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HCG – Load Days

Do I HAVE to LOAD to do the HCG Protocol?

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Lets Talk about the Art of Loading

 

When I was first learning about Dr. Simeons protocol one of the steps that sounded pretty cool was the “load days”. I think anyone that is first starting can’t help but think this should be fun.

 

 

 

Well it is not as fun as you would think, but this is why you do it.

Dr Simeons explained in Pounds & Inches that basically you need to stock up your normal fat reserve.

 

It makes sense that if you will be going on a low calorie diet and you are told you should “stock up” on some fattening food. You might as well pick the foods that you might miss while you are on the protocol round. But besides that you want to make sure you add in fats that help your body want to release fat more easily.

Of course if you are going to load or as some others refer the two days as “gorge days”.

You are going to see the scale numbers go up instead of down. This can be a little disconcerting to someone starting. But as soon as you are into your first week and you see that not only the load weight came right off put you are also releasing very nicely the concern of the initial quick gain is gone as quick as it came. – YAY


 

Now here is a little twist on the choice I made during my rounds. I was OK loading for the very first time and all went well. But when I unfortunately let my emotions get in the way of my logical mind I became Load-phobic. I didn’t want to have to deal with the increase numbers on the scale, though I knew they would be short lived. I also really disliked feeling too full. I can’t stand being that uncomfortable.

I figured I would rather go through a couple of “hunger days” instead of loading.

 

But then I got educated beyond what Dr. Simeon explained. Even though the Dr. explained well sometimes you have to hear that one other person saying it a little differently.

Because I already experienced first hand how the fat fast , for example Macadamia Nuts
and cream cheese help the body release fat. And the importance of amino acids ( Protein Shakes).

I was taught that you can even load “clean” if that will help get past the phobia and help a person load instead of opting out.

But don’t get me wrong, I still think if you are going to load if there are any foods you would like to get out of your system (cravings etc.) This is the time to do it!

 

What is a Good Fat? Macadamia Nuts

How many macadamia nuts equals one ounce?

How many macadamia nuts equals one ounce?

Good Fat – The Macadamia Nut Fat Fast

I have done a couple of you tube vlogs when I have done  what I call the “mac nut fast.”

I can always tell when someone else must have mentioned my vlog on maybe their own vlog because I get a flux of questions.

I decided to do this post to help clarify and answer the most frequently asked questions.

 

Question:

I just came across your video on YouTube. I am a vegetarian. I would like to know more about your Mac nut fat fast day.

From the video what i understood was;-
1. Eating 5 ounces of macadamia nuts(throughout the day) only. and water.. nothing else?
2. Do this for 3 days…and continue with regular vlcd?
3. Continue taking hcg drops?

I don’t have a gall bladder.

I’m a little scared about how this works? Won’t it increase fat percentage?

Thanks.

Answer:

The theory is that since you are taking in fat your body isn’t afraid to release fat that is the easiest way to explain it all.
You can have water, tea, coffee if you would like, I even drink the “cali-kickers” I like too (more about that when I do my post about lemon benefits).

I think lots of water is important to help flush out everything from the fat to the salt on the nuts. I do only mac nut because of the MCT benefits (see details below) and I don’t have to take time figuring out other foods and weighing them. Even though it doesn’t make any sense, this works whether you are on HCG or not. I didn’t believe it would work till I tried it myself.

So Simply –

I weigh 5 – one ounce servings and put each ounce serving in an individual snack sized Ziplock bag. – Equals 5 small bags. I added a picture to show what the nuts look on the scale. Many people ask how many nuts is one ounce. Since the nuts vary in size that is hard to use as a barometer. Even weighing exactly one ounce is tricky so many times as long as one bag is 98.5 and the next one is a little over 100 I’m not going to sweat it.

Personally I try to don’t dive into the first serving until the afternoon. Of course the better will power you have it would be better to “graze” on the nuts ever so slowly through out the day to keep your body’s “furnace” burning.

 

 

The Fat Fast is one controlled carb program where you do have to count calories. You’ll eat 1,000 calories a day, with 75 percent to 90 percent comprised of fat. Frequent feedings prevent hunger better than three meals a day, so you consume five feedings, perhaps one every four hours, comprising 200 calories each. Because of the high fat content and frequent feedings, very few people experience much hunger. The stumbling block for some people is the absence of conventional meals. But most are willing to stick with it for a few days, even if the food selections are unfulfilling.

Why I choose the Macadamia Nut for my FAT FAST food of choice:

Benefits of MCT Oil

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT) oils are a special class of fats that are digested and handled by the body in a different way than most fats. Most fats are long-chain triglycerides which are difficult to process, so the body prefers to store them in fat cells.

MCT oils are absorbed in the bloodstream, passing the digestion process that longer chain fats go through. MCT oil provides quick energy for the body and therefore is less likely to be stored as body fat. MCTs are such an easy source of fuel, they are even more likely to be burned off than low-fat fare. When MCT is metabolized in the body, it behaves like a carbohydrate not a fat.

