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Does anyone have any experience using the HCG Weight Loss plan?

By January 5, 2010 - 8:19pm
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I've just met with my doctor about my weight gain. Last year about this time, I went into menopause. I stopped having my period, stopped sleeping through the night, lost a lot of hair, my skin went dry, I noticed patches of brown spots appearing on my face and hands, I lost my interest in intimacy with my husband, I forgot simple things like "why did I walk into this room again?", I was irritable, and I gained about 20 pounds! It was about this time that I read a book by Suzanne Somers called "Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness." She talked about using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and in a rhythmic dosage rather than a static dosage. I talked to my doctor about it and she prescribed an estriol cream to be taken vaginally 1-2x per week as needed, and a progesterone cream to be taken for two weeks on and two weeks off. She also prescribed melatonin and 5htp to help me sleep. I'd also read about L-Arginine to help with hot flashes. Those things helped but didn't fully alleviate my symptoms so I kept doing research on menopause and it's symptoms. I found a method of dosage and delivery for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy called The Wiley Protocol and asked my doctor about it. She had JUST heard about it herself. So, we agreed to embark on the adventure of trying it to help me. So far it's worked to alleviate all of my symptoms with the exception of my WEIGHT! ARg.

So, I went through the same steps of research and found a hormone called HCG for weight loss, did my homework and learned that my own doctor prescribes it! Thus, starting tomorrow, I will be injecting myself with this hormone that is only produced by pregnant women. Ironically, two other women in my office are also starting this very weight loss plan this week. I'm just looking for others online who have had experience with this and what they have to say about it.

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Hi Diane, thanks for asking. I just finished my first "round" of hcg injections 2 days ago. Today is my last day of the very low calorie diet of 500 calories a day. I never took appetite suppressants and most of the time I wasn't hungry because the hcg feeds your body with your own abnormal fat reserves. So, I was really living off between 3000-4000 calories a day, mostly from my own fat reserves. The only time I felt any hunger was usually late at night, when I was used to eating from having worked nights for so many years. It was a habitual hunger, to a "make you feel weak if you don't eat" hunger. There was one other time when I was extremely tempted to eat, but it was utterly emotional hunger. I went through a mini-crisis with my job and wanted to go drink or eat myself to oblivion. I didn't. I was too motivated to be successful with the diet. You can say that the diet saved me! Well, at least for those couple of days. I didn't eat 3 meals a day, just tea for breakfast and I didn't feel deprived. When I ate lunch and dinner, I felt extremely satiated too. I discovered new ways to eat healthy food, like celery. It is REALLY good sautéed with chicken or shrimp!

Tomorrow, I start Phase 3 of the diet. No more HCG, and no more counting calories. But I can't eat starch or sugar. Basically, it's the induction phase of the Atkins plan. I've done that before and I am very familiar with how to eat that way. I am actually looking forward to it. I eat this diet for 3 weeks. Then, I incorporate (slowly) starches and sugars. Though, I doubt I will ever eat sucrose or fructose again having learned about how dangerous it is to my health. Once I've reset my hypothalmus with these 4 phases, I can go back and do another round of hcg and lose more. I lost a total of 11.6 lbs on this round. My goal is to lose a total of 25 lbs.

January 30, 2010 - 4:52pm
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Hi Again!
As long as my post was I forgot to tell you about the very beginning! oops! You gorge for 2 days doing the shot both days. You want to eat high fat foods. If you want mcdonalds get 2 fries! If you want icecream have hot fudge! Chinese, pizza ect! I alwys get the Sara Lee cheescakes in the freezer isle with cherries. They are sorta small. I purchase 3-4 of them and yes, will sit and eat the whole thing! That is what gorging is. Some people will ask, "but why would I want to gorge and put on more weight?" gorging on fat is telling your body that it's overloaded with fat so when you switch to the 500 cal a day your body naturally pulls from your fat reserves. I usually gain anywhere from 8-10 lbs on my gorge days, but it all comes off in the first few days of the 500cals. So as my friend told me drink the cream, fat!! fat!! fat!! I honestly have to say I think that's the best part of the protocol! Eating whatever you want without guilt in excess for two days straight! SO by all means don't be healthy about it, FAT,FAT,FAT!!
I also take a anti depressant and I have had no issues with losing the weight.
Jennifer Mckinney,TX 36 yrs old

