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I woke up very depressed this morning. I stepped on the scale, and…. BAM!! A 1.4 pound weight gain. I posted a YouTube video this morning on Miracle Noodles and my weight gain. I believe it was the miracle noodles. I haven’t had them before, and I ate too much to start. I paid for it today. I felt bloated all day long and decided to drink some Dieter’s Tea. I don’t think I’m going to make that mistake again. I’ll wait a while before trying them again, and then I’ll experiment with just a little bit at a time… maybe at lunchtime, too. Oh well, live and learn.

I just started my real HCG yesterday, and I was pretty worn out today. At times, I felt nauseous. I’m not sure if the nausea was due to the miracle noodles or the real HCG hormone. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better. I didn’t sleep well last night. My sleep was interrupted twice. When I woke up this morning, I didn’t feel refreshed. I would really like to get some much needed sleep tonight.

Starting Weight: 201.6

Today’s Weight: 178.4

Overnight Gain/Loss: +1.4 (UGH!!)

REAL HCG: 133 IU 2x daily under the tongue (Switched over from homeopathic on VLCD 44)

For lunch, I ate cheesy mock apple pie. I didn’t feel like eating anything else. I ate some extra apple in hopes that it will help my digestion of those miracle noodles.

Pan Seared Tilapia with Grilled Asparagus, Strawberries, and Breadstick

Pan Seared Tilapia with Grilled Asparagus, Strawberries, and Breadstick

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to handle eating dinner tonight. The bloating of the miracle noodles lasted all day. I finally started to feel better around 6pm, so I went ahead and ate dinner. I found a sugar-free cajun seasoning and sprinkled it on my tilapia. I used just a little bit of coconut oil, and pan seared the fish. It was so good! I made grilled asparagus to go along with it. Delicious!

Here’s the breakdown for the day-


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

243 grams of apple (126 calories)

Lunch Total: 216 calories


4 oz. tilapia (90 calories)

135 grams of asparagus (27 calories)

1 sesame breadstick (23 calories)

298 grams of strawberries (95 calories)

Dinner Total: 235 calories

GRAND TOTAL: 451 calories

Water for the day= At least 5 liters, trying to flush out those darn miracle noodles. I lost count of my water!

Double Batch of coconut chocolate bark: 4 Tbl. coconut oil (eaten before 2pm)

Tags : apple, asparagus, bloating, breadstick, coconut oil, cottage cheese, fish, miracle noodles, phase 2, photos, Real HCG, sleep, strawberries, sublingual HCG, tilapia, VLCD, weight gain

I posted a video on YouTube today regarding my dinner with miracle noodles last night. I had a huge 1.4 lb weight gain overnight! yuck! I think I just ate too much too soon. I will wait a while and try again another day. I will also use just a little bit to see if I can handle them next time!

Tags : bloating, miracle noodles, phase 2, Real HCG, sleep, sublingual HCG, videos, VLCD, weight gain, YouTube

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

Tags : coconut oil, HCG Diet Tips, HHCG, lemon juice, phase 2, photos, plateau, pounds and inches, sleep, videos, VLCD, water, weight gain, weight loss, YouTube

I have been walking around on a cloud today. I made it to the 170′s, and I am super excited! I dropped an entire pound overnight. Yahoo! That’s a big number for me. I’m not the fastest *HCG loser* around, so I will take those big numbers when my body allows it! I also slept really well last night. Sleep is VERY important! I can’t wait to take my measurements in 2 more days. It’s hard to resist not taking them everyday, but twice weekly is enough!

Starting Weight: 201.6

Today’s Weight: 179 (yippee! 170s!)

Overnight Gain/Loss: -1.0 (Yay!!)

HHCG: 12 drops 3 x daily

I have hit a milestone today… in more ways than one! First, I hit the 170′s. Second, I am on VLCD day 41, and I’m still going strong. I haven’t  hit a true plateau yet. I believe a plateau is when you stay at the same weight for a long time. The longest I have struggled is 3 days (day 1 and 2- small gain, 3rd day- stayed the same), but I don’t consider it a plateau. I think of it as a momentary stall in order for my body’s fat cells to shrink and release that water inside of them. You can read about that in “Pounds and Inches“.

