I don’t believe in diets. I have been a strong advocate for ‘breaking free’ from diets in the tradition of Geneen Roth and others for a very long time. In addition, I believe that for many of us, our addiction to food is as powerful of a disease as alcohol and other drugs and I believe that recovery requires confronting and dealing with the addiction to food.
I have a personal history of both compulsive overeating and bulimia. My recovery started at age 25 when I swore I would never go on a diet again. At age 30, I started leading groups and supporting people in healing from disordered eating, and I also worked with other therapists and dieticians in learning how to help people free themselves from the cycle of dieting and yo-yo weight gains and losses that dieting creates.
Through 25 years of recovery and diet free living, I learned to love my body, had found exercise that I loved, and I had managed to healthfully lose weight and maintain that loss through moderation and deliberation.
In 2007, I had cancer. I managed to stay healthy and maintain my weight through 3 surgeries, chemotherapy, and recovery. But then came the estrogen inhibitors which lower the risk of getting cancer again, and put me into early menopause. I gained 15 pounds while barely eating anything even though I was maintaining a carbohydrate and sugar free diet. In addition, I have a very active lifestyle which didn’t help.
Most doctors shrugged their shoulders at my upset about my weight gain. At first it was only about 4-5 pounds and I still appeared thin, so they just looked at me like I was crazy because I wanted to stop it before it got out of hand. They suggested that since I am alive and cancer free, the weight gain shouldn’t matter.
Of course, my first thoughts about the hCG Diet were pure skepticism. But I was desperate, and unwilling to accept that I had no options. I really trusted my alternative doctor and I found the HCG youtube community online. It clearly shows real people who have transformed their lives with HCG. And then I found HCG Chica – Rayzel Lam. She is an inspiring, generous and knowledgeable HCG guru. Her results, her honesty, and her ability to keep off the weight she personally lost with HCG, supported my decision to try it.
My biggest concern was not if I could lose the weight or not, but rather, would I be able to maintain my weight loss long term and achieve a healthy metabolism? What really does makes HCG a real game changer is that YES, it really does change your metabolism. At least it did for me. And I have heard the same thing from others. It IS called the weight loss cure, and I do believe that for certain people in can be just that. (For more information on this read Dr Simeons’ original manuscript “Pounds and Inches” and Linda Prinsters’ book, ‘HCG Weight Loss Cure Guide’. And be sure to check out HCG Chica’s web site.
I stayed on the diet for the full 6 weeks and lost 15 pounds. I was amazed that I was barely hungry, that I felt great, and that I lost weight in all the right places. One of the benefits of HCG is that you lose ‘abnormal fat’ rather than ‘structural fat’. I didn’t really believe this would happen, however, I was pleasantly blown away when my ‘love handles’ disappeared as well as the fat around my armpits, areas where I had never lost weight before.
Here is a transcript of my email to Rayzel (hcgchica) at the end of my 6 weeks of the maintenance part of the HCG protocol. (This was 6 weeks after I had completed the HCG weight loss portion of the protocol, in other words, 12 weeks since I began)
“Today is my official end to P4, yea! I weighed exactly 120 lbs this morning, my exact weight at the end of the hCG weight loss protocol, even though I ate almost 2000 calories yesterday! (I was super hungry for some reason). I ate healthy food, but some carbs like peanut butter, and an organic high protein cliff bar (OMG, I never been able to eat that stuff) and edamame.
I do still eat a grapefruit and 2 apples every day, and raw fresh coconut, as well as drink at least 64 ounces of fluid, and I believe that all of this helps my digestion and my metabolism. I eat often. I eat small amounts all day long. And like you, I have been eating a lot of fruit.
One other thing I noticed is this. I can eat higher HEALTHY carbs amounts if I keep the calorie count lower (1500-1600). I can eat more calories if i keep the carb count lower. And my weight seems to be more and more stable with time.”
I lost 15 lbs total in 1 round of HCG. I was only about 15 lbs overweight. In other words at 56 years of age, in menopause, I am now at my perfect weight; I still weigh 120 pounds 4 months later. But more importantly, I am maintaining it, even though I eat 1500-1700 calories a day, and some days upwards of 2000 calories. Keep in mind, that before embarking on the HCG diet protocol, I was gaining weight when I even approached the 1200 calorie mark, despite eating a very low carb, gluten and sugar free diet. This is a good indicator that my metabolism not only hasn’t been ruined by the hCG diet, but has actually improved.
I still don’t believe in diets. I would NOT have been able to stay on the HCG protocol years ago while engaging in my eating disorder. I would not be able to maintain my weight if I didn’t have years of recovery and an already gluten and sugar free diet. I believe that to truly transform your weight and your relationship to your body, you have to dig in and do the work, learn to love your body as it is, confront your food addiction, and learn to feed yourself with what you truly want, not just food. (more on this later, in other articles)
However, I believe that the HCG protocol is not your typical diet. If you are willing to deal with your food and body issues, and do some core level healing along the way, HCG really can be a cure for dieting. Because of the way it heals your metabolism it can give you a second chance and a clean slate to start over with.
Do I still have to work really hard at keeping my body at a good weight, remember to loving myself and my body, and continue to be deliberate in my food choices? You betcha! More than ever! But one thing I can tell you for certain that it is a lot more fun and rewarding working at eating well at 120 pounds than it was at 135 pounds or 145 pounds or 155 pounds or 165 pounds!
For the full story, check out HCG Chica’s interview with me:
And if you want to learn more about HCG check out HCG Chica’s amazing website!