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.
Melissa lost 85 lbs with hCG injections, going from a size 24 to size 8 and she’s been comfortably maintaining that weight loss for a full 7 months.
- Weight Loss: 85 lbs total
- Age: 43 years old
- Height: 5’4″
- Starting Weight: 250 lbs
- Ending weight: 165 lbs
- Starting Size: 22/24
- Ending Size: 8/10
- Health conditions prior to hCG: Diabetes, high blood pressure
- Health recoveries post hCG diet: No diabetes, no high blood pressure
- Timeline: 2 rounds total – 1st round 9 weeks, lost 60 lbs. Took short 3 week break, 2nd round 5 weeks, lost 19 lbs. Lost additional weight during Phase 3. Total time actually “dieting” during Phase 2 – 3.5 months for 79 lbs lost.
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Links mentioned in interview:
- Can you eat less than 500 calories on the hCG diet?
- Walden farms – caramel sauce
- 6 Tips to help you Drink the Right Amount of Water on hCG
- 6 Ways to Making Drinking Water More Enjoyable
- FB Page: Low Carbing Among Friends
- FB Page: Low-Carb Hit Parade
- Phase 3 hCG recipes Pinterest recipes
- Phase 3 Resources- Ingredients and Such
- Grain Free Sugar Free Dessert Recipes Pinterest – suitable for Phase 3
- Phase 2 homemade Ketchup recipe
Melissa’s favorite low carb cookbook series:
- Low Carbing Among Friends – Volume 1 (apparently there’s 5 volumes! You can go from here).
- Low Carbing Among Friends – Volume 3 (apparently a bestseller)
Melissa’s hCG Injection Weight Loss Story in Her Words:
Medical details: I found out I was diabetic when I started HCG. At the end of HCG I was no longer diabetic and never needed any medication. Per my doctor it was okay to control it with diet. Also, I had a partial hysterectomy at age 29.
How long have you currently been maintaining?
Date of first injection was September 28, 2014, date of last injection was February 8, 2015. Have maintained for almost 7 months.
Tell us how you came to be overweight and your struggles with that?
I have always been “thick” and growing up that was a struggle for me. Of course looking back now what I wouldn’t give to be that size again.
I developed very young and that along school age children not being very nice gave me a complex and made me believe I was fat when I truly wasn’t. But I think because of that for the rest of my life I always believed I was overweight and did a lot of yo-yo dieting. I actually had my stomach stapled in 1997 after truly having gained a considerable amount of weight after my children were born.
I did very well with weight loss and maintained for 3 years until I had a hysterectomy in 2000 and within a month my battle with my weight began all over again. Again I did the different diets and pills. Found that Slim Quick pills worked well for me, I’m assuming because I had hormonal problems and didn’t realize it.
I still had my ovaries and didn’t realize it would be an issue but it was. But once off the pills I started to gain again. Started going to the gym and lost weight fairly easily and did well until I remarried in 2010. I weighed about 180lbs at that time and was comfortable, I’m truly big boned and at that weight I was still about a size 12, but within about a year the weight started coming back on and no amount of exercise was helping.
I finally got up to the 250lbs and was depressed and began shutting myself off from everyone. I found HCG through a friend’s fiancée and the rest is history J
What type of hCG did you use?
I did the injections. I just did the regular dosage. 125 I think? I can’t remember lol, but it was the normal dosage.
What would you say your experience was the first week on phase 2? What parts of the protocol were easier for you and which parts were more challenging? How did you handle the challenging aspects?
My first week on P2 was a little difficult. Not so much because I was hungry but because I was having cravings. My mouth wanted it, not my stomach. But as far as the hunger it was actually way more food than I had been eating. I typically only ate twice a day.
I wasn’t an overeater, my issues were my hormones, so having to eat so much food was very difficult for me. I tried very hard the first few days to force myself to get the 500 calories in, to the point where I was making myself sick. I eventually only ate to hunger, most days only getting in 250 to 350 calories.
I still dealt with little cravings here and there but sugar-free gum and water were my friends during this time and it really helped. I also in round 2 started using sugar-free Jello to satisfy those cravings. But I didn’t have them very often. You get to that point where you just don’t think about it anymore, even when everyone around you is eating normal.
