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    P1 First time doing HCG...very nervous!

    Hi! I am new to HCG. I am very nervous, to say the least. March 17th is load day #1!

    I'm also excited to get started but my biggest fear is that I'm going to lose weight and gain it back But, pix and measurements have been documented. I'm ready to be diligent and intentional about how I treat my body. One day at a time.

    Any tips about loading? Any ideas for how to get through the first week of P2 without throwing in the towel?

    Thanks,
    Rie

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    Don't go crazy on loading days. You don't need to stuff yourself to be successful. You should not be uncomfortable or feel sick.

    Eat every time you have room, but always include some healthy fat with whatever you eat. Fat is the most important thing about loading. If you do that, you'll have a comfortable first week and won't have to worry about hunger making it hard to continue. If you minimize sugary stuff and white flour, you may be able to avoid the detox headaches that can affect some. I always have some "treat" stuff. I just don't make it the basis for the whole loading time.

    For loading, I like to make a low carb cheesecake for breakfasts, eat lots of avocados, gobs of nutbutters and macadamia nuts (ah the lovely little fat bombs they are....) I usually have one or two restaurant meals...something like greasy ribs or fried chicken or sliders and sweet potato fries at my favorite diner. And either some great fudge or a pint of HagenDaze coffee icecream just because that is good for the soul. I don't bother much with vegetables or fruits during loading unless they are fried or in a pie.
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    Stay away from lots of starch and sugar which can cause very bad bloating that will take 3-4 extra days to get rid of once you start the VLCD.

    The fatty foods I like to have most, and never have any hunger during VLCD are:

    Macadamias, Pecans, Cashew Butter, Pork (Bacon, Pork Chops, Ribs), Decadent Latte Coffees - made with plenty of HWC and whipped cream on top, Coconut Patties (A packaged coconut candy dipped in chocolate), Haagen Dazs Butter Pecan Ice Cream - which is 22g of fat per serving, Cheese, Fried Chicken, McDonalds Fries

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    Welcome!

    I load on foods I like best and foods I think I'll probably miss during P2. I don't worry too much about whether they have starch or sugar...I just eat what I want. The biggest problem with loading is that the hcg makes it hard to load. Usually the first half day is easy to eat, but then I get full and don't want to eat anything. By day two, I'm miserable. Still, I usually manage to get in some pizza, maybe a good burger and fries, some favorite dessert. I always plan to have macaroni and cheese, but I don't think I've ever been able to fit it in. Some people eat so much they are vomiting...that's too much food. Eat to capacity, not overcapacity.

    I'm usually pretty good during the first week of P2. It's weeks 2-3 I struggle with mostly because I develop an aversion to food. I do usually weigh all my meat ahead of time and freeze the portions in ziploc baggies. And I keep a list of protocol foods on the refrigerator for handy reference.

    Really, P2 is the easy part. Just follow the plan and don't try to experiment or cheat. But realize that P3 and P4 are where the real work begin. That's where you'll experiment with the foods and portions that work best with your body. So don't let yourself get in a mindset of thinking P2 is all that matters.

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    Hi Rie!

    I felt the same way when I had my first loading days. I worked to have some healthy fats and a bunch of treats. Avocados, bulletproof coffee (SO delicious!) ribs, rib-eye steak, chicken wings (no breading), brownies, almonds, canoli, etc. Not many fresh veggies/fruits.

    I wrote down everything I wanted to eat ahead of time. Kind of a "Binge Day" list. (I'm a planner) Then I just enjoyed! I didn't eat everything on the list, but it still gets the job done. It was more fun this time! The trick is to keep grazing. Have things on hand and ready. Like several others have said, don't be miserable. Eat to capacity, not over.

    This is my second round and the load days were more fun without the nerves. Lost 25 pounds the first round. Hoping to do the same this time. I expect I'll have one more round after this to get to my goal.

    Wishing you all the best!

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    Hi!!

