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In This Session: Your Questions, My Answers
Question 1: What do I think about apple days and egg days on Phase 2 of the hCG Diet?
Question 2: What body fat monitor do I recommend?
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Transcript for Session 1 HCGChica Podcast:
HCG CHICA: Hey guys, HCG Chica. Welcome to the very first episode or session of my little HCG Chica podcast. Some of you may already know me through YouTube, where I am also HCG Chica, and through my website, hcgchica.com. But if you don’t know me, I just want to do a short little intro, a little bit about myself so you know why I’m here, talking about the HCG diet. I lost 50 pounds with the HCG diet myself using injections, and I’ve kept it off for a full year now. I am a little over five feet and I weigh about 125 pounds, and I have 17.8% body fat, which is considered athlete level, amazingly. I can’t believe it. I never thought I’d get to that point. Anyway, that’s kind of my little history with how I did on HCG.
I think it’s very important for me to mention that I am not a medical professional at all. I went to community college and I got an AA and I did a few preliminary science courses to get into dental hygiene school, but just as I was ready to apply to dental hygiene school, I got pregnant. So that was the extent of my schooling. I just think it’s important to tell you guys that, because please do not take my word for anything as being a medically qualified person. This is just I’m just sharing my experience, what I come across in my research, and what I’ve observed in others. That’s what I’m here to share, and my aim here is to help you guys get real information from people who’ve really done the diet, just to get that real world information. There’s so much generic stuff out there saying what something does or doesn’t do, but it’s hard to know whether or not you can trust that information. To me, the type of information I can trust is actual experiences, like what really happened to this person when they did the diet, and what happened a year later down the road? That’s the kind of stuff, to me, that helps me decide whether or not I want to do something.
Additionally, for those who do this diet, it can be a lonely thing. Many of you either don’t tell people that you’re doing the diet or you do, but there’s not much support. Or even if there is support, it’s just a difficult protocol. Because of that, having more sources of motivation, more sources of positive enthusiasm that can help keep you going through the process I think is just really valuable. So that’s what I hope to do with my podcast.
Without further ado, let’s get started. Today I’m actually going to be answering a couple questions from different viewers on my website, just different HCG questions. And if you have an HCG question, you are free to leave me a message, just like you’ll hear these ladies have done. What you can do is go to speakpipe.com/hcgchica, and there you can just leave me a message. You can do that through your computer, through your tablet, through your iPhone. It’s not like a phone call type thing; it’s a special little thing they have online – just love technology these days – where you can just leave me a message. It’s free. What I’ll do is, if you leave me a message, I will possibly use it in a later podcast.
And believe me, don’t be bashful, because you guys are what create the content, essentially. When you guys ask me questions, my brain starts exploding with ideas and things to say, and when I don’t have questions or feedback from you guys, I’m sitting here like [lip flapping sound], not sure what to write about. So don’t be bashful about that. I would love to be able to continue doing these different types of Q&As here on this podcast. So let’s get started.
Q: Hi Rayzel, this is Barbara in Santa Barbara, and I am in my second round of HCG, and I’m very curious about apple days. I’ve actually never had to do an apple day, but most of the reading that I’ve done, it says that you need to do four days of a stall before you do an apple day, and I want to know if that’s your experience, if an apple day is effective if you’ve only done two days of a stall, or if you just want to do an apple day to accelerate weight loss. I’m wondering what you think about that. And I also recently read something about half an apple day, where you do three apples during the day and then you do a normal VCLD dinner in P2. I’m wondering what you think about that. And I also read something saying that you could do an egg day on P2, where you had six eggs during the day, and I know that in general you don’t eat eggs on P2, and I wondered what you thought about that one. Let me know what you think. Thank you.
HCG CHICA: Hey Barbara. All good questions. I’m going to start with your first question about the apple days – and just for the benefit of any listeners who might be newer, I’m going to first talk about what an apple day is. An apple day on HCG is when you have up to six apples and nothing else, and as far as drinking liquids, you’re supposed to basically not drink water or liquids unless you feel the need to. You’re supposed to kind of use the apples as your liquid in a sense, the water that’s in the apples, so you’re supposed to minimize how much you drink. You don’t need anything else, and you can have up to six apples.
