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I have finished round 2, and I put together a video log of my before and after pics since the beginning of my HCG journey in May, 2010. After two rounds of HCG, I have lost a total of 49 lbs! I have gone from a size 16/18 to a size 8! My next round will start over Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you enjoy the video.

HCG has been a true Godsend for me. I thank the Lord every day for helping me discover HCG. It really does work!

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I uploaded my first YouTube video today. I hope you enjoy it.
 

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I wanted to address this topic a little bit. I am now on Day 29 of the VLCD (very low calorie diet). In this amount of time, I have had 6 total days of weight gain (3 times @ 2 days in a row). Today is the third time that I have gained weight for the 2nd day in a row. Strange, huh? I believe my body is showing a pattern…

What do you do when you gain weight on VLCD?

First of all, do not stress out over it. It’s really not that big of a deal unless you are cheating or not following the protocol.

Second, reevaluate everything that you have eaten. Have you followed the protocol? Are you ONLY eating the allowed foods? Have you weighed your fruits and veggies and added up calories to equal no more than 500? Are you eating oils? Are you eating your fruits in the same meal (a NO-NO)? Are you combining your breadsticks (another NO-NO)?

Third, are you using oily lotions or products on your skin? Are you ovulating or on your menstrual cycle? Did you exercise recently? Are you getting enough sleep at night?

Fourth, are you drinking enough water? Water is VERY important to this diet. It helps flush away the fat! In the manuscript, Dr. Simeons says that patients should be drinking at least 2 liters of fluids per day. It has been recommend by numerous health sites that a person should drink half their weight in ounces daily. If you weigh 200 lbs, then you should be drinking 100 ounces of water per day! At my current weight, I should be drinking 90 ounces of water per day. However, I am drinking 1 gallon of water (128 oz.) every day. It has really helped my digestive system!

All of these factors come into play on this diet. First, evaluate everything that I have said above before moving on to the information below.

Remember, as a woman, it is normal to go through weight fluctuations. Women hold more water than men. It’s also easier for a man to lose weight. The average weight loss for a woman is 1/2 pound per day. Evaluate your progress so far. From your start date, what is your average weight loss? Despite the six days that I have gained and two days of no loss, I am still averaging .62 per day from the time that I started this diet. I am above the average loss for a woman.

Should I try an apple day?

People tend to panic when they start gaining weight or have days of no losses. In Dr. Simeons manuscript, he addresses “The Plateau”. A true plateau, according to the good doctor, is after 4-6 days of no losses and frequently occurs during the second half of a phase. Unless you have been stuck for at least 4-6 days, then you are not in a TRUE plateau.

If a patient wants to break up a plateau, then they can have an “Apple Day”. An apple day begins at lunch and continues just until lunch the next day. You are allowed 6 apples to eat throughout the day whenever you are hungry. You should only drink enough water to quench your thirst, and you are not to eat anything else until lunch the next day.

Is an Apple Day worth it?

In my opinion, not really. Dr. Simeons describes the “Apple Day” as purely psychological!  Basically, it’s for those that feel like they need to see movement on the scale.

Why do we gain or plateau if we are following the protocol?

Again, Dr. Simeons explains this in his manuscript. Let’s review how this diet works. While on HCG and a VLCD, fat is pulled from the cells of the fatty tissue. Once the cells have been emptied, before they are absorbed by the body, they may fill with water. Water is heavier than fat. In this process, you could show no loss or even a slight gain. When the tissue has been broken down and absorbed by the body, you will probably experience an increase in urination and a loss on the scale. Here is a quote from Dr. Simeons manuscript:

“The weight registered by the scale is determined by two processes not necessarily synchronized. Under the influence of HCG, fat is being extracted from the cells, in which it is stored in the fatty tissue. When these cells are empty and therefore serve no purpose, the body breaks down the cellular structure and absorbs it, but breaking up of useless cells, connective tissue, blood vessels, etc., may lag behind the process of fat-extraction. When this happens the body appears to replace some of the extracted fat with water which is retained for this purpose. As water is heavier than fat the scales may show no loss of weight, although sufficient fat has actually been consumed to make up for the deficit in the 500-Calorie diet. When then such tissue is finally broken down, the water is liberated and there is a sudden flood of urine and a marked loss of weight. This simple interpretation of what is really an extremely complex mechanism is the one we give those patients who want to know why it is that on certain days they do not lose, though they have committed no dietary error.”

