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hCG vs. The World - It's All About The SCIENCE!

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I just read a post by someone who recently started a new round of hCG but wasn’t getting the support she needed. She was hiding it from her family and afraid to be honest with others because of the negative feedback that often comes with sharing the fact that one is using hCG has a weight loss tool. I can’t tell you how incredibly SAD her post made me!!! Everyone should have support at home…you can tell the rest of the world to bugger off if they don’t approve but those closest to you should be on board when you’re making intelligent choices to improve your health and lifestyle.

HCG is a healthy way to lose weight but people seem to get hung up on the 500 calories per day thingy! If anyone will take the time to READ THE PROTOCOL and understand the SCIENCE behind Dr. Simeon’s approach to weight loss, they will have the tools to explain why it works and what you can achieve in the long run.

HCG is essentially a form of hormone therapy that uses low doses of hCG (a hormone normally created by the body during pregnancy) to flip the switch that causes the body to use abnormal stores of fat as a fuel source during a brief period of time (roughly 3.5-7 weeks depending on the length of the round being done). Yes, we consume roughly 500 calories a day but our body is also providing another 1500-4000 calories from abnormal fat, giving us a caloric intake of 2000+ per day, which is perfectly normal. Our bodies change from being an inefficient carbohydrate burning machine to a super-efficient FAT BURNING machine. P3/P4 gives us the time we need to solidify our losses and reset out metabolism. Anyone who has done a successful round will tell you P3 is probably the MOST IMPORTANT part of the hCG diet. If sugar/carbs are introduced too soon, weight will appear, sometimes large amounts in a matter of days.

This brings me to my final point…

No one will succeed long term on any diet if they DO NOT CHANGE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD! Whenever someone shares with me that they’ve done hCG in the past only to gain the weight back, I always ask them if they returned to their old eating habits. I have yet to meet one person who gained the weight back that stuck to a low carb/high protein/high fat food intake. Everyone seems to think that they can go back to eating sugar, flour, & other refined foods and expect to keep their slim physique. I’m here to tell you, IT AIN’T HAPPENING! It is so illogical to think you can lose weight and keep it off while making poor food choices.

So here I am, on R3 VLCD #2 and working towards my ultimate goal weight 165 lbs. With the love and support of my family and a few close friends, I have managed to lose 35 lbs since June 2012 and kept it off…with the exception of the 1.8 lbs I gained over the holidays. (Nobody is perfect!) For me, the appeal of hCG is that I can lose a large amount of weight in a relatively short period of time and then reset my metabolism during P3 and reintroduce foods in P4. The fact that I’ve successfully achieved maintenance twice now, motivates me as I go into the final round. I have gone from 43% body fat to 30.7%. My blood work is all within normal ranges, including LDL/HDL. I have gone from a very tight size 16 to a pleasantly loose size 12. I now know that I can eat roughly 100 grams of carbs each day and not gain weight. Anything beyond that is pushing it! Healthy fat and protein are my best friends and I never get tired of my lifestyle change! From here on out, I'm a Paleo/Primal gal for life.

If people ask me how I lost weight, I tell them the truth. Nine out of ten times, I get a negative response but if I have the chance, I educate them with the SCIENCE behind the diet. Does it always change their mind? No but at least they are a little less ignorant than before…

New Year’s Blessing to One and All!

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Updated January 2nd, 2013 at 02:34 PM by azpearl

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