Today, I thought I’d share some details on how C lost 60 pounds through a combination of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and flexible dieting. C is 58 years old, and she has been overweight most of her life. C told me she had done the original HCG Diet once before and lost 28 pounds. Sadly, she regained it all because she didn’t have a plan for after the diet ended. She wanted to give the HCG Diet another try because it was the only diet that she could lose weight on. The challenge was how to keep the weight off when the diet ended.
I am very familiar with the HCG Diet. I have done it myself and experimented with different medications and protocols. I even wrote a book about it. I believe the HCG Hormone (the real kind, that you get from a doctor’s prescription) may impact leptin, which reduces hunger levels.
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C and I worked together through all phases of the diet. The Preparation Phase, The Diet Phase, The Transition Phase, and the Maintenance Phase. We slowly transitioned her back to “real life” when the diet ended with a plan so she wouldn’t gain all the weight back.
C now has the tools and knowledge to manage her weight for the rest of her life.
In C’s own words:
For the first time, I no longer fear regaining all the weight – Adele has given me the tools to know just what to do to keep the weight off. I’ve had so many non-scale victories along with the weight loss. I feel more confident than ever and my weight is the lowest it’s been for decades!
A Tale of Two 60-Day Diet Rounds
C lost 30.7 pounds in her first 60-day round of HCG and then followed my advice and took a 2-month break from dieting to restore her hormones and metabolism. Although C felt good and wanted to keep dieting, I explained that the break would help her in the long run. Between rounds, we reverse dieted her back up to 2200 calories.
Interestingly, C lost another 4 pounds during her diet break, eating about 2200 calories a day. That’s right: she ate 2200 calories a day after her first round was over, and still managed to lose weight. As you can see, her metabolism wasn’t “damaged” by the rapid weight loss.
C went on to complete one more 60-day round of HCG, and lost 28 more pounds.
In total, C has lost 60 pounds and is maintaining her weight loss through the skills of flexible dieting and greater nutritional awareness; skills we practiced throughout her weight loss journey.
C lost about half a pound a day, which is about average for a woman on the HCG Diet. However, she did it by consuming almost twice the amount of food that is permitted on the original Simeons Protocol. She was also able to eat a huge variety of foods that are not allowed on the original protocol. As a result, she was able to eat in a manner that better suited her tastes. By keeping a food diary, she learned a great deal about what foods help or hinder her fat loss. She ate almost 1000 calories a day and a substantial amount of protein to minimize potential muscle loss. She had great energy throughout the diet and didn’t find it too difficult. She rarely felt hungry, and her mood was great. In fact, C felt so good that she was actually a bit reluctant to come off the hormone and diet!
*1000 calories is below recommended daily intake. Keep in mind that calories are always low on rapid-weight loss diets. However, the HCG hormone allows you to consume a meager amount of calories and not feel like you’re starving. The hormone may also be protective of muscle loss. My book takes a deep dive into how the HCG works, why it works, and what you can expect to happen to your body.
Rapid Versus Slow Weight Loss
While a slow and steady weight loss of 1% of body weight a week is usually best, there are situations where rapid weight loss is needed or desired. There is also some research to suggest that a faster initial weight loss can inspire people to stick with a diet, which produces better long-term results. Seeing the scale go down every day can be highly motivating!
The old adage, “the faster it comes off, the faster it goes back on” doesn’t have to be true IF the client is taught how to transition to real life and how to maintain their weight when the diet ends.
While not everyone is a good candidate for rapid weight loss, C was healthy, highly motivated, and 100% committed to the process. She was also prepared to change her nutrition habits, such as eating breakfast every day, and eating more protein. This dedication allowed her to be successful and her new habits will allow her to maintain her weight in the future.
Are you ready to lose weight and keep it off for good? Whether it’s fast or slow, I can help. Check out my coaching programs at https://adelefrizzell.com/programs-and-services/.
What do you think is currently challenging you from losing weight? or with maintaining your weight goal?
Let’s discuss them more below to see how we can help you.
I am just A few pounds away from my goal weight so I am considering doing an hcg round of eating 1200 calorie to slowly lose one pound per week while doing progressive overload weight training .
My question is: I read that if you eat over 800 calories, the hcg will redirect the extra calories and make you gain fat. Is this true?
My maintenance calories is 1600. I was hoping to eat 1200 but not feel miserable with the hcg hormone and hopefully it would have assured us accessing my abnormal fat but the readings indicate eating that much will make me gain weight in the protocol. Just to give some context I am 5ft 2 and weigh 120 pounds and 23% body fat. I want to be 110 lbs before I start a lean bulk.
Hello Priscilla! You would be fine eating more than 800 calories and you should if you are planning to exercise. Your weight loss will be slower though, unless you counteract that with more movement. So set a step goal each day.
Finally, I would not even go on HCG if you are doing higher calories for the purpose of targeting abnormal fat. This is one of the myths I talk about in my book, The HCG Diet Fact and Fiction. HCG doesn’t do this, and it’s misunderstood.
Quick math: If your bodyweight is 120 pounds and you’re consuming 1200 calories and not super active with you job, you can expect a very slow weight loss with or without HCG. This is because the calorie deficit itself is what makes you lose weight, and you will need to consume about 4000 calories less a week to lose roughly 1 pound of fat tissue. That’s about 550 calories a day below your maintenance. If you want coaching without HCG, please check out our NEW You Program.
Glad to see this article. For me transitioning through P3 has been a bit of a challenge/mystery due to lack of guidance and information. Actually no information given to me for going through P3 other than add a little oil back to my diet. My doctor was the one who recommended that I do HCG and it works great the 4 rounds that I have done the program. However, life after P2 has been, well not successful. So looking forward to the transformer program. Also, I am super glad HcG Chica has information as well…. this is how I found out about you btw.
You’re gonna love P3 and this next phase!
Hi Adele, I’ve had similar challenges. My question is whether I can still workout while on your plan? Also, which pharmacy do you recommend for the HcG?
Absolutely you can workout while on my plan. You may have to dial back the intensity or frequency but I have coached people who continue to lift weights, run, and do things like Orange Theory Fitness. As for a pharmacy, I don’t have any specific recommendations but I think you can trust anyone that HCGChica recommends. Please check out https://hcgchica.com/buy-hcg-injections-worldwide/.
..I am so interested in your plan. I am a 61 year old who has just lost 11kgs on HCG and completed the first week of Razelles 3 week stabiliser. I have had Graves disease as a 30 yr old and resolved with diet and supplements…..now a bit under thyroid. Doing well but interested in starting to do more weights and strengthening as I age. Yoyo dieti gs has always been my foe and want to ward it off at all costs now as feeling so good .
Congratulations on your weight loss, Sue. Losing 11 kgs is an accomplishment. An even greater accomplishment is your commitment to a healthier lifestyle and regular exercise!
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Thanks for stopping by.