Well I was SUPER nervous to do my first live video stream with the app Periscope, but guess what? It was totally the bomb. We had a fantastic time. There’s nothing like real time interaction with you hCGers. So I definitely think it’s going to be happening more.
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Why Is This Like Chocolate Delight for hCGers Without the Calories?
Why yet another app and yet another social media? Let’s be honest, we can’t do them all (yes, twitter, I have failed you). But we CAN pick and choose our favorites and this might be one of those ones you choose to ditch another for.
I was able to get your questions LIVE through periscope and answer them on the spot. Even better, when I experienced lyme brain 😉 you guys filled in for my mind and reminded me of what question I was supposed to be answering. Yes, that really did happen.
It was a little bit like playing that bop the gopher game at the arcade, where I’m trying to read your comments, read your questions, answer a question with sufficient detail, while trying to catch and write down other questions being written in while I’m speaking, all at the same time. A bit dizzying!
MAIN POINT: It was an extremely positive, supportive environment going on for everyone, with hCGers interacting real time with each other while I spoke – it was especially because of this – the many of you typing in comments and support to each other during the session, that made it really great. I think everyone left feeling refreshed and renewed to keep on with the protocol.
A few comments that were made during the live chat that you might find encouraging:
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- all Episodes of the hCG Diet Interviews here. ” – you can find
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- “ ” (Remember, hunger is related to dose, and not everyone feels fantastic on hCG – some rounds you might feel great, other rounds you might feel crummy- it really does vary).
- “Better to have loose skin than blubbery fat”. I second that.
Main Links and Resources Mentioned in this Q&A
Buying prescription hCG online – my current recommendations for legit stuff
Book: Weight Loss Apocalypse – Emotional Eating Rehab Through the hCG Protocol (address the emotional issues with weight loss, as well the scientific theories on how hCG is actually working in the body – to me, a must read).
few lot of questions I didn’t get to answer and QUICK answers from me
- I think this can be good – you still want to probably make sure you are eating enough calories of course and whether that’s with additional protein or leaving your Phase 2 vegetables in, that’s your call, but you could try both ways.
Q: What is hCG 2.0?
- You can check out the book on this here: hCG 2.0 modified protocol – the one thing I will say is this modified protocol allows the use of some foods that I’m not sure about when it comes to Phase 2 like beans for a protein source, which are high carb – not saying it wouldn’t work since I don’t know, but it’s something I myself would probably wait and see how it fared with others before trying myself. Maybe I should get the author of that book on the blog to interview him sometime eh??
Q: How long between rounds?
- I’ve actually got some detailed info for ya on that here – time between hCG diet rounds.
- This is a goody! You know, it doesn’t necessarily seem hard to lose fat where you need to so much as you don’t have control over the ORDER of the places you lose weight from, and this order seems to vary from person to person, probably due to genetics and maybe hormone levels as well. What I will say though is that overall, people using the hCG hormone seem to lose weight all over their body which means that they gradually shrink into this super balance looking body. If that sounds confusing, what I mean to say is that you are going to be losing inches on places like your neck and your knees too – not just your waist and hips. In the short term, this can mean you THINK you’re not getting super visible results ie. like your hips shrinking by 20 inches in one round while the rest of you stays the same size, but in the end, you really do want to have a balanced overall shape, and I think hCG accomplishes this.
- I have a whole series of posts for ya on this topic here! Can you exercise on Phase 2 of the hCG Diet?
Q: Can menopause be harder to lose weight?
- Yes. However, don’t let this discourage you because I would say that honestly a VERY sizable portion of those frequenting my blog are women in the menopause and peri-menopause age bracket, successfully losing weight and changing their lives. Even if losses are slower, in the grand scheme of things, remember a few extra weeks to get to your goal is not that big of a deal. It helps to adjust your mindset to expect slow (and hey if it’s faster, you’ll be extra happy).
Q: Is Stevia the only sweetener allowed?
- Technically, the other cancer causing ones are allowed as well, you know the aspartame and nutrasweet stuff. Whether or not you utilize that is up to you. What’s hard about all this is who knows, we may find that stevia causes cancer in a few years too you know? And there also has to be the consideration of what I like to call sanity saving. If having a very small amount of something is going to save your sanity, and allow you to get over a hump that will aid you to your 50 lb weight loss, even if it’s not the best thing in the world, I might just choose to do that right? So yes, I had a few diet cokes on hCG. I wouldn’t make it a daily thing, but when desperate, a diet coke over an entire Pizza binge on Phase 2 – well you make the choice. When it comes to the sugar alcohols, I think you have to be more careful as it seems that these can more likely interact with your blood sugar and effect your weight loss. When in doubt leave it out (unless desperate) and track what you do so that you can adjust when needed.
- Dr. Simeons mentioned in his original protocol, laid out in Pounds and Inches, that if you were off hCG for less than 2 weeks, you could re-start the 500 calorie diet without reloading. If you are right at that 2 week mark, it may be that you might do something in between and do 1 loading day. Just an idea.
