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Now that we’ve eliminated any other general cause for not losing weight or what you might feel are slow losses on Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) for a few days (as seen in Part 1 here), lets get to what’s probably the case for the majority of people:
How Are You Looking At Your Weightloss?
The first thing I ask someone who’s come to me saying they aren’t losing weight is how many pounds have you lost so far? And how many days have you been on the diet? Usually the response is something like, “it’s vlcd 15 and I’ve lost 14.6 lbs.” This woman has lost over 14 lbs in 14 days folks! She has a 1lb/day average at this point. This is phenomenal! Yet, she was looking at the past 3 days or so and seeing that she gained .2 lbs one day, then lost nothing the following 2 days after that (don’t feel bad if you are one of the people whose emailed me about this- you are not alone! Many have, so I thought it would make the perfect topic for an article). And when it’s your first time on the protocol, and you’re not quite sure what to expect, this can be unsettling.
But see what happens is sometimes we forget to look at the overall picture. In reality, the overall average weightloss for women on the diet plan is actually about .5/lb day. This doesn’t mean you will lose exactly 1/2 a pound each day- it means that throughout the course of the 3 or 6 weeks you are on the protocol, you will lose nothing some days, and you will lose 2 lbs overnight some days, and so on, so that by the end of HCG Injections round, you’ll have lost around 20 lbs in 40 days or so- sometimes women lose more than this, sometimes less. But the point is……
Reason 5: Our Bodies Aren’t Machines
If you lose 14 lbs in 14 days say, your body may now be playing a little catch up- which is basically a phrase to say that I have no idea what your body is actually doing, but I know that a body can’t just continually lose a consistent amount of weight day in and day out without sometimes having periods where the scale doesn’t really move. That’s just how it happens.
If any of you have watched The Biggest Loser show, it happens to them too! You see them working their buttoms off all week, exercising seemingly 10 hours a day for 7 days, and then some weeks they lose 12 lbs and other weeks they lose 2 lbs- even though the effort put into each of those weeks was exactly the same. Why is this? Who knows (maybe a real trainer could tell ya), but the point is, our bodies don’t work like clock work in this manner. Our bodies are actually designed to live in a state of homeostasis- it tries to keep things the same- our blood pressure, our daily temperature, our heart rate. When making such a drastic change to our body while on the diet, you will come to find it’s totally normal to have short periods of time, even up to a week sometimes, where there is little or no weightloss.
Even weightloss on different rounds of the protocol will vary.
No doubt you gained weight inconsistently to start with right? You didn’t just start overeating and gain exactly .3 lb’s per day for a year right? In fact, there have been periods in my life where I ate very unhealthfully and gained weight very quickly, like 8-10 lbs in just one month, then other periods where I was eating pretty much the same, but didn’t really gain any weight at all for months- I was already quite overweight and it was my like my body was kind of “set” where it was.
Look At the Big Picture
So whenever you are feeling discouraged over not losing weight sometimes, take stock of how your whole round on the protocol has gone so far. Most likely you have accomplished more than you realize already.
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