Here’s a quick video showing me doing what are called sumo deadlifts at Crossfit. My purpose is not to show off (in actuality I am still truly a beginner in Crossfit terms).
This is off-topic from the hCG Diet I know, but I kind of feel like I really want to share these little snippets of my workouts at Crossfit because I really feel that having an exercise program that I’m really dedicated too and really see results from has been a very important part of me maintaining my hCG Diet weight loss. What you personally end up finding that keeps you motivated to keep your new body may vary. But find something.
Obstacles to Maintaining Weight Loss
One of the biggest problems I’ve seen when it comes to re-gaining weight after a diet- not just the hCG Diet, but any diet, is a return to old habits and an old way of life after the diet part is over (I’ve been guilty of it many times myself). Let’s not kid ourselves. You have to make a long-term life change not just your eating habits but your life habits. You have to learn to think differently. We’ll talk about how to do that in a minute.
Food used to be my comfort mechanism for just about everything- happiness, sadness, depression, joy, tiredness. Whatever the occasion, food was the thing to go with it. It has taken me some time, and I’m not saying that I never eat more carbs when I’m feeling down (because I do!), but the way that I approach these things has changed. I no longer consume sugar in it’s regular forms at all. In the past, when I used to feel sad, I would go out and eat a bunch of cake or cookies.
Now when I’m feeling down, I still might consume a bit more carbs than usual, but I make sure it’s from a fairly healthy source and not too much- like a couple slices of toasted gluten free bread with butter- and tea. Lots and lots of hot tea with stevia and half and half. But how did I get to this point? Was it just being thinner that gave me this self control?
What Helped Me Make the Long-Term Eating Habits in Regular Day-to-Day Life?
What is it that helped me to change my eating habits this way for the long term? What kept me motivated? Because believe me, there are many days that just having a thinner body doesn’t cut it– when I’m in my husband’s baggy sweatpants and sweatshirt with no makeup and hair that hasn’t been washed in 2 days, I don’t feel particularly thin anyway. In the past, that’s the sort of thing that would have caused me to throw caution to the wind and pig out on whatever struck my fancy. Or sometimes, the opposite, being all dressed up in my cute jeans and flashy top with curled hair and all the makeup and jewelry fixings would make me feel like I could get away with eating what I wanted like it wouldn’t affect me, just because I felt so thin and cute. Ha! So in the past, it didn’t matter whether I felt good or bad about myself- both often lead to eating the wrong things and wrong amounts, on a regular basis.
Enter Crossfit (insert whatever form of exercise you enjoy, if you’ve found one). Since I attend Crossfit 3-4 times a week, I am getting a pretty consistent input of influence in my life from this source. When I get to Crossfit, the workouts are hard, I sweat a lot, I feel GREAT afterwards, and I see myself gradually get stronger over time and see muscle start showing in places I’d never seen before. It’s a complex hobby and skill that I’m learning there really. After each Crossfit class, I feel re-motivated to continue eating right to go along with Crossfit- to help make my efforts at class pay-off. Eating right and exercising go hand in hand. Sometimes, if you only have the eating right aspect in your life, you can start to get unmotivated because it’s not paired with anything.
There’s like this synergistic effect if you will when you combine the two- eating and exercise. One definition of synergy is “the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.” Another definition for synergy on dictionary.com is, “the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.” Or in simpler terms,
Strawberries = pretty good. Whipped Cream (sugar free of course!)= pretty good. Almond flour pie crust= pretty good. Strawberries + Whipped Cream + Almond Flour Pie Crust = DELICIOUS. (Here’s a good p4 hCG Diet recipe with this idea in mind btw.)
You get my point? By themselves, these items taste, pretty good. But all together, the taste factor goes to a whole nother level. If you take this example and translate it to eating + exercise, I have found the same to be true. Having a regular form of exercise that I truly find beneficial has kept me motivated to continue doing the right things for my body and myself in other areas of my life- like eating.
Find the Right Type of Exercise for YOU
Since we are all unique individuals, Crossfit may not be your thing (although I’m a bit partial now and highly recommend you at least give it a try- it’s one of the most effective uses of your time for your body).
But I really encourage all of you who complete a round of the weight loss protocol to then find and start some type of exercise program that will keep you motivated in the long run. Maybe you won’t find the right type of exercise that fits your personality right away. That’s okay- keep trying different things until you find the program that fits you best. After my 1st round of HCG Injections, I took up Zumba classes. I loved them! But after awhile I started getting a repetitive stress injury in my shins that I’m prone to getting and couldn’t do it any longer. I found Crossfit and loved it so much that it’s what I’ll stick with long term. For you it may be walking, hiking, jogging, biking, jazzercise, pilates, swimming- even something as simple as running up and down some stairs a few times a week can accomplish a lot- there are really ever so many choices. Find something that after trying you discover you could enjoy doing long term and make it part of your weekly life.
