I haven’t talked too much about this time around with weight loss. If there’s one thing you’ve learned about me, it’s that I’m really good at losing weight, but equally as good at gaining some back. So, if I’m a little reluctant to “brag” about it this time around, forgive me.
I am done with 22 days of the 30 day program. I’m down 17 pounds. I’m hoping to get to 20 pounds by next Tuesday. Next Tuesday the HCG portion of the program will be completed, but then there are three weeks of stabilization. After that, I will resume my regular “meta-slim” program with Metabolic Research Center. That is the program I lost 73 pounds with last year. As of today, I am 28 lbs higher than I was when I hit 73 lbs lost last year. Twenty eight pounds is a very attainable goal, especially when I hope it will only be 25 pounds when I finish with the HCG.
This program is very strict. I have not eaten carbs, except those occurring naturally in fruits & veggies, in 20 days. And I haven’t killed anyone. But I am eating WELL. Yes, it is an 800 calorie a day program, but they are GOOD foods. Lean cuts of meat & fish, various fruits & veggies.
Many people argue how unhealthy it is based on the number of calories. This program is not THE HCG diet that many refer to. It is not that strict with calories and other restrictions. The HCG is what helps prevent your body from going into starvation mode and storing fat. Without it, that’s exactly what would happen. The HCG helps burn that deep down stored fat – the fat you might not even burn with clean eating and exercise.
I did have some hunger early on, but now I am not hungry between meals. I do drink protein drinks as snacks, which also works to curb hunger. I’ve loved eating elk, bison, shrimp and crab!
I won’t lie, though. It’s not easy. You need to be disciplined. You need to measure food precisely. It’s almost impossible to eat out on this diet. With Meta-Slim I had numerous options for eating out, and could even have a beer now and then (it’s not on program, but I have my ways!). You also have to limit exercise. It’s ok to take a walk or do other light exercise. I do yoga twice a week. I am looking forward to being able to exercise a bit more. I’m walking a 5K in a month, so I want to do a little bit of training for that.
Oh… If you’re thinking about it, you may want to reconsider doing it in the winter. You can’t use lotions, as the oils absorb in your body and counteract the HCG. My hands are chapped to the point of bleeding. I’m a day or two away from trying Chapstick on my hands!
I’m looking forward to the stabilization phase & having some more food choices. I wouldn’t mind a slice of bread here or there!