Even though I’ve only been on Phase II with the HCG drops for two days (nearly three since I’m posting so late in the evening), I decided to keep weighing & reporting on Thursdays. So you won’t see a significant loss until next week.
So here’s what has happened since I started the HCG drops. The first two days, I was loading. I gained exactly 5 pounds during this phase (Phase I). Tuesday I lost 4.1 pounds and Wednesday I lost 1.6 pounds, which gets me to .4 pounds beneath my pre-HCG weight. (From 163 to 162.6.) Not too shabby for two days work! And tomorrow I’ll find out how much I lost today.
It’s not all sunshine and roses, however. The first day I was starving. It didn’t help that I made three dozen chocolate chip cookies and two loaves of honey oatmeal bread and I could have none of it. (I even wore latex gloves while baking, as touching fat or putting lotion on with fat in it can halt your weight loss when you’re using the HCG drops.) The second day I wasn’t so hungry but I felt really weak. I think my main problem that day was lack of sleep. Today I’m feeling stronger and my energy is back, but I’m still feeling hunger pangs. I’m hoping by the end of the week, my hunger pangs will be gone–as the diet has reassured me and as many people have reported this happening. If they don’t reduce, I will have to take more doses of the HCG, which I don’t want to do because then it won’t last as long. So I’m crossing my fingers that the hunger will eventually cease.
I’ve taken some pics of my meals (below) but didn’t include the pics of fruit I’ve been eating. There are only three types of fruit allowed, and I’ve already been eating all three: strawberries, apples and grapefruit. There is also a specific list of vegetables I can eat. Although all fruits and vegetables are healthy, some can interrupt the HCG in your system and cause you to stop losing weight. Artichokes, for instance. A very low-calorie vegetable that most dieters love including in their meal plan (like me), but cause a stall in your weight loss when you’re taking HCG. Crazy, huh?
Anyway, besides two helpings of fruit a day, here’s the meals I’ve been eating:
If you want to know the ugly truth, I’m eating about 500 calories a day. Scary, I know. But take comfort in knowing that as long as I’m taking the HCG, my body won’t go into starvation mode. It’s opening up the highway to the abnormal fat and releasing it into my system. I guess some of it’s just going straight out without being used because there is 3,500 calories in a pound of fat and to lose a pound a day would mean I was burning 4,000 (including the 500 I’m eating) and I know that’s not happening. I used a calculator once to find out how much calories I burn in a day and it’s about 1500 (only if I sleep all day–I burn more if I move). It’s kinda weird how the HCG bypasses our normal body functions but I’m down with it as long as I can get this weight off for good.
These meals are small and simple and I think they would get boring if I had a lot of weight to lose and would have to repeat this process more than once, but since I only have about 30 pounds to lose, it is likely that I will not have to repeat it and that makes me glad. Fat be gone!