PM.
- You are allowed one time a day to indulge yourself.
As you can see, this diet plan is far from easy which is one of the marketing claims that Kevin Trudeau makes. This claim of the diet being “easy” has actually led to legal proceeding against Trudeau (source: Wikipedia).
Pros and Cons of the Weight Loss Cure
- Eating a big breakfast may help you curb your appetite during the day.
- Encourages eating organic food.
- Makes exaggerated and false claims.
- HCG injections have not been shown to promote weight loss.
- Can become very expensive with the injections, supplements, and organic food choices.
- Very restrictive.
- Does not promote exercise.
- Has more negative reviews than good ones.
- Written and promoted by a convicted felon.
The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About is not a recommended diet plan. It makes exaggerated claims and is in fact far from easy. The claims that Trudeau makes are not backed up by science and seem far-fetched. I don’t like say things like “the Weight Loss Cure is a scam” or anything like that, but I don’t approve of this method at all.
While the book does encourage organic food, this is done with massive restrictions. I doubt that you’ll be able to really lose weight with this book the right way.