I'm at my goal weight now, after following the HCG Diet protocol. I waited the suggested times between rounds and followed protocol as exactly as I could, losing over 75 pounds. I'm wearing 4's and 6's at a weight which previously had me in 12's. That is so amazing— I know first-hand that HCG produces a different kind of weight loss than other diets and you end up smaller than you expect.
We all are excited to get predictable weight loss in Phase 2, and it can be tempting to gloss over the stabilization (P3) and maintenance times. However, it's important to understand that Every part of the protocol is important to your long term success. It can seem like a good idea to rush the mandated waiting times in order to get back to losing again. What follows are my thoughts about the importance of the waiting times, and why they are so critical to your results and keeping them.
Why it's important to wait the specified times between rounds
Immunity is a real thing even though it is discounted as a myth by some. It can happen if you cut those protocol-required breaks short. If you are planning multiple rounds, you really don't want to risk immunity by not waiting long enough in between. You could be fine in that respect, but what if you were one of the ones that became immune? You would have lost HCG hormone as a tool to get you to your goal. Or at the least have to wait up to a year before trying again.
But there are other benefits to the waiting times:
- Your skin has a chance to shrink up. This is super important if you don't want hanging skin and need a tummy tuck and arm flap removal when you are done. I've lost over 100 pounds and I have very little loose skin now. (I think dry skin brushing while losing helps too.)
- Your liver gets a rest from processing your fat stores.
- There is a rather remarkable reshaping that takes place in the waiting time. Sometimes not till the end of or after P3. It's worth waiting to see how your body will react. You may find you've made more progress in inches than you thought.
- And maybe most important—you have the opportunity to practice maintenance and find out what works for you. If you ignore the waiting times, you lose those opportunities that will help you find out how to keep your losses once you get to goal. That is huge. I didn't start to really figure it all out until after my 6th round when I had to practice for 8 months. But I did and I started round 7 at my LIW from round 6. After all other rounds, I had regains.
The waiting times between rounds outlined in “Pounds and Inches” – How Long Between Hcg Diet Rounds?
Further Courses [of treatment]– (Dr. Simeons excerpt from the original P&I manuscript)
Patients requiring the loss of more than 34 lbs. must have a second or even more courses. A second course can be started after an interval of not less than six weeks, though the pause can be more than six weeks. When a third, fourth or even fifth course is necessary, the interval between courses should be made progressively longer. Between a second and third course eight weeks should elapse, between a third and fourth course twelve weeks, between a fourth and fifth course twenty weeks and between a fifth and sixth course six months. In this way it is possible to bring about a weight reduction of 100 lbs. and more if required without the least hardship to the patient.
Why it is important to observe the maximum length of rounds:
On my last round, I did extend an extra two injections. But I was at goal, so it wasn't much of a risk. However, what the manuscript says is that about the time of 40 injections, immunity can be reached. So that means it might be 38 injections or 48 or more for some….its not an exact thing. You would be taking a gamble that you were one of the ones that could do more. Incidentally, it didn't help me to add more dose days. I had to adjust my LIW up the 2 pounds to where I would have been on my 40th injection. So it was basically a wash.
The hardship Dr. Simeons talks about in the above quote is not about whether you can stand staying on the diet for a super long time…its about the hardship on your body. Many of us have already punished our bodies all our lives with the crazy diets and yo-yo-ing. HCG give us the opportunity to be be kind to our bodies, and let them shrink down without unnecessary extra stress. Wanting to force even more results out of the program can be tempting, but my advice is to trust the process if you can.
Impatience is always a factor, but try to look at the long picture of what can be ahead of you–a lifetime of healthy eating tailored to your body that keeps you at goal. That takes trial and error to work out. And that is what the waiting times help you do.
[First published July 29th, 2015 in the Hcg Diet Info forum blog.]
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