Today is day 12, and I am down to 229 already. Things are going well with nutrition and strength training. . .cardio is a bit more of a mission. Today was my weigh-out day for the 60-Day Challenge at Lifetime Fitness. I lost 16 pounds, all in the last 12 days. I am quite pleased with my progress thus far. I did have some hunger this past week (which is normal as your body fat reduces), so I adjusted my dosage up from 30 units to 35, which seems to have worked.
Here are official my before & after photos for the challenge.
Before: June 1. 247#
After: August 3. 229#
Body fat reduced by 5%
Waist reduced by 7"!
So what is this HCG thing anyway?
According to Wikipedia:
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the embryo after implantation. The presence of hCG is detected in some pregnancy tests (HCG pregnancy strip tests).
So why is it a type of diet? What does it do?
I first learned of the HCG Protocol when it was recommended to me by my doctor, yes, my doctor! People are shocked to hear that, but my doctor is actually a proponent of the HCG Protocol, and I understand why. It is intense, it can be dangerous.. . .and yes, you WILL gain the weight back if you go right back to your old life. . . BUT, it works. And I do not believe that a few short weeks of severely reduced calories is more dangerous that carrying around all that extra weight (and the side-effect that go with it!).
Basically, the injections of HCG help your body to mobilize the stored fat. You burn that fat as energy throughout the day. If you are on the correct dosage of HCG, you should not have hunger. Your fat should be providing what you need.
People look at what I eat (see last week's post), and wonder why I don't die of starvation. It's the HCG. I am telling you there is no way I could eat like this without it. Is it hard some day, yes. . .but oh so worth it.
If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend the Weight Loss Apocalypse. This book by Robin Phipps Woodall gives a great overview, as well as a sobering look at the emotional work that needs to be done alongside the weight loss, if it is lasting change you are after. Check out her blog and videos.
Dr. Simeons' protocol is available for FREE from multiple internet sources (PDF). I highly recommend reading it and not relying on companies that are selling you HCG to learn about it.
I look forward to updating you again next week. . .when I will be almost at the halfway point of my 42 days.
Jules Warner - Author
Thanks for reading my ramblings.