Welcome everyone new here! You will learn so much about what your body prefers you feed it ... and it isn't what you *think* you love to eat, either! When you clean out your body with the clean P2 eating your body will thank you with wonderful weight losses and you will feel SOOOOO good!
When I started I had to clean out my cupboards of ANYTHING not P2 in order to keep myself away from the wrong stuff. If anyone lived in my house that wouldn't let me do this, I'm afraid I could NOT have gotten started with this or maintained during P3 & P4! Was hard enough with just ME and my own food sensitivities. (Some ladies feed their families what they eat on P2, just more of it) I bought an inexpensive countertop grill so I could quickly grill my 3.5 oz beef, fish, or chicken, as I don't do microwaves anymore. I plop my freshly grilled meat on top of my lettuce or fresh spinach leaves and sprinkle lots of seasonings over them (making sure my seasonings don't have sugar or starch added ... reading labels is a must!).
I discovered that much of the reason I was always fat (first doctor prescribed diet at age 8) was due to sensitivities to foods that most people actually DIET with! I could not eat just 1 bread anything. I ate my whole box of grissini at 1 sitting during week 1 of HCG ... we are only allowed 20 cals of the bread things and I simply could not do it, so I don't eat the bread products at all. That's a food sensitivity, to not be able to eat just one. It isn't a moral failure! Important that you know that!
Someone asked about pellets. I haven't used them, but Beth_M, who stops by here once in a while has. She started at 350-something, had a lap band, gained, started HCG and has reached goal. She's a beautiful example of how this protocol works!
So many here have lost amazing amounts of weight in a very short time. I am purposely losing slowly because I can't afford cosmetic surgery to tighten up sagging skin... even if I could stand the thought of someone cutting on my body. I'm older and the possibility that my sagging skin will remain long after I lose just haunts me silly! However, I am just soooooo thankful that I have found something that works, and I've found this forum to help me learn how to slowly add new foods in during P3 so that I "hear" what my body is telling me concerning what to eat and what not to eat. And I've also learned on this forum about how to "clear" food sensitivities so stabilizing is possible while eating some of my favorites. Couldn't do that very well until I got to Round 3, which I'm just winding down in P3 ... will be breaking and maintaining until late June.
Best wishes to everyone!! It's so great to be a real loser!!