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.
Show Note Links:
- hCGChica’s Phase 3 to Life Program – you can enroll anytime, but I recommend at least a week BEFORE P3 starts if at all possible so you have time to familiarize yourself with the program and plan ahead.
- hCG Diet Dosage Article
Heather’s Experience with:
the P3toLife Program During Phase 3 of the hCG Protocol
If you were to explain to an hCGer in just a few sentences why the P3 program has been valuable to you, what would you tell them?
I needed structure, and this gave it to me. Going from “eat these exact things” to “eat everything except starch” just didn’t work for me. Also, the Phase 3 program helped me to eat a lot of things I wouldn’t have, so I learned that my boundaries aren’t near as restrictive as I thought they were.
What did the P3 program provide to you that you feel like you didn’t have before without in on past Phase 3s?
- Macro guidelines
- Courage to eat something besides nuts and cheese
- It allowed me to have a meal with my family, I literally haven’t done that in years.
How did you end up following the program – did you do the original plan, the simplified, or build your own meal plan or just tweaks to one of these? Can you give a few details of how you utilized the program and tailored it to yourself and your circumstances?
I did the original plan, it came out the day I started P3! I tailored it slightly, when necessary (we don’t like mushrooms), and it was perfect! I had a mug bread for lunch every day, with an added scoop of protein powder because that was so easy to take to work.
I love following lists and spreadsheets, so I looked at the weeks recipes, put them on our menu and went for it. I cook breakfast and dinner every day already, so it just wasn’t hard to do, also my daughter and I have been gluten free for years, so this worked really well for the whole family, and we were familiar with most of the ingredients.
Can you share your results – how your weight has been, while following the P3 program?
I didn’t have to do a single correction day!
I did Phase 3 for 4 weeks, because I know my body, I never went more than 1.8 lbs over my LIW, but for 25 days of the 28 I was within 1 lb!
How did you feel about the portion sizes & taste of the P3 meals? Did the portions and taste of the food make any difference in how you felt about eating/relationship with food while on p3?
They were perfect for me…I have an issue where I rarely feel full, so volume and quantity are a huge deal for me, also I’m feeding a weight lifting teenage boy who wants to eat healthy but wants to get full.
Everything was delicious. I had never tasted curry before and was so surprised that we loved it. If there was an ingredient that we just don’t like then I replaced it. I used riced cauliflower several times and the taste and volume of it was great. I was just so thankful to learn that I can eat a nice variety and volume of food and still maintain my weight.
Heather’s Email #1:
Girl you are on FIRE this is perfect!!! Thanks so much! There are just some days that I’m “craving something” and this will allow me to create a meal for that craving! I usually stabilize on a ketogenic diet. As matter fact I have been keto for five years except for when I am doing hCG. Here’s the thing I don’t want to live the rest of my life this way!
It’s too hard to stay under 25 carbs a day, one slip up and I’m up 3 pounds. So this last last round of hCG I did to lose some pounds I had gained, but also to force my body to lose weight at 30-34 carbs each day on phase 2. I am trying to truly resent my body so in phase 3 I make sure I get at least that many carbs each day. .
I am on day nine of phase 3…. and I am still within 1 pound of my LIW!!!!!! I made the spaghetti squash and meatballs last night, I purposely waited until week two because I know spaghetti squash generally will make me gain 3 to 4 pounds overnight even if I only have half a cup….. I had an entire cup and no weight gain. My body was so sensitive that I couldn’t have anything like a mug bread even though it was fiber carbs….my net carbs had to be below 25 and my total carbs could never go over 35 so I was getting very little fiber.
I am eating a mug bread every day! I could seriously cry because I feel like what I set out to do, reset my body and tell it “you are not the boss of me I’m the boss of you” is actually happening! Thanks SO MUCH! Much love
Can you share a little about your personal life- ie work full time/part time, kids or hubby or school? Would love to hear how you made the logistics work of cooking the program with whatever time constraints you deal with. How did you manage to fit in preparing the meals with your schedule each week?
I have been married almost 21 years and have a 16 year old son and an almost 20 year old daughter. During Phase 3 of the hCG my momma was also living with us while she recovered from a heart attack (that she had while I was on HCG, ugh!)