Unlike other fats, it does not go through the lymphatic system. Instead, it is transported directly to the liver where it is metabolized and released like a carbohydrate and then is used for fuel. MCT has a thermogenic effect in the body, helping you to stay slim by keeping your body fat levels down while keeping energy levels up. MCT oil is easily absorbed by the body and is therefore ideal for individuals with digestive problems. For those with Crohn’s and irritable bowel syndrome, the healing effects of MCT oil could be beneficial. MCT promotes intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation.

Diabetics could benefit from using MCT oil as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Supplementation of MCT oil began as a fat source to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, obesity and fat malabsorption. Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have used MCT for its fat burning and energy-sustaining powers. It has been found that MCTs burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than other fats. It is thought that MCTs stimulate production of thyroid hormone, improving thyroid function boosting metabolism.

Athletes benefit from the use of MCT oil for both weight gain and weight loss. Bodybuilders must consume incredible volumes of food to put on size. We have found that adding MCT oil to their diets is an easy way to increase the caloric intake of their food without increasing the volume that they must eat. Since MCT acts like a carbohydrate and not a fat, athletes do not increase their body fat percentages while increasing their calories with this product. Since MCTs are thermogenic, not only are athletes increasing their muscle mass, but they are decreasing their fat percentages at the same time. We have put champion bodybuilders on stage consuming as much as 2000 calories from MCT oil starting 16 weeks from show day and continuing right up to contest day. These athletes have competed at body fat percentages of less than 2% and still maintained a healthy appearance. MCTs help to add flavor to the food that bodybuilders consume. The bodybuilding diet is know to be quite bland, adding MCT to rice and tuna helps to make it quite palatable.

MCT oil is beneficial for any individual who wishes to gain or lose weight, maintain a healthy immune system or maintain constant blood sugar levels. We have used MCTs since the late 1980’s with our high performance athletes. We feel this product has given our athletes an advantage in weight loss over other competitors. It is just now becoming more popular with the general public as a very valuable product for health and weight loss. The athlete’s secret has now become public knowledge. We highly recommend the use of this product for continued good health.

**A warning about the fat fast **
I want to point out two things about this “trick”.
You must go back to strict protocol after doing this (if on P2) or eat super clean afterward (P3&4) to give your body the time to adjust to the flux that just happened to  it.

Basically giving you body a chance to be o.k. with the sudden release and not try to go back to the weight it was before.

The other warning is  – Don’t do this for long, I would say 3 days MAX. I no longer have a gallbladder but those of you that do, the increase of fats in your system could aggravate the gallbladder and cause problems. Quite simply, you certainly don’t want that.

Caution: The Fat Fast is actually dangerous for anyone who is not metabolically resistant. For people who lose weight fairly easily, the rate of weight loss is too rapid to be safe. But it carries very little risk for people who can barely lose on any other regimen.

 

 

 

I’ve Lost the Weight – How Do I Keep it Off?

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If you weigh you will STAY!

How To Maintain Your Weight After Dieting

Question – I’m in P4, but find I’m gain back slowly. I’m up 10 lbs in about 4 weeks. What should I do?

 

Answer –

 

OK – As I write bear in mind I am talking to myself as well.

Here are a few thinks you want to ask yourself. Did you tend to shy away from the scale for too many days? Did you keep a journal so if there was a food that didn’t work out for you it would be easier to pinpoint what you would need to be more careful with?

Have there been stressful situations in your life that made it more difficult to make good food choices? Is 4 weeks been how long you have been on P4 or were you doing pretty good then this began to happen?

Re-reading your question it sounds like you were doing good and it has been the last 4 weeks that has caused issues. Try to think back on what could have changed from when you were holding steady with your new weight. Personally for me all was great then in Feb 2012 I was slammed with one situation after another that mentally triggered me to throw my hands up in the air so to speak. We all have “things” and set backs. It is how we dust ourselves off to move forward that defines us. You and I both can turn a situation around. Basically long story short depending on your answers to the questions I put out there. If you sum up that it is due to a few too many choices or habits slipping through the cracks as long as you identify them and adjust you will be back on track. If you feel getting stricter with yourself for a few days to regain mental strength and confidence in the power you have in your heart and soul you could choose to do the Mac nut fast or fruit flush or simply eat really clean – lean protein and low glycemic fruit and veggies.

You my dear worked too hard to get your heath, body and mind where you want it to be to let anything defeat you now!

My Mac Nut Fast Explained

HCG & Fat Fast-

Why I Do it Using Macadamia Nuts

And Though it is Hard to Believe it Works While on P2

The Fat Fast Explained – And How it Can Work with HCG



Atkins Article : The Fat Fast


Counterintuitive as it may sound, if you can’t budge the scale , a few days on this regimen may well allow you to break through metabolic resistance.

Certain individuals are so metabolically resistant that only more intense dietary restrictions prove successful. Once medications, thyroid problems and candida are brought under control, almost all overweight people who diligently adhere to the Atkins Nutritional Approach™ will lose and keep off weight. But for the small group of people for whom it does not work, more extreme measures are necessary.