- You can, however there are some things to consider when deciding this – I have some more comprehensive info on this topic here for ya: Doing hCG for longer periods of time and other such stuff.
Q: What do I do about leg cramps on Phase 2?
- Hawthorne berry (not vouching for this brand, just found it in a quick amazon search) and Magnesium as well as Potassium were mentioned by viewers as things to try for leg cramps. Side note the magnesium I linked to is what I take every single night in daily life- not only helps with muscle ache but keeps you regular as well. ;0 I take 2 of those large horse pills every night. The viewer that mentioned Hawthorne berry said that it “
- When including exercise during Phase 2 of the hCG protocol, I would probably tend to suggest more that you keep your veggies in, and include additional calories in the form of protein as well to compensate and support your body doing that “extra” stuff.
- I didn’t eat any food for breakfast on Phase 2 myself – to this day actually I have no need for breakfast myself, going on like 4 years now, but for those who need it, some have eaten a half portion of protein even, say 50 grams of chicken, or added in a 3rd protein serving that they eat for breakfast. For those with blood sugar issues however, it may actually be very important for you to eat something for breakfast, and to eat something with a little sugar and carbs- meaning, your fruit.
- I find that it is – I have Hashimotos myself and the hashimotos condition is actually the number 1 cause of hypothyroidism in the United States, and there are a lot of hypothyroid women out there doing well with the hCG protocol. As I say in the periscope though, getting proper thyroid treatment is still going to be key to maintaining weight loss from the diet – that has been my experience and observation anyway. You can research this topic more (which includes what true effective thyroid hormone treatment is – may be very different from what your GP is recommending) here – researching hormone issues.
- This is almost always a dosage issue which is fixable – my hCG dosage tutorial and experience of many other hCGers is here: hCG diet dosage- checking and adjusting.
- Ahhh, the mental vs. physical hunger question. It’s funny isn’t it how we get so out of tune with our bodies that we no longer recognize true physical hunger? I think a great place to start addressing this is with Robin Woodall’s book Weight Loss Apocalypse – Emotional Eating Rehab through the hCG protocol.
- You can either get a sharps container, or I believe others will put them in an empty plastic gallon milk jug and toss it that way. I believe the legality of all this varies from state to state so you might want to look that up for your state.
- Yes there are a few ways this can happen. One is that hCG is very unstable in liquid form. That’s the reason it’s put into powder form before you get it in your vial (called Lypholization – watch the pharmacist explain this process to us here!) Once the hCG is mixed up by you, the guesstimate is that it stays usable (as long as you keep it in the fridge at all times except when you use it to get your injection) for about 4 weeks or so. Usually after 4 weeks, it’s always a good idea to re-mix your hCG, even if you have some left. You can often start to tell that it’s losing potency because you’ll get hungrier and having issues with weight loss. I have re-mixed my hCG at 3 weeks many times just to be safe.
- Be careful with this. Some do, and some use things like smooth move tea and such – but these things can dehydrate you as far as I know and cause more fluctuations later and mess up your own body’s natural peristalsis. You might try more natural methods first like:
- higher doses of magnesium
- pysllium husk (be careful with this one! When just starting it you want to start SMALL and make sure to drink proper amount of water with it otherwise you will have opposite problem and be even more constipated – but with enough water and gradual increase, the fiber really helps keep things moving in your colon) and
- lemon water.
- These tools really can be very effective, and you don’t usually need to do them all. Higher dosages of probiotics by themselves, or higher doses of the magnesium, by itself, has been able to completely get rid of my constipation. Don’t go hog wild your first day, but for instance me, I would take maybe a double dose of what is recommended on label), I have found this to REALLY fix constipation issues, and it seems to do it in a more natural way that doesn’t cause other additional issues later.
- Great question! This is a commonly misunderstood thing and I can totally understand why, because usually we’re all like, if a little of something is effective, MORE of it is more effective right?? Actually, in the case of hCG, that’s not true. What I have found is that you usually have the best amount of weight loss, and the best TYPE of weight loss (fat, not muscle) when you take the dose that puts you in the most non-hunger state. I could be wrong about this, but being extremely hungry on hCG (which is often how women feel on the higher dosages of hCG 200 iu and up) makes me feel like something is wrong and that the body will not be behaving in the same way as when it doesn’t feel hungry- I guess what I’m saying is that I worry that more muscle loss might be going on if a person was feeling constantly ravenous on a too high dose of hCG. I don’t know this for sure, it’s just my concern, and from what I’ve seen, the lower doses that work best for most in the 125-150iu neighborhood have yielded great body fat testing results as far as ratio of fat loss goes.
- I don’t find this to be the case because since being on the proper dose of hCG does actually change your feeling of hunger, you are not actually feeling starved, as you would if you went days on end eating 500 calories without the hormone in your system.