Grilled Chicken Salad at a Local Restaurant

Grilled Chicken Salad at a Local Restaurant

I had a meeting today at a local barbecue restaurant. This grilled chicken salad was the closest thing that I could eat. I asked for the salad without cheese or olives. It came with a few shredded carrots and bell pepper, so I removed them from my bowl. It looked like there was approximately 4-6 ounces of chicken on it. The chicken was very yummy, so I suspect that the “grilled” chicken was coated in oil to keep from sticking. I’ve read about restaurants doing that! I did not eat my salad with any dressing. I sprinkled it with salt and pepper. I have NO idea how many calories were in it, but I’m going to estimate approximately 330 calories* (chicken- 290; salad- 40) to be on the safe side.

Cheesy Mock Apple Pie with Breadstick

Cheesy Mock Apple Pie with Breadstick

For dinner, I tried to eat a little lighter on the calorie side. I chose to eat a Cheesy Mock Apple Pie with breadstick. Yum! You wouldn’t think it had cottage cheese in it!


Grilled Chicken (290 calories)(*estimate)

Salad (40 calories)(*estimate)

Lunch Total: 330 calories


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

115 grams of apple (60 calories)

1 sesame breadstick (23 calories)

Dinner Total: 173 calories

GRAND TOTAL: 503 calories

Water for the day= 1 gallon

Double Batch of coconut chocolate bark: 4 Tbl. coconut oil

Tags : apple, breadstick, chicken breast, cottage cheese, HHCG, phase 2, photos, salad, sleep, VLCD, water, weight loss

I had a rather horrible night tonight. My tennis league started this evening. My son and I played, and it was absolutely horrible for me. We had a 6:30 match, and it was HOT! I tried to prepare myself by eating oranges today, but it wasn’t enough. My body felt exhausted throughout the whole match. This is why the protocol does not recommend exercise while on the 500 calorie diet! Mondays will be rough for me. I have played tennis in the past, but it was at a later time (8 pm). At 6:30, it’s still very hot, and the tennis court is even hotter! When I raised my arms to hit a serve, I thought my muscles were going to die. I barely had the energy to lift up my arms. I will have to figure out some way to adjust to this situation during extremely hot hours. I may add more protein and drink orange juice throughout my match. I’ve drank orange juice during my games in the past, and it has helped keep my energy up. I don’t expect to lose after days of tennis, but I am not ready to quit phase 2 just yet.

Starting Weight: 201.6

Today’s Weight: 182.2

Overnight Gain/Loss: +.2

HHCG: 15 drops 2 x daily

Yep. I gained weight this morning! I’m not surprised. Sleep is SO important on any diet, and I did not sleep well at all. I woke up very early this morning, and I couldn’t get back to sleep. NOT GOOD. Hopefully, I will be back down tomorrow, but I played tennis tonight, so who knows…

Lean Hamburger wrapped in Romaine Lettuce with Orange Gelatin and Melba Rounds

Lean Hamburger wrapped in Romaine Lettuce with Orange Gelatin and Melba Rounds

My fruits of choice for the day were oranges while I was trying to prepare for tennis. My niece’s doctor told her that oranges were the best choice for sports (even better than any sports drink). I would definitely agree with that. I made an orange gelatine out of oranges, knox, and a little bit of sweetener. I ate it with a 96% lean hamburger patty wrapped in a few romaine lettuce leaves along with my two melba rounds. It was a nice change!

Cottage Cheese Protein Shake with Oranges and Melba Rounds

Cottage Cheese Protein Shake with Oranges and Melba Rounds

This was a very simple protein shake that I made with my handy Magic Bullet mixer. I blended up my allowed amount of cottage cheese with orange slices and some ice. I added approximately 2 tablespoons of splenda. I ate it with my two melba rounds. Not half bad for a cottage cheese shake! lol

Here’s my breakdown for the day-


100 grams of 96% lean ground beef (130 calories)

145 grams of oranges (68 calories)

1 packet of knox gelatine (20 calories)

33 grams of romaine lettuce (7 calories)

Lunch Total: 250 calories


133 grams of cottage cheese (129 calories) (I added more because of tennis- still not enough!)

228 grams of oranges (107 calories)

2 melba rounds (25 calories)

Dinner Total: 261 calories

GRAND TOTAL: 511 calories (still not enough for the tennis I played tonight!)

Water for the day= 1 gallon+ (not sure. I drank more due to tennis)

Tags : beef, coffee, cottage cheese, exercise, ground beef, HHCG, melba toast, oranges, phase 2, photos, romaine lettuce, sleep, splenda, tennis, VLCD, water, weight gain

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

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