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
The fact that those who make long term healthy changes to their eating habits are able to easily keep off their weightloss from the diet kind of leads us to the above conclusion, but the testing is really nice to actually PROVE the fat loss results.