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    Questions - opinions - decisions

    I am trying to decide whether or not to do the hCG diet. I could use the thoughts of those who have done it. I only want to lose about 15 pounds. I was maintaining my weight very well until I started to get close to menopause (I am 47 now). Also, I had a hysterectomy about a year ago (kept ovaries). About two years ago, my hormones bottomed out and I put on 15 pounds in no time flat. I have been fighting to lose it for over a year now and it just wont budge. I'm just sick of obsessing over it and I just want it gone. I am on BHRT and while it has helped with some symptom control and I feel better, I still can't lose this darn weight. My plan is to go to a local clinic and get the injections. I don't want to really deal with it myself. I am thinking about 3 or 4 weeks of injections, but I won't know until I get closer to that time. I was just wondering a few things here. First, since I don't have much to lose, what can I expect as far as hair loss? I have lost some hair due to my hormone changes, so I don't want to lose too much more. What can I expect approximately as far as weight loss, since I am already struggling with hormonal issues? Will I still be able to lose? Is 3 or 4 weeks being too optimistic? I figure I could continue to fight to lose a few pounds or I could just try this and see if I can have some success. I really eat clean and healthy (have to, since I have so many food allergies). I'm just a little nervous about this (especially the hair loss). I don't want to throw away my money, but honestly, I am tired of obsessing over these 15 pounds and having a closet full of clothes I can no longer wear. Thanks!

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    Hi Footballnut (love the name).
    I am new to HCG as well and I just started taking them on Thursday. I am a mother to a 14 year-old and I now have a 18 month old. It was easy to lose my weight after having my daughter but this last pregnancy was so hard. I even breastfed for 10 months and all I did was crave food as if I were still pregnant. My prepregnancy weight was around 140 but I wore a size 2. After having my baby, I was well over 200lbs. Anyway, I went to a diet clinic for the HCG. I am not taking the injections. I cannot have needles laying around with my baby exploring things. I am taking the sublingual tabs. They actually look like tiny jello cubes and taste like it too. I place it under my tonge until it dissolves. My weigh in before loading was 186 with clothes on so lets just say 184 if I had no clothes on. I weighed myself today, and I am 175 . I even cheated on Sunday and ate some cabbage with a little turkey meat cooked in olive oil with a little bit of sugar plus 7 crackers. I felt so guilty until reading everyones forums stating they had cheated and ate way more things than I did. I really don't care how much weight I lose as I weigh more than I look. I just want to fit in my clothes. I can tell you that as long as you stick to the diet plan, I noticed that it takes my cravings away. It's like I am hungry but I don't have a craving to eat anything. I hope this help and if you have any questions, please free to ask. I find that this forum page is a lot of help in answering my questions. HAPPY ON HCG!

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    Most people actually don't experience hair loss. It happens but it's not something that most have to deal with. Take some biotin to help with that. If you're only wanting to lose 15 pounds, I would do a round of 30 days. The shorter 23 day round doesn't tend to give the stability of a round of 30 days or more. I much prefer the shots also so that's a good decision. I have tried sublingual and there was better reshaping for me on the shots. Good luck!
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    Thank you for the replies. I made an appointment for registration and blood work tomorrow morning. I should start injections on Monday. I feel best about going to a clinic. I want very much for this to work. Thirty days sounds about right. Honestly, my goal is to get rid of these extra 15 pounds, but I wasn't really a Barbie doll 15 pounds ago. I could definitely afford to lose more than that. LOL

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    Make sure you find out the dose. Most clinics start people on the wrong dose. One that's too high results in poor losses and hunger. 125 - 150 iu is best.
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    Hmmm. The way this clinic does it, they inject you 3 times per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the dose is 250 iu's. On Monday and Friday, they also add B12. I was told the hCG would last for 72 hours. Calories for the diet will be between 500-600, but they do not want you to go below 500. I guess if I don't feel right, I can let them know. I don't know if they give the option of a daily injection, but if they do, that wont help me on Saturday and Sunday. They are closed on the weekend. Also, they are the only clinic in town I am aware of. Any thoughts on how to handle it?

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    hcg does not cause hair loss. Hair loss is from thyroid problems / or hormones going back to normal AFTER pregnancy. This is why when you are pregnant- you usually have thick luscious hair- because the increase in pregnancy hormones cause the hair to have a longer "resting" phase, thus it doesn't fall out. This is also why after pregnancy, when your hormones return to normal- you tend to lose A LOT of hair at once- because all of that hair starts coming out.

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    Footballnut, I really encourage you to read Pounds & Inches. Then compare what the guide says with what the clinic is telling you. Understanding how and why this works will help you decide if you wish to follow their protocol or follow the original or follow something else entirely. I would not take 250 iu 3x per week. I don't think it will work well. I would ask them if they will send the injections home with you so you can inject daily. Too high a dose leads to insane hunger and losing the wrong kind of fat

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruiseviolet View Post
    hcg does not cause hair loss. Hair loss is from thyroid problems / or hormones going back to normal AFTER pregnancy. This is why when you are pregnant- you usually have thick luscious hair- because the increase in pregnancy hormones cause the hair to have a longer "resting" phase, thus it doesn't fall out. This is also why after pregnancy, when your hormones return to normal- you tend to lose A LOT of hair at once- because all of that hair starts coming out.
    Thanks. I don't think I have a thyroid problem, but I had bloodwork done this morning (required before I am able to get the injections). Should know something by the end of the week. I am 47, so who knows. Every time my hormones get out of balance, loss of hair is one of my tell-tale signs.

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    I've been on the fence about starting this diet for a long time....I started thinking about it back in September when a friend started, but the thought of the injections kind of scared me. I'm over that fear now, I figure if I don't do something about my weight now, I'm going to end up diabetic and need injections anyhow, so may as well do something to prevent that...short term pain for long term gain

    I haven't started yet, I finally got my consult appointment booked today, for next week. Spoke at length with his assistant today and she told me to read Colleen Coble's site, as it was the best one out there for info, and then I realize...its Grammy1952!

    Also, read Pounds and Inches if you haven't. Read as much as you possibly can...it will soon be evident which information is good and which is bad. This is the first time I have heard anyone mention hair loss in all the info I have read.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauriem View Post
    I've been on the fence about starting this diet for a long time....I started thinking about it back in September when a friend started, but the thought of the injections kind of scared me. I'm over that fear now, I figure if I don't do something about my weight now, I'm going to end up diabetic and need injections anyhow, so may as well do something to prevent that...short term pain for long term gain

    I haven't started yet, I finally got my consult appointment booked today, for next week. Spoke at length with his assistant today and she told me to read Colleen Coble's site, as it was the best one out there for info, and then I realize...its Grammy1952!

    Also, read Pounds and Inches if you haven't. Read as much as you possibly can...it will soon be evident which information is good and which is bad. This is the first time I have heard anyone mention hair loss in all the info I have read.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
    Thanks. Good luck to you too. I talked to someone at the weight loss clinic yesterday and they have not heard of any of their clients complaining of hair loss. I just read a little about it happening online. I am going to try to do a hair, skin and nails supplement to be safe. At 47, I have already lost my share of hair. LOL. Just want to be safe. I am not particularly worried about that any more. Hope everything goes well for both of us.

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    Lauriem, how cool is that! I had no idea any clinics had seen my site. LOL
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