One of the most frequent questions I get through email or in the blog comments:
‘does the hCG diet work for women in menopause?’
Well don’t take it from me. Take it from the 14 interviews and counting below of women in Menopause, who’ve lost between 25 and 122 lbs with the hCG diet. Some of them were on hormone replacement therapy while on hCG, some were not. Some used hCG Injections, some used drops.
I hope this will give you a feel for what’s possible for this protocol for women with similar situations as you.
Are You At a Disadvantage Doing hCG while In Menopause?
Before you dive head first into all this transformation amazingness, you need to know that ladies like you in menopause are doing GREAT on the hCG protocol, not just because the hCG diet itself works so well on it’s own, but because you are mature enough to plan ahead, and respect the guidelines of the protocol and follow through with it.
So sometimes, you ladies might be feel like you are at a bit of a disadvantage dealing with menopause – and it’s understandable that you feel that way because along with the many challenges that menopause brings with it (and I’m only going off what you ladies tell me! I’m still a few years from that yet) are fast/unexplained weight gain and difficulty losing weight on other diets that used to work. So naturally you feel like you’re the underdog in this scenario.
But as you’ll see here, women lose great on this protocol AND combined with the maturity level you ladies usually have from your long life of adulting so far ;)- you often do BETTER than the average lady attempting this diet. hCG is HARD. You’ve done lots of hard things in your life by this point. You are ready to handle this challenge and meet it well.
Best Tip for Avoiding Trouble on hCG While in Menopause
Okay so I said the last tip was the last tip, but I just remembered one more VERY important tip – IF you do the hCG diet in menopause, it’s possible you may need a lower dosage of hCG than normal to have the proper no hunger effect.
Let me repeat that because #YOURSANITY is as stake.
YOU MAY NEED A LOWER THAN USUAL DAILY DOSAGE OF HCG ON THE DIET.
I have a very in-depth post on dialing in your hCG dosage here – it’s really a must read for success on this diet because hCG IN THE RIGHT DOSE (which is unique to your body) impacts our hunger levels on hCG – it can both make you un-hungry and super-hungry. Obviously the latter is what you want to avoid like the moldy mushrooms in the bottom of your crisper bin.
Women in menopause may find themselves needing to take anywhere between 80-120ius, when the standard lowest daily dosing is 125iu. Please see that article for gauging when you need a dosage adjustment and how to go about making it.
Should You Continue Your Hormone Replacement Therapy While on the hCG Diet?
This is a personal decision for you and your doctor to make. In general, it seems that most women stay on whatever hormones or medications they are taking to support their various hormone systems. I’m by no means an educated medical person, but I don’t personally see the hCG hormone and this diet as something that just fixes all the things, and if you have a good balance and are feeling well with your current med/hormone protocol, it seems potentially unwise to mess with this groove, especially while on a diet.
Some medications like thyroid hormone and adrenal support, may actually increase your weight loss results vs going without while on hCG, and other things like estrogen and/or progesterone replacement MAY slow down the process a little bit, but overall, big picture here, it’s better to feel mentally and physically well and take the pace just a tad slower than throw caution to the wind right?
And now without further ado, I give, you the interviews!
25lb weight loss with hCG Injections while on Menopause & Hormone Replacement Therapy
At the age of 57, Lynda successfully lost 25lbs with hCG injections. She’s menopausal and she has to be on Hormone Replacement Therapy. She’s a p3tolifer and she stabilized pretty well while feeling all satisfied and full! Lynda also shares her strategies to succeed on P2 in her interview.
50lb Weight Loss & 19% Bodyfat despite Menopause & Hormonal Imbalance
At the age of 51, Tamara lost a total of 50lbs and went down by 10 dress sizes. Despite post-menopause and serious bouts of hormonal imbalance, she had great results with hCG injections and have been successfully maintaining 19% bodyfat for a full year!
She has been thin and active all her life but as she got older, she found it was harder to maintain her weight. She has always worked out and ate healthily but noticed a change in her weight drastically 5 years ago. This was due to a hormonal imbalance – which lead her to feel tired, overeat, indulge more in things and food like carbs, wine, etc.
180lbs to 122lbs hCG Diet Results despite Major Health Issues
Michelle was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 6 years ago, she also has HPT, fibromyalgia and Hashimotos. Currently at the age of 54, she has done 5-6 rounds of hCG over the past 5 years and overall lost more than 50 lbs and went from a size 14 to a size 4.
She has struggled with her weight her entire life from her own words. In college, she gained the “freshman 15” which was really more like 30. She gained and lost weight over and over again: 45 lbs when she was pregnant with her first child, and did not lose it all before gaining another 35 with her second. She was almost 180 lbs at her heaviest weight.
Melting away 35lbs & 53 inches Off her body in Menopause
Pamela had a health problem which was stress-induced (PTSD) psychological dysfunction and she struggled with this for 5 years. She has tried 3 half rounds of prescription drops and homeopathic spray a few years back. Currently, at the age of 60, her most recent round where she lost 35lbs was with hCG injections which she found the most effective overall. Over this one-year period of 2010-2011, she melted away 35 lbs & 53 inches off her body.
