Can Kids and Teens follow this protocol?
Rob's standard answer when asked this question is:
"I do not believe this protocol should be done by teens or children. This protocol is a 'last resort' for those of us that have spent a lifetime messing up our metabolisms and have exhausted all forms of traditional diet/exercise and nothing seems to work.
A teen or child hasn't had a lifetime yet so all exercise/diet options should be exhausted first regardless of what the parent, who ultimately has the decision on the issue, decides to do. You don't want to condition your children to look for solutions to problems inside a bottle or pill, right? (my 2 cents)."
In addition, Dr. Dominick Giovanniello says the following:
"Children and young teens should not be subjected to ANY sort of calorie restriction or life altering diets. For the most part, they are still growing and any type of restriction could interfere with normal growth and development. These diets are for adults who have had severe problems attaining normal weight, which will negatively impact their health down the road.
As for menstruation, these diets can alter the cycle, especially in young women who are in the early stages of puberty. This is another reason to not subject adolescents to such a regimen/protocol."
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I was a truly overweight teen. In hindsight, had I discovered this protocol back then, and followed it to the "T" with it's quick and efficient results, I can easily see that I might have gone back to my old habits in short order, since this hcg was such a great solution (read: "quick fix"). Whereas, without any parent forcing me to lose weight (only an annoying pediatrician), when I turned 14 yrs old and longed to wear beautiful clothes like my friends, I took myself in hand, without any instruction at all and began eating 3 simple meals consisting of: egg, orange, whole wheat toast or cracker for breakfast, for lunch always a salad with a protein as cottage cheese or tuna and a packet of melba toast, and for dinner: a large portion of vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, spinach, etc., some meat and a small portion of starch as in a sweet potato or brown rice, besides one other fruit. I did 10 minutes of exercise to the radio in the a.m. and the p.m. and just kept encouraging myself that I would look great by my cousin's wedding by making my new eating and exercising a true habit. I began the beginning of Sept. and lost about 16 pounds by March. It might sound painstaking to "lose so little in such a long time", but I saw it as a permanent change in my habits and lifestyle that would keep me forever thin. I was in no rush. I believe that because it took sooo long to lose that weight, I was able to stay slim all these 3 decades. At around 40 while working full-time, caring for my family, and going back to college to finish my BA and get my MS, I put on the notorious "freshman 15-20" since that schedule was no semblance of normal life. I tried to take it off the "old-way", but it was just not working when someone told me about "the fat cure". After researching it for months and seeing friends who looked "wow" and raved about it, I committed to making Ketomist work for me. I made sure to begin the protocol and a calmer time of the year and successfully lost 20 lbs. in about 6 weeks.
So "yes" for older folks, but "no" for teenagers if that teenager can commit to a normal healthful diet as would Dr. Lawrence Palevsky recommend, or even Weight Watchers. But if that teen is considering LapBand or Gastric Bypass, then I believe a modified Ketomist protocol would be in order, but I would do it under a nutritionist's care if possible.
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