The steroid thing sounds like snake oil, but who knows? Even if it's for placebo effect the ultra-low cals will make you drop weight quick.
I've mentioned it before, and I don't recommend it and I've given it up, but the last time I lost weight I started with a 30 day water fast then gradually worked up to 1000 cals a day. In considerably less than a year I'd gone from 400 or so down to 184 pounds.
If you can sustain the mental and physical stress of eating 500 cals a day I bet you'd drop like a stone.
I truly think simply maintaining a reasonable calorie level consisting of real, healthy food choices is a better way to go, but to each his or her own.
47 M 5'8"
May 4, 2010...... 440? lbs. (Start FitDay Size 60 Jeans)
June 19, 2010.... 393 lbs. (First Weigh-in)
June 19, 2011.... 229 lbs. (164 lbs. gone in one year :-)
Current Weight... 185 lbs. (Size 36 Jeans)
Next Goal 169 lbs. (07/04/12)
Ultimate Goal 165 lbs. (12/31/12)
The best exercises for weight loss are Fork Putdowns and Table Pushaways.