    I'm sort of new as well. First time doing HCG (injections) through my naturopath. I'm also really nervous right now...I was doing pretty well (I think) when I first started. My first injection was on a Thursday and on Sunday I started P2...I was on the right track, eating my egg whites, my serving of fruit, two cups of veggies per meal, etc etc...my protocol also seems to differ slightly because I am on an 800 calorie diet. I am not overweight and only want to lose a stubborn 10 pounds. Anyway, the night I weighed myself at the naturopath's office (at 5 pm) I was 131 but wearing regular clothes and expecting my time of month in a couple of days (bloated). When I saw him again on Tuesday, I was three days into P2, it was early in the morning and I hadn't eaten and was at 126. That to me wasn't anything surprising because I tend to fluctuate 4-6 pounds anyway throughout the day depending on time of day, what I've eaten, what I'm wearing and whether or not I've worked out. Anyway, I was feeling positive and sailed smoothly thru Wednesday. Although I was a little irritated because the doc had told me NOT to work out but after two days of not working out, I went stir crazy and went to the gym only to do "light" weights (as I told myself) but I ended up working out pretty hard. I read that this isn't great for your diet and as just as I had read, I went home feeling a little hungrier so I went over my protocol on a little bit of protein (tuna) and fruits (a cup of berries). Anyway, that's not the issue I'm concerned with. Thursday (yesterday), I was at home and skipped the gym (I'm still confused as to whether or not I should go, I'm SO used to going every single evening...I'm a gym rat) and was bored out of my MIND...I turned on Netflix and saw my jar of mixed nuts out of the corner of my eye. And I gave in. I had a CUP of mixed nuts. ONE WHOLE CUP of nuts...that is a LOT of friggen calories. Then something went off in my brain and I ate a mango. Then two. Then three...you get the gist...until I had SIX. Disgusting, I know. But I hadn't had sugar in the last couple of days whereas I'm so used to having so much added sugar (sad to think that I am addicted to it but most people are) that the mangoes were AMAZING to say the least. Then to top it all off I had another half cup of nuts then went to bed feeling insanely worried, guilty and sick. This am I resolved to get back on track buutttttt someone brought in delicious chocolate cupcakes with green icing (happy st. patty's day!!) soooo I ended up having a cupcake, my usual protocol lunch (extra lean ground beef and broccoli), felt insanely unsatisfied, thought about the cupcake and said well...f it...had another cupcake, had a donut and had three cookies...oh wait and chips and salsa! I completely binged. So my two worries are this:

    1. I will gain the weight I had lost back and more. Maybe i'll end up being 140 instead of the HEALTHY 131 I had started off with (I am kicking myself!!!!!!!!)
    2. I will start binging. I had binged previously (emotional eater) years and years ago. Before I really got into health and fitness and going to the gym and loving myself, I would binge. And I felt terrible physically and mentally. That was about 3-4 years ago and I hadn't so much as overate in so long let alone binge but...yesterday and today, I have been binging UNCONTROLLABLY.

    The manual my doc gave me warns me to finish at least 18 injections (18 days) or else when I do P3, my hypothalamus won't reset properly or something like that so I'm planning to finish this round of HCG. I'm just really worried now. I have to try to control myself.

    Does anyone have tips or advice on what to do after bingeing? I don't plan to continue obviously but will this bout of cheating mess me up? Also, I love exercise. I deadlift, do squats, do the TRX the whole thing and I find that having to stop exercise for three weeks is nothing short of torture. Should I still exercise?

    I really should have thought this through before doing it!

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    Hi foooood, and welcome. I'm sorry to read that you are having difficulties.

    First, there is no reason to give up activities you are used to doing. You just don't want to add additional ones, or more intense ones. Even a worker doing heavy construction can continue on his job with enough energy because its something his body is used to.

    Second if the HCG is dosed correctly, you are not going to be hungry enough to binge like that. I would seriously consider checking your dose by doing a skip day. If your hunger goes away in the late afternoon to early evening, your dose is too high.

    Third. The minimum length of a round for stabilization is 23 injections, not 18. 30 is better for a solid stabilization.

    You are not really on the HCG protocol, you are on someone's idea of an improvement of it, and it doesn't sound like its really working well for you. Most people lose 8-10 pounds the first week when things are working correctly. If you want the benefits of the original protocol, you can check out the differences. The original manuscript is available through the link in the top menu bar. The allowed foods list is on page 44.

    I encourage you to read some of the science and consider the option to make some changes from what you are doing. Some will do alright on the various modifications, but not everyone will. The original protocol works for nearly everyone.

    There is nothing much you can do about correcting after a binge. You just have to get back on track and not do it again. A cheating day can set you back 4-5 days of losing progress. Its just the way it is.
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