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.
The HCG Diet Reviews – Episode 2!
The Lovely Side Effects of Cancer and Menopause- Weight Gain
I had the honor of interviewing Barbara Yaffee recently, a 56 year old cancer survivor who recently went through the hCG Diet protocol in it’s entirety and came out the other side as one very pleased woman. She has 2 awesome websites, urbanknitta.com, and bondingweekend.com a site that addresses and arranges retreats related to building stronger relationships in life with those important to you. Additionally she has just launched an awesome lifestyle blog inspiredgirl.me.
Barbara has some wonderful insights to share of her experience on the Diet protocol. She has an interesting background- she dealt with eating disorders as a young person, and later went through recovery and learned how to properly love and care for her body. That was many years ago. She has maintained a stable healthy weight for many years now until the recent past when she went through therapy for cancer.
The anti-cancer drugs she had to take caused a change in her hormones and put her into early menopause. With that came a 15 lb weight gain, in what seemed like overnight fashion after so many years of maintaining a healthy weight. Her eating habits had not changed. She found herself in a predicament where even eating as little as 1200 calories was causing her to gain weight still and it was very frustrating for her, being that she had spent so many years eating so healthy (no gluten, no refined sugars) and was very physically active.
What Is It Important to Know About the hCG Diet or Any Diet?
Barbara’s first thoughts of the Diet were, as most of ours were, skeptical. Anyone will lose weight if they only eat 500 calories a day! That’s a given. Being that she came from an eating disorder background, she was not surprisingly leery- it was because she had a naturopathic doctor whom she trusted that recommended the diet that she decided to look into it. Then of course she found the wonderful youtube community online and my hcgchica results showing my proof of fat loss and ability to keep off the weight lost with hCG.
That was really one of Barbara’s biggest concerns- the ability to maintain weightloss long term and have a healthy metabolism- and that is what I strongly feel we should all be concerned with, no matter what diet we choose to try. How this is achieved, from what I’ve seen, has 2 parts to it:
- how the actual diet itself interacts with our body
- how our metabolism functions after the diet
Let’s actually discuss point #2 first- how is the metabolism functioning after the diet?
Barbara’s hCG Diet Results and Review
I’d like to just quote her email to me today:
Interaction of hCG with a 500 Calorie Diet In Our Bodies
Use of Homeopathic hCG
Otherwise, at this time, I can only feel comfortable recommending RX hCG Injections because I know I can trust the product.
Feelings of Wellness or Un-wellness on the hCG Diet
Barbara actually felt very good physically and mentally while on the Diet protocol itself.
But I want to be honest here- not everyone will feel GREAT on the Diet- that doesn’t mean you won’t lose weight and keep it off- just that not everyone will feel their best during the losing weight process.
Let me talk about this for a minute regarding why I think this is. I have done 5 rounds of the protocol now, and most of them I have felt really good, but 2 rounds I didn’t feel very good. Most of us likely have some type of health issues we are dealing with, many undiscovered, which I believe can contribute to feelings of fatigue or tiredness on the diet that may be more pronounced than others. This doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t do the weight loss protocol still, because I’d do the entire process over again in a heartbeat, as it’s led me to where I am today- but I just want to make sure that all of you reading this know that how you feel while on the diet itself will vary.
- Some of you may have lots of energy and may find that you can continue exercising.
- Some of you may find that you feel pretty good, but more low key than usual and that exercising while on phase 2 is too taxing, and then
- Some of you may feel as I’ve felt at least one round, which is pretty crappy.
If the latter is what you have ever felt on the protocol, I tend to believe that you might have some undiagnosed health complications going on that need to be addressed- as that was the case for me- once I addressed these issues, I was able to do the following round of hCG feeling fantastic and losing a lot of fat that I kept off. Which brings me to another point- the protocol is NOT a cure all for everything that ails you. It is in my opinion, an excellent way to lose weight, but if you have undiscovered thyroid, adrenal, or hormone problems, you may need to discover and address these prior to or at least concurrently, with the diet to feel your best and to get the best results from the protocol.
If you are rather new to the diet and still in research mode, you might find my HCG FAQ’s page helpful, and my Buy HCG page helpful if you want to be sure that you purchase real prescription HCG. You can see my own personal HCG Diet before and after pics and story here.
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