- But the caveat here is that this is IF you are on the right dose of hCG for you and IF you are not extending your round of hCG too long, and IF you are not experiencing other major health problems that are making you feel like utter crap on hCG (me my 2nd round). If you transition into Phase 3 feeling sane – you are usually good to go and can incorporate back into normal amounts of food and no binge issues no problem- this is what most experience. But if you have an issue 1 or more of the above 3 things I mentioned, then yes, there is potential for bingeing after concluding Phase 2. I know the feeling. The best thing I can think of to liken it to is like if you had been holding your breath for far too long, when you finally release your lungs to inhale air, it’s like this super fast gasp where a huge amount of air rushes in and you can’t stop it – that’s the feeling I’ve had before when I’ve felt super hungry and basically inhaled food. But like I said, if you go about this protocol in a wise manner, the way it was meant to be done, you will not have this issue.
- You are not the only one! Only aliens doing hCG have never cheated. ;0 The best way I’ve found for getting back on track I’ve detailed for ya here: Getting over a cheat fast on the hCG Diet.
- I think this has to do with where in the timeline of your round you’ve cheated, as well as how frequently it’s happened. For instance how close to the end of your round was the cheat? If you are early or mid round, I think you can recover and get your body back into a groove more easily. If you are very close to P3, it might present a little more of a challenge. If you have cheated frequently throughout the whole round, I could see this presenting a big problem. But see my answer to the next question as well for more thoughts on this.
- I agree that cheating is not a good thing on hCG. And I do think that you will gain fat from a cheat much more quickly than if you were to eat those same foods off of hCG. Ie. chocolate cake off hCG might give you a .2 gain, but chocolate cake ON hCG might give you a 1 lb gain. It’s crazy stuff. That said, I don’t believe in scaring people into thinking that cheating will ruin their entire course on the diet or maintenance after. I just don’t think it’s that drastic. I have had at least one cheat I think on most of my rounds, and I managed to stabilize and maintain my weight loss. I did indeed gain from the actual cheat, and it took some days to start losing again, which was totally not worth the cheat true, but once the cheat was behind me, I do not feel it hampered my long term results, if that makes sense – and this is coming from someone who maintained her weight loss between rounds, and now almost 3 years after my last round. So don’t beat yourself up over those mistakes and fear super long term consequences. I think our bodies are quite resilient and if you do the logical things to get back on track, your body will get back on track too.
- Yes I have. I did this my first and 2nd round. I chose after that to no longer use coconut oil during Phase 2, so that wiped out my access to chocolate delight. 🙂 I do have a pinterest board with hCG chocolate delight recipes. But you also might want to give my post on things to consider when thinking about Coconut Oil and hCG as well.
Q: Can you freeze the hCG to keep it longer?
- People do this with success from what I’ve heard.
This can be tough. While there are many people we do not need to tell about what we’re doing, it’s nice to be able to include family in what we’re doing, one cuz they’re family, two, because they can be a source of support (sometimes), and three, it’s rather hard to hide something like that from the people you eat with every day.
So what do you do in a situation like this where someone close to you is really against the idea?
I don’t know if this will help, but perhaps showing the logic behind it – even perhaps written out, could help. I have gone to great lengths now to try to prove that this protocol is NOT a starvation diet and is not stripping every last bit of muscle off your body.
A few sources from my blog that demonstrate some proof that skeptical family members might find useful:
My bodyfat testing:
Before hCG, After finishing hCG, and 2 years after finishing hCG. It’s clear from these hydrostatic body fat tests, which is a very clear, accurate, reliable way to test body fat that body builders and other fitness enthusiasts use to track their progress, that not only was the majority of my weight loss fat, I have a healthy amount of muscle mass for my height (5’1″) and this combined with the fact that I have maintained this for what was at that time, 2 years, shows that my metabolism wasn’t not hampered negatively.
My post on 5 common misconceptions about the hCG Diet.
The argument for hormones. hCG is a hormone. Just like the hormones in birth control are powerful enough to prevent conception, hCG is not a placebo.
I realize that sometimes if a person is not in the mood to believe something, it doesn’t matter how logical you are, they’re just going to think what they want to think. But perhaps for some, this type of proof might be convincing.
There are probably various reasons that people don’t like the idea of this protocol. Some have something against accomplishing something faster than the traditional way. But if the weight being lost is indeed fat, and ability to maintain is there shown by others, why would accomplishing something in a more efficient manner be a bad thing? Washing machine? Why yes! I’d love one. Don’t got time for the clothesline in twenty-fifteen. Times have changed and our lives are hectic, busy and stressful. It makes sense to be efficient where we can, so that we can use our time for other things that can’t be rushed- like family time! 😉
– Share the benefits to hubby.
I actually have 2 pretty detailed posts on Apple days for ya here!
- Dr. Simeons indicated that the 100 grams/3.5 ounces of protein, twice a day, was to be weighed raw.
- I have a post on this topic for ya here: Shorter breaks on the hCG Diet
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