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  1. Ellyn's Avatar
    Here's some info regarding stalls from grammy1952, a moderator. Hope this helps

    Stalls


    If there's one question that we veterans get more than any other, it's about stalls. We answer these every single day. So here is the skinny on stalls: THEY HAPPEN. You didn't do anything wrong. A stall after the first few days of great losses is almost a given. A long stall in the middle of the round is more common than not.

    But rejoice! Stalls aren't a bad thing. I know they feel bad because you've been so good and have followed the diet to a T. But what happens is that you are gaining back some of the water you lost early on. So the fat THAT IS STILL BEING LOST is not showing up on the scales. I really believe those stalls help solidify the losses for when you get to P3 too. I see way more people upset about gaining in P3 when they rushed there as soon as they could because of that typical stall. They assume their body is done, but that's not the case.

    So don't be fooled. Hold the course and don't let the stall upset you. It will break when it's ready to break. There is little you can do about it. You may read stories about having a handful of nuts or doing a mini steak day. But these things really don't work. It's just coincidence because the stall was about to break anyway. It would have broken no matter what you did. We get so desperate for it to break that we will try anything. Take your measurements. This will encourage you when you are in the middle of a stall. I have had 10 day stalls in the middle of every long round so I know how upsetting it can be. But put your sights on the end goal and know that you are getting there!
  2. Ellyn's Avatar
    Here's some info regarding stalls from grammy1952, a moderator. Hope this helps

    Stalls


    If there's one question that we veterans get more than any other, it's about stalls. We answer these every single day. So here is the skinny on stalls: THEY HAPPEN. You didn't do anything wrong. A stall after the first few days of great losses is almost a given. A long stall in the middle of the round is more common than not.

    But rejoice! Stalls aren't a bad thing. I know they feel bad because you've been so good and have followed the diet to a T. But what happens is that you are gaining back some of the water you lost early on. So the fat THAT IS STILL BEING LOST is not showing up on the scales. I really believe those stalls help solidify the losses for when you get to P3 too. I see way more people upset about gaining in P3 when they rushed there as soon as they could because of that typical stall. They assume their body is done, but that's not the case.

    So don't be fooled. Hold the course and don't let the stall upset you. It will break when it's ready to break. There is little you can do about it. You may read stories about having a handful of nuts or doing a mini steak day. But these things really don't work. It's just coincidence because the stall was about to break anyway. It would have broken no matter what you did. We get so desperate for it to break that we will try anything. Take your measurements. This will encourage you when you are in the middle of a stall. I have had 10 day stalls in the middle of every long round so I know how upsetting it can be. But put your sights on the end goal and know that you are getting there!
  3. Ellyn's Avatar
    How many days have you been at 170? It is my understanding, steak days are only reserved for P3. Accordingly to Pounds & Inches, Dr S says to do an apple day. Six apples throughout the day with only enough water to quench thirst, I believe. Best to refer back to his book. Have you checked the forum for stall info? Might be lots of good info there. It is also my understanding it's not all that unusual to stall for a few days especially the longer you are on HCG.

    If I could make some suggestions, maybe these will help. If you are eating beef, switch to only chicken breast and allowable fish. If eating oranges and apples, eat only strawberries. Try dropping the melba/breadsticks, after all, it won't be allowed in P3. Are you drinking plenty of water? It's very important never to be thirsty and to drink 2 glasses around bedtime. Try keeping a weight loss journey so you can go back and review. I think sometimes we get a little more relaxed and maybe go slightly off protocol so make sure you are strict protocol.

    I'm R1, P2, VLCD 11 and had my first no weight loss day. I've been warned about it so it's not a big deal. I'm sure my eyebrows will raise tomorrow if it's the same again LOL Hang in there; I think you are doing great. I understand your frustration because I want to lose it all and not have to do anymore rounds!!

    Blessings,
    Ellen
  4. AimMee's Avatar
    You can do it indeed. It helps to NOT weigh yourself every day, as you said - especially so you don't notice small stalls or daily fluctuations. Yes, it would be VERY nice to lose every single day... but unfortunately, that isn't the way it works for most people. Keep your head up and stick to protocol and you'll be fine. It will work and it will start coming off again. As mraven said, your body does have to do some catching up. HCG is fantastic but it isn't a miracle... our poor bodies still need the chance to catch up with themselves!

    If it makes you feel any better, I'm on VLCD 20 and have had gains for the past two days, while being POP. I have no idea why - never happened to me before. But I know when I hit a bump in the road, I put my head down and I keep at it and all is well. So that's what I'll do.

    As far as the carbonated flavored water.. You'll get all kinds of different answers. Sparkling water is fine, imo. I add stevia to mine to flavor it. If you want to get pre-flavored sparkling water, just be sure to check the labels. Some have sucralose (Splenda) or other sweeteners, some have fruit essential oils, some have other chemicals. Good luck!
  5. mraven99's Avatar
    Hello. I have been the same for the past 4 days just be patient u should see a drop if not u can always do a apple day. But 10pounds is a lot in a couple days ur body might be recovering from that loss getting ready for a mother big loss. It is frustrating I want to lose another 22 pounds in this round I was doing great then brick wall. I also had my Tom. I have a soda stream and bought flavored water essence. Carbonated water is fine I use it as a treat because water gets so boring. Good luck with ur losses.
  6. AimMee's Avatar
    Hi Ladydi! Yes, it is normal to not lose every day. It's common to have big/fast losses at the very beginning of the round and then to slow down. Me personally? After the first week, I only wake up to a loss once every three days. If you're following protocol exactly, you have to trust that more losses WILL be coming.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that women, on average, lose 0.5lb per day on this protocol. That isn't to say that you'll lose SOMETHING every day, but it is to say that it all usually ends up averaging out in the end.

    One way to help keep yourself motivated is to take your measurements. Did you do it when you started? If not, do it now. That way, when you've had a period of time with no change on the scale, you can measure yourself again - and there's a good chance you'll see a difference in inches.

    Your first round is always the most exciting and, in my opinion, the most frightening. Keep your head up, know that you're normal, and enjoy the losses when they come!
  7. Ladydi63's Avatar
    Thanks Mindy! Gotta do this! I struggle just a little bit in the morning since really nothing for breakfast is allowed.
  8. Mindy Sue's Avatar
    Just stick with it, you will start losing - don't give up! Have a great day & good luck.