Actually, it’s funny; I haven’t really looked back at the original protocol in awhile, and when I did, I learned something new, or something I didn’t remember, which is that the apple day is done from lunch one day to lunch the following day, so that’s kind of interesting. Then what you do is you resume the 500 calorie VLCD at lunch the following day. Just FYI on that.
I’m going to just read real quick a little portion right from the “Pounds and Inches” manuscript. Apple days were meant for psychological reasons, is what he said, for someone who’s having a plateau. Here, I’ll just read it. He says: “A plateau lasts four to six days, and frequently occurs during the second half of the full course. A plateau always corrects itself, but many patients who have become accustomed to a regular daily loss get unnecessarily worried and begin to just be worried. No amount of explanation convinces them that a plateau does not mean that they’re no longer responding normally to treatment. In such cases, we consider it permissible, for purely psychological reasons, to break up the plateau. This can be done in two ways.
“One is a so-called apple day. An apple day begins at lunch and continues until just before lunch of the following day. The patients are given six large apples and are told to eat one whenever they feel the desire, though six apples is the maximum allowed. During that, no other food or liquids except plain water are allowed, and of water, they may only drink just enough to quench an uncomfortable thirst if eating an apple still leaves them thirsty. Most patients feel no need for water. Needless to say, an apple day may never be given on the day in which there is no injection. The apple day produces a gratifying loss of weight on the following day, chiefly due” – here’s the key – “chiefly due to the elimination of water. This water is not regained when the patients resume their normal 500 calorie diet at lunch, and on the following days they continue to lose satisfactorily.”
Now, he said the second way to break up this plateau is to use a diuretic, which he said they prefer to do the apple day just because it’s more gentle, basically. He was basically comparing an apple day to a diuretic. That way, just everyone has the background on what it is. I’ll tell you I’ve only done an apple day once; it was my first round, and I did do it in a time that wasn’t technically appropriate. I wasn’t having any trouble losing weight; I just kind of was bored and felt like doing something different, and it seemed really easy. It was a day I just didn’t feel like cooking, and I was like, “Oh, I’ll just eat apples today.” So I did. I think I ate about five apples. I didn’t lose any weight the following day, so I can definitely tell you from that experience that yeah, doing an apple day when you don’t need to, it didn’t work for me as far as losing any additional weight.
Aside from that, I can give you the experience of some others. I’ve had their feedback. For instance, Lori, HHcgCraZy on YouTube – double “H,” you can look her up – she’s done apple days in the past, and she says over and over that she always gains whatever weight she lost from an apple day right back. And again, everybody’s body is different in how they retain water. We all probably consume different amounts of sodium. So for her, it’s not really that it’s producing more fat loss, and that’s really basically what Dr. Simeons agreed with. It wasn’t for the purpose of losing more fat. So that’s just from real world experience how that works.
I did a little looking up, just a little bit more about apples. Supposedly they’re fairly high in potassium, which is what can help with water retention. It can help your body flush out excess sodium, and that will then flush out excess water. But it’s kind of interesting; apparently, it says for potassium for adults, the adequate intake per day is around 4,700 milligrams per day for an adult, and one small apple only has 160 milligrams of potassium. If you compare that to one cup of chard, one cup of chard actually has 960 milligrams of potassium. So it’s not like it’s really high in potassium. It has potassium, but it’s not like it’s high in it. I guess if you eat six, that’s getting closer to 700 or 800 milligrams, but again, the adequate dose for an adult is 4,700, so that’s still far, far less than you would consume in a day.