167lbs to 127lbs: 40lb hCG Diet Success Story at 60
At 60 years old, Helen has regained her size and weight from back when she was 15! Helen talked about how over the past 10 years, she gradually gained weight, in part due to menopause but more from finding comfort in food during times of great stress because of some very difficult situations she through. Her weight loss journey went from 167 lbs to 127 lbs.
183lbs to 135lbs with 2 Rounds of the hCG Diet
Moe lost 47 lbs and have transformed from a size 16 to a size 6! She’s menopause, has Multiple Sclerosis, a reformed cigarette smoker, and she’s about to be 52 by the time of her interview. She used sublingual drops on her 2 rounds within a span of 100 days.
After quitting smoking, she gained 45 pounds over the course of 6 years. For her & her husband, it was such an intimate thing to cook and to eat. Everything went into her mouth. Her triggers were meat & cheese trays, savory comfort foods and anything salty/crunchy, good beer, good cheese, good wine, good chocolate.
Diane started her hCG journey when she was 57 years old. She lost 102lbs with homeopathic drops. Diane mentions a disorder that she has that as many as 11% of women worldwide deal with called Lipedema and interesting tips on cosmetic surgery post weight-loss.
Vicky is 56 and lost 102 lbs with the hCG injections. She went from size 26 to size 14. She had a hysterectomy, a very bad arthritis, and slightly high blood pressure.
Her first pregnancy made her pack 55lbs and had a C-Section so recovery and losing the baby weight was tough. She got pregnancy 7 years later at very unhealthy 195lbs, she did weight watchers during that pregnancy and only gained 16 pounds, but never lost any weight after the baby.
Vicky has some tips to make this diet doable and tips for traveling while on hCG.
Nance lost 75 lbs with hCG injection in the late 50’s. She went from size 22 to size 8 and lost 12 inches off her waist! She talked about moving past the yo-yo dieting mentality which started as early as the end of high school. We have a very detailed discussion about Phase 3 that will definitely benefit you guys. She charted her macros and calories on Phase 3 so if you want to know more, check out this interview!
A 62-year old’s Inspiring hCG Journey
Janie lost 122 lbs with hCG injections. She had her hydrostatic body fat testing after hCG with her results at 23% body fat, which for her age is considered as LEAN.
She recalls being a pudgy fat little kid and always has the weight problem all her life. She has tried Nutrisystems, and “everything you could think of”, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Zone diet and nothing has ever worked for her or maybe it started to work but then she just couldn’t stay on it.
She’s 62 years old when I interviewed her and she has a very inspiring story to share.
90lb Weight Loss Success with the hCG Diet & Making A New Way of Eating Stick
Carma lost 80 lbs with hCG. She started her hCG journey at just over 50 years old and she is in menopause.S he was heavy her entire life, even as a child. Her highest weight was 247 lbs. She stared her journey at just over 50 years of age at 235 lbs in a tight size 18/20. She’s 5’7. She’s now a very comfortable size 12 and says she can even occasionally wear a size 10 in certain brands.
She has gone to great lengths to discover the best recipes, the best resources, the best tools to prepare food in a newer healthier way that doesn’t feel like a downgrade to the taste buds. And she shares all that in this interview.
A 69-year old Lady’s Successful journey with the hCG Diet
Miriandra lost 36 lbs with hCG. Her first 2 rounds of the protocol she did not really follow the rules for Phase 3 too well. She was misled by the misinformation out there online that leads some to believe that once Phase 2 is over, you can eat whatever you want. She went back to eating how she used to eat because she thought she could.
She has failed previous rounds but when she took the protocol more seriously she has maintained really well. We talked a lot about how she went from failure rounds to successful rounds. She shared lots of tips on how to not fail based on her own experience.
Bonnie lost 50lbs with hCG injection. She went from a size 12 to size 2. Bonnie went into surgical menopause about 4 years ago when she had a hysterectomy. She was already overweight up to about 175ish pounds or so (being 5’5″ tall) at the time of the hysterectomy, but following the surgery and entry into menopause, she put on another 20 lbs in the span of a few months, putting her close to 200 lbs.
She was a healthy weight for her size, in the upper 120’s, earlier in life until she got pregnant and had two children 18 months apart. She found herself eating more because she was not feeling well, and eventually wound up in that 175 lb range. At the time that she has the 20 lb weight gain from menopause, she also went to see a thyroid doctor who diagnosed her with hypothyroidism.
A Cancer Survivor’s 15lb Weight loss story with hCG Drops
Barbara, a 56-year-old cancer survivor lost 15 lbs with homeopathic hCG drops, in menopause no less! The anti-cancer drugs she had to take caused a change in her hormones and put her into early menopause. With that came a 15 lb weight gain which eventually she was able to lose with the 500-calorie hCG diet.
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