Maintaining After HCG Diet
Still At Goal!
You can Do It Too!
I started my HCG Journey on January 17th, 2010. By May 2010 I was at goal.
It is now January 2013 and I have maintained my weight loss and enjoyed my new size since I hit my goal in 2010.
Of course like anyone at times there have been a bit of gain then loss but I never “outgrew” the clothes I was able to buy after I hit my goal in 2010. On any other diet plans, programs, experiences whatever you prefer to call it I would have had to put the “skinny clothes” to the back of the closet because I couldn’t get them on or zip them up anymore.
I have had “tight” days but always able to wear my goal size.
This year I want to really dig in and be able to help more people lose and then maintain like I have. I encourage you to watch me on you tube. Ask me questions after you watch my vlogs. Please friend me, subscribe,like, and help me help you by asking questions I can answer on my vlogs. My new goal is to do a lot more vlogs this year so I can help a lot more people!
Below is my getting reacquainted vlog from you tube.
Why are“they” saying – “Why you should not try The HCG Diet“
I Am so Glad I found out about HCG - it has changed my health and quality of life ALL for the Better!
Oh boy , nothing like making me mad to motivate me to post on my blog!
I subscribe to various email send outs that are about diet,health,fitness and exercise.
I like to know what is out there and also when I find something I think will help all of you I like to share.
Well awhile back one “fitness guru” put out an email “warning” about HCG…. I poo-pooed it since it was SO silly.
Well the same guru sent it out again but made a few tweaks since the last one.
Now I am the first one to say that if you are NOT on REAL HCG and go on the pounds & Inches protocol you WILL be starving yourself and some of the bad side effects could happen. Not because you are on HCG but because you are basically not eating and don’t have in your system what HCG has to help your body go after the abnormal fat stores in your body to use as energy.
If these “experts” would simply take a moment before bashing HCG and READ the manuscript then either they will “get it” and back down (though I doubt).
Because they will feel too threatened that the money they are making selling what they want to sell will take a hit they will come on even more fierce against the method.
That is exactly why FDA does what they do. You don’t think they feel threatened when the companies that pay them big bucks might feel the pinch?
OK after that statement if I get hauled away in the middle of the night by the FDA mafia someone please send out a search party and save me before they kill me….. Notice there is no LOL of JK after that…=/
Some of the side effect “concerns” the email I mentioned I would like to comment on based on my own personal experience.
In 1988 after being on the Weight Watcher plan I had to have gallbladder surgery
I wasn’t part of the lawsuit but after that happened to me I read that weight watchers and similar companies like them along with slim fast were sued because so many people were getting gallstones while on those plans.
In 2009 BEFORE I knew HCG existed I was hospitalized for Blood clots in my right leg. At that time I was about 209lbs and unfortunately was taking the birth control medicine Yaz to help regulate my cycle
My Cholesterol was too high and my Dr. advised that I go on a diet and take Omega 3.
I was also Vitamin D Deficient and had to go on prescription strength vitamin D.
I had breathing issues and my doctors had prescribed an inhaler.Plus I would get heartburn easily (ouch).
My hair was thinning to the point that even my hairdresser was extremely concerned.
Bottom line I was a mess and just plain felt awful.
I began my HCG journey on January 17th, 2010
Since on my HCG journey
My Cholesterol level is excellent, my heartbeat is fine , and blood pressure perfect!
Since I had past history of vitamin D deficiency when I see my Dr. he will check and the results are always normal now.
My hair is growing really well and my hairdresser comments that fact every time she sees me.She also reminds me how scared she was for me back in 2009.
I never experienced pregnancy like symptoms while on HCG i.e breast soreness, water retention etc. That email claimed that was a side effect too.
My cycle is more regular after starting HCG then before .
No blood clots but I did recently go in for surgery to have the veins that were damaged from the 2009 DVT worked on to help my leg have correct blood flow. Though the Dr. explained after a DVT it is never fully cured. Does anyone know a good attorney for that YAZ lawsuit??
No heartburn or breathing problems at all…..Money saved rather than spent on prescription med – YAY!
Amazing what getting excess weight OFF will do to help with so many conditions!
I have remained the same size that HCG got me to . My weight may fluctuate a bit which is normal for anyone. I think no matter what weight we are we always think we could maybe lose another 5 lbs, why I don’t know. My male friends say it is a female thing…maybe.
