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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weighty Issues

I super nervous about posting about this because all the responses I have gotten to it so far have been negative. Here it goes anyway, I started the HCG diet today. I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I've gone up and down on the scale since high school. I'm usually pretty good at losing it and keeping it off for a year or so until I slip back into not working out enough and eating/drinking too much.

I hit my ultimate highest weight ever while pregnant with Aubs and have had trouble taking it off. I will do good for a couple of weeks and then fall off the wagon. The reason I am taking such extreme measures now is because I have been thinking a lot about having another baby and I pretty much refuse to do it at the weight I am. Ideally I'd like to start trying in Decemember or January and those dates are fast approaching. I want to feel good about myself while I am pregnant and more importantly I want it to have the healthiest pregnancy possible. This is why I have opted for this extreme measure just for a month. There is a two month option but I don't really want to put my body through the program for that long.

The program is basically an extreme calorie cut and HCG drops three times a day. Plus B12 drops and a multivitamin(which I already take). The diet plan goes: breakfast- coffee and an apple, lunch 3.5 ounces of protein, large serving of veggies, 1 piece melba toast, dinner-same as lunch plus an apple. It comes out to around 500 calories a day, which I found shocking and I'm sure you do too. From what I have read online it is totally doable- maybe it has something to do with the supplements. Currently I am eating normally for the first two days with the drops and then Tuesday I start the extreme stuff. You are also not suppose to exercise much on the plan which I am a little bummed about. Obviously I am not a gym rat or I wouldn't need to do this in the first place but I do like to work out and do frequently when Aubs doesn't have a runny nose and I can leave her at the gym's kid's club. I plan on still going to the gym when I can but keeping my workouts at a low intensity.

If anyone has tried this I would love to know if it worked out for you or any tips you may have. I am going to keep track of my progress on twitter and do an update here on my blog at the end of the cycle. Unless I find it to be too difficult and then I will post before the 28 days is up. Again, I know this sounds completely crazy but I thought I would give it a shot. Wish me luck!


Oh and to add to the difficulties our friend Greg brought over this swag bag today. He was visiting from NYC because his Grandfather was being inducted into the candy hall of fame in Tampa. His grandfather owns and operates Callie's Candy Kitchen in the Poconos. They have the best chocolate ever, my wedding favors were even chocolate from Callie's. At the ceremony they gave away these amazing swag bags of candy and all other things bad for you. The hubs is definitely taking it to work with him in the morning.


  1. I have never tried the diet. Your body will tell you if that is enough or not. To me 500 Cals seems like nothing if your a stay at home mom running around after a toddler. Def keep us in the loop with how it goes. Best of Luck!

  2. I wrote an article about this recently, and this is what I learned:

    The hCG spurs the body to release stored fat, which provides the body with the energy it needs to function throughout the day. Since the hCG is forcing the body to use fat deposits for energy, dieters don’t usually experience the severe hunger pangs normally associated with such a low-calorie diet.

    And it's a short-lived diet that shocks your body into changing. Sometimes you do need to shock your body. I recently went on the South Beach Diet and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. I guess my body really needed to get rid of sugar in order to lose weight.

    I know how you feel, and it's so hard to lose weight and really stick to it. But if it is worth anything, you are really a beautiful, beautiful mama. At the weight you are right now.

  3. I have never heard of this diet before. I hope it works out well for you. Good luck and stay healthy!

    Oh, and yay for having another baby!

  4. I've been counting calories, not to this extreme, but limiting to 1200 a day and it's worked well. I'd be willing to try this! I've learned that when you eat well, you don't get very hungry. I fasted meat, dairy, eggs and sweets for 21 days, though- and then I got stuck (stopped losing weight) and since I finished the fast, I have been overindulgent. Time to get the willpower back up! Keep us in the loop, and I wish you well!

  5. 500 calories seems crazy low, but I don't know anything about hCG. I guess if you try it, you'll learn pretty quickly whether it's maintainable for a month. Looking forward to reading about how the plan goes! And at least apples are good and fresh this time of year :)

  6. I have an aunt who did this and had a LOT of success! The thing to keep in mind is that it's a "jump start". When it's over, you will still have to change your eating & exercise habits if you want to maintain or continue your success. Consuming only 500 calories per day is technically anorexia, unless done under the supervision of a doctor for a VERY short time.

    Be sure to take "before" & after pics for us!

  7. I've heard a lot about this diet.. Where do you get the drops from?


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