Confessions of a Fad Diet

By | January 21, 2012

Ok, first I have to say that I’m not a doctor, dietician, or expert in any way. My results are my own and I’m not suggesting anyone else following in my footsteps. I don’t believe this is the type of diet that you do and go back to old habits either. My plan is to start a daily exercise regimen after I am done.

That being said I recently decided that I’d had enough and something needed to be done about my weight. It wasn’t that I was extremely obese, 5’8″ 171lbs, but it was the fact that over the last few physicals at the doctor I was proceeding into “borderline territory” as she called it. Looking at the charts I definitely was in the “overweight” category for my size. I tried to get on an exercise program, but was feeling tired all the time.

My boss at work and my wife had done this diet, lost, and has kept those pounds off (and lost more after). I figured I’d give it a shot.

The diet in question is called the HCG diet. The premise consists of two gorge days (eating as much as you can), then 21 days of 500 calories (per day) plus the HCG drops 3 times a day (not the Wal-Mart kind).

Meals consist of 100 grams of Fish, Chicken, or Beef, a vegetable (like a tomato), and two small Melba rounds. You can drink as much water, tea, or coffee as you want (yay coffee).

No-no’s are sugar, dairy, juices, etc.

I currently have 4 more days of Phase 2 and have lost 17lbs. I am now almost to the middle of the “healthy weight” end of the scale.

Eating 500 calories a day has been interesting. I definitely cannot exert myself too much as I get light headed.

Although I am eating meager portions somehow I’m not hungry, but the craving is there (if that makes sense).

My energy level has spiked which is the weirdest part of the whole thing. Mentally I am sharper and more focused. This diet really is a mental game.

The next phase is the maintenance phase where you attempt to lock in your weight. This part has me fearful that all of this has been for naught. In this phase you go back to your normal calorie intake minus starches and sugars. Once this phase is complete I will be done and start my planned exercise regimen.

Again, this diet isn’t for everyone. I don’t know if the HCG drops really work as an appetite suppressant or fat targeter.

All I know is I’ve lost 17lbs since Jan 3rd, was not as hungry as I thought I would be, had more energy than I thought I’d have, and I feel great.

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