It's no secret, I GOT FAT! I gained back over 30 lbs since November. What's depressing is that I looked at my calendar from last year as I was losing weight and saw that on the exact smae day in June I weighed the same as now. Yuck! June through September were so agonizingly slow to get that 30 pounds off. And then I go put it right back on so quickly... it's really enough to make a lesser woman hate herself.
But not me! (anymore)
I had heard of hCG when I was pregnant and attributed my ability to not gain much weight and tone up easily to it. It used to have to be given by injections, but now they have developed a sub-lingual homeopathic drop. Cool!
Here's a brief over view of the program:
Days 1 & 2 - take drops (7-10) 3 times daily. Eat as much as you want of anything you want. This is called the loading phase. I really had no problems acomplishing that!
Days 3-24 - take drops the same way. Eat only 500 calories a day. I know, that's like 1/2 a normal meal- for an entire day! There are specific foods that are OK and those that are not OK. Here's a picture of my lunch today:
That meal was around 2oo calories. No oils, fats, sugars, breads, milk, juice, and on and on and on....This has actually been my lunch and dinner going on my 3rd day now. For breakfast I have chickory coffee (don't worry fellow Mormons, it's all herbal, no real coffee beans or green tea - it;s realy good: http://www.teeccino.com ), and an apple, or 5 strawberries, or an orange.
I know - how can you survive on 500 calories a day? Well that's the beauty of hCG, the rest of the calories that my body requires are being taken from my handy dandy storage pockets of FAT. Bill keeps asking if my energy is waning, not really. I was always tired before, so no dif there. I went out for a 3 mile fast walk last night (I'm entered in a 5K Walk race in 2 weeks and thought I better get a move on my training), I didn't feel dizzy or starved or anything. All the reviews I've read say the 1st week is the hardest to get through, so next week will be easy street!
Days 24-44 If have reached my goal (I don't know...30 lbs in 3 weeks?) I stop the drop and bump up my caloric intake to 1500 calories, this is 'set pointing' my body, or making it comfortable with the weight it's at so I don't balloon out 30 pounds in 6 months.
There are little helps for any weight gain that might occure along the way after that.
It's expensive! $77.00 with my GNC Gold Card. (that takes me through one cycle...or 44 days - I think)
But then the phentermine I took for my last weight loss extravaganza cost $23.00 a month. Plus I did suffer some side effects, I lost 1/3 of my hair. It's growing back in and making me look like a candidate for the fuzziest hair contest. Plus my energy dropped like a lead ball when I stopped taking it. Bill thinks it messed with my thyroid or metabolism, maybe it did.
So far, from all the things I've read on hCG, there have been no side effects. So I'm happy about that.
I'll keep you updated from time to time as I go along this program. According to the scale this morning I have lost 4 pounds, YEAH!
I was going to take a 'before' picture, but I'll let this doozy from our hiking trip do the job: