In August 2010, I entered an Our Best Bites giveaway on Facebook for a 45-day supply of HCG drops from HCG Drops Direct. I’d never heard of them before so I looked at the website and liked what I read so I entered. In my comment, I mentioned I’d love to try them and journal my experience on my weight loss blog. I was pleasantly surprised when someone contacted me from the company, offering me a free bottle with no strings attached. I said yes, of course!
I’ll give you the bare bones of how the HCG protocol works. You take 10 drops under your tongue 30 minutes before or after meals, three times a day. The first two days, you eat as much as you can, maintaining a constant feeling of “stuffed.” This is to load up your fat reserves, which makes the diet go smoothly afterward. After that, you are limited in the kinds of foods you can eat, which are detailed in an email you get along with the drops, but you basically eat two meals a day with 4 oz of lean protein and veggies. You also get two servings of fruit a day. You’re only eating about 500 calories a day.
Sounds scary, right? Well, the HCG is a hormone found in pregnant women that actually facilitates the process of accessing your “abnormal fat” (see the video on the HCG Drops Direct home page for more info on that) so that you burn that for fuel instead of going into starvation mode. When I was on a 500-calorie a day diet in 2005, I lost 1 pound in three months. My body thought I was starving and was using each calorie so efficiently that I could not lose weight. So far I’ve been on the HCG drops for a month and have lost eleven pounds. Most people report losses larger than these, usually losing a pound per day, but part of the reason mine is slower is that my period came in the third week of taking them.
When you’re on your period you are to eat normal/healthy. I took this a little too far (potato chips, cookies & ranch dressing probably isn’t classified as “healthy”) and gained three pounds but it came off quickly once I started back on the HCG diet.
I am pleased with the results I’ve achieved with the drops. I lost 13.6 pounds in 31 days (most people report a loss of 1 pound a day but it’s different for everyone) and took 2.75″ off my chest, 2.5″ off my waist, 2.75″ off my hips, 2″ off each my thighs, .75″ off each upper arm, and .75″ off my neck.
Although I missed the taste of my favorite foods and had cravings while I was on the strict diet, I had very little appetite and when I sat down to eat, I sometimes actually had to force myself to take each bite. I often sat at the table with people eating normal foods and although I wanted to taste it, I did not have an overwhelming urge to reach over and stuff their food in my face. I didn’t even have to resist, really, I just had a slight longing for the taste of it. The HCG drops is very good at suppressing appetite so that you don’t suffer.
I should also mention that I’m an insulin-dependent diabetic. I did not consult my doctor before starting these, but obviously you should if you are a diabetic. I just didn’t think any doctor would approve of the extreme diet that goes with the drops unless they’d done a lot of research so I went rogue. Anyway, I want any other diabetics out there to know that the HCG hormone and diet did affect my insulin needs, cutting the amount by half. I was taking 24 units of Lantus and 24 units of Humalog a day, and now am taking 12 units of Lantus and about 9 units of Humalog a day. I was suffering from low blood sugar in the mornings (which I fixed with an apple), but after my period it evened out and I rarely get lows any more.
I was not asked by HCG Drops Direct to advertise for them, in fact the only thing they requested was that I post at least two blogs about my experience–at the beginning and end, but I found out through a link I clicked that I could become an affiliate and since I’m happy with their product, I did so. This means I get a commission if anyone buys the drops from them after clicking their link or ad on my site. So if you are thinking about buying them, I would love it if you did it through me! And the company I bought them from is very helpful–I have contacted them several times with questions and they have always replied promptly.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below, or email me: vraklis at yahoo dot com.