Ok, I’m ready to get started! I’ve received my first round of hCG, and I’ve been instructed to take it sublingually (under the tongue) twice a day. When taking hCG sublingually its very important you keep it in under your tongue for 10 minutes so it has time to be absorbed by the membrane under your tongue. So I have to admit, the injection method is much quicker, albeit arguably more painful (depending on how painful you think being injected with a small insulin needle is).
One of the most bizarre things I read while doing my research was that for the first two days you must eat as much fattening food as you can. You can eat anything, in any quantity, it just needs to be full of fat! (i.e. Big Mac’s, Whoppers, KFC, Hagen-Dasz, Twinkies, DQ Blizzards, candy bars, donuts, cheese cake, you name it!). This certainly got my attention, and my mind strategizing on how many fast food restaurants I could hit in two days!
For someone who always had an extra few pounds to lose, this lacked any commonsense, but the protocol does state that I “must eat to capacity of the most fattening food they can get down until they have had the third injection. It is a fundamental mistake to put a patient on 500 Calories as soon as the injections are started, as it seems to take about three injections before abnormally deposited fat begins to circulate and thus become available.” The whole premise seems to be that in order for you to handle the first week of the 500 calorie/day diet without severe hunger pains, you must beef up your fat supplies by gorging on high-fat foods (Venti Caramel Brulee Frappuccino topped with whip cream here I come!). Of course you are going to gain, but you actually don’t take your first reading until after the 3rd injection (4th day), so you’ll have a day of 500 calories on your side. Dr. Simeons also makes a point that this gorge may be difficult for those repeat dieters (who have been conditioned not to eat high fat food), but it is absolutely necessary.
Like all good patients, I take one for the team and comply with the doctor’s orders! The fun part was planning an “all you can eat” road map for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. I was ready to eat everything I know I shouldn’t. At first, this seemed like a dream, but I’ll tell you by the end of the first day, I felt full and bloated. I don’t think I’ve eaten at McDonald’s for over 5 years, but I could barely eat my second Big Mac (oh yes, I had two with large fries and a large soda!). Not only was I going to eat cheesecake, but I also found one topped with whipped cream, brownies, and caramel sauce! Full fat ice cream and donuts were my snacks. The next day, I ate at KFC (which I haven’t done in about 10 years!), and some more fatty snacks and drinking regular sodas throughout the day to keep the calories coming in.
I think part of the gorging is psychological, since I really now fell very ill towards any fast food, pastry, or soft drink! I was actually looking forward to slowing down and eating my 100 grams of boneless skinless chicken breast the next day!
One thing I should add is that you really need to plan when you are going to start the diet. You need to keep in mind the gorge days, 500 calorie days, the 3 weeks of eating no starch & sugar, and the last 3 weeks of slowly adding sugars and starches. Unfortunately for me my plane was delayed, and I didn’t get home until 3am of my first gorge day, so I don’t think I was able to eat as much as I could have.
In my next entry, I’m going to talk about some issues I never had to deal with cosmetics and menstruation.
You can read more details about our hCG weight loss research on the IAPAM’s website, as well, physicians wanting to learn details of the how to incorporate hCG into their practice can also attend one of the IAPAM’s Medical Weight Management training programs.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading about my experience with the Simeons’ hCG weight loss protocol! And please feel free to leave a comment or question.
Cheers, Jeff Russell
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