HCG Diet – I Lost 14kgs In 6 Weeks
I was very excited when I heard about the HCG diet. I thought it could be the way to solve the problem of yo-yo dieting which had plagued me for years. My wardrobe(s) contained clothes ranging from size 12 up to 22. I’d pretty much given up clothes shopping because once I got over about a size 20, I found there were very few nice clothes available, and those that were available, were not flattering when stretched over my rolls of fat! I’d go into a changing room only to find I looked horrific in the big mirror. I’d see all those bulges on my back and come out incredibly depressed and with nothing I could buy that looked halfway decent.
I discovered that HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a substance that occurs naturally in the human body. However, pregnant women have a massive amount of HCG in their system and it allows the body to utilise stored fat reserves to feed the foetus. Apparently, it has been used for decades for weight loss but this was the first time I’d heard of it. British Endocrinologist, Dr Simeons, found that HCG could help people lose weight, especially from those “hard to lose areas”, where the weight refuses to shift on any other kind of diet. However, according to Simeons’ book “Pounds and Inches”, it must be used with a specific 500 calorie diet and only for a short period of time.
I saw the Nutritionist at Dr Cabot’s Clinic at Camden and received an information booklet and a prescription for HCG drops. They made sure I knew the difference between the HCG they were giving me, which required a pharmacists prescription, and the fake herbal HCG substitute. The plan was to take the HCG drops for three weeks along with a 500 calorie diet which consisted mainly of protein, vegetables and fruit.
I embarked on the HCG program with high hopes. I thought I would sail through it as I had already stopped eating a lot of things, others I find hard to give up, such as sugar (mostly), alcohol and coffee. However, it wasn’t as easy as I thought. The first week was a nightmare, I went through periods of feeling headachey, nauseous, dizzy, depressed and I had desperate cravings for some of my usual foods, mostly the sweet things I’d been eating such as freshly squeezed orange juice in the mornings and a spoonful of honey in my herb tea.
Over the years, I’ve been on every diet known to man. so I was expecting headaches and detox. I took it one day at a time and suddenly, on day six ,I woke in the morning feeling fantastic! From then on it was easy! I felt good, I hardly felt hungry at all and I enjoyed my food. The food recommended was quite limited, so towards the end of the three weeks, I was looking forward to finishing the program and having a bit more variety. However, I saw the Nutritionist again, at the three-week point, and there was the option to carry on for another three weeks. I decided to do that, as I was feeling great and wanted to lose more weight. At the end of the six weeks, I had lost 14 kgs really easily and was feeling fantastic.
Miranda Hilton, NSW