Like I said before, I always cook so I think I was lucky. I work part time, 5 hours a day, so I just come home from work and start cooking every day!
Wanting to cook extra healthy for mom also gave me incentive to stick to the recipes. I home-school my son in the morning before school, so he would sit at the counter and I would cook and teach ☺
Have you struggled on past p3’s and if so what were your struggles? Did the P3 program help address these struggles/how so?
YES! I stabilized with keto 2 times, and didn’t stabilize at all 1 time. My biggest struggle was knowing what to add and when, and keeping my carbs so low that I could never add any back in.
That’s why I gained the 28 pounds last year, I just started “eating normal” and ballooned up.
With the Phase 3 program, I started out with more carbs per day than I have had in years (excluding my 4 months off the wagon) and still maintained, so knowing that I can have those “extra” carbs will make P4 so much easier.
Heather’s Email #2
Hey! Things are going really well! Today is actually my last day of phase three, however, my body is so sensitive I’m going to do it for another week and then I will just do a modified phase 3 probably for ANOTHER week… I can literally gain 10 pounds in one week so I’m going to work this like Atkins and add five net carbs a day for the first week and then 10 for the second and so on and so on…what do you think about that? I’m still within 1 lb of my LIW!! WooHoo!!
Were there any positive results from following the plan that surprised you, that you weren’t expecting? Have you learned anything new from the program?
Hate to sound like a broken record, but again it’s the carbs! It is really difficult to live at 20ish carbs a day for years on end and just learning that my body can have them is life changing.
What were one or two of your favorite recipes in the plan?
- Chicken fritters with Pico De Gallo
- Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
Any other closing thoughts that you want to share about your experience with the program, or that might help others considering whether or not to give it a try?
HCG is hard, emotionally and mentally hard. Its just not worth doing if the loss isn’t going to “stick”.
Rayzel’s Phase 3 to life plan made it stick for me, and taught me that I can eat so many more things than I was before. It helped me not to be scared of healthy foods that I hadn’t eaten in years because of their carb count. I consider myself pretty educated in diet and exercise, but I still learned from this program, and I think others will too.
Also, I truly believe that everyone needs some structure after being on a round of HCG… too much freedom is hard to deal with, we tend to reason ourselves into believing that 5 spoons of peanut butter is OK because we got the sugar free kind…LOL. The P3 plan gave me that structure and allowed me to ease back into real life, one step at a time… or should I say one spoon at a time?
Heather’s Email #3
Don’t you even apologize for the delay! I can’t imagine how busy you are! I just wanted to make sure that it wasn’t right before my eyes and I wasn’t seeing it, this is a frequent theme in my life LOL. Yes the P3 program definitely helped me to stabilize easier than ever before, I would be happy to do an interview with you!
I didn’t follow it exactly, because I don’t eat pork, and I didn’t want to buy salmon for my large group but I replaced these things with chicken and just tweaked it a little bit… but everything I ate was on your plan with the exception of homemade chicken fried rice made with cauliflower rice but I felt like it still fit in;) it really helped me to see the calories I should be aiming for, and the carbs I should be aiming for.
It gave me so much more variety than usual because it just seemed like at the end the day I was eating a bunch of almonds and string cheese every day and never having a real meal when I stabilized in the past. I am a visual learner, and I am OCD with organizations so just seeing things in the calendar format made it click in my head.
Side note, my husband had been on 25 pounds when he was injured on the job, he has a very physical job and cannot do something as strict as hCG, so he did phase 3 plan with me, along with a protein shake for lunch, and he lost 15 pounds in those three weeks, also my son is heavy into body building and weightlifting and he is “cutting” right now and he has been able to eat every meal, so that has been so great too.
I hope you found that encouraging that stabilizing IS doable, and it’s doable in a way that is pleasing to your taste buds. Without being deprived. Without fear and anxiety. This is proving to be a very reliable method for stabilization – honestly even more successful than I could have hoped for.
Again you can find the program details if you wish to enroll at P3tolife.com
Remember, you can enroll anytime. I would recommend however IF you are going to try P3tolife to enroll at least a week BEFORE P3 starts if at all possible so you have time to familiarize yourself with the program and plan ahead.
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