Protocol Portion Sizes
Today’s Help Alert
I am just starting and my biggest issue is trying to figure out the grams and oz.
My Recommendation –
When I started the protocol I bought a small scale that weighed in either ounces or grams.
While on P2 weighing out the shrimp or chicken was a cinch using this scale!
Amazon has great prices and I still use my scale especially when I want to do my nut fast.
HCG Life Maintenance Q&A
A very sweet HCG You Tuber named Lisa…You Tube channel name – MightyMouse Lisa asked some “VET” HCG You Tube peeps to vlog about how they have maintained since their HCG weight loss journey.
I was honored to be asked to be one of the “VETS”.
Here Are the questions she wanted us to cover –
1. How long have you been off HCG?
2. Have you maintained?
3. Do or did you have emotional eating issues?
4. What measures do you take to keep you from ever having to do to this protocol or any diet ever again?
5. What got you to the point where you knew you had a handle on your stabilization?
6. Any advice on how to stabilize and maintain for life?
Once I began the vlog I realized that one vlog could only be a simple “overview” and it would take several vlogs to be more detailed with each question.For now here is the overview and the individual vlogs on each question will be yet to come.
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!!
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/ MSM shot for P2ers.Even though I have done the Apple Cider Vinegar/ MCT during 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 MCT oil 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.
Click logo to order –
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.
How to Have a Successful Phase 3
Questions – I am so scared, I start Phase 3 tomorrow. I’ve done my 3 days without HCG. I’ve been reading and checking out different recipes for this phase.
How do I figure the amount of protein to eat? Someone said just double the amount that I’ve been eating. I want to make sure that I get the correct amount. I know I have to start slowly introducing foods. Is 1500 calories the minimum daily caloric intake or do I start by 1st week: 800, then go to 1000 on the 2nd week, then go to the full amount of calories 1400/1500? How much fruit do I eat per day?
The very first Phase 3 can be intimidating!
My first Phase 3 went very wrong because I got too caught up in wanting to try all the great recipes I saw people making on Phase 3.
On my very first day I added so many different foods that those on Phase 3 had been talking about. Open face tuna sandwich using Ezekiel bread with cheddar cheese, I baked a phase 3 friendly cookie recipe. It has been so long now since that time it is hard to remember what else I slammed my poor body with.
So what I found out the hard way about Phase 3 is this….Don’t slam your system with everything at once even if it says it is P3 friendly.
Doubling the protein is fine, especially if your body type craves protein.
Just go very SLOW with adding back in the starches and sugars. I can not emphasis this enough. Journal as you add so you can pinpoint if there is a food that you are sensitive to at first. Go easy on everything you reintroduce and keep tabs on what you are adding and what activity you are doing..
Think Low Glycemic/Glycemic Index
when it comes to fruit (at first), I’d say 2 maybe 3 servings the first day and see how your body responded.
I admit I have never counted calories just what types of food I eat and my activity level. Then I figure out between the two what the outcome will be. As long as you go slow and stick with healthy choices you are on the right track.
And for now be cautious with anything bread or pasta like. Example – If it makes you feel full (bloated) or lethargic.
I say “for now” because I don’t want you to think the foods I say to use caution with is a “never”.
But I can’t stress enough how slow introduction will help lock in your effort so you can keep the new you and enjoy what you choose to eat in the future.
If you feel better with counting calories – go for it. The plan you laid out looks like a pretty good one as long as you keep tabs on what you take in and how your body reacts so you can adjust accordingly
easy does it – That’s my motto!
Setting Your Weight Loss Goal
Can you tell I’m up for a pep talk again!
Here is the thing, I have had so many people write and ask me questions and with the question they ask they usually comment that they don’t think they can get to a certain weight or goal.
I did the very same thing when I started my HCG journey. I didn’t set my goal to the lowest adult weight I had been in the past. Quite frankly I did not think an amount lower than the goal I first set for this journey would be attainable.
But as I was watching other HCGers vlogs and I was seeing their success I would comment to congratulate them and acknowledge how great they were doing. They would many times comment back that what they were achieving would be mine too. I remember writing back says things like, “”well I don’t know about that, or I can only dream to be that small”.
But the Good news was that I had faith enough to “act” and start my journey.
Even though I ended up blowing right by my original goal if I had not set some sort of goal and got started I would never have gotten to the easy part! What is that you might ask, adjusting my goal weight to a lower number in both clothing size and scale number!
Trust me, as you move along through your journey each successful day will be also building your faith in what you have and Can achieve!
Instead of doubting what you can do on protocol embrace the fact that it will get you where you want to go. Shoot, maybe even in waters you have never been in.
To this day I am completely floored that not only did the protocol make me smaller than I had ever been but now my body can’t be comfortable any other way.
When I was overweight and I would read that a naturally thin person will stop eating when satisfied (not full) I remember thinking, “How do they do that when something tastes so good?” Now my mindset is the opposite. As good as something might taste it can wait until the time when I need to eat again. I simply can’t eat just to eat. This is completely opposite of how I grew up so having a habit like that take a total 180 is a God send!
Do I HAVE to LOAD to do the HCG Protocol?
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.
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!
Do I Need a HCG Clinic?
I did not go to a Clinic or Doctor. The clinics that are doing the protocol seem to be quite pricy and many people that have asked me questions in the past that have gone to clinics tell me the clinics also want to sell them anything from appetite suppressants to meal replacements and supplements. I had a friend that went to a clinic before she knew that I had done HCG.
Not only were they selling her the meal replacements but no one at the clinic had done the protocol themselves. The Doctor was overweight and when she would ask simple questions that anyone who had read the original manuscript would know answers to they were clueless. But of course they were more than happy to take her money.
I’m sure somewhere there has got to be a clinic that is above board. There is one in my town that another friend of mine helped create a testimonial video for. He said just listening to the patients stories made him a believer that the protocol really works. He said, “you could just see the happiness in the patients’ faces. They were so happy to have their life back”.
The only thing I don’t “get” is I was told that the doctor is obese.
Actually I think I do know why. I can’t tell you how many times people say they are serious and what to change but they really aren’t ready yet. They don’t want the food choices narrowed down even if hunger won’t be a factor. Food is comfort for many people and they may want to keep that for now. It won’t be until they are not comfortable in their situation.
I had another friend that even though she would tell her husband he was eating unhealthy. He stubbornly kept the food habit he enjoyed. It wasn’t till he went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with almost a complete blockage to his heart that he considered changing his ways. He was basically FORCED to change; it was either that or DIE.
Now let’s get back to what I did instead of going to a clinic;
My brother mentioned that maybe I should check out you tube for info on a diet his girlfriend had done.
I watched all kinds of vlogs that HCGers had posted and they were stressing the fact that you have to read pound & inches.
I ordered the HCG online and while I waited for it to arrive I read Dr Simeons’ Pounds & Inches
manuscript over and over. Plus watched the vlogs and posted questions to the HCGers on youtube and other forums.
Please note that since there are some youtube videos that just want to capitalize on the “craze” use your discretion. Watch the people that have been around a long time like delmen and mamaclok and other people (there are a lot of great ones) that are on the protocol and going about their lives. I think the “staged” videos uploaded by companies are a turn off.
I ordered the rest of the supplies I would need as a kit. The kit was more than if I had gotten the items on my own but after I had the one kit I knew exactly what I would need for future rounds and then bought my supplies through Amazon etc.
Please note: If you have a medical condition that you are being treated for only you know based on your situation if you should pursue this option at all.