I was just reading all this stuff, trying to figure out, are apples really that special? Are they really doing something magical in your body? So in that case, I don’t know that they really are. Apples do contain soluble fiber in the form of pectin, and from what I read about pectin and the soluble fiber, and I’m just going to read to you. It’s actually from a website called SecretsofNaturalHealth.com/apples, and it mentioned one thing about apples, it says it’s good for sluggish bowels. Cooking apples contain pectin, which absorbs excess water in the intestines and forms a solution that stimulates the bowels. So that can be one thing where it is helping absorb excess water, like it said, in the intestines. So if you are retaining water and you’re stalling, basically I guess the idea is that it is supposed to help you eliminate some water weight. But again, I don’t know that there’s anything super magical about what it’s doing.
Now, the other thing I wanted to mention is if someone does choose to do an apple day, it’s a good idea to just eat them in their whole form, with the skin. I looked up the glycemic index of a whole raw apple with the peel, and it’s fairly low. It’s 35, which is apparently pretty good on the glycemic index. That, of course, is an indicator of how slowly your body absorbs the sugar from that food, which then in turn will make sure that your blood sugar doesn’t rise too quickly. But if you were to take the peel off, that would change. For instance, if someone wanted to eat peeled apples or they peeled the apples and made applesauce or you juiced them and just drank the juice, that’s a totally different story and definitely wouldn’t be a good idea, in my mind, on HCG, because now the sugar from that apple is going to be metabolized a lot faster by your body, and so it can make your blood sugar go up much faster because now you’re not having the same ratio of fiber from the peel and from the fiber in the regular apple. Just something to keep in mind; if you do do an apple day, just eat the whole regular apple with the skin. That would definitely be the best way to do it.
Just a little more feedback about this. Again, you guys have to decide for yourselves what you want to do and what you want to try. I looked up basically how many grams of sugar and how many grams of net carbs there would be in six medium-sized apples, and I compared that to how much sugar and net carbs you might consume on a regular 500 calorie VLCD day. It was actually a pretty big difference. For an apple day, say you consumed all six apples from noon of one day till that night. Say you did it all in the one day and you didn’t eat anything until noon the following day, and that was your apple day. That means you would actually be consuming 114 grams of sugar and 123.6 grams of net carbs. I already took out the carbs that are part of the fiber that you’re not absorbing.
If you compare that with what you might eat on a typical VLCD, which is actually – I’m writing a whole blog post on apple days, so I put this info together and you’ll be able to see the actual breakdown of a typical VLCD – but just in a nutshell, what I came up with ended up equaling out to 32 grams of sugar and 38 grams of net carbs on a regular VLCD. So 32 grams of sugar on a regular VLCD; on an apple day, where you ate all six medium apples in the one day, that would be 114 grams of sugar. So 32, 114, obviously a huge difference. Net carbs, basically the same thing: 38 grams net carbs, 123 grams net carbs.
It’s a huge difference, and I bring it up because eating more sugar and carbs, especially on HCG, can cause you to feel more hungry and more – I guess the word is just basically that you feel more like cravings the following day or two. It’s just whatever scientific process happens, when you have higher carbs than usual like that, it can cause this feeling of excess hunger later. Which it will pass, but it can make the diet harder on the following day or two because of that. So that’s just one thing to think about.
And then the other thing to think about is, of course, on a day like this, not only are you having a lot more sugar and carbs, you’re also not having any protein, which is why Dr. Simeons said it was really important never to do an apple day on a day you didn’t inject HCG, because your system would have less HCG than usual on that day, and you’re not eating protein. I’m assuming his concern was muscle loss.
If someone decided not to do an apple day, but they did want to do something different, something that I have suggested to others is to eat a super clean VLCD, where they actually remove their fruits entirely and eat just the protein and the veggies and then eat extra veggies in place of the fruit calories and the melba calories. You can eat whatever, eat extra cucumber or whatever the case may be. Or chard, chard. I am not fond of chard myself, and I doubt too many of you guys are either, but chard has way more potassium than the apple. Anyway, that’s just one idea for doing something different that actually could be beneficial.
