Failed or Failing Rounds of HCG Diet
Many of us who have done the hCG diet have had at least 1 round that you might call “failed” where we either quit the round early, cheated a lot, or regained the weight right back after the round was over. I have one of these rounds in my hCG history too- Round 2 of HCG Injections. But I’ve done 5 rounds now and 4 out of the 5 have been successful rounds where I’m keeping the weight off and did the protocol properly while I was on it.
What’s the difference though? Why is it sometimes we do well on the diet and other times we struggle and don’t do well?
I feel in many cases it comes down to two reasons- mental readiness and physical health. I want to talk about the physical health aspect of things today.
During Round 2 of the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin diet for me, I found myself not feeling well at all, and though I managed to “get through” most of the diet for about 38 days, I was eating a lot off protocol foods that weren’t good choices and in general just wasting time on the diet. I was extremely fatigued and tired, and I was becoming more and more depressed. I finally got to the point where I felt so bad that I didn’t care what I weighed any more- losing weight no longer held an appeal because I was just so depressed about life in general. For me, this was all due to my physical health being imbalanced. I was experience both adrenal fatigue and low thyroid symptoms (I have an autoimmune thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s) and I was having a lot of symptoms that were not being managed with both conditions. By the time I dragged myself into P3 (the stabilization phase of the diet where you eat a lot more calories but don’t eat starches and sugars), I pretty much totally snapped. I didn’t follow the P3 dietary rules at all and just started consuming huge amounts of sugary foods, as much and as quickly as I could possibly get them into me- I had returned to my former binge eating disorder. This continued for about 9 weeks during which time I regained 14 lbs.
I finally made an appointment with one of my alternative health guys I see and he helped get my body back together. I took Isocort for my adrenal fatigue (a wonderful over the counter product you can get on Amazon.com). Isocort is simply naturally derived cortisol from plants- it’s in very small amounts so there’s no danger of compromising your adrenals permanently, but it’s just enough cortisol to replace what your own adrenals are having trouble producing- the result is that your adrenals get to kind of be on “bed-rest” for awhile, but your actual body doesn’t have to be on bed rest. The isocort will make you feel like a brand new energetic person again (if adrenal fatigue is what you have). It works fantastically- I can’t say enough good things about it. I should buy stock in that product! I keep some around at all times for any future bouts of adrenal fatigue I may deal with, as I’ve had to use it 3-4 different times in my life now.
Once I was feeling a lot better, I prepared myself for Round 3 and had a much better experience- all because my health was much better.
Before we get too far along, IF you are looking for something that has all the hCG info you need in one place, AND a place to daily/weekly track your progress, that’s printable and fillable on your device and reusable, you might want to check out my digital hCG workbook.
If you have many underlying health disorders, it’s possible that addressing some of these first may be best, and then embarking on the protocol. This may not always be the case, but sometimes you will not have success on the hCG protocol until you first get your body in better working order. This can take time to research and discover just what the problem is.
Hopefully for most people, you will be able to start the diet with no problems and feel just fine. But for any who have really struggled and wondered why you just couldn’t seem to make it successfully through one round and stabilize properly, give consideration to the fact that you may have some underlying health issues that need to be addressed. I really felt it important to say this because I don’t want people to think that they are simply lacking the will power that others have to be a success on this protocol. I’m no better than you- I’m not some shining example of amazing will power that only a few people have. I have been successful because I was able to address some of my health issues through this process and then get myself mentally ready and then proceed.
I just don’t want those who have struggled on the diet to get discouraged in any way and think they are not cut out for the diet or to feel that they will never be able to lose weight. YOU CAN AND WILL. But there may be some other issues to address before or during the process that’s all. So accept that you are struggling, and don’t condemn yourself for it. Rather seek to find out the reasons why you are having so much trouble- it’s amazing how drastically hormones can affect our feelings and behavior (pms anyone?), so imbalances in our different sex, thyroid and adrenal hormones can make or break a round.
Some great resources for researching low thyroid symptoms and adrenal fatigue, which I think are very common, are here:
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