Hello lovely hCGers. This interview is part of what is now a plethora of weight loss success stories with real everyday women (and men! There’s a few dude interviews in there) who have used either hCG injections or drops with the hCG diet protocol to lose between 20 and 150 lbs. You can see the current episodes available here.
Helen’s Basic Stats:
Starting Weight: 167 lbs.
Current Weight: 127 lbs.
Health Condition: Menopause
Current Size is 6 to 10 depending on the brand
Tips from this interview
- When you do the hCG Phase 2, PLAN. Don’t do it during holidays or any kind of family event. Be a hermit.
- Another thing that she did is as soon as she get a little bit smaller she got rid of her bigger clothes to help keep her going.
- Use low-carb substitutes in Phase 3 like the almond flour.
- I write my weight on a notebook and I write “I kept true to the diet”
- She did a sea salt cleanse after hCG. Mix Sea salt (uniodized) and 4 cups water drink it whole morning.
Resources from this interview
At 60 years old, Helen has regained her size and weight from back when she was 15!
In the interview, Helen talked about how over the past 10 years, she gradually gained weight, in part due to menopause but more from finding comfort in food during times of great stress because of some very difficult situations she through.
Watch the full interview to hear all about Helen’s weight loss journey and her many recommendations for people who are thinking of going on the hCG diet. You can also scroll down to read some of our question and answer highlights.
HELEN’S HCG INJECTION WEIGHT LOSS STORY IN HER WORDS:
How much weight have you lost with the hCG diet? Tell us your starting weight, ending weight, and clothing size change. How many rounds did you do?
I have lost a total of 40 lbs, 20 lbs of which I lost from the hCG diet. I went from 167 lbs to 127 lbs. I am now the dress size and weight I was in high school and most of my life.
I did 2 rounds of hcg, but I didn’t follow the rules well.
How long have you currently been maintaining (or where are you currently at in your hCG journey)?
I have just finished P3 (currently on my 5th week) and I’m starting P4, so about one month.
Tell us how you came to be overweight and your struggles with that.
In the last 10 years I gained the 40 lbs. There were several things. One, there was the menopause. I also had to deal with a lot of stress – my brother died, my mother died, I almost lost my house in the financial crash, my son was diagnosed with autism, all this led me to find comfort in food. I would gain and then lose, gain and then lose.
I also think it was due to how much society has changed in terms of food choices and portions. There’s just so much to choose from.
Finally HCG and reading lots of books have given me a strategy and game plan.
What type of hCG did you use? If injections or prescription drops, what dose worked best for you?
I started with drops, but I found it quite difficult to use. I switched to injections
What would you say your experience was the first week on phase 2?
P2 was hard because I was in a training program that had a lot of snacks and a set meal plan.
What Lessons have you learned during Phase 3 – give us the good and the bad! What types of things did you discover when it came to maintenance that did and didn’t work?
I stayed to a strict diet, and avoided social events that would tempt me. I was able to stay at my weight for a month.
For my P3 diet, I gradually added eggs, chicken, cucumber salad, apple, cottage cheese, yoghurt, and frozen fruits (berry mixes)
In Phase 4: Can you tell us what types of foods you eat now in everyday life? And how is this different from what you used to eat on a normal basis?
I am avoiding starches and sugars still. I am gradually incorporating foods into my diet. For P4, I brought in cheddar cheese and used almond flour (an alternative) to make bread.
What have been your tools for maintaining your weight loss?
I read a lot of books on emotional eating, food as love, food companies’ marketing, I also watch youtube videos on mindful eating.
When you want a treat now, give us a couple examples of what you might eat? Also, are you ever able to indulge in a regular treat, like cake at a party, and still maintain?
I love the chocolate cake from your recipes (black bean cake). I don’t buy sweets and junk foods, but I may have the occasional small piece of candy. At a church potluck, I will have some cake or brownies.
I love cheddar cheese, but I have noticed that it might be causing a little bit of weight gain but it stays below 2 lbs.
What factors have you noticed to play a role in people NOT succeeding on hCG? What do you feel are the most important keys to success on the hcg protocol? If someone said they want to have the same results you have, what would you tell them?
I weigh myself everyday and I don’t let things get out of hand. I still avoid situations that will be hard to me, and read a lot about how food companies are targeting consumers with addictive additives, etc
For those who want to go on the diet, I highly suggest not doing the protocol during the holidays because it will be really difficult. It is normal to want to join people to eat but don’t do the protocol when you know it will really be tough, like when you know you have a lot of social gatherings, potlucks, barbecues, etc. planned.
I also recommend really studying the protocol and doing it right. It’s only for 3 to 6 weeks anyway.
Another thing I would suggest is getting rid of the clothes you wore before you lost weight so you can be more committed to keeping the weight off. Bring them to goodwill or keep them in the basement 🙂
I will do another P2 in October and I plan to pull out of circulation for the 3 weeks to avoid temptation.
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