Through all of my dieting history (since I was in grade school) No other diet I have been on has worked as well as the HCG protocol.
Think about it – I started on January 17th 2010. I actually surpassed my original weight loss goal I had set for myself by May 2010
I have been basically maintaining and or playing around a little with some methods (to experiment for you all) since then.
We are about to round the corner to 2013!!!! I’m excited!!! Can you tel!!!
2010-2013 – I think that is pretty darn cool!
Bottomline – I AM so very thankful that some email did not cross my path back in 2009 to deter me from trying HCG and doing the protocol…I have my health back!!
Steak and Mug Cake Day
A trick I tried but didn’t get a chance to do it till I was done with P2 was the Mug Cake and Steak Day.
Many hcger’s have experimented with the later when on P2 and strangely enough experienced great releases even though it doesn’t seem to make sense. One thing I have learned when doing these release tricks is you need to be very strict on protocol or clean eating on the following days or the release will be short lived.
The How to:
Lunch: 100 grams of sirloin
Dinner: 100 grams of sirloin + Mac Mug Cake (recipe below)
Don’t forget to drink all of your water!
The recipe I preferred -
1/2 oz Mac nuts ( ground)
1 tbsp coco powder
2 pkt stevia
3 tbsp heavy cream
1 tbsp coconut oil melted
And 1 egg
Mix it together and cook for about 60 sec.
Another Variation -
1/2 oz. of macadamia nuts (or 6 whole nuts), ground into a flour consistency
1/2 Tbl. dark cocoa
1/2 Tbl. cocoa
1-1/2 Tbl. xylitol
2 packets of Splenda for coffee, vanilla flavor (in the coffee aisle)(optional)
3 Tbl. heavy cream
1 Tbl. coconut oil
1 capful of s/f flavored syrup, Davinci or Torani (optional)
Fat-free Reddy Whip (topping, optional)
In a coffee mug, combine ground mac nuts, cocoas, xylitol, and splenda. Add one egg and mix well with a fork. Add cream and syrup and stir. Last, add coconut oil. If it clumps, break it up with a fork.
Microwave on high for 90 seconds. Some people had to microwave up to 2 more minutes. Let cool for a few minutes.
Top with fat-free Reddy Whip or any whipped cream around 10 calories per serving.
Healthy Veggie Recipe
This one is Quick & Easy!
One of the questions I get asked quite a bit is -
What do I eat now?
This is a dish that is so good I actually crave it!
Zucchini, Mushrooms and Shrimp
Sauteed in 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
Add Minced Garlic, Onion Powder, Sea Salt and ground pepper to taste
I spray the skillet or Wok with a non stick spray like Pam before adding the oil, vegetables and shrimp over medium heat.
Once the oil has mixed through out the mixture I add the seasoning.
Just as the veggies are beginning to brown I remove from the heat
This recipe is so very Simple yet So very YUMMY.
There are so many different vegetable varieties that you could add or swap to this basic recipe. Instead of onion powder you could add finely chopped onion instead. I have never been a onion lover so it is a miracle that I even like adding the onion powder.
Depending on the how you are going about your releasing journey this dish can be a great Phase 3 recipe to enjoy or possibly even P2
Want to know more on the benefits on Coconut Oil?
How to Make MCT Oil Mayo and Ranch Dressing
Make a Mayonnaise and a Ranch dressing using MCT Oil. Courtesy of the infamous Delmem. A wonderfully healthy mayo and ranch dressing you can use in P2, P3 and to just plain enjoy a yummy healthy mayo or dressing.
Veggie Egg Scrample
This recipe can go anywhere from;
P2 500 cal. Protocol
P2 800 cal. Protocol (mixing veggies allowed)
Or A Person looking for a Health, Yummy Egg Recipe!
Those of you on protocol will be able to look at the ingredients and based on what your regime choice is will know what you can have and what to omit.
How to Make
1 tsp EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil)
¼-½ cup sliced onion ( I use ¼ c minced green onion)
Approx ¼ cup chopped broccoli tops (optional)
¼ cup tomato chunks (optional)
1 VLCD approved meat serving – example, I use shrimp,(optional)
2 whole eggs
¼-½ cup spinach (or other greens)
1-2 TBSP cheddar cheese (optional)
On low heat, simmer EVCO and vegetables approx 2 minutes.
