Look at me! I'm beginning a new diet. Story of my adult life. That's the reason why I'm doing the HCG Protocol. Many people have never heard of it but it's been around since the 1970's. It's target group is basically people that have dieted to the point where their metabolisms are screwed up royally. Basically, my metabolism is bipolar. It's doesn't know which is way is up or which way is down so it spends most of it's time in bed doing nothing. This leaves me with extra weight that I never had to deal with before that no matter what I do...diet, exercise, etc...the weight just stays there. Anyone, who knows me or who has followed my blog at all knows this about me. It's like the never ending weight loss story. I'm hoping that this solves my issue. Before I launch into the specifics...MY DOCTOR KNOWS THAT I'M DOING THIS. *grin*
Here are the basics: There is no Phase 1 technically with the original protocol but some suggest to add a Phase 1 of cleansing prior to the start of HCG doses. I didn't do this. I was on a balanced diet of 1200 calories a day prior to starting this with minimal additives and mostly clean eating so I'm not concerned about this step. It also wasn't in the original protocol as a required phase as I stated earlier.
The first 2 days of Phase 2 of the protocol involve loading up your body with lots of fats and lots of food. I'm talking about eating until you are just about to burst. This helps to keep hunger at bay when you start the next 20 days or so of the VLCD or Very Low Calorie Diet and by low, I mean 500 calories a day. You do all this while taking HCG either through injection or under the tongue aka sublingually. I chose to do the sublingual HCG because I'm a wimp. You knew that though, right?
After you finish the 20 days or so of the VLCD, you move on to Phase 3 which is slowly adding regular portion sizes, sugars, and starches back into your diet and discontinuing the HCG. The final phase or Phase 4 is maintenance. After this you can go on to another round if you still have weight to lose or stop and enjoy the fact that you just reset your metabolism and just monitor your weight. Of course, this is a shortened version of the diet...if you're interested there is a video at http://www.poundsandinchesaway.com/ that gives a great outline of the program also.
My menu for Day 1 of "loading":
First dose of HCG: I mixed the HCG last night and put it in the fridge. this morning when I woke up, I placed the drops under my tongue and held them there for 15 minutes. Took a shower while I did this. You aren't supposed to eat or drink 30 minutes prior to or after taking the drops. I drooled. Lots. I managed not to swallow or drown in my own saliva though. Yay me!
Breakfast: McDonald's Big Breakfast which included 1 sausage patty, 1 hash brown, 1 scrambled egg, 1 biscuit with butter, Large frozen mocha with whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top
*I was looking forward to this day like an 8 year old does to Christmas morning...it was a let down so far...I feel so sick and bloated after the crap I ate for breakfast that I want to stick my finger down my throat. Blech.
Snack: Cinnamon melt from McDonald's...I had to force myself to eat this at 12:00pm...
Lunch: King size Reece's Peanut Butter Crunch candy bar...too full to eat a lunch but forced this candy bar down.
Snack: Mountain Dew
Dinner: La Fuente cheese enchilada, bean and cheese burrito, sour cream, salsa, guacamole
Snack: I was too stuffed to eat a snack.
**This was April 30th