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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 posted these 3 videos on YouTube. 20 HCG diet tips for you. Enjoy!

 

Part 1: HCG Diet Tips 1-5

Part 2: HCG Diet Tips 6-13

Part 3: HCG Diet Tips 14-20

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I wanted to share something very personal for me… my pictures so far. Two years ago, when I was on Weight Watchers, I took a few pictures of myself. I’m glad that I did. Looking back on my Weight Watchers picture and comparing it to my current picture from 06/26/10, I was pleasantly surprised to see the difference.

HCG Compared to Weight Watchers

HCG Compared to Weight Watchers

I can see the difference! Can you? In the left picture, I weigh 183 pounds on the HCG diet. In the right picture, I weighed 181.4 pounds on Weight Watchers. Here are the differences:

HCG Compared to Weight Watchers-

HCG: I weigh 1.6 pounds more. My chest is 1-1/4 inches SMALLER on HCG. My waist is 1/2 inch SMALLER. My hips are the same size.

How awesome is that??

This is WHY it is SO important to measure yourself! I didn’t measure myself at the beginning of this diet, but I am now measuring myself TWICE per week! Remember… Pounds AND Inches! :-)

UPDATE: This picture was taken on 6/26/10, and I weighed 183 pounds. As of yesterday, I weighed 181.4 pounds. The exact same weight as my Weight Watchers picture. Out of curiosity, I measured myself again. This picture and measurement comparisons were taken on 06/26/10. As of 6/30/10 (4 days later), my weight is 181.4 and my waste AND hips are a FULL inch smaller than the WW picture! I’m smaller on HCG than I was on Weight Watchers at the EXACT SAME WEIGHT!

Tags : photos, pounds and inches, VLCD

Starting Weight: 201.6

Today’s Weight: 181.4

Overnight Gain/Loss: -0-

HHCG: 18 drops 2 x daily

I didn’t lose any weight. I’m not surprised. Like I said before, I played tennis two nights ago. This could be my body’s way of catching up to the exercise. I’m just happy I didn’t gain weight. I also missed my 2nd dose of drops yesterday, too. oops! Good news, though! I measured myself, and I lost 1/2 an inch off my waist and 1 inch off my hips in 4 days! Hooray! The “inches” part of “pounds and inches”! I still have 4.8 pounds to go until I reach my lowest Weight Watchers weight, BUT I have officially become smaller than that in inches!!! Woo hoo! I love the way this diet works! :-)

Romaine Salad with dressing, melba rounds, strawberries, and chocolate cottage cheesecake

Romaine Salad with dressing, melba rounds, strawberries, and chocolate cottage cheesecake

I had an excellent lunch today! I made a mistake, though. I miscalculated my strawberries and actually ate too much, so I had to adjust my dinner allowances. oops. I made my chocolate cottage cheesecake, and I finally got it right! It’s so good. I could eat this every day! My daughter laughs at me when I eat a “dessert” for my meal. he he

Tomatoes with Melba Rounds and Cheesy Mock Apple Pie

Tomatoes with Melba Rounds and Cheesy Mock Apple Pie

I ate cottage cheese again tonight. Maybe it’s the heat, but I haven’t been up to eating meat lately. oh well. I love cottage cheese. I had some slices of tomato, melba rounds, and the yummy cheesy mock apple pie.

Here’s the daily breakdown-

Lunch:

113 grams of Daisy 2% cottage cheese (90 calories)

2 melba rounds (25 calories)

392 grams of strawberries (125 calories)

1/2 tsp. knox gelatine (5 calories)

1 Tbl. + 1 tsp. Hershey cocoa (13 calories)

100 grams of romaine lettuce (21 calories)

2 Tbl. Wishbone fat-free italian dressing (15 calories) *not protocol

Lunch Total: 294 calories

Dinner:

113 grams of Daisy 2% cottage cheese (90 calories)

201 grams of tomato slices (36 calories)

105 grams of apple (55 calories)

2 melba rounds (25 calories)

Dinner Total: 206 calories

GRAND TOTAL: 500 calories

Water for the day= 1 gallon

Tags : apple, cocoa, cottage cheese, HHCG, melba toast, off protocol, phase 2, photos, plateau, pounds and inches, romaine lettuce, salad, strawberries, tomato

Well, yesterday was VLCD 30, and I only lost .2 from the chocolate bark with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. I am doubling the recipe today to see what happens. hmmm…

Starting Weight: 201.6

Today’s Weight: 183.4

Overnight Gain/Loss: -.2

Total Loss: 18.2 pounds in 31 days

HHCG: 15 drops 2 x daily

Ah, the scale! It moves so slowly this week. Just out of curiosity, I measured myself, and I lost an inch off my waist in 5 days! Pounds AND Inches, people! The scale might not be moving, but my body is shaping itself! I’m still above the average 1/2 pound daily (.59/day). I made a double batch of chocolate bark with a total of 4 tablepooons of coconut oil. Stay tuned…

Chuck Steak with Breadstick, Strawberries, and Chocolate Bark

Chuck Steak with Breadstick, Strawberries, and Chocolate Bark

I decided to try a fattier beef today. Chuck is more calories and fat. I did try to cut off as much visible fat as possible. 100 grams is 222 calories, so it effects everything else that can be eaten. I chose to eat my breadstick and some strawberries, which caused me to go over some lunch calories for a grand total of 277 calories. I ate 1/2 of my double batch of chocolate bark (2 tbl coconut oil) with it as well. I don’t count the calories in the chocolate bark.

Tomatoes with Melba rounds, Strawberries, Chocolate Cottage Cheesecake, and Chocolate Bark

Tomatoes with Melba rounds, Strawberries, Chocolate Cottage Cheesecake, and Chocolate Bark

I was ready for some more cheesecake today, so I made a chocolate cheesecake. I will post the recipe once I have perfected it. It’s a work in progress. I had a whole tomato, some strawberries, and the other 1/2 of my double batch of chocolate bark (another 2 tbl of coconut oil).

When counting your calories, be sure to include everything that you use in a recipe. I used Hershey cocoa and knox gelatin for my chocolate cheesecake, and it added an extra 18 calories. Everything counts. The only exception that I make is when using the chocolate bark. I do keep track of the amount of coconut oil I have used, though.

Totals for the day-

Lunch:

100 grams of chuck steak (222 calories)

100 grams of strawberrries (32 calories)

1 sesame breadstick (23 calories)

Lunch Total: 277 calories (+2 tbl. of coconut oil)

Dinner:

113 grams – 1/2 cup of Daisy 4% cottage cheese (110 calories)

1 Tbl. + 1 tsp. Hershey’s cocoa (13 calories)

1 tsp. of Knox Gelatin (5 calories)

100 grams of strawberries (32 calories)

2 Melba Rounds – Sea Salt (25 calories)

211 grams – whole tomato (38 calories)

Dinner Total: 223 calories (+2 tbl. coconut oil)

GRAND TOTAL: 500 calories (+4 Tbl. coconut oil)

Other: Coconut Oil Chocolate Bark (double batch) consisting of 4 Tbl. of coconut oil, 2 Tbl. of cocoa, and 1 tsp. of agave nectar

Water for the day= 1 gallon

Tags : breadstick, chocolate bark, chocolate delights, chuck steak, cocoa, coconut oil, coffee, cottage cheese, HHCG, melba toast, phase 2, photos, pounds and inches, steak, strawberries, tomato, VLCD, water, weight loss

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!

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