Stir to coat greens with eggs before adding to veggies & EVCO
Add eggs and greens mixture to veggies in skillet
Season with sea salt, ground pepper, garlic powder or fresh minced garlic (chili powder optional)
Once whites are thoroughly cooked, add cheese topping, cover until topping melts.
This one had my Hubby looking at it with “wanting eyes” – lol
I added my little tweaks to the recipe but big thanks to Delmen (YT) for base ingredients and inspiration to make it!
Weight Loss Research
Like I mentioned in a recent post the beginning 2012 was a bit turbulent and I broke one very important rule. I didn’t visit my scale during that time and since my clothes were still fitting didn’t think there would be an issue. But guess what? Once I did decide to jump on the scale the numbers had increased and that is no bueno!
Good news is I am already rounding the corner to the numbers my body and mind are happier at
← What size jean does this little guy wear?
If you are cool with it, I would like to touch on a couple of things that I have been thinking about -
Don’t Let Crabs in Life Drag you Down!
1 – I had kind of a “hater” if you want to call it that comment on one of my older youtube vlogs when I showed that I had made it into size 25 jeans. I’m pretty sure I complained then that the video seemed to make me look bigger than I was. Another HCGer told me I had the computer at a bad angle etc. But also in Vegas when I met everyone in person they all were on my case in a nice way telling me “You are done, you don’t have anymore to lose” They said the videos were not doing what I really looked like justice.
Breaking Ground Research!
2 – Now let’s go forward and like I mentioned at the beginning of this post I had a tough start to the year and I gained a little back. Probably about the same as a person that never grew up with a weight problem would given the circumstances. Just as I was going to buckle down to get that tad bit off so my smallest jeans could fit more comfortable (we all like wiggle room).
I was asked to test something. I highly respect the person who asked and know that his motivation is to help so many conquer their weight issue. And I know the respect he has for the original protocol and Dr Simeons research. Between knowing he and I are on the same page when it comes to helping people. And as everyone knows I admit to being a Lab Rat I agreed to gaining a bit more (basically same as loading). This task was the toughest for me who also admits to being “Load-phobic”. But he helped me understand on the scientific level why it is so important.
Mum’s the Word!
For the sake of science and respecting his research I can not say anymore till he gives me the green light. But if it keeps going as well as it has he is going to be able to help a ton of people and that really is exciting to be a part of!
Stay tuned from the shrinking woman… Oh – and if that “Crab” who said “you don’t look like you wear size 25 jeans” ever comes across this post maybe I need find someone to help me with a video so we can turn back the waistband of the jeans while they are ON MY BODY to display the number…OY – some people! – LOL….Gotta Love them anyway
Oh, and one other thing - My next goal is to get my blog cleaned up so it is easier for everyone to find what they need so please have patience while I am in that process.
How Many Rounds Did You Do to Lose Your Weight?
How many rounds did you do to lose your weight? Was it fifty you lost?
You look beautiful and are such an inspiration – Thank you
It is tough to count the rounds since I decided to do interruptions/cycles. Please see my post about that since I don’t type fast and there was a lot to tell about it all.
For now, the best way I can explain my HCG duration is -
I started January 17, 2010 at 180 lbs. I had shot past my original weight goal I had set (135) near the end of May of the 2010, I was 128.
I went down even further by that July (in inches). Later on I lost more pounds too. Funny how events help jog the memory of what transpired. In May 2010 my husband and I decided to go to Las Vegas. There are outlet stores there so I decided to treat myself to some designer jeans.
Then in July we planned another Vegas trip for two reasons.
That year there were a bunch of HCGers that I was following on YouTube and they all decided it would be fun to meet. Since that was happening and my birthday is in July we went again. First I would like to point out; it was awesome to get to meet everyone in person. Any of you that watch Mamaclok on you tube I just have to say she along with some others who have moved on from vlogging immediately made me feel completely welcome.
Well since it was my birthday my husband suggested that we go to the outlets again so I could pick something out.
Any of you that have gotten to goal know getting to shop for your new size is a very exciting time!
So I went back to the same store for more jeans and low and behold I had gone down two full sized since May – Now that was a “Wow” moment , I even went down one more size after that.
Through the rest of 2010 and 2011 I hovered for the greater amount of the time at approx 125. I say “hovered” because if I wasn’t 125 I was either 123 or 127.
So to sum it up on my HCG Journey that will equate to approx.55lbs.
Before I knew about HCG I was over 200 lbs and had done a long fast so I lost some weight prior but it was creeping back up!
