After starting and stopping over the last few weeks I'm now starting round 2 .. again. I'm on holiday in Italy right now and I'm finding motivation a bit hard to come by. As of this morning I'm around 90 kg which is more or less the weight I finished round 1 at (~4 months ago). Over the last few months my weight dropped to ~80 kg while I was traveling and doing lots of exercise and has climbed back up since I've been in Italy thanks to all the rich food I've been eating here.
Current Weight: 184.6 (on 7/9/11), LIW - 11.6 lb
We just finished a 14 day survival course in the Utah desert, where we hiked with packs for 4-8 hours a day for 10 days on pretty meager food (this was hard but all the workout I did while on the hcg diet apparently paid off!). On the way back I weighed myself and I seem to have lost around 12 lb over the trip. We're traveling for the next 5 months and I won't have scales for the majority of the time so I've decided to eat whatever
Total lost on diet to date: 17 kg (~38 lb)
Increases to set point: 0 kg
Stabilized in P3: after 6-10 days
This morning I was LIW - 0.6 lb. In P3 my weight fluctuated horribly in week 1, where I needed 2 steak days to settle things down again, and the addition of digestive enzymes, Mg Citrate, and probiotics to start to feel normal. By 10 days I'd stabilized (mostly), and used a couple of protein days where needed. I now just fluctuate within the 2 lb limit day to day.
At this point I seem to be maintaining my new set point reasonably well .. though it took 2 steak days and a protein day to bring me back on course after I experimented with various approaches (more fat, more cals, less cals, etc). What I arrived at was: (1) eating less fat than I was, (2) less steak (too much meat!), (3) taking digestive enzymes & probiotics [still can't find a "meat version"], and (4) taking a "laxative tea" to stay regular, (5) stopping mayo altogether.
Current Weight: 196.6 lb (P2 starting: 238 lb, LIW: 196.2)
So far I'm not enjoying P3 very much as I can't seem to get a feel for how I *should* be eating. Yesterday morning I'd gone from 196 to 199, though I actually ate less the day before than the days in which I didn't really gain. Odd. So yesterday was a steak day in which I ate an apple and 445 grams of sirloin steak for tea (which felt really awful!). I also drank 10 oz of Magnesium Citrate to "move things along"