The more I go on about this, it’s starting to sound like I’m anti-apple day, which I’m really not. I’m not anti-apple day; it’s just that I think people tend to look at apple days as something a little bit magical or something that can do something super special. And even for me, even though I’m not too fond of them because I knew they had a lot of sugar and carbs, now that I looked even deeper – after you asked your question I did this extra research and was like, you know, I don’t know that – yeah, just even on further research, it doesn’t seem like it’s doing anything amazing, and I do think it’s just what Dr. Simeons had said, which it was for purely psychological reasons, more so. Which in itself is not bad, if that’s what you need; it’s just that, like he said – actually, he did state in his article, towards the end of that section, he said it’s useless to give an apple day or a diuretic unless the weight has been stationary for at least four days without any dietary error having been committed. And that was the experience that I had.
Others may lose weight with an apple day, but again, I don’t really believe that it’s causing more fat loss. If you do an apple day towards the end of a round, I feel like it might make your LDW or your LIW, the weight that you finish your round at, more difficult to stabilize. It’s possible that you might need to stabilize up a little higher. Which is fine. What I’m basically saying is that it might be creating an artificially low LDW because of losing that excess water weight. So just keep that in mind: if that happens, if you do the apple day and then it’s towards the end of your round and you find you’re having trouble stabilizing, maybe just have that in your head that “Okay, maybe a little bit of this is water and my body is going to want to stabilize just a little higher.” Which is just totally fine. So that might just be another thing to keep in mind.
I hope that that’s helpful. Again, you guys, totally do whatever you guys want. You did mention doing half an apple day, and that sounds like it might be a little more reasonable. Again, either way though, if you do an apple day or half an apple day, you’re going to be doing at least one day of eating more calories than usual as well. Doing six apples has quite a bit more calories than a normal 500 VLCD day. I think it was more like 750. And even if you do a half an apple day, you’ll be doing the three apples and then a regular VLCD dinner. So it’s still going to be a little more calories than usual, although that doesn’t sound as bad, and that might be a nice thing to try as a go-between.
I want to move on now to your other question, which was about doing egg days, a day where you eat six eggs on Phase 2. Some of you listeners may have not even heard about this before, so I’ll talk about that a little bit. I did actually try some of these off-protocol days, mostly in my second round. I tried egg days, I tried mac nut days, macadamia nuts. Just different things like that. And I know there’s a couple reasons that we try these things. One of the reasons is just that some of us, we get so bored on the diet and we just want to do something different, and it’s mentally helping us to stick to the protocol by doing something different. So that can be one reason. And then the other reason is that we’re hoping that, “Hey, maybe if I do something different, it will actually speed up my weight loss or make it happen more efficiently or help me get over this hump where I’m stuck at a certain weight.” So those can be some of the reasons that we think about trying out different stuff, which I don’t think there’s anything wrong with trying something different.
However, I broke this down as well, just so that we can make an informed decision about this. One thing that Dr. Simeons did allow in the original protocol, I should mention first, is that he said that if you did get tired of your meat proteins and you needed something different, he made the allowance for having one whole egg and three egg whites as a replacement for one protein. And the reason he had you do three egg whites was because that’s what you needed to do in order to have enough protein for it to be comparable to say chicken or whatever. With the yolk, of course, that’s where the fat is. We all know we’re supposed to be avoiding fat on HCG, and that’s the one rule on HCG that I do feel pretty strongly about, is avoiding fats. The yolk, that’s where the fat is, so if you eat six eggs, six whole eggs in one day on Phase 2, one large egg has about 5 grams of fat, times six eggs, that’s actually 30 grams of fat that you’ll be eating on a day like that if you chose to do that.
If we compare that, I did that to another comparable normal VLCD where you’re just eating your two proteins as a point of reference, and basically in 100 grams of chicken breast, there’s about 7.5 grams of fat, so that would be like one protein. And then say your second protein for the day was shrimp. 100 grams of shrimp actually has less than 2 grams of fat. So the total for that is actually less than 10 grams of fat for the entire day. That’s where all the fat is on HCG. Any small amount of fat you consume comes from the meat. Of course, there’s no fat in the fruit or the vegetables. So less than 10 grams of fat on a regular VLCD, but if you do an egg day, it’s 30 grams of fat. That’s three times as much, so you’d be eating 20 grams of fat extra compared to a regular VLCD.
