Diet Dangers of HCG

Thousands of people are latching onto a diet that promises rapid weight loss—up to 30 pounds a month—and, judging by its recent surge in popularity, actually delivers. But the so-called hCG diet is either a weight-loss miracle or a dangerous fraud, depending on who’s talking. The plan combines drops or injections of hCG, a pregnancy hormone, with just 500 calories a day. While some believers are so convinced of its power they’ll willingly stick themselves with a syringe, the government and mainstream medical community say it’s a scam that carries too many health risks and doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss.

“It’s reckless, irresponsible, and completely irrational,” says Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Can you lose weight on it? Of course, but that’s mainly because you’re hardly consuming any calories. And any benefit is not going to last.”

HCG 21 Day Cycle, Back in the Bod Pod

bod pod how it works

Wow!  I can’t believe I made it through 3 weeks of the HCG Diet!  The first week was one of the longest in my life, but this last week went by pretty quickly.  While the weight loss slowed down a bit more, I still made progress and looking at the total 21 day HCG cycle, I’m definitely happy with the results.

Weight: 210 lbs.
Waist: 40″
Body Fat: 32.7% (still 68 lbs of fat, but better than 80!)

That makes for weekly progress of 3.4 lbs. and 1.5 inches off the waist.  Not spectacular on weight, but great on the waist.  I must have lost the right 3.4 pounds!

The grand total for 21 days of HCG dieting:

Weight loss: 18 lbs.
Waist shrunk: 3.75″
Body fat reduction: 2.7% (12 lbs of fat)

Was it worth it?  I think so.  The best thing it did was reset my mindset and my appreciation for food.  A “normal” healthy diet seems a lot more doable after such a strict diet.  I’m going to take a few weeks off and try to maintain the weight loss, but then I’ll crank up another round of dieting and add in some exercise.

It feels great to finally get things moving and it gives me more confidence that this will be the year that I finally drop 30 pounds :-)

Buckle Up, The Weight is Coming Off

brown leather levis belt

Today is another week down, just one more to go!  The progress was a little slower this week, but still in the right direction…

Weight: 213.4
Waist: 41.5

Down 5.6 lbs and another inch of the waist.  I even had to start tightening up my belt!  The food choices are definitely boring, but I’ve got the routine down and I’m sticking to it.

HCG Progress, Week 1 Weigh In

weight scale

weekly weigh in

One week in…

Sticking with the diet has been easier than I expected.  The magic hcg drops must be doing something!  I definitely miss my Dr. Pepper, chips & queso, popcorn, and all my other favorite late night snacks.  That’s really the hardest part.  I’m not even *that* hungry, but I just *miss* eating my favorite stuff.

Okay, here’s the one week stats:

Weight: 219
Waist: 42.5

Alright!  I know it’ll come off easier at first and keep getting harder, but a 9 pound and 1.25″ waist shrink is a good way to start the new year!

What to Eat When You’re On HCG Phase II?

hcg meal steak spinach

HCG Steak Spinach Salad

Well, there’s not much to eat, that’s for sure.  You basically get two meals a day, with 100 grams of lean beef, fish, or chicken, plus one vegetable (only a few to chose from and one at a time), and one fruit (apple, orange, grapefruit, or strawberries).  Almost forgot about the melba toast.  Yea, it’s like 2 crackers per meal.

I usually eat my lunch fruit for breakfast so that I can start the day with something.  Me and the group try to get creative and swap HCG diet recipes we come up with on our forum.  This particular meal was 100 grams of steak, over a big plateful of spinach with some lemon juice squeezed over it for “dressing”.