What did you find yourself liking to eat during Phase 2/vlcd – how would you prepare your meals?
I stayed very simple during P2 so as to not mess up. Mostly ground beef patties, chicken breast tenderloins, shrimp. And then spinach, broccoli and green beans were my go to veggies. I ate apples and grapefruit as my fruits. I always prepped on Sundays. Prepping is sooooooo important to staying on track. I would make the family dinner, warm mine up and I was good to go. Never felt like I was missing out.
What tricks do you have up your sleeve to stay sane while on Phase 2?
Again sweet sugar-free gum and lots of water were what I did when I wanted something sweet. And in round 2 I did sugar-free jello. I never cheated, I was so afraid of stalling or going backwards it just wasn’t worth it. I did stall a few times but it was due to lack of protein or water. Once I corrected the problem I would jumpstart again.
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?
Honestly I was scared to death of my first P3. I was so afraid I was going to gain. So all I did was the same foods as P2 just doubled. I was perfectly fine with eating the same things all the time
because I knew I was safe J Boring didn’t bother me at all. I had no weight gain at all in both of my P3’s and in round 2 I actually lost more weight.
In Phase 4: Can you tell us what types of foods you eat now in every day life? And how is this different from what you used to eat on a normal basis?
I am now strictly a low carb eater. I stay under 20g per day. I have learned how to cook so that I never feel like I am missing out on anything. I use the almond flour, coconut flour etc., cashew
milk, no refined sugars, nothing white J I cook low carb meals, snacks and desserts and it’s awesome… I never feel deprived. I preach low carb now.. LOL! Always telling people who are truly dieting and depriving themselves that it doesn’t have to be that way
What have been your tools for maintaining your weight loss?
WILLPOWER!!!! I never, ever want to be where I was again. I live low carb and I love it!!!
Do you have any memories of your life/body pre hCG that are totally different for you now?
This is the part that makes me cry. I was shut off, shut down, depressed. I felt ugly, didn’t want to go anywhere, never bought clothes. Could barely lean over to tie my shoes, had trouble reaching around to wipe my own bottom, so embarrassing but true. I stayed away from friends and family because I was so ashamed of what I had become.
My reason for doing the 9 weeks was because I had a goal to lose at least 60 lbs before I went to go see my daddy for Christmas. I begged the doctor to please do an extension for me because I was determined to get off that truck and have my dad be so surprised at the weight I had lost.
Daddy would always tell me I was beautiful when he would see me, or that I was looking good… but it has been so long since I had heard those words, even though I knew he loved me, I don’t think he realized he had stopped saying it. I just wanted to hear those words again…. AND I DID!!! I reached that goal and was beyond proud of myself… I got off that truck and my dad was so shocked and those were the first words out of his mouth… I cried…. Now I love life, I love me…. I’m the first one out the door and I can wear a dress, I never even owned a dress before… I feel pretty again
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?
If I want a treat now I eat sugar-free chocolate pudding, I make low carb desserts, I will eat the Atkins low carb bars when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to eat. I don’t allow myself to “cheat” at parties and such because for me it’s not worth having the cravings again. And honestly in my head I still have this awful fear I will wake up tomorrow and have gained all my weight back. While I of course know that is physically impossible it messes with my head and at least keeps me honest.
I have allowed myself here and there to say eat breaded shrimp, or eat a piece of fried chicken with the skin on. But I know how to limit myself and would never allow myself to eat an entire “bad” meal… too much guilt… LOL!
What factors have you noticed to play a role in people NOT succeeding on hCG?
I have had friends and family try and fail… and I have had some try and succeed. I think it’s just all about willpower honestly. They aren’t dedicated enough and have no issues cheating.
For me you either do it or you don’t… it’s all in the mind. And for me once I saw that weight coming off there was no turning back and it was never worth it to cheat. I even went through the holidays baking cookies and breads as gifts for family and never once felt bad that I couldn’t eat it. And I truly believe food prep, as simple as it sounds, is a HUGE factor in the success of this protocol.
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?
Stay strong, be mentally prepared and believe that you can do it…BECAUSE IT WORKS!!!
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