WBC’s New Nutrition Committee, could they be wolves in sheep’s clothing?

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, came news that the World Boxing Council, the WBC, had created this new WBC Nutrition Committee which will be working to support and instruct the boxing community. As some people quickly pointed out, something doesn’t sound right, tread lightly in regards to the person Mauricio Souliman, the President of the WBC, has appointed to head this new department.


The WBC’s official announcement concerning the New Nutrition Committee

The WBC is hoping to update the work of the newly created WBC Nutrition Committee, which will be working to support the boxing community in many forms and manners. (Perhaps he should have added this new WBC Nutrition Committee head will have a personal stake in this endeavor and will likely be maneuvering to make a lot of money off of our boxing community).

“The Chairman of this committee is Dr. Philip Goglia, who will lead the efforts to find the many ways to help boxers in regards to their nutrition, rehydration, PED awareness, etc. The Nutrition Committee will put a strong emphasis in the procedures that trainers and other members of a boxer’s team use to reduce a fighter’s weight, as it is of extreme concern the various methods that are now being used, which they feel are very dangerous for the health of an athlete.

The WBC Nutrition Committee will, among other things, post their weekly recommendations through the WBC platform and continue this work throughout 2018.

This committee welcomes any suggestions, ideas on any related matters, which could be helpful to the boxing and sports industry.

A summary of Dr. Goglia’s credentials (background) was given:

Dr. Philip Goglia, a graduate of Duke University, The American College of Sports Medicine, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Science. His scientific approach to metabolic nutrition has been proven in practice. He’s consistently been on the cutting edge of performance fitness and nutrition.

Dr. Goglia is the founder of Performance Fitness Concepts one of the most elite performance nutrition and rejuvenation health and wellness clinics in the United States. Dr. Goglia was the recipient of the 2009 through 2015 “Best of Santa Monica Award” in the Dietician category by the US Commerce Association.

That statement in itself raised a red flag. Is it possible Dr. Goglia had been a repeat victim of these Scam Artists who send out those emails announcing that your business has won a ‘prestigious award’ the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Best Of (insert your city name) Award in the category of (your type of business)!!!  Just click the link to claim your award?

That group of unsavory characters most likely contacted Dr. Goglia late in 2009 or early in 2010 and sold him on the benefits of their bogus “Best of awards” and then billed him accordingly for seven additional years at a cost of $79.99, $179.99, or $198.98 along with their less than truthful press release which announced their make-believe, big-lie advocacy award. 

Taking full advantage of this “best of” rating from the non-existent U. S. Commerce Association, Dr. Goglia was then able to sign-up professional athletes like Brian Wilson, a World Series-winning pitcher, Hedo Turkoglu of the LA Clippers, and Alex Rodriguez of the NY Yankees plus Hollywood actors who have played various action heroes in the Marvel Comics Movies, those who may or may not needed nutritional guidance so they could change their physique to fulfill the demands of their superhero roles. Actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Colin Farrell were mentioned. Booksellers like Barnes and Noble and the like also lent a hand in promoting Dr. Goglia’s book, released in 2001 (Penguin Puttnam Press), Turn up the Heat –Unlock the Fat Burning Power of Your Metabolism is according to them – an acclaimed bestseller, a must-read. From this approach came even more advertising spin – his client list grew and soon included people who had never exercised to new mothers, more professional athletes plus more Hollywood celebrities to include two of the Kardashians, Jeff Goldblum, Kim Delaney, Mickey Rourke, Laura Dern, Gillian Anderson, Howie Long, and Owen Wilson. It was mentioned that Dr. Goglia had recently worked with Kristanna Loken to get her in shape for her role as the Terminatrix in the movie Terminator 3. All the while, Dr. Goglia’s agent had him written up in numerous magazines to include People, Allure, Elle, Self, Men’s Fitness, and had him appear on television programs like Dr. Phil, and CNN.

Plain and simple, Dr. Goglia is a dietician and if you follow his strict diet plan of depriving yourself of the delicious foods, drink a ton of water, use portion control and eat only nutrient dense food to satisfy your appetite, curve your cravings, he should be able to slim you down. If it’s advice you want or need concerning your food intake, there are tons of people and tons of dietary plans that you can follow. To be practical, you could go online or to the library and check out any number of books which would cost you considerably less than  Doctor Goglia’s current fee of $39.99 a month.