Just from that standpoint, it doesn’t seem like a good idea. People do lose weight on the scale when they do these days. I lost weight on the scale when I did these types of days, but I was using my Omron handheld body fat monitor, which ironically, someone asked a question about that, so we’ll be talking about that in a few minutes also. But I was using my body fat monitor, which at the time was quite reliable in the sense that it was very consistent and it was consistent with my body fat testing results. When I would use the Omron the following day after doing these types of off-protocol days like the egg days and such, even though I had lost weight – maybe I lost a pound or whatever – my body fat percent would actually go up, and it would say I had gained some fat. And I’m not talking just an ounce. It was like half a pound or more. So that really concerned me, and it concerned me enough for me to stop doing those days. Anything that incorporates any type of fat like that that’s more than what you would normally consume on a VLCD, I don’t do anymore.
Anyway, I hope that that’s helpful. I do think it’s great to think about these types of things, though, and if there is anything that can make fat loss go faster, be more efficient, I’m all for it. It’s just helpful if we look at the details to make sure that it would really potentially have that effect.
For instance, both the two U.S. sources for HCG on my site, on hcgchica.com, is U.S. HCF Injections and New Image Medical. Both of those sites sell these what are called lipo shots, or MIC shots now, and what’s in them is actually designed to help your body lose fat more efficiently and more healthfully. It’s supposed to help your liver, help your body break up the fat better. I’m not actually advertising it; I don’t know if it works, because I didn’t even know about them until I was already done losing weight with HCG, so I never had the opportunity to try them.
If I ever do another round, though, I actually probably will experiment with them. Because on looking at that, it’s definitely not going to hurt. I don’t know for sure if it really helps, or how much if it does help, like how much does it help, does it make it worth the cost. That I don’t know. But it is something that definitely wouldn’t hurt, as far as I can tell. Basically it’s just a bunch of different vitamins and minerals that you’re injecting. But see, when it comes to things like the egg and mac nut day type stuff, that, when you look deeper, there definitely are some potential dangers or potential downsides, which to me, the downsides outweigh any possible, possible benefits. I don’t actually see any possible benefits that are real at this point with those, outside of it being just something enjoyable to do mentally. Sorry, I’m starting to lose my voice here.
Anyway, I hope that that answers your guys’ questions, and for all of you guys listening, I hope that that’s helpful.
Q: Hi, HCG Chica. My question is about the Omron body fat monitor. Is there a specific one that you recommend?
HCG CHICA: Yes, actually, there is a specific body fat monitor that I have used and recommend as the most reliable one, and then I’ll give you my experience with it. The one that I like, that I have found to be consistent, is on Amazon.com. You could probably find it other places, but that’s probably the best place, and it’s called the Omron HBF-306C. It’s called on there a fat loss monitor. I’ll put a link to where you can find the exact model in the show notes. I’m so excited, I have show notes now. This is my first technical podcast where I’m specifically recording just for a podcast, not just taking the audio from my video for the podcast. Anyway, I will have show notes with this podcast, and yes, I will put a link to the specific fat loss monitor.
It’s pretty inexpensive. Right now online, it’s about $32. And it’s just a handheld one; it’s not a scale. So far, from what I’ve seen, the scale body fat percentage things are not as accurate, just from my observation. This particular handheld one did seem to be actually pretty accurate. I need to put a little asterisk, though, at the end of that statement, which I’ll talk about in a second, because I no longer find my Omron fat loss monitor to be accurate anymore. But it used to be. We’ll talk about that.
But yes, that’s the one. The Omron brand, they also have this other one. It’s like a full body one. It’s a scale and a handheld. You might think on seeing it, “Oh, maybe that’s even better and more accurate because it’s doing your whole body.” Which is what I thought at first, but during my third round, I bought one in order to try it and compare it, and actually it was really off by a lot. It was overestimating my body fat percent by quite a bit, which when you’re on HCG – actually, even when you’re not, just in life – it’s not encouraging to have a machine tell you that you have 10 more pounds of fat on your body than you really do. So I definitely don’t recommend that one. I actually sent it back because it was just not even close to being accurate.
