Archive for the ‘HCG Diet Myths’ Category

I ran across a really good YouTube video today by a lady named Charli. Someone emailed her and asked her why we would choose the HCG diet over eating right and working out at the gym. I have posted that video below.

I would love to address this question.

First of all, some people might not be able to work out. They may not be in good health. They may have heart issues, joint issues, or one of many other health concerns that do not allow them to work out. Don’t judge!

Second, we are not all the same. Many of us do not have very efficient metabolisms. What works for some might not work for others. I have personally been on both sides of the issue. DO NOT assume that we are all fat because we sit around all day and eat tons of ice cream while watching soap operas. Hello! Don’t ASSUME because it makes you look like a fool (to put it nicely).

Throughout the years, I have been on the following diets: The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, Atkins, Slimfast, The California Diet, a low fat diet, Phen-Fen, Ephedra, Weight Watchers… and YES, even working out! I’ve lifted weights, played tennis, jazzercised, stair-step aerobics, treadmill, exercise bike, etc…

I once joined Jenny Craig over 12+ years ago in the mid-90′s and lasted about two weeks. The clinic accused me of cheating. I was furious and never went back.

I used to hate exercising with a passion when I was in my young 20′s, but for the sake of my weight, I dedicated 6 months to working out at home 4-6 days per week. I would alter between cardio and weight training. Along with working out almost daily, I ate a low-fat diet with lots of good fruit and vegetables. I lost 8 pounds in 6 months. I kid you not! It was then that my husband said he has never seen someone work so hard to get nowhere!

A few years later, I found out that I have hypothyroidism. That explained a lot. A weight loss clinic started me on a low calorie diet along with Phen-Fen and thyroid pills. I lost approximately 20 lbs, but I had to go off the diet when I found out that I was pregnant. After that, one of the Phen-Fen pills became illegal because of health issues that people were experiencing.

After I had my daughter, I gave up for a while. I had my 4th child in 1999 along with a tubal ligation. After that, I seemed to start packing on the pounds for no good reason! I started playing tennis in 2001, and I was very overweight at that time… probably around 226 pounds on a 5’3″ frame. A tennis instructor that I had at the time decided to film us and take notes on the video so we could learn from our mistakes. When I came home with the video, I couldn’t bear to see myself. It was awful!

Around late 2002, Stacker 3 was being advertised all over the television. I decided to give it a try. Without changing my eating habits, I went down to 168 lbs and a size 12. I was thrilled. I had probably taken it for about 3 months at that time. When I was in the 168 lb range, it seemed to stop working, so I quit taking it. I think it was then that ephedra became illegal. From 2003 until January 2008, I packed on the weight and went up to 213 lbs. That’s when I decided to join Weight Watchers.

I was on Weight Watchers from 01/08 until 10/08. I had lost almost 37 lbs within that time period. About a month after I started Weight Watchers, I joined a gym and worked out 3-5 days per week. I altered cardio with weight training. Now remember, I started playing tennis in early 2001. I have been playing tennis ever since then. So, with WW, I was working out at the gym AND playing tennis while trying to eat right. It took me 6 months to lose 35.6 pounds. I slowed down at that point because I was getting so tired of calculating points. I went up and down the last 2-1/2 months until I reached 176.6 (36.4 lb loss). After that point, I completely went off Weight Watchers altogether. I was tired of figuring my points on a daily basis. It was such a pain…

Fast forward to 2 years later, and here I am!

In passing, a friend of mine had mentioned that she was about to start the HCG Diet. A mutual friend’s sister had lost approximately 27 pounds in 27 days. I didn’t think much of it. I still felt burned out from dieting at that time, but I googled “hcg diet” and started reading like crazy. I was intrigued. I couldn’t believe the number of positive reviews on this diet. It was amazing! I thought, “what the heck”, and ordered some homeopathic hcg. I was so excited when it came in that I started that day!

So, why is the hcg diet any different? Well, first of all, I have lost weight much faster than anything I have ever tried in my life! Typically, I have lost any cravings for other foods with the exception of the occasional bite of chocolate bark.

Recently, I took a current picture of myself and placed it side by side with my last Weight Watchers picture. In that picture, my WW weight was slightly lower, but my measurements on the HCG diet were better! I look smaller in the HCG picture. I kid you not. Look for yourself!

In the end, you have to decide what works for you. Speaking from my own experience, this is working for me, and I am so excited about it. I am confident that I will make it to my ultimate goal weight! I haven’t been that weight since I was a teenager. I look forward to seeing that day!

Here’s the video that I was talking about. Enjoy!

Tags : exercise, HCG Diet Tips, tennis, videos, VLCD, weight loss

You Can’t Eat The Same Item or Meal Twice in One Day.

FALSE! This is not true. In the original Pounds and Inches, Dr. Simeons never tells us that we cannot eat the same thing twice in one day. He does talk about the fattiness of American beef and recommends veal for one meal and another protein for the other meal. Here is a quote from his manuscript:

“While this diet works satisfactorily in Italy, certain modifications have to be made in other countries. For instance, American beef has almost double the caloric value of South Italian beef, which is not marbled with fat. This marbling is impossible to remove. In America, therefore, low-grade veal should be used for one meal and fish (excluding all those species such as herring, mackerel, tuna, salmon, eel, etc., which have a high fat content, and all dried, smoked or pickled fish), chicken breast, lobster, crawfish, prawns, shrimps, crabmeat or kidneys for the other meal.”

I have eaten beef at both meals and have not had a problem with it. Others have used bison meat with good results. You can also use 96% lean ground beef as well.

Tags : beef, ground beef, HCG Diet Myths, pounds and inches

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