The best and cheapest advice: Talk with other members of your gym about what they eat and don’t eat. Read up on the various diets or discuss your problem with a past boxing champion or someone from a similar, demanding sport. Be aware, that everything takes time. Try this diet or that diet for two weeks before making up your mind. Dishing out money ($39.99 a month) for Dr. Goglia’s services seems foolish, even ludicrous, and it’s likely the WBC hasn’t paid even one peso for Dr. Goglia’s assistance in this matter. It’s more likely that a portion of the money obtained from each sign-up of a Pro Boxer will be going into the coffers of the World Boxing Council from Dr. Goglia’s business.

The ideal people to ask about weight control, dehydration and rehydration issues would be the boxers who are currently dealing with this issue: Luis Nery, Antonio Orozco, Mikey Garcia and Terence Crawford.

Below we have actual comments from people who have tried Dr. Goglia’s G-Plan and then entered their thoughts on blogger FittyBritttty’s website:

JULY 26, 2017 AT 2:29 PM

Tim says:

I tried this even though I was skeptical due to the $40 (actually $39.99) a month price. The first week was rough. I’m not sure why everyone talks about how much food there is. I starved and found the food bland and unappealing. I was identified as carb efficient.

Here’s an example of what I was told to eat:

Breakfast: 2 T of hazelnut butter and 1 C of raspberries
Lunch: 1 C of white rice, I cup of zucchini, 1 tomato and 8 T of hazelnut butter
Dinner: 1 corn flour tortilla, 1 cup of sweet peppers, 3 cups of romaine lettuce, and 8 T of hazelnut butter!

Snacks all included 1 T of hazelnut butter! At the end of the day, I was bloated and hating hazelnut butter, which was on the menu for each day of the week, including snacks! Ugh! Imagine eating a tortilla smeared with 8 T of hazelnut butter, 3 C of lettuce and 1 cup of red peppers. I thought I would throw up! 

I starved! The menu was horribly bland and unappetizing. I canceled after the first week, which was a chore in and of itself. They don’t respond well to emails requesting cancellations! They want that $40 a month. It took some calling and lots of emails. Finally, I had my bank simply block the charge and let the good Dr. know that due to no response to my pleas for cancellation, I was blocking the charge.

A Google search shows many people feel this is a scam. I wouldn’t go that far. But I definitely would not recommend it to anyone…unless they love hazelnut butter!”

AUGUST 18, 2017 AT 8:59 AM

Chad wrote:I had a bad experience with G-Plans. I stuck to the diet (water, exercise, etc.) meticulously. I actually gained 7 pounds (of fat) the first week, and gained another 3 pounds the next week. I was also sick the whole time. I asked customer service to maybe look at my plan and reduce the calorie intake, but they never responded. When I asked for them to honor the 30-day money back guarantee, they refused. I REALLY wanted to like this program, but it was a disappointment for me.”

AUGUST 21, 2017 AT 9:19 AM

Yoli says: I started the program a week ago. According to the site and the ads, they’re supposed to adjust my meal plan every week according to my progress and metabolic type. After the check-in, a message from Dr. G popped up saying I was going to eat fewer carbs in the evening but my meal plan was pretty much the same as the first week (only change was an addition of meat for breakfast which means more calories). When I asked the support staff on the chat they said they “are left in so you can cut or swap them depending on what you need.”
This started to look a bit off for me. The support responses are very robotic, there are no community or forum groups ANYWHERE, which is a bit weird for a weight loss program. Also, it is really hard to find reviews or real people that have tried this. Honestly, I’m starting to think this is sort of a scam. Is there anyone that can tell me their real experience with this plan?”

AUGUST 26, 2017 AT 6:51 AM

Yoli says: Hi Chad,
“How did you cancel your account? I sent an email a week ago and haven’t received an answer. I’m calling the number but they’re keeping me on hold. I’m worried they are going to keep making charges to my account. Help please!”

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 AT 7:42 AM

Happy4EverAfter says:

Okay…my two cents. I signed up for the plan about 2 weeks ago and answering as truthfully as possible (since some of the questions are so broad it makes it difficult to do so), I was identified as Fat Efficient. I signed up, only to find out that the 39.99 plan is not a one time fee, but a recurring monthly fee. I’ve had problems here they are:

1. I do not like the portion sizes…they are huge to me. First week’s breakfast was 2 whole eggs, bran flakes, and raspberries. Like Fitty said, all meals are customizable; however, the items that you swap out all/mostly have a higher calorie count. For instance, one snack was almond butter which I swapped out for almonds…the calorie count went from 95 to 106…but that is nominal, others are much greater.

