Contrary to what physicians have been taught for many years, rapid weight loss programs designed to lose up to 4 pounds a week have been shown to be more effective than the usual goal of a pound a week. Rapid weight loss can be achieved with a 500 calorie diet. We have seen good appetite suppression with HCG, although that approach has been criticized by the AMA. HCG is given by the patients themselves by shots, but homeopathics preparations have recently become available. Acupuncture can also help decrease the appetite while on very low calorie diets. Maintenance is still a crucial part of either program.
See Family Practice News (click here), Sept. 1, 2010, p. 42.