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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What is the hCG diet?

HCG is a hormone naturally produced in the body. It is the pregnancy hormone, but during pregnancy the levels double every two days. This hormone allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. For weight loss, only a very small amount of HCG is used to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using it this way does not mimic pregnancy; but can in fact be used by both men and women.

This is how the diet works:

The max is can last is 40 days (6 weeks).
Day 1 and 2
You begin taking the HCG as directed (a dropperful 3x a day under tongue) and eat foods high in fat. The fat will not stick but will be used as energy and as an appetite suppressant through-out the diet.

Day 3 - 40
Begin the 500 calorie diet plan:
  • 3.5oz Protein, twice daily (Chicken, Steak, Fresh White Fish, Crab, Shrimp, Lobster)
  • 3.5oz Fresh Vegetable, twice daily (Spinach, Green Salad, Tomatoes, Celery, Onions, Radishes, Cucumbers, Asparagus, Cabbage, Broccoli, Zucchini, and Green Beans)
  • Two Fruit portions daily (Apple, Strawberries, Orange, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Honey Dew Melon)
  • Grisini Bread or Melba Toast, twice a day
  • Fluids, 10 glasses daily (Tea, Soda Water, Water, Diet Soft Drink)
This is what that looks like on a daily basis:
  • Fluids only for one hour after waking
  • 9AM One Fruit and 1 Breadstick/Toast
  • 12PM 3.5oz Protein and 3.5oz Veggies
  • 3PM One Fruit and 1 Breadstick/Toast
  • Dinner 3.5oz. Protein and 3.5oz Veggies
  • Fluids only and nothing for one hour before bed
Day 41-43
Continue 500 calorie diet for 3 days. After this you may now start maintenance phase. Fat may be added back in moderately. Sugars and Starches can be added in after 3 weeks have passed.

3 Weeks Maintenance
Begin 1000 calorie diet. It will take 3 weeks of maintenance before the weight reached at the end of treatment becomes stable and does not fluctuate.

1000 Calorie Diet:

Fruit: 4 servings
Veggies: 2- 7oz. servings
Protein: 2- 7oz servings
Dairy: very sparingly
Oil: 3 tsp.

Good to know extras:

One tsp. Milk allowed per day.
Salt, Pepper, Vinegar and other spices are freely available.
Juice of 1 lemon or lime daily.
Walden Farms dressings are allowed.
Sugar-free gum is OK.

So there it is in a nut-shell. I know this is going to be hard... but I'm so excited to start it. I think it will really help me jump-start my weight loss so I can get back to a Healthy ME!!

I know some of you are thinking "this isn't healthy... why is she doing this?" Well ya know what... it's my last hope. It's only for 6 weeks, and I really think it will help. But I need your support. So please hold off on anything negative for AT LEAST 6 weeks. Thanks!

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