2. Customer service/chat is not that responsive. I have had so many complaints that force me to be apologetic for being such a pain in the rear, nevertheless, the customer service representatives are not warm and human-like….like someone noted, they are quite robotic. In one of my complaints about some glitches on the site (they are quite a few) I remarked how nothing works right EXCEPT the shop link…this brings me to point 3….but wait, to that comment they responded with a sorry for the inconvenience we are working on it. Then when I said I am thinking about quitting and please let me know how I can get my money back I received NO RESPONSE.

3. I find that they push their freaking supplements and b.s merchandise. Now, I know it’s a business, but really if this plan does what Dr. G says it does, we shouldn’t really need all those supplements…advanced lean body and whatever else is on there.

4. Someone on here commented on the delicious meals. Ha! Those recipes are not specific to your plan..they are just a bunch of recipes gathered together. What I mean is you are given a list of items for a meal…for instance, yesterday’s lunch was zucchini, rice, and shrimp. You decide what to do with it…but wait! If you cook shrimp there are additional calories involved…oil for sauteing etc…of course you can have plain old steamed shrimp…but do you see what I mean? Or dinner…sweet peppers, rice, and flank steak. What are you going to do with those items so that you stay within the given calorie count?

5. After reading through this blog here, I went back and retook the quiz and lo and behold I’m now dual efficient!!!…that seems weird to me since I only answered one question differently. I think the quiz is not comprehensive enough to really identify the types as outlined, and I fear there can be a danger here for those who may follow it faithfully without doing further readings.

6. Lastly, I have lost 10 pounds…yeah me, but I cannot say I really credit it to G-Plans since I’ve been only using this as a guideline. For instance, in one of my dinners, I was given 1 cup of rice…I felt that was way too much for me, and so I scaled it down to 1/2 a cup. I will say the idea of eating often and eating more protein (almonds) helps me to feel full…this I learned on the plan.. Like Fitty said, I am truly never hungry. Yesterday was the first day I had a sugar craving and I curbed my need for chocolate, knowing I was going to have my sugar fix with a tangerine that was waiting for me at home.

And the last thing….I have advanced to the next week…and the plan does change week by week. I can see how it refines your foods. So that we go from 2 whole eggs (OMG) in week one, to 6 egg whites in week 2. I have already paid for the service so I will follow it as I have been…using it as a guideline for the rest of the month. I truly am interested to see how much it changes from this first month, but I sincerely doubt I will continue. If anyone here who is on the plan would like to start a group, however, might I suggest you do it on FATSECRET a free social weight loss website. I hope this long entry was informative. Good luck to all.

OCTOBER 5, 2017 AT 5:39 AM

Karen says: Hi Yoli,
“I also have my doubts about this program as I am having problems with the website and the meals not changing each week – that’s just one of the problems I have experienced. My dashboard is a week behind and if I have a meal that I am not supposed to have and I track it (e.g burger)it appears on the menu the following week on the same day! I asked about this and wanted to know why I was not receiving my weekly updated personal menu and the response was “as you choose items for your swap the platform will remember your selections and begin to enter them into your future meals. it does this to make it easier for you so that you do not have to swap out each meal. This is no help to me AT ALL. I don’t want the plan to remember what I ate, I want the recommendations from “Dr. Goglia” each week. Did you have any luck canceling your account? Thanks.”

NOVEMBER 2, 2017 AT 5:36 PM

Tina says:

Hi Britney,
I just started this 4 days ago. I felt very bloated the first 2 days. A bit better now. I cannot seem to get all 7 meals in unless I eat every 1.5 hours…and portions are huge. How much weight did you lose overall? I am concerned that I am gaining instead of losing but will wait for the 1 wk check in to weigh myself and measure. Did you exercise as well or just do the food diet? If you exercised, did you do their recommended programs or your normal workout?

JANUARY 3, 2018 AT 9:13 AM

Amy says: Hi Brittany:
I am considering trying this diet. However, I have a few concerns. 1. I live up in North Dakota and during our winter, we don’t have any good fresh fruit and veggies. I’m not sure if that will affect the diet by much. Also, do they have someone you can ask questions of if things come up? Like I can’t eat certain foods cause of medications. Do you happen to know by any chance? Thank you.

MARCH 8, 2018 AT 11:52 AM

Red roses says:

I’ve dropped out of the program after 3 weeks. I was true to the program but did not see much in the way of results. Have asked for a refund. Am back on the Fast Metabolism Diet which worked well for me in the past.

While Dr. Phil Goglia holds all these wonderful certifications, the bottom line is he would like to sell the products he has on his website which we have cut and pasted for all to see: 

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