How To Do An Interruption on hCG
AKA How to Take A Short Break When Necessity Demands It
WHEN: Rules About When Interruptions Are Okay
Originally only intended to be allowed after the first 23 injections – so basically, interruptions are meant to be done sometime after you’ve been on the diet for 3 weeks already. Why? Dr. S said that if you didn’t do this, weight regain while on the interruption was much more likely. This was because, as a hormone treatment to reset your hypothalamus, his findings were this took about 3 weeks.
HOW: Rules About How to Do hCG Interruptions
1. Get off hCG the Way You Normally Would
Get off hCG the regular way using the 72 hour period as I discuss here– remember to factor this 72 hours in when you make your plans for day you need to be eating P3 style by (ie the party, the cruise, etc.)
Nifty little table here for that:
If Last hCG Dose is: Then P3 Starts:
2. Increase Calories to at Least 800
Up your calories to at least 800 by eating phase 3 style- ideally eat to hunger for the ultimate calorie intake each day, so how many calories you end up eating above 800 will vary. It’s possible your calorie intake will end up being somewhere between 800-1600 calories- this is really just a guess though – the idea is to not get overly full. If you let hunger be your guide, I think you will be more likely to stay stable during this time.
3. Eat Phase 3 Style
What foods exactly can you eat? Well, since the hCG is out of your system, eating Phase 3 style means you CAN include foods with fat in them. You are still avoiding all starches and sugars.
4. No Need to Re-Load if Break is Less Than 2 Weeks
If you are off hCG for less than 2 weeks, you can get back on hCG without re-loading – simply start taking hCG and doing the 500 calorie again.
You can read Dr. Simeons direct instructions in the Pounds and Inches manuscript (free download here) on page. 79
Feeling Nervous About Being Hungry on HCG If You Don’t Reload
While writing this article, I got a GREAT question from a viewer who said she had to take 7 days off hCG during her round and she was worried about being hungry on hCG if she went right back to VLCD without loading, as Dr. Simeons mentioned you could do if your break from hCG was 2 weeks or less.
If this is something that you are feeling very worried and concerned about, you have a couple options.
3 Options If You’re Scared About Not Loading Again
I think the main idea here is to take away the fear and anxiety involved in the unknown – you’re worried about being hungry right? So why not give yourself a few options so that you’ll be free in your mind to DO something about any issues with hunger that potentially come up when you end the interruption. This takes away that projected fear and trapped feeling.
1. You can get back on VLCD without loading and see how you are feeling that first day back – if you are dealing with hunger that makes you uncomfortable, you could always turn that day into a half loading day.
2. Do 1 whole VLCD day, see how you feel, then do a load day the following day if you decide you need it.
3. You can do a one day load to start with.
Did you just become visibly more relaxed? See, I think it’s all about giving yourself options in your head to deal with possible uncomfortable situations you are concerned with.
However, First Things Second – Is Stopping hCG Briefly A Smart Thing To Do?
Let me just give you a little feedback on what I’ve observed about people doing interruptions okay?
The truth of the matter is, the vast majority of the time, interruptions don’t seem pan out.
And I think I understand why – essentially it’s just human nature.
There is a certain aspect to motivation that seems to really be affected by momentum and how we perceive things. Once you change tracks, it feels harder to go back to the other track you were on.
For instance, I have noticed that when I go to crossfit, if during the workout I break for TOO long, I find it VERY hard to get going again. Once I’m mentally and physically starting to find myself in rest mode, it’s harder and harder to get back into exercise mode to start up again. Another example- think about how you feel when you THOUGHT you were done with something, but then realized you weren’t – did you approach completing the task with as much ooomph as when you began? Likely not right?
It’s at this point – that point of where motivation has slipped and de-motivation has started taking over that the chances of giving up/stopping go WAY up.
Typical things that end up happening a lot when people take interruptions on hCG
1. Rules of Interruption Don’t End up Being Followed – Carefree Indulgence Instead
During the interruption the person doesn’t really follow the rules for the interruption (ie. Eating phase 3 style, limiting calories to 800-1200 or so) – instead they eat what they feel like eating because they’re on a cruise or at a party, so all manner of cake and pasta and wine goes down the gullet, with very fast weight gain during this time since weight is ALWAYS in a sensitive place when you first get off hCG (hence why there is phase 3).