That was when my brother recommended that I should check out the HCG diet on You Tube.
He was concerned that I would keep trying to fast. So he said “On this other “thing” at least you will be eating healthy food, not a lot but it’s better than nothing at all.” Funny thing is he doesn’t even remember telling me that but I am so thankful he did!
Because of the prior fasting when someone is talking to me I sometimes mess up and when they ask me how much I have lost.
I forget to separate my HCG loss from what I also lost from fasting. When I do these posts I try to be sure and look back on journals to make sure I am remembering my numbers correctly.
But I must say it is pretty darn cool that I have been living in the world of “Slender” since 2010. I have never had a track record like this with anything else!
I will elaborate about my recent experience tomorrow….stay tuned
Top HCG Questions
A youtube viewer wrote and asked some great questions.
I thought it would be good to post the assortment of questions and my answers because this is just about the top most asked questions when someone is getting ready to start HCG.
“I’m getting ready to begin my HCG journey. I’m so excited, yet at the same time I’m scared! Between your Loseit4ever channel, Mamaclok, and HCG forums, I’m getting a lot of information, and becoming more assured that I’m doing the right thing for my health.”
Q-Can I continue to take my blood pressure and water pill meds while on HCG?
MY ANSWER – If these are prescriptions your doctor has you on you should not go off of them unless the doctor tells you it is ok.
When on protocol you should be drinking a lot of water which will also help you with your releases (2 quart minimum). Once your body “gets” that you will be drinking more water your body won’t try to be a “camel” and retain the water.
Q- I also take Melatonin to help with sleep.
MY Answer — I think Melatonin is good and fine while on HCG.
Q – And would you recommend a supplement for energy?
MY Answer — Many HCGers take B12. I take a lot of different supplements (Not diet pills) that also give my energy. Yerba Mate Tea is also good. But what I want to be sure is understood is that when on proper HCG the abnormal fat stores are being burned. Too many people only look at the 500 cal consumption and worry they will be weak but you won’t be. I wasn’t weak, lightheaded, none of that during my rounds.
Q-What do you recommend is best to eat during load days? I see Mamaclok from youtube ate donuts, but are there recommended “gorge” foods?
My Answer — Since that vlog I think Karen would agree better “gorge” choices are good fats. One successful HCGer loves to eat a big bowl of guacamole. I make sure I eat foods that I think I will “miss” once I’m on protocol. Mexican food and even though it has sugar, ice cream which is also high fat so the fat will slow the absorption rate of the sugar into your system. Other HCGers like to eat fatty meats as well. I just learned that finishing out your last load day 3 hours prior to bedtime with ½ a brick of cream cheese and 15-30 macadamia nuts helps your system to kick into ketosis better.
Q-Is loose skin expected with hcg weight loss?
My Answer — The great thing about HCG is we release the fat quickly. But then your skin needs to play “catch up”. If I had it to do over again I would have taken the MSM in mega doses as soon as I started HCG.
My Answer — I came up with the Apple Cider Vinegar/ MSMshot for P2ers.Even though I have done the Apple Cider Vinegar/ MCTduring P2. Since MCT is an oil I prefer a new P2er doesn’t do that one until there a reason for going that direction. Or once they know their body is settled into the HCG dose and adding the MCToil won’t throw off your releases.
I don’t know why but it seems to me it is good to do your very first round as virgin on protocol as you possibly can. After the first round if you feel you want to try more “tricks” to see which ones work for you go ahead but journal so you know what works and what you should avoid.
Q-I currently take Perfect Food Super Green Powder
mixed in water, because I don’t eat enough veggies. I’ve never checked the caloric content, though I guess it should be low, and fat free. Would you recommend continuing with it?
My Answer — You would have to let me know the ingredients. If carbs or sugars aren’t added it should be ok. But again even if it doesn’t have those ingredients I wouldn’t add it at first . Just do protocol and then add and journal the result. If you see that by adding it you either stay steady with your releases or even better releases that you know you are good to go!
Q-Where did you purchase your hcg? (I plan on doing mine sublingually)
My Answer — I did injections but sub lingual also uses RX HCG so you can still purchase from where I did if you want. I prefer Reliable Pharmacy (reasonable prices) is my favorite.
All Day Chemist (tried them because other hcgers mentioned them a lot)
and they are fine too. The way to pay with reliable was easier for me though.