Being Realistic About How You Will Make Sure You Exercise Consistently
Some of you may have the discipline to exercise alone- doing workout dvd’s at home or running stairs consistently by yourself- many of us though may find exercise in a class setting, outside the home, to be a more reliable way to make sure we get the activity we need. I often don’t feel “in the mood” to exercise- I may feel tired, blah blah, blah, but since there is a class at a prescheduled time, it’s easy to tell myself that I will at least drive to the class, and if I still really don’t want to exercise, I can always just drive back home. Once I’m at crossfit doing the warmup with 6-10 other people, I find myself gradually waking up and I always end up doing what everyone else is doing- the workout. I’ve never once not gone into class or not completed a class once I was there. It’s a great way to trick yourself. If I’m just at home, it can be harder to actually start exercising- you can get sidetracked online and keep putting it off until before you know it it’s midnight and you’re super sleepy and you just decide to go to bed and try to wake up early and exercise instead, which of course you don’t do.
I myself am far from perfect yet and I still screw up and mess up some days. It’s going to happen to the majority of us. The indicator of how you’ll do long term though is if you give up or not. I hope not. When we fall and do the wrong thing for our body for a day or two, let’s make a renewed attempt to get back on track. Even if the mess-up spans a period of weeks, or months- just don’t give up on yourself forever. What I mean by that is, I really believe there are times when we feel more determined in our hearts and minds to make a change- take advantage of the times we feel like that to do just that. And for the times we are totally unmotivated and don’t care- it happens- just wait it out and as soon as you feel that breeze of motivation pass by you, get ready to make a change.
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I did a round of HCG, lost 15 lbs and what I’m doing to keep it off is working. I love sweets and pizza so there is no way I can’t eat them regularly. So I have let myself drink and eat anything I want on Friday night through Sunday night. There are some weekends where I seriously eat a bunch of crap but mainly I don’t. I have one slice of pizza, one cupcake, etc. For me it’s more of a mind trick to keep me motivated during the week by telling myself I can eat that this weekend, so I stay on point. During the week, I do partial fasting. I drink Bulletproof coffee for breakfast with coconut oil, butter and stevia Caramel flavoring and it’s so satisfying and great. Then I do a protein shake for lunch and a low carb meal for dinner, nuts as a snack, sugar free candy if I have a chocolate craving. It’s working but I’m not sure if this is healthy or not but it’s better than how I used to eat. I haven’t gained a lb after 6 months! In fact, some weeks on Friday (only day I get on the scale) when I weigh myself I’m under a lb or two. Also, I’m a 44 yo female, have a couple of kids and it’s been hard to keep weight off for me since having kids. This is working for me and still let’s me feel like I can eat with my family and treat myself to some enjoyment in life but yet I’m wearing my size 6 jeans. It’s pretty awesome. I think we all just need to find our sweet spot, literally and figuratively, and do what works for us so we feel good about ourselves and our life! Just thought I’d share! Your site is awesome and really saved me during P2!
reese spiers says
Hey, I love your website. It’s the best one out there for HCG. Just awesome.
I’ve lost 40lbs doing HCG and have gained 15 of it back. I love to workout, but after I lose the weight with HCG, I gain it back when I try to change the way that I eat to get the proper nutrition for building muscle. So, my question is, How should I be eating after doing HCG to keep the weight off? When I try to eat five or six smaller meals of lean protein and a complex carb, I gain weight. It’s frustrating. Any ideas?
Hi Reese, I know you posted tis a long time ago…I’m just wondering if you found a solution? I have the exact same problem. I was able to maintain my HCG loss for many months but then began training for a bodybuilding competition and had to eat the lean protein/carb/vegs 5x a day. Eating was totally clean and geared toward cutting/losing fat. But the opposite happened and I gained weight/fat and could no longer get down to my HCG maintenance weight…even with training 5x a week and eating a custom fitness diet. So, I’m about to do another round of HCG and hope that this time it works. I only have 15-20 pounds to lose and I’m going to try and eat higher calories during maintenance, which might help in the long run.
Joseph Dickerson says
I did three rounds of HCG, I noticed carbohydrates are my downfall, my current ideal ratio of macro-nutrients is 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates, and 20 percent fats. Prior to this my diet was 50 percent carbohydrates 30 percent fat and 20 percent protein and I was 60 pounds overweight.
I think weight training (but not crossfit as its too difficult for me), and moderate cardio has allowed to maintain my weight loss. Also meditation and stress reduction has prevented me from going back to bad habits of consuming junk food.
I honestly prefer home exercise to gym exercise as its a more comfortable and less judgmental environment. Also I believe that breakfast should always be consumed each day, and should have a protein and a high quality carbohydrate source as well as a quality healthy fat. As I am a busy person, my typical breakfast is usually a protein smoothie, there are many different recipes to make them, and many types of protein sources.
Another thing that helps with hunger is Apple Cider Vinegar a teaspoon of that mixed with cold water and stevia helps curb hunger.