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Ken’s Basic Stats
- Weight Loss: 110 lbs – mostly with hCG
- Starting Weight: 310 lbs
- Current Weight: 201 lbs
- Goal Weight: 187 lbs
- Height: 6′
- Age: 68 years old
- Size change:
3XL to now size Large
44/46 waist to size 36
- Withings Nokia Watch
- Body Cardio Scale
- Garden of Life Super Seed® Beyond Fiber
- Nature’s Science Raw Lean Supplements
- Amazing Grass Green Superfood
- The Raw Food World Spirulina Tablets
- Suja Uber Greens Organic
- Rx hCG injections
- Loading on the hCG Diet
- 500 Calorie hCG Diet Basics
- Mayday hCG Dosage Article for No Hunger
- hCG + Exercise Discussion of Rayzel’s
- The Wrong Way to Do P3
- The Right Way to Do P3
Ken’s hCG Weight Loss Journey:
Ken started dieting the year 2016. He tried different diets like juice fasting, low carb diet and exercising a lot. He believes that the key for him to lose weight is not just exercise but with nutrition.
His starting weight is around 310 lbs or so, he stopped weighing himself when he got to 307 lbs.
He first heard about hCG from a guy friend who also had great success in losing weight with hCG.
So June/July 2016, he started his own hCG journey and ordered hCG injections with B12. His dose was 200iu-210iu. He had to increase it a little bit and he determined that because of how his body tells him that he’s hungry and Rayzel’s dosage article was helpful. It’s important that you have to find the right dose for you. What’s right for Rayzel, what’s right for Ken, and what’s right for Jim can be 3 different things.
Ken’s wife did sublingual hCG and also had amazing results.
By August 2016 he was down to 283 lbs. He was 256 lbs by Jan 1, 2017. Then he did another round March-April 2017 and he went down to 226lbs. He continued eating smarter and lost 10 lbs more without hCG, so he’s down to 216 lbs by March 2018. During this interview, he weighs 201 lbs.
His shirt is down to size large from 3xl and his pants size went from 44/46” to 36”. His goal weight is 187 lbs.
Ken believes in this process and that you have to be patient throughout the process.
Plateaus or stalls is also part of the process and you will all go through that. If you ever made a mistake, his best advice is to follow the protocol and don’t get frustrated. Ken did the Apple Day and it helped him break through stalls. He immensely benefited from using green apples and he never did a steak day because the apple day worked so effectively for him.
His first round, he did 29 days and lost almost 25lbs.
His advice is not to cheat, be patient and follow the protocol. He found it simpler just to eat the same kind of food, ones that you’re comfortable with rather than try and experiment with different kinds of food but that’s what works best for him and he knows that everybody is different.
Ken has a Withings Nokia Watch that counts his steps and helps with his heart rate when he exercises. He also has a Body Cardio Scale and that will record his body fat and weight. He didn’t keep a journal. The watch and scale automatically kept the records for him and so he can see the chart going up and/or down. That was a great tool to visualize so you can see it’s going down. There are days where he will lose a pound or two and there are days where his weight loss stalls but he doesn’t worry or stress about it. Just keep on going and you’ll get back on track. If you keep a journal, watch out if there’s a trigger food that doesn’t agree with you or with your body.
Ken found fish was great for him. The doctor from the hCG company said that if there’s any protein you want to cheat on it it would be the fish. But Ken was also pretty good about the other stuff like fruits. He loves his strawberries/berries. He’s not really a fruit eater but that 6 strawberries at the end of the day taste pretty good while on hCG.
He did 500 calories. At first he weighed all the food but later on, he decided to just measure by his palm so it’s not exactly 500 calories but it’s around 500-600 calories.
For Ken, hCG satiated his appetite. The diet was much harder mentally than physically. He really wasn’t hungry even on the 2nd and 3rd round. The loading days were difficult because he knows he has to eat.
This journey helped Ken change his mental approach to food. For him, he knows he needed to eat not because he needed nourishment but because that was what he was supposed to do.
But now he’s in a good spot that he tells people he loves good food, he’s just not in love with eating anymore. He’s also leaving food on his plate. He doesn’t finish it like what was ingrained to him coming from a family of 7 brothers and sisters where you have to eat everything. Now, if he’s not hungry, he’s not going to eat even if it’s dinner time and he doesn’t feel hungry then he will not eat.
Biggest Tip: Stay hydrated. Sometimes you think your hungry but you’re just thirstyKen
So from a man’s perspective, if you follow the protocol, stay hydrated and weigh yourself every day like you’re supposed to, you’ll lose a pound a day. Sometimes you’ll have plateaus but you’ll go through those plateaus and after that 26/29 days, you’ll see you’re 25 lbs down. Just don’t get frustrated and follow protocol.
Exercise on hCG:
Ken followed Rayzel on the topic of exercise and hCG too because it’s crazy that you have all this energy and you can’t exercise.
He played Pickleball, it’s a paddle sport, and he hated to give it up. He has a friend that lost 60lbs with the hCG, he also got his hCG injection and he was playing Pickleball. The clinic suggests increasing your calories to equalize your output. Ken tried that but it wasn’t for him because he gained weight. With hCG, there’s a fine line, if you don’t eat enough you gain weight and if you eat too much you also gain weight.
