146 days since the end of Round 4 now. Almost 5 months of maintaining my HCG fat loss from just Round 4 alone. Over a year of maintaining my fat loss from more HCG Injections rounds combined. I’ve been a size 4 for over a year now, so that should tell you something (when I started out pre-hCG as a size 16/18).
Hydrostatic Body Fat Test Results Comparison
End of the hCG Diet Round 4: hydrostatic body fat test results dating May 5, 2012:
Weight: 127.4 lb (.8 above my LDW)
Pounds of fat: 30.48lbs
Pounds of muscle: 96.92lbs
Bodyfat %: 23.93%
4.5 months of Crossfit later: hydrostatic body fat test results dating September 18, 2012:
Weight: 133 lbs (6.4 lb above LDW and 5.6 lbs above my last hydro test)
Pounds of fat: 30.95lb (gain of less than ½ pound of fat in last 5 months)
Pounds of muscle: 102lbs (gain of 5lb of muscle in the last 5 months of Crossfit)
Bodyfat %: 23.2%
Gain of .5 lbs fat
Gain of 5 lbs muscle
Can you say SCORE????
Conclusion: I have maintained almost 100% of my fat losses from the diet during the last 5 months, and actually for the entire past year as well. This is one happy Chica (doing a happy dance right at this moment).
A Note about the Omron Handheld Body Fat Monitor
Interestingly, while my Omron handheld body fat monitor has been a useful tool for me both in accuracy and consistency, something about how it works on my body has changed. It used to underestimate my body fat percent when I was heavier by about 2%, which is fine, it’s close and it was consistent in showing me my gradual drop in body fat percent as I lost weight with the protocol. This time when I went for my hydro test however I discovered that for the first time, the Omron had actually overestimated my body fat percent by about 2%. I’m guessing this is because my body composition has changed so much that that is how it now interacts with my higher muscle composition.
Coming clean about my P4 diet the past couple weeks….
Recently we had a fairly stressful event in our family life, where our house was foreclosed and we had to find a new home to live, etc.- the whole process of moving, from a three bedroom home, while having a 3 year old soon, and in the circumstances it was under was pretty stressful.
Through all this I did find myself reverting back to my old eating habits for a short time. One of these days I will do an in depth personal vlog/blog post about it because I think it could help others to know that eating disorders can be overcome. It mostly started because I was without my oven for a few days while we were moving. I used to sugar binge (the real kind of binge- like 3000 calories worth of carbs and sugar in 30 minutes kind of binge). I have broken that terrible cycle twice now. It’s been almost a year since my last sugar binge. But as we were moving, I wasn’t able to cook what I normally cook and I have a very difficult finding something I can safely eat out because I’m so sensitive to gluten and it appears to be on almost everything in most restaurants. I ended up cutting myself some slack in an area I shouldn’t have and allowed myself to have some store-made gluten free cookies that contain real sugar. This led to me desiring to eat more of them. Within just a few days, I was already starting to crave sugar and carbs again in a big way, driving all the way across town just to purchase those cookies and eat the whole package.
This was scary to me because this used to be a daily problem I dealt with, and I have spent most of the last year in a lovely state of no craving and easily eating healthfully- this is because I eliminated all regular sugar from diet entirely.
Thankfully I nipped this in bud within a week and a half of this bad cycle starting because I already know where that path goes, and I just can’t allow myself to end up their again. The way I address this issue is through my own little “sugar detox” protocol that works for me. I will detail it in another post, but basically I eat high fat, low carb for several days and almost instantly it kills the cravings.
Interestingly enough, despite eating a high sugar, high carb, high calorie diet for that week and a half, my hydrostatic test results show that I didn’t really have much if any fat gain from it. I just thought that was interesting and I attribute that both to this weight loss protocol and Crossfit. Crossfit really keeps my body and metabolism and strong working order and really does allow quite a freeness of calories after you’ve been going for a time.
Pursuing something good for your body after the hCG Diet
Finding some type of exercise program after the protocol I think can be an important element in continuing to be motivated to take care of your body properly.
It really keeps me on track with my clean eating because I’m so hapy with the good things I’m achieving with my body through activity.
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- pep talks by yours truly
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