A little background with the handheld one that I recommend. When I first started using it, I was about 50 pounds overweight or so, and at that time, for probably the first 40 pounds of my weight loss, it was very accurate, actually. I would go and have my body fat tested at a hydrostatic place, and it would be within 1% to 2%, which is very close. Close enough to be usable and to be encouraging. So not only that, it was close to being accurate, and secondly, which is actually the more important factor, is that it was consistent. It’s kind of like even if it wasn’t totally accurate, if it’s consistent where you see it consistently going down, that’s an indicator that you can rely on to know that “Okay, I’m getting good results.” But it actually was close to being accurate as well, which was kind of a bonus. Especially, like I said, because it’s not encouraging if you have something overestimating your body fat. It’s not cool.
So in this case, it was very close, and then it was consistent. When I used it on my second and third rounds, I used it every single day, every morning – and it’s important, when you use it, you need to change your weight daily to whatever weight you are that day. Some people don’t realize that at first. You’ve got to make sure you plug in the correct weight for that morning before you use it. They have you plug in things like your height and all that stuff as well. But I saw it consistently going down.
And there would even be times where it kind of wouldn’t change for a few days, even if I was losing weight, and I would get a little nervous, like, “What does that mean? Am I losing muscle?” But then it would kind of catch up. So when you use these, use them with a grain of salt in mind. Don’t panic if on the scale you lose one pound, but then on the Omron body fat monitor you only lost 0.5 pounds of fat, or it didn’t change. Don’t panic just over the period of that one day. Give it a few days. If you start seeing it just go up day after day, or it’s just not going down day after day after day, then that might be a good tool to be like, “Okay, maybe I’m doing something wrong,” which is why when I was answering Barbara’s question earlier about egg days and stuff like that, that was one of my indicators that “You know what? I don’t know that this egg day is doing me good. It seems like I’m actually gaining fat and losing muscle.” It’s just an indicator; I can’t be sure that that’s what’s happening. But it was enough of a useful tool to me, and I knew it wasn’t going to hurt me to go back to the regular protocol. So for me, that’s why I found it to be a really useful tool.
What I need to talk about, though, as far as this accuracy and consistency goes, at one point when I got lean enough – and this was when I was pretty much already done with HCG. I’ve been off of HCG for a whole year now. As my body fat percent got lower and now I’m in this athlete category, I find it’s actually no longer accurate anymore. It’s actually overestimating my body fat percent by too much to be encouraging. And I don’t know why that is. I don’t know why that changed. I tried changing the batteries. For whatever reason, at some point, if you’re a lean person trying to use this, my feedback now is that it may not be too accurate if are fairly lean. I don’t know if for some reason the ratio of muscle to fat changes how accurate it can be.
But when I was heavier, I can tell you confidently, I was able to rely on that thing to really tell me where I was at and how I was doing on HCG. And that’s why if you see in some of my earlier vlogs on HCG, I talk about the body fat monitor all the time. Every update, I’m talking about my results on it, because it really was that consistent and that reliable. But just FYI, if you get leaner or you’re starting a round where you only have 5 or 10 pounds to lose, I probably wouldn’t buy one if I was at that point. But if you’re 50 or 100 pounds overweight, it could be very useful.
Just to actually show how accurate it was, my first round of HCG, I only used the body fat monitor like four or five times, and the reason for that is because I wasn’t seeing my body fat percent go down. It was staying the same, and that was discouraging to me, so I stopped using it. Because I was like, “Oh, forget it. It must be wrong, and whatever. I don’t know why that’s happening,” so I just put it away in the closet. But when I went to have my body fat tested at the end of my first round, the monitor was correct. My body fat percent before and after the round was exactly the same. And that doesn’t mean that I didn’t lose fat. That’s not what that means. But what it means is, the ratio of fat and muscle that I lost that first round of HCG ended up meaning that my body fat percent stayed the same, which at that time was 34.5%, which is technically in the obese category. When you actually break down the numbers, it equals out to 10 pounds of fat that I lost and 16 pounds of muscle.