This should help explain the process of fat loss on the HCG Diet.

To conclude this topic, don’t stress over the scale! This is why it is important to continue to measure yourself. Many people experience inches lost while the scale isn’t moving. We lose weight in a stair step fashion. Our bodies need time to adjust. Keep following the diet, and it will work for you. Don’t try to cheat the system. This is an effective way to lose weight.

Good Luck!

Tags : Dr. Simeons, exercise, HCG Diet Tips, phase 2, plateau, pounds and inches, sleep, water, weight gain

Drink PLENTY of Water!

The rule of thumb for water is typically 1/2 your weight in ounces daily. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water per day. Water is important for our everyday functions. It helps flush away toxins and move our digestive system along.

In Dr. Simeon’s manuscript, he believed that it is important to drink at least 2 liters of “fluids” per day. He included coffee and tea in the fluid count. However, I do not do this. I believe that you should not count your coffee and tea as your fluid intake, or you may never drink plain water! I drink a gallon of water per day, and it has really helped my digestive system to function properly.

If you don’t like water, then add a little bit of lemon juice to it. I used to fill up one liter bottles and refill them when they were empty. The problem was that I would forget how many times I filled them up. Now, I fill up a one gallon jug with water and pour it into a large cup throughout the day. I know exactly how much that I have drank for the day. If I have coffee, tea, or a diet soda, I do not include those amounts of fluids with my water. I ALWAYS drink my one gallon of water ON TOP OF my coffee, tea, or diet soda.

If you are worried about being up all night and running to the bathroom, be sure to drink all of your water by no later than 3-4 hours before you go to bed. My rule thumb is to be finished by 8pm if I am up until midnight. This way, I can get a good night’s sleep (which is diet tip #3)!

Tags : Dr. Simeons, HCG Diet Tips, pounds and inches, water

Here is the chart that I am using to help calculate my calories for Phase 2 foods. I have obtained my calorie information through http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/ .

Meat Calories  
Prawns (100 gm) 67  
Shrimp  (100 gm) 70  
Crabmeat  (100 gm) 82  
Daisy 2% (113 gm) (1/2 cup) 90  
Lobster  (100 gm) 95  
Daisy 4% (113 gm) (1/2 cup) 110  
Chicken Breast  (100 gm) 114  
1 egg + 3 egg whites 118  
Tilapia  (100 gm) 126  
96% lean ground beef (100 gm) 130  
Crawfish  (100 gm) 133  
Sirloin Tip Steak (100 gm) 140  
Kidneys, beef  cooked (100 gm) 150  
Eye of Round (100 gm) 166  
Bison  (100 gm) 169  
Veal  (100 gm) 194  
Ribeye  (100 gm) 203  
Chuck Steak (100 gm) 222  
1 egg 70  
1 egg white 16  
     
Veggies Calories Per Gram
Cucumber, peeled (100 gm) 12 0.12
Grn Leaf Lettuce (100gm) 15 0.15
Celery (100 gm) 16 0.16
Red Radishes (100 gm) 16 0.16
Iceberg Lettuce (100 gms) 18 0.18
Tomatoes (100 gm) 18 0.18
Asparagus (100 gms) 20 0.20
Romaine Lettuce (100 gms) 21 0.21
Beet Greens (100 gm) 22 0.22
Chicory Greens (100 gm) 23 0.23
Spinach (100 grams) 23 0.23
Cabbage (100 gm) 25 0.25
Fennel, bulb (100 gm) 31 0.31
Onion (100 gm) 40 0.40
Kale (100 grams) 50 0.50
     
