Thursday, December 15, 2011
I started the HCG drops portion, or "Phase 2" (P2) on November 11, 2011. Yep...11/11/11 was my lucky day. For two days you are to eat till you can not eat anymore. These are called "loading days".
After the two loading days I went into the Very Low Calorie Days (VLCD). I was to eat 500 calories of a specific food list. I have to admit this was a bit hard....but only for the first few days. I had a headache, I was very hungry...then the HCG kicked into high gear. I had a burst of energy and was able to pretty much live on a little over 500 calories a day (I seemed to always go a bit over...). Let me correct myself...I was NOT living on 500 cals a day as my body knew to get the rest of the calories from my stored abnormal fat.
I did this phase (P2) for 25 days. I released 23 pounds. I also released 38.25 inches , combined. VINTAGE DRESSE HERE I COME!!! WHOO HOO.
I am now on Phase 3 (P3) and have been for 5 days. In this phase you are not to lose more weight, you are to use this time to reset your metabolism (I will believe that when it happens) and maintain what you have lost. This is supposed to help you learn how to eat without gaining everything back. Also, you can not stay on P2 with the HCG because you can become immune to it.
In the 5 days I have been on P3, I have maintained in the 2 pound window that is recommended. Actually, the most I have been "up" is .4 lbs. Yes, POINT FOUR. Not even an entire pound. This round is much harder, as maintaining always is. It is stated in Dr. Simeons Pounds and Inches, that you can eat whatever you like but NO starches or sugar. Well that is easier said than done...everyone is sensitive to one thing or another....and I am working to find what triggers my gains.
When I would do any other diet, in the last 10 PLUS years, I would start to gain if I ate a carb. Well I am hopeful that this will help with that.
If you would like to read more please see Pounds and Inches by Dr. Simeons or The Weight Loss Cure by Kevin Trudeau. The HCG Protocol has been around since the late 1950's / early 1960's (can't remember right off hand) but has never taken off in the US...until recently. You can actually Google "Pounds and Inches" and read the book in PDF format for free.
I am doing VLOGS on YouTube as HCGHousewife to document my journey. There are alot of people who do the same. I found out about the great success others were having by finding this on YouTube and have found so much info, support, and friendship there.
I do plan to update here as well. I wanted to make sure this was something I could do before blabbing about yet another weight loss plan.
I have learned alot over the past month....I can not wait to tell y'all ALL about it.