It's popular here in Europe for pre-op liver shrinkage/weightloss and is promoted by the national centre of excellence in the country I live in. There's a link here
to a patient information leaflets our local hospital gives to pre-op patients. It is a legitimate plan, but is only used in some cases which is why people may not have heard of it.
Back in the game and in it to win it!
Lowest: 229 RESTART: January 16th, 2017
1st 3-month goal for 2017: Be at 248lbs by April 16th