Fruit Calories Per Gram
1/2 Grapefruit (100 gm) 30 0.30
Strawberries (100 gm) 32 0.32
Orange (100 gm) 47 0.47
Apple, with skin (100 gm) 52 0.52
     
Bread Calories  
Grissini Breadstick (1) 22  
Angonoa’s Sesame Breadstick (1) 23  
Old London Melba Snack Sea Salt (2) 25  
Rothbury Farms FF Croutons (20)(7gm) 25  
Wasa Cracker (Crisp ‘n Light – 7 Grain)(1) 20  
Wasa Cracker (Crisp ‘n Light – Mild Rye) (1) 27  
Wasa Cracker (Fiber) (1) 30  
Wasa Cracker (Light Rye) (1) 35  
Wasa Cracker (Sourdough) (1) 35  

The Sesame Breadstick and the fat free croutons are not on the original protocol, but I thought I would include them here anyway. The small sesame breadstick is the closest thing that I can find to a grissini, and found it at Wal-Mart in the cracker section; however, the other Wal-Mart did not have them. The croutons have sugar as a listed ingredient, but if you look at the nutritional label, the amount of sugar per serving is listed as “0″.

I have made an Excel Spreadsheet for anyone who wants to download and print it out for easy referenced. You can find it under the Blogroll links to the right, or click here to download a copy of the HCG Food Calorie Count Chart.

Tags : calorie chart, calories, Dr. Simeons, HCG Diet Tips, phase 2, pounds and inches, VLCD

Starting Weight: 201.6

Today’s Weight: 194.2

Overnight Gain/Loss: -.4 (Not a lot, but that’s ok. I didn’t follow protocol well yesterday. 1/2 pound is still good)

Total Loss: 7.4 pounds in 5 days!

HHCG: 18 drops 2 x day (trying this for a 3rd day)

So, I burped up bell pepper half the night and felt like I had a mild case of heartburn. I don’t think I will be doing THAT again! lol. I’m still losing weight, so it’s all good.

For breakfast, it was my usual coffee and splenda again! For lunch, I decided to have some cottage cheese. In the manuscript, Dr. Simeon does mention an occasional egg plus 3 whites or low-fat cottage cheese in place of a meat protein. Well, I would really like to change things up so I don’t get bored. My lunch consisted of 6 strawberries in 2% cottage cheese (Daisy brand!), 7 asparagus, and one breadstick. 5 chocolate delights – they are becoming a weakness for me.

For dinner,  once again, I broke protocol and made a “mock” lasagna. The hubby and kids had lasagna for dinner, so I decided to make one for me. To make the lasagna, I used a large cabbage leaf split in half. I placed one half on the bottom of a small pie plate. On top of the cabbage leaf, I placed 2 oz. of cooked 96% lean ground beef mixed with 1/2 a mixture of 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, oregano, salt, pepper, and a little bit of water. Then, I spooned 1/4  c. of cottage cheese over the ground beef mixture and topped it with the other half of the cabbage leaf. I spooned the remaining tomato mixture over the top. I covered it with foil and cooked it in the oven for a while. This would have turned out better if I had cooked the cabbage leaves in advance. The cottage cheese had dried out, and the cabbage leaves weren’t quite done all of the way. With my mock lasagna, I ate 1/2 cucumber, a handful of strawberries, and a breadstick. And of course, I had 5 chocolate delights. I really need to quit that!

I drank 3 liters of water.

Tags : asparagus, beef, breadstick, cabbage, chocolate delights, coffee, cottage cheese, cucumber, Dr. Simeons, ground beef, HHCG, phase 2, splenda, strawberries, tomato paste, VLCD, water, weight loss

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