Thank you Becca. I have recently returned to WW and discovered that the weight is coming off even slower now, very frustrated and though I know it took me awhile to put it on, I am working very very hard to get it off! I am also curious about Medifast and how safe that is?
Your program sounds interesting, I need to look into it Thank you so much for sharing it.
Medifast sounds so much more reasonable. I would like to follow your progress Gail and You are an inspiration!!
Yep...57.5 lbs released since January. LOVE this way of losing weight.
As far as people gaining weight after....it's like with ANY diet, you have to change your eating habits to keep the weight off. HCG detoxes you and makes you eat extremely clean. The maintenance portion of the phases teach you what you CAN eat and what your body says "absolutely NOT!" to. Like bacon..for me...causes me to gain. Why? The chemicals! I can eat pork w/ no problem, but if I eat 3 slices of bacon my body retaliates.
In the past, I've gained all my weight back after doing Weight Watchers, Atkins, The Weigh Down...etc....
HCG has been the ONLY diet that has taught me way more about myself than ANY other program out there.
I am a firm believer and advocate.
This is a great thread! I hope that it continues. I did talk to a doctor yesterday whom recommended zero meat- basicially going vegan and eating every 2-3 hrs and the effects of the liver as to the "why" in Diabetes and etc...she said this type of eating has been successful for her in losing weight. High in protein but ie beans instead of meat.
Medifast sounds interesting to me but I am curious to the cost, is it expensive? If I have two of us that need to lose weight, and an extra person who simply is a type II Diabetic, incorporating healthy eating and portion control for all of us is extremely important.
BFF!!! I forgot to ask if you are doing shots or drops!!
I do injections. I buy all my hcg online so it makes it under $40 for a 40 day round. I get all my supplies separately. I do not pay a clinic $300/mo to get the goods.
I am not going to get into it with anyone on here about how some feel this is 'unsafe' or "Yeah, of course you'll lose weight on 500 cals". There's WAYYYYYYY more that goes into it than many think. The hcg alone releases 2500-3000 cals of your own FAT for fuel and you consume 500 cals of real food on top of that. There's no way one can lose 1 lb a day without hunger w/o hcg. Much less not feel super fatigued and go into starvation mode where your body holds onto the weight. Doesn't happen like that w/ hcg, folks.
Also, it may seem "extreme" but it's only for 6 weeks. Then there's a 6 week "maintenance" period where you do not lose weight. When you factor all the time involved....you are losing 3 lbs a week.
No sagging skin like those on the Biggest Loser. Teaches you how to eat REAL FOOD and what your body can and cannot tolerate (aka sensitivities)...inch loss and reshaping is incredible.
It's 100% clean eating. No prepackaged foods w/ tons of sugars/starches/chemicals. YUCK! No thank you!
Of course, with ANY diet program, you have to choose what you will eat. I have been on many diets where I couldn't have xyz foods.....and SO WHAT?????????? I want to shed my 118 lbs and do w/o ribs and baked beans for a day. So what?!?!
I fully understand that there are many uneducated people (about hcg) and look at hcg as a big monster. But really, they don't understand or have bothered to fully research it NOR have not invested the time to see/read about the millions that are currently losing weight successfully with it and keeping it off. I could knock other weight loss programs left and right...but I don't...cuz it's not worth it nor do I care to get into it with people.
"Yeah, of course you'll lose weight on 500 cals". There's WAYYYYYYY more that goes into it than many think.
It certainly does sound like an effective program, but it also does sound like one that should be done under a doctor's supervision, as I see much potential for things to go wrong.
Many do do it under a med doctor. The sad thing is, is many doctors aren't even to the skill knowledge that will help those on hcg. I have many local and out of state friends who started with a doctor and ended up learning way more and doing way better by doing it on their own and joining online forums filled with veterans who have lost weight and kept it off for years.
The sad thing is many doctors and clinics charge and arm and a leg, change up the original diet and include "hcg shakes and bars" (that have sugars and starches in them...which when combined w/ hcg will stall losses...thus then more $$$$ for the doctor cuz you'll be with him/her a lot longer to lose the weight).
Many of them also prescribe appetite suppressants. What?? When you are at the correct dosage for your body you will not have any hunger. OR...if you are on the wrong dose for your body and you feel hunger...many of those doctors just say, "let's increase your dose"...thinking a higher dose will fix the hunger. Wrong many times. Some people have to lower their dose and that fixes their hunger.
Again, I am talking about many doctors and clinics, not ALL of them.
I understand this diet seems scary and weird to people and that's ok. I thought it was too at first. I heavily researched the diet for about 4 months before I actually tried it. It totally works for me..well any diet does when you stick to it...but this one spoke to me and it's the only one I've been able to stick to and maintain for the long haul.
It is a strict diet. It's a mental game. For me, I'll take a 1 lb/day loss average and eat strict for 40 straight days....then have a 6 week break and eat way more than I ever had before (calorie wise) and not gain weight....using real food....cheese....full fat fage yogurt, butters...etc.
I am not bashing anyone on here. I understand many are in the "unknown area" and on the surface of course it's easy to think, "eat 500 cals and of course lose weight"...but it's not that simple. If I ate 500 cals w/o hcg I'd be STARVING and extremely cranky. lol
So Noora...I wasn't necessarily quoting you...your response is what us hcg'ers hear all the time and I was addressing that common response. Make sense? I know it seemed like I was quoting you...I apologize for that...that wasn't my intention.
Nope! I have been doing the Metabolism Miracle plan for the last ten months and I'm totally in love. I have an aunt who had great success with the HCG diet, for about a year but now she's putting weight back on quickly no matter how strictly she follows the maintanence plan. She's looking into starting something different now. Way too expensive for me to do HCG shots and then have the weight come back.