January 30, 2010 - 9:22am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

What Dr. or clinic are you going to? Trying to find someone that will give the HCG shot. Please let me know.
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March 9, 2010 - 10:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You can mix it yourself at home and give yourself the shots, that's what I do. If you prefer though you can just google and HCG clinic in your area they are becoming more and more popular.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions, if you'd like to do it on your own i'd be happy to give you the lowdown, but do to all of the info I'd rather send you it all to your email directly. Just let me know, and remember this weightloss protocol is for people who have a significant amount of weightloss to lose.
Jen ;)

March 12, 2010 - 4:02am
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For my first round, I went to my doctor who supplied me with the solution and syringes and gave me a little lesson on how to inject myself. You must inject YOURSELF everyday, like a diabetic. For this upcoming round, I purchased the supplies myself, saved some money, now that I know what to do and am comfortable with it. I used http://www.reliablerxpharmacy.com/ but there are other reputable suppliers too. It takes up to 3 weeks to get supplies. You order the HCG itself, it comes in powder form and you must mix it with bacteriostatic water. You must also order a mixing kit, there are so many resources for that. I bought mine from http://www.missourimedicalsupplies.com/.

March 9, 2010 - 11:07am
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HCG Simply!
Make sure you read the manual. Dr Simeon's weightloss protocol. When done to his directions you will lose and be SUPER successful! I am in my 3rd round of HCG injections on the 500 cal a day protocol and it's Friday (I started Mon) and I am already down 17lbs!!! That's in less than 7 days!! No joking around!! DOn't get me wrong, any weightloss is good weightloss, but if you are doing HCG it should be coming off a lot faster, and you should lose a lot more!! I've been looking online and it seems a lot of people are making changes and deciding what is safe and not safe to eat and do. I for one have never done any B12 shots or anything extra, I just don't believe it's necessary to lose the weight. The diet should be 34lbs or 40 shots of HCG whichever comes first. You should never go longer than that because you will build up a tolerance to the HCG and it won't work in the future. I usually lose 34lbs in 28 days, and as per his instuction I always skip a day of the shot once a week. I have multiple rounds to go to get to my goal weight, but I take Dr. simeons direction to the letter. I have a pretty set meal plan and I do not vary from it AT ALL. I take 25cc or less depending on how much weight I'm losing, because with this diet sometimes less HCG is more, it really depends on the person doing it. Also I feel it's important to realize that this siet is for the obese not really for people just wanting to drop a few pounds. If you only have 15lbs to lose it will work much slower because the fat reserve is smaller.
I do my shot around the same time each day weighing before my shot and after a pee. I always write it down in my weightloss journal so I can keep track of when I started and how much I've lost.
My meals consist of the following and the ingredients don't change. However, you never want to eat exactly the same meal twice in one day, so change your veggie or fruit.
500grams of chicken, shrimp, halibut, crab (I have friends that will have beef, but it's usually the cheap kind because it's leaner) I have never eaten beef on this diet, I wait for phase 3.
1 apple with each meal or a handful of strawberries. The apple should be medium in size.
1 melba toast (the original plain kind, no flavorings)
1cup spinach, brocolli, or salad I make my own dressing using 1tbl aple cider vinegar salt pepper and half a stevia packet to make a vinegrette.
You can drink teas(but check the ingredients some have sugars and such) feel free to make it an iced and add a little stevia and lemon it's good!
And of course lots and lots and lots of water. I try to make it a practice to keep water with me at all times while doing the protocol. I like iced water and have never noticed a difference in weightloss.
You can season your food with salt pepper, vinegar, apple cider vinegar,lemon and any fresh herb, cilantro, basil ect. Be careful of pre made seasonings as they tend to have oils in them. Check your garilc powder in the cupboard...yup oil! If you must use a sweetner use stevia as Splenda is made from sugar.
You are not to have any oils or fats or anything other than what Dr. Simeons tells you. His manual has a few more variations, but this is the pattern I've done and had lots of success! As I said 34lbs in 28 days.
I use chopped frozen brocolli, canned spinach. I prefer Fuji apple as they are a bit sweeter than the others. I buy the private selection canned crab and keep them in the fridge so they are ready to go.
I DO NOT WORK OUT! 1 hour of walking per day is all that is recommended, but I actually lose weight without even doing that! If you work out too hard you will gain muscle mass and it will affect your results.
Also, I will ocasionally, ocasionally mind you, use a very small amount of Walden Farms thousand island or BBQ sauce when I need a little something extra, and it hasn't seemed to alter my results.
This weightloss protocol should be taken very seriously, if you cheat plan on losing 3 days off your diet and weightloss. If you stop losing weight for more than 3days on the protocol you can do an apple day, which consists of 6 apple at any time you choose but no more for the course of the day and nothing else. You should only do an apple day if you haven't lost weight and need to get back on track.
You must eat no starch no sugar for 3 weeks after you've reached 34lbs or 40 shots.
After round 1 and you've done the 3 weeks no starch no sugar, you take 6 weeks off before your next round. If your weight ever goes up more than 3 lbs during your 6 weeks off you do a steak day. This is where you don't eat all day and then eat the biggest steak you can fit in your belly, this will usually correct the problem.
This is how I do it. I think it simplifys the protocol and keeps me on track. Not on this site per say, but on other sites I'm not quite sure where people are getting their information. Clinics are now opening up and make a ton f money off of people, but the truth of the matter is you don't need them. I purchase my HCG from Europe from a legitimate company and it's shipped over. It's not FDA aproved in the USA so people claiming to have foud it on store shelves suprises me and I wouldn't trust it authenticity.
My name is Jennifer and if this has helped you, you have any questions or would like some simple recipes give me a hollar back, I'm glad to help. If done correctly this weightloss protocol will reset your metabolism and keep you thin as long as you learn how to eat better. Once the weight's off it will be much easier to exercise and play with your kids!
You want to keep you body clean during the protocol. No chemicals, no haircolor ect. You can use conditioner in the shower but rinse immedietly. No lotions oils or anything of the like on your skin while doing it.
I call it the weightloss protocol, because it in my opinion is not a diet. It will change your life if done properly and we will have the body we've always wanted! I'm on my way!!