To help these metabolically resistant people, Dr. Atkins has modified what he calls “the most effective weight-loss eating pattern ever described.” British researchers Alan Kekwick and Gaston Pawan developed it, and Frederick Benoit and his team confirmed its superiority in burning off fat, compared to an absolute total fast. This extreme diet consists of 1,000 calories daily, comprised of 90 percent fat. No other weight-loss regimen has matched its ability to burn off stored fat. Dr. Atkins modified the Kekwick diet to make it as enjoyable as possible and dubbed it the “Fat Fast.” He tried it on scores of patients and found it often worked for those who were unable to lose weight in any other safe, drug-free way.

The Kekwick diet forces the body into lipolysis so it burns its stores of fat. Lipolysis cannot take place if there is a significant source of glucose. Since all carbohydrates and some protein convert to energy by way of glucose, eliminating almost everything but fat from the diet forces even the most resistant body into lipolysis. That explains the 90 percent dietary-fat component. Lowering the caloric intake accelerates the need to burn up body fat—thus the 1,000-calorie limit.

The Fat Fast is one controlled carb program where you do have to count calories. You’ll eat 1,000 calories a day, with 75 percent to 90 percent comprised of fat. Frequent feedings prevent hunger better than three meals a day, so you consume five feedings, perhaps one every four hours, comprising 200 calories each. Because of the high fat content and frequent feedings, very few people experience much hunger. The stumbling block for some people is the absence of conventional meals. But most are willing to stick with it for a few days, even if the food selections are unfulfilling.

Caution: The Fat Fast is actually dangerous for anyone who is not metabolically resistant. For people who lose weight fairly easily, the rate of weight loss is too rapid to be safe. But it carries very little risk for people who can barely lose on any other regimen.

Step One: Eat Mostly Fat Begin with five 200-calorie feedings per day and follow for four or five days. Each item equals approximately 200 calories:

one ounce of macadamia nuts or macadamia nut butter two ounces of cream cheese or Brie one ounce of tuna or chicken salad with two teaspoons of mayonnaise served in one-quarter of an avocado two deviled eggs made with two teaspoons of mayonnaise two ounces of sour cream and two tablespoons black or red caviar two and a half ounces whipped heavy cream topped with sucralose zero-calorie syrup two ounces of pâté (check label for fat content) two egg yolks (hard-boiled) with one tablespoon of mayonnaise

Step Two: Modify the Fat Fast If increasing the fat-to-carbohydrate ratio and cutting calories work, any dietary change in that direction might get the job done. Next, you can try four meals a day of roughly 300 calories for a total of 1,200 calories. That should work, too, and what it allows is definitely more appealing to the taste buds:

two ounces of beef chuck (do not drain fat) cooked in two tablespoons of olive oil two scrambled eggs with two strips of nitrate-free bacon two tablespoons of full-fat sour cream with a tablespoon of sugar-free syrup one-quarter cup chicken or tuna salad made with two tablespoons of mayonnaise three ounces of pâté (check label for fat content) one-and-a-half ounces of macadamia nuts

*Thanks to the Atkins Center for the above article.

I personally simplify this whole thing down to doing just the one ounce mac nuts servings in 5 small bags. Which is 5 ounces total for the day;)

My Recent Experience –

When I got back from enjoying my brother’s wedding in Hawaii I could still wear all my clothes that I always wear quite comfortably. That is a good thing but I point this out because though I don’t think someone should have to take their scale on vacation, it is still very important to get back on track once you are back from happily indulging.
Sometimes how your clothes fit isn’t enough of a gauge and leads to the weight creeping back up on us.
This is what happened to me – I got back and on Monday (5-2-11) weighing in at 129.1. That is definitely considered “Danger Zone” for me. I did as I now call  the “nut fast” and this morning Wed.(5-4-11) I weighed in at 123.1.
So by tomorrow I should be back to what my body prefers which is 122.

As long as you keep on top of it, once you are at goal and everyday you have your new “set point” your body will strive to get back to that number.

That my friends is a very good thing :)

**A warning about the fat fast **
I want to point out two things about this “trick”.
You must go back to strict protocol after doing this (if on P2) or eat super clean afterward (P3&4) to give your body the time to adjust to the flux that just happened to  it.

Basically giving you body a chance to be o.k. with the sudden release and not try to go back to the weight it was before.

The other warning is  – Don’t do this for long, I would say 3 days MAX. I no longer have a gallbladder but those of you that do, the increase of fats in your system could aggravate the gallbladder and cause problems. Quite simply, you certainly don’t want that.

HCG Question of the Day – Release Tricks

Question – TOM arrived (time of the month) and  I am experiencing water weight gain :(
If you have any suggestions that aren’t currently on your vlogs.. let me know cause I’m ready to be a rebel.. LOL


Answer – My goodness all the tricks I’ve tried, maybe I should put together a montage vlog.
For water weight  an apple day is a natural diuretic. You just have to be sure to limit your water intake the day you do the apples.
When on P2 I have liked doing mini steak days. All that is 4 oz steak and 1 apple for the day.
I also have done the fat fast which can be a few different foods but for me is only mac nuts. I divide up 5 one ounce bags for the day. Another 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. With all of these I have found that you need to be very strict on protocol or clean eating after these tricks or the release will be short lived.

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 –
Mug Cake
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)
1 egg
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.

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