Maintaining HCG Diet Weight loss with Crossfit & Intermittent Fasting
It’s 11 weeks post finishing my 3rd round of hCG. That’s means I’ve been maintaining my weight loss for 77 days now!! I mean, that’s a big deal people!
I have still be using the Eat Stop Eat protocol to help me maintain my weight loss. which is intermittent fasting 1-2x a week for 18-24 hours. I’m anywhere between 127 and 131 lbs at any given time. I fast 18-24 hours about once a week, occasionally twice. It has worked so marvelously well, and I’ve been finding myself only fasting once a week instead of twice because my weight has become so stable. It has come to feel effortless to maintain my weight.
I first began using Eat Stop Eat about 40 days after finishing Round 3, so about 5 weeks later.
I’m still doing Crossfit as well, 3-4 days a week. Between that and the fasting, my weight feels easy to maintain. I don’t even have to think or worry about it anymore. I just always know my weight is going to stay in that range. I typically lost 2-3 lbs after a fasting day. One day it was 3.8 lbs. Keep in mind a large portion of this is just water loss and less food in my intestines the next morning than usual. But it really does keep my weight within that 3-4 lb range for me. According to my omron bodyfat monitor, I did lose 1 lb of fat though with my fasting once I implemented it and that has held for me so far the past several weeks.
The monitor tells me I have 33 lbs of fat on my body and I was 129.2 lbs on the scale this morning.
Info Re Adrenal & Thyroid Stuff
Please note, the below info is in connection with what I experienced WHILE/AFTER being treated for Lyme Disease with a naturopath. My guess is that I had so much improvement with him (AND I wonder if there was any synergistic effect of what he had me taking while I was also on hCG during my 3rd round at the same time that we’re not aware of) that my body recovered it’s thyroid and adrenal capacity, making it so that I didn’t need that stuff anymore. Which is crazy weird, but really happened.
Regarding my thyroid and adrenal medications and supplements. I’ve been on a fairly high dose of T3 medication (aka Cytomel or Cynomel in mexico) for my Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroid condition aka thyroiditis). 87.5mcg to be exact and it’s the same dose I’ve been on for 2 years. I’ve tried dropping it a few times in the past, but always ended up back at this dose. Ask anyone and they will tell you that’s a HIGH dose of T3 for a person to be taking, but it’s what I seemed to need and I felt pretty good on it for some time.
I also was taking small doses of cortisol in the form of Isocort, an over the counter natural cortisol. If you have adrenal fatigue, I personally feel that taking a physiological dosing of natural cortisol changes your world and you don’t have to wait 2 months for it to kick in. Unfortunately this is no longer available which is a bummer because it worked so well, but in it’s place you can check out 2 quality sublingual Adrenal Cortical Extracts that would be basically the same but in liquid form to take sublingually which is actually even better for you – Biomax brand, and Arrowhead Health Works. The latter is the better quality brand BUT they are super hard to get in touch with- I suggest you call, rather than email.
Anyway, recently I started feeling horrible. But in a different way than I have experienced feeling horrible in the past when it was due to low thyroid and adrenal symptoms. It wasn’t the profound fatigue I used to have- it’s hard to explain- I just felt really weird and yucky and my head felt strange like my eyes were trying to come up and separate from my head (no joke). It was just a really weird, horrible feeling- I almost felt like it was unsafe for me to drive because I felt like I couldn’t fully focus on the road.
At first, since this is usually what the problem is, I thought I needed to increase my thyroid or cortisol medication.
I tried increasing my cortisol first. I felt even worse! Needless to say I realized that I actually needed less, and as it was I ended up getting of all the cortisol entirely pretty quickly.
I felt better but still not perfect. My head was still feeling a bit strange. I asked myself, could I possibly need less thyroid medication? This was very hard for me to even fathom because I had been on this fairly high dose for 2 full years and I basically was a sleeping zombie before I started it, so the idea of reducing the medication was quite scary to me. My alternative care health dude I see (like my professional term for him?) confirmed with me through muscle testing that I technically no longer needed the thyroid medication- he suggested if I felt comfortable with the idea, that I could try weaning off it.
I did end up choosing to do this, and immediately I felt so much better and my energy was much better.
7 Months Later Update:
As of October, 7 months later, I’ve been completely off my adrenal & thyroid meds for 7 months. I still can’t believe it! I live a normal life again and I don’t take any pills for it. It’s just so crazy to me.
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