Jennifer Mckinney, TX 36yrs old
Print out the manual online and read it before starting this protocol, make sure you are educated! Good luck!

January 30, 2010 - 9:06am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I am on day 9 of phase 2 on the HCG diet and have lost 16 pounds but I am confused....Let me tell you my story and can someone please give me some advice. I bought HCG Platinum from GNC, it is a homeopathic drop and I do not know if this is good or bad. I thought about ordering these drops i found online but was hesitant because I dont really know what I am getting. I have been following the 500 calorie a day diet but I did not realize that there were things I couldnt have. For example i found these 100 calorie bagels and I eat half of one with my chicken at lunch. Last night I made fish for dinner, but my family has to have it breaded so I used egg substitutes, cornmeal, and baked it. The total calories for that was 169 but now I am reading that I shouldnt eat cornmeal or bread. Do I need to start over? What do I do? And am I on the correct drops? There are sooooo many! I am afraid of being scammed. I am pleased with the results I have had so far, I just didnt lose any weight today and am wondering what to do. I am also afraid of having hangy skin, that maybe these drops I have are causing me to burn muscle not fat? I am not exhausted and my muscles do not ache so I dont know. I can say I havent been hungry on this plan. And normally I am always hungry and always eating! Looking at the what I am eating now as compared to what I ate then as appalling! I probably consumed 3000 calories a day before this HCG plan!!! Anyhow can someone or anyone please give me some guidance....

February 15, 2011 - 8:30am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I really hope this message gets to "Jennifer" ther person who posted all of the awesome tips above on January 10th!! Ive been researchign this protocol for weeks and had never read such great tips all in ONE place :-) I would love to be able to ask you questions, if its ok with you, once I start my protocol in two weeks? If its ok with you, i'm at yvargas925@gmail.com

THANK YOU for all the great information, i will be making a quick reference guide from it! LOL

May 28, 2010 - 12:09pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Jennifer, you just don't know how much you have cleared up so much confusion. I was told not to skip an injection day, and now I realize I missed that on the huge manuscript of Pound and Inches....It's a lot of info, and I found it to be a little confusing at times. I am taking 2 ml ( insulin needles) of the injection is this too much in your opinion? I am still hungry too? Not sure what's the culprit. I haven't cheated, but I am ready to eat when it's time definitely...Any thoughts?

May 13, 2010 - 8:44am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Jennifer, sounds great! Please email me with the info., cost and website on how to order the shots from Europe to my email address: joy.white777@yahoo.com

Also, would love some recipes!



April 21, 2010 - 5:42pm
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