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hCG Weight Loss Program – Days 6-10

February 1, 2010 |

Jeff Russell, IAPAMOk, let’s get the numbers out of the way first! The big question is, am I loosing a “1lb/day?” I’ll tell you my first 10 days started off very well, but it was a bit of a wild ride on the scales. At the end of the 10th day, I’m down 10lbs, so yes, by following the IAPAM hCG Protocol, I’m still losing about a pound a day. The good news is the headaches and muscle fatigue have gone away. As well, I’m not really hungry any more. I’m certainly ready to eat lunch and dinner, but within a few bites, I’m satisfied. I find it hard to eat all of the food, and one day I only ate 288 calories for the entire day, and was not tired or hungry at all!

Here are the details:
Day 6 – down 1 lb
Day 7 – down .6 lb
Day 8 – down 1.4 lb
Day 9 – up .2 lb (fyi – the night before I was up until 1am playing poker, and I’m sure I drank at least a gallon of lemon water between 8pm-1am)
Day 10 – down 1.6 lbs (this loss leads me to believe my body hadn’t released all of the water I drank Friday night)

As I mentioned in my last post, I went out looking for a multi-vitamin. What a challenge that turned out to be, I was amazed to find out how many multi-vitamins contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, and/or starch. Now really, I can see why (but I do not agree) they add sugar and sweeteners for children’s vitamins (I used to love Flintstone Vtamins as a kid!), but for adults? So wonder there is an obesity problem! Almost everything you buy in a package seems to be loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, and/or starch. I did find one, Doctor’s Choice Men’s Multivitamin. Unfortunately I took it without food, and within 10 minutes and almost vomited. I check the box, yep it says “take with food!” Instead of taking the recommended 3 a day, I take another one the next day (after lunch), and its all good. However, the very next day I only lost .6lbs, so I am suspect and ditch the daily vitamins. My muscle fatigue has gone away. I know when I was on the ketogenic diet, I took a potassium supplement every day, so if the muscle fatigue comes back, I’ll get buy some potassium. Does anyone have any recommendations on daily vitamins that worked for them?

The Losit! App has really helped me keep an eye on my daily calories! I think one of the keys is to focus on what you can have, not what you can’t. Think about it, you can have steak, veal, chicken, shrimp, most lean fish, crab and lobster! It’s not really that bad, and it’s only for a short time (3-6 weeks). My first tip for food is to grill it on the BBQ. This gives it so much more flavor, and the fat just drips off the meat! I’m starting to BBQ 3 or 4 servings of chicken breasts at a time. I was also curious about the weight difference from raw to cooked, so I weighed 100 grams of chicken before it went on the grill, and it weighed 84 grams when it came off. This is another point in the protocol, you need to weight your food before you cook it! (not after) I also wrap 2-3 servings of a while fish, like Sole in aluminum wrap with salt, pepper and a slice of lemon and let it steam on the BBQ for 6-8 minutes (yummy!). I also like to spice up my fish and chicken with a nice Cajun style rub. Dr. Simeons allowing for all types of spices is a great opportunity to experiment! With spices, I can get an Italian, Cajun, Southwest, or Curry theme meal going very quickly.

I’ve also read that homemade chicken broth is ok. This is again one of those gray areas, since chicken broth is not specifically on the approved list, but chicken and water are. Is anyone using chicken broth during their phase 1? What’s your experience?

I also read that Apple Cider Vinegar is ok. Now, it’s not specifically on the allowed list, but vinegar and apples both are. I’m not so sure if you have Apple Cider Vinegar if it’s ok to have an apple, or do you need to skip it? Any comments on using Apple Cider Vinegar? This certainly livens up veggies! I even made a nice coleslaw (see recipe below).

hCG Friendly Coleslaw:

1 cup shredded cabbage
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 Tbspn filtered water
¼ tspn celery salt
¼ tspn onion powder
¼ tspn dried thyme
¼ tspn fresh ground pepper
3-5 drops of liquid Stevia (if you like your slaw sweet, add some more)

Mix it all up and refrigerate for an hour. You can also make extra slaw sauce and use it on fresh celery, cucumbers, and radishes.

In my next post, I’ll give you my latest weight loss numbers and talk about weight loss expectations while on the hCG program.

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. Please also Fan our hCG for Weight Loss Facebook Page!

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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Comments (5)

  1. Stacey P

    Hi Jeff: I swore I was not going to comment on each of your posts but you asked a few questions in this one that I can help with.

    My first round I did the Simeon protocol without any alterations at all, that included not taking my daily vitamins etc. But that was also in the summer when illness was less.

    Half way through my 2nd round and during my whole 3rd round, I went back to taking vitamins and my average loss for each of the 3 rounds was still 0.5#/day. So I don’t think taking them negatively effected anything. But you are right, it is a nightmare to find any supplements without sugar, starch or flour in them. Daily, I take Ester-C 1000mg capsules with Citrus Bioflavonoids. Be careful to buy the non-vegetarian ones though. I take Nutraceutical Vitamin D-3, 2,000 IU capsules (there is rice flour in them but I have not had an issue with that). The last round I also started taking the Prenatal Multi from Whole Foods (365 brand) for the iron in it as I was slightly anemic at the end of my 2nd round. VERY slightly anemic, but I figured a little extra iron might help.

    I also get 365 Organic brand Organic Vegetable Broth from Whole Foods. I cook chicken in it and it keeps the chicken moist. And I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in a modified Chicken Recipe and to make salad “dressings”. I also use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as it tastes like soy sauce with about 1/4 less sodium than low sodium regular soy sauce.

    Regarding your post-cooking weight experiment, I did the same thing in my second round. I made about 10 portions of pre-cooked chicken, cooked them all, then re-weighed them and they all fell in the 84-86g range. So now I just cook chicken breasts whole, cut them into pieces and weigh them. Preparation of the protein is so much easier doing it this way and takes a lot less time.

    Hope this helps

  2. Stacey P

    ….. Oh, and from time to time I take Postassium Citrate from the Vitamin Shoppe. I have found that Vitamin Shoppe brand has many products with no yeast, corn, wheat, starch, etc

  3. Joanne

    Hi Jeff,

    I am really enjoying reading your blogs. I started Phase 1 on 1/2/2010 and have already lost 23.8 pounds in 4 weeks doing this diet… My stats:

    St wt = 215 (1/2/10)
    Wk1 = 204.6
    Wk2= 198.0
    Wk3= 193.0
    Wk4 = 191.2

    1/8/10 = -10.4
    1/15/10 = -6.6
    1/25/10 = -5.0
    2/1/10 = -1.2

    I’m doing the 40 day program and found that this morning I gained 2 POUNDS!!! I was told to do an apple day. This is where you are not supposed to eat anything but apples all day.

    Have you heard of the Apple Day? I’m sure you will blog about it if you have to do one. I hope it works for me!! 🙂


  4. I know that I’ve used chicken broth and had no problems losing weight. So I’d say go for it if you find a recipe you love that uses it.

  5. Hi Joanne, Yes, I did actually do an apple day (I thought I would try it out). It’s really bizarre, but I wasn’t hungry (I was certainly ready to eat an apple, but afterward it was very filling). My results? I lost 2.2lbs the next day! (yeah), but gained 1lb the next day, followed by loosing 1.5lbs the following day. So I guess my net loss was a little better, but I think I should have waited until I plateaued for at least 4 days before doing it. I know many women have water retention just before, during and/or after their cycle, so you may want to give it a day or two more.

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