Support while on hCG:
Ken met a few hCG aficionados and the people that Ken was lucky enough to be in contact with are very open and very supportive. Don’t be afraid to let your friend knows that you are doing this process because it makes you a little bit more accountable and there’s nothing better than sending a text “I reached one of my goals!”
Ken was not a bad eater when he was big. As Ken put it, you don’t have to be eating donuts and ice cream to get fat. Healthy calories can fatten you just like unhealthy calories. He’s in Florida and he exercises and he sweats so bad and he’s not losing.
He tried other diets and he lost weight but he feels weak and stuff like that. For him, it just wasn’t sustainable or he didn’t have enough mindset. Other people can stick to a good plan and they can gradually lose weight but starting at 310 for him to lose gradually, he’ll be doing it for a long time.
He says he was a healthy fat guy. Ken would get his blood work done and the technician would be like “I wish I had your low cholesterol, low sugar levels”. But Ken knew that this isn’t what he wants to be.
Learning Phase 3 the Hard Way:
Ken learned P3 the hard way. He did not read the instruction of the P3 of the 21 day reset. He’s done with the injection and the 500 cal and he knew that he was not supposed to eat a lot but you can start gradually. He didn’t think he was eating that much but he gained 7 lbs in a couple of days.
“After you fight for 26 to 28 days, looking at your loss each day, ¾ of lbs today or ½ lbs that day and then after you’re done and you thought you got this but then you look and gained 7lbs. So just be careful.”
People think it’s such a long time but it is not. It’ll fly by, the 21 days plus the 26 or 28 whatever. That’s only 2 months or less than 2 months and you are gonna be for the woman you lose 15lbs and depending on your size 15lbs is a lot. You’re losing a high percentage than I was with 25 lbs. Even if you only lose 12 lbs, that’s 12 lbs gone in 4 weeks. And you got that locked in if you can just bear for 3 more weeks. It’s more mental than physical
Ken said he had so many frustrating days through this and he recommends just look at Rayzel’s blog. She has so much information, even if you think you can’t find the answer just look through it. I always find that answer through there and through everything, through the fear about the injections, the plateaus, why am I not losing, thinking that you’re doing getting great but for no reason you’re gaining 2 lbs. That’s all gonna happen, maybe not but I’m an example that you can work through that. Just be patient and you can do it a lot easier if you’re smart.
After Ken was done with his last hCG round. The process was the mindset of eating when your hungry and watch what you eat. His trigger foods are carbs. He loves great bread, he loves pasta. He can eat pasta, pizza and ice cream SOMETIMES.
He also did the ketogenic diet and thought it was very good. He also did intermittent fasting where he would not eat from 7 to 12 next day and your body adjust at that. He exercises in the morning and that is something that worked for him. He was eating a lot of grassfed butter, bacon, avocado, coconut oil in my coffee and that helped maintain my weight.
He did Keto and IF one at a time. Now he’s doing intermittent fasting as a lifestyle.
He fasts from 7 pm to 12 pm, he consumes coconut oil so that’s probably not technically fasting. Coconut oil gives him energy but there’s a lot of ways you can do this. He was also getting ready to juice fast just for cleansing. Here’s some good quality products that he used for shakes during Phase 4:
- Garden of Life Super Seed® Beyond Fiber
- Nature’s Science Raw Lean Supplements – good vegetable protein, sometimes better than whey.
- Amazing Grass Green Superfood – he takes this everyday
- The Raw Food World Spirulina Tablets
- Suja Uber Greens Organic – check the sugar content when you’re buying green juice. Too high sugar content means there’s added sugar. This one has 4g of sugar only.
He takes this powders when he travel.
Travel After hCG:
They went on a trip and drank lots of tea and ate Korean BBQ but he also walked a lot so he lost weight. He was at his lowest weight at that time which is 197 lbs.
They also went on another trip, a 14-day cruise from Tampa to Barcelona Spain. You can eat 24 hours a day there but even if you go to a buffet or anywhere, pick out what is good for you. You still have a great variety, you don’t have to eat everything.
You have to be accountable. Your mind will pick out any dumb reason for you to cheat so you have to have your mindset.
But once you get your set weight, he encourages people to have that butter pecan ice cream which is the best ice cream in the world.
Ken’s Closing Thoughts:
Ken shared that people congratulate him on losing this weight. But he knows that he was the one who put the weight on, this is not like some burden that was given to him, it was his control. It is a lot easier to put on weight than to take it off but it’s worth it to take it off. So please be patient; find a good support system, people, friends; be accountable and chart it. Ken watched what he ate specially on hCG. Have a weight chart that you can see the line going down and that is the best feeling.
He shared that last April he tried on a large shirt and this was the first large shirt that fit him in over 35 years so that was a huge deal.
Believe in yourself and you can do it. It’s just the mental. The hCG is magic, for hunger sensation and body wise. Your mind is going to tell you-you’re hungry because it’s used to eating but it’s all part of the process.
He emailed us last February 2019 and his most current weight is 183 lbs and he can now fit in a Medium shirt.
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