2. Re-Loading When It’s Not Necessary and Having to Lose Even More Weight to Get Back to Where You Were
When they are ready to get back on hCG after the interruption, they might re load, even though they don’t have to – this is one of those things where I think we might be letting our minds deceive us into having more cake or taco bell. This is more weight gain to get off now on hCG that wasn’t necessary.
3. One Back on Phase 2, Motivation Doesn’t Feel the Same
Once on hCG again, the motivation is just not the same so the protocol feels much harder than just a couple weeks prior – it’s at this point that people start struggling with frequent cheating. This is really demoralizing for us to go through you guys. It tears at your soul when you struggle like this.
So I’m not saying you can’t do an interruption, or that they will never work.
I’m just sharing what seems to happen an awful lot, indicating that for most of us, they may not be a good approach.
4 Choices When There is a Cake or Tacos Event or Trip in the Middle of your hCG Round
1. Time your round so that nothing crazy is going on for at least 3 weeks so you can get at least a short round in.
2. If something crazy has to go on for a day or 2 during your round, attempt to stick to hCG through it and not cheat.
3. If something crazy has to go on and you feel like you feel adamant that you get to have a glass of wine or some chocolate cake that night, stop your round early.
4. If something crazy is going to take place and there’s no way around it and you KNOW you won’t be able to stick to P3 but you want to continue, do the interruption!
If you know all these dangers I’ve mentioned in advanced, you might be more mentally prepared to avoid them and make a success of the break.
One choice I hope you don’t choose
Stay on hCG and cheat on the crazy days.
The reason this is such a bad idea is that hCG is interacting with your other hormones and your body and you can potentially do more damage to your metabolism and hormone levels if you screw around with this. I do believe this, and Robin Woodall feels the same- she seems to understand more about the science of this, so please read her book Weight-Loss Apocalypse: Emotional Eating Rehab Through the hCG Protocol if you’re interested – this is the one book I pretty much think every single person who does hCG should have.
Dealing With The “But I Deserve What’s Accepted As Normal” Feelings
Weigh these things carefully. I understand that it feels only fair that you should get to eat a full meal and a few glasses of wine at your own 33rd wedding anniversary party. I’ve had plenty of pity parties in my own weight loss journey believe me!
At the same time though, if you give yourself a little time to think it through, you might come to the decision that nothing is worth impeding the life change that you are trying to make. There will be glasses of wine and full meals in your future- your 34th anniversary for instance. 🙂 Might it be possible, just for this year, to forgo some things you might normally indulge in, so that you can reach a goal properly?
The reason I think this matters is that I strongly believe in the domino effect. One thing can and does lead to another. One cheat meal, or getting off hCG for a few days, might not seem like a big deal. Perhaps for some it won’t be. But for many of us, our motivation and will power is rather precarious. It’s there, but it doesn’t take much to throw it off. Giving in or letting go during these times may be the beginning of an unraveling period that will be a bit tough to recover from – an unraveling period that you might decide when you’re on the other end later, wasn’t worth it for a glass of wine or a piece of cake.
Since I’ve been observing my own journey and many others doing this protocol, I see that sometimes we can find ourselves in a vicious cycle of losing and gaining, over and over and over. Sometimes there’s perfectly good reasons for it that aren’t really our fault. But sometimes, it has to do with these choices we make- those times when the “normal” thing to do is going to cause a problem for us and we end up going with “normal” instead of an individualized approach.
When I originally got off gluten, I had to learn for myself that it wasn’t about how I thought things SHOULD be – what I should be able to have, but that I couldn’t. It was about making a personal choice to achieve better health for myself. There are no “should be able to haves” in that framework. It becomes a matter of what do I want my life to be like?
Yes, I have spent a night or two feeling sorry for myself that I’ll never get to eat a regular slice of pizza again because of my gluten allergy. But thankfully, after processing it for a night or two, I realized how pointless it all was to spend my time feeling bummed about that. And I value my life as I’ve been able to re-create it so much more than any piece of pizza or cake.
I read a fantastic quote from this awesome reflective blog: “You cannot change what you refuse to confront.”
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was subconsciously doing just that at times on my hCG journey when I tried to continue doing things in a way that I thought was the “normal” way to approach life, but in actuality these methods really didn’t work with my personality or genetics. It wasn’t until I confronted this idea, that I needed to stop paying attention to what I thought was standard on the outside and move in a direction that would actually work for me.
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