That’s a whole ’nother discussion for another day. I’ve never, ever lost that much muscle on any subsequent round of HCG, so I don’t think it’s a problem with the actual protocol, because I’ve done four other rounds, and I never lost muscle like that except for that first round. What I’m going to do is I’m going to put a link in the show notes to some information that I wrote on different factors for why I think that could’ve happened, just for any of you who are interested. But the point is that the monitor was accurate. The results I was seeing on there were accurate; it’s just at that point, I didn’t know enough and it was too discouraging, so I put it away. But anyway, it was accurate.
I hope that that helps. The monitors that are being sold on Amazon today, they’re a newer model than the model that I have, and the newer models tell you what your body fat percent is, but it doesn’t tell you how many actual pounds of fat that you have. And to me, that’s more of a number that we can identify with. The percentage, it’s like, I don’t know what that means. But when you know like, “Oh, I have 30 pounds of fat on my body,” or “Oh, I have 40 pounds of fat on my body,” that’s something easier to identify with.
What I’m going to do is link to a blog post and a video that I actually made quite some time ago, probably a couple years now, but it has the mathematical equation that you need to figure out how to convert your body fat percent to how many actual pounds of fat that is. So you’ll be able to either daily, or probably weekly is a better idea, but you can weekly take your body fat percent that you get from the monitor, and with that and your weight – it’s a very simple math equation, I promise. It’s not like trigonometry or anything. It’s really simple. But it’s just an easy way for you to convert that to pounds so that you can see “Oh, this is how many pounds of fat I’m losing,” and then you can compare that to how much overall weight that you’re losing on the scale.
Just FYI here, don’t be too worried when the numbers are not equal. You’re not going to lose 100% fat on the diet. At the beginning of the diet, there’s always some water weight that’s shed, and then additionally, there’s often a little bit of muscle lost. Usually not a lot. Nothing like my first round. Most of my rounds, I lose like 80% to 90% fat on the diet. So don’t let that scare you. Say you lost 15 pounds total, but then based on the Omron and the math equation, it’s saying that you only lost 10 pounds of fat. That’s a good outcome; you’re doing good. There’s a few pounds of water, maybe one or two pounds of muscle. That’s okay. That’s a good outcome.
Anyway, I hope that answers your question. Thanks for listening, guys. I hope that you guys found the answers to those questions useful to you. If you want to find out more, get more information about HCG and the diet, you can go to my website, hcgchica.com. I have tons of free information on there. I’m constantly adding to it. I usually post a new video, an article, and now it’ll be podcast about once a week or so. You can also get on my email list there if you want. Usually I’ll send out an email when I get a new blog post; that way you don’t have to constantly go check it at different times to see if there’s something new. This way you can just wait, and I will notify you when there’s something new. So that’s another thing that you can do.
Yeah, other than that, for any of you who aren’t too familiar with me yet, if you’re new to me because you find me on iTunes or whatnot, I have my entire HCG diet journey on my webpage. I have my story under my diet results, and you can just see what my story was. I ended up losing over 50 pounds with HCG. It’s been an entire year now since I lost that weight, and I’ve been maintaining an athlete’s level body fat percent, in fact, 17.8%. It’s just been quite a life-changer for me. It was this huge springboard to better things.
Since I got to a normal weight with HCG, I’ve been cross-fitting now for close to two years. I kind of got to a median weight at a point where I could start doing more physical activity and feel good about it partway through my HCG journey, so after my third round I started going to cross-fit, and then I only stopped briefly to do two additional HCG rounds during the next year. But yeah, almost two years in cross-fitting now, and I just absolutely love it. I’ve gotten really strong. I definitely know that I would not be here today if I hadn’t had HCG to start with. I just feel like it completely, completely changed my life. Which is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about the subject.
All right, thanks so much for listening, and I’ll talk to you guys soon. Bye.
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