Tip of the Day

Most Common Errors #2

Are you eating too much American beef?  American beef is significantly more fatty than other beef and can stall your weightloss.  Veal can be used to replace beef, if you have access to it.  Buffalo has also been used as a replacement as it is less fatty than American beef.  Trader Joes has been known to carry Buffalo burgers so take a look if interested!

Don’t give up…

Happy Eating.

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The Day After The Holidays!!

Holidays are a struggle for most people on any strict diet such as the hCG protocol.  Anyone who is in the middle of any diet dreads the holiday get-togethers which are so often laden with candy, chocolate, Candydessert, creams, pies, fatty foods, and all the social pressure to … just have one.

So, did you?  Did you give into temptation?  Did you think to yourself that, what the heck, you only live once?  Or did it sneak upon you?   Did you turn around and suddenly realize that not only did you eat what you probably shouldn’t have, but that you went back for seconds?  And thirds?

Are you dreading stepping on the scale?

Or were you strong willed enough to turn away the succulent desserts and stick to the ever impressive hCG menu? (Sarcasm intended).  If you did, GOOD FOR YOU!  Congratulations!  Way to go!  You just made and kept a promise to yourself and that makes you stronger. AWESOME!

To Those Who Cheated

I understand.  Really!  I do!  I’ve done it myself, ohh, too many times to count.  I know the feeling of shame, or regret.  The put-on bravado attitude of in-your-face I’m not ashamed of my actions so back off me and don’t judge!  I’ve been in both places.  I’ve judged, and I have also been in a place to be judged.

Neither places are good, I have found.

But I want to talk to those who cheated.  Are you wondering if all is lost?  Thinking that you need to quit the hCG protocol and start again later when you will then for sure do it perfect and not cheat?

I tell you now that we are all human and we will always make some mistakes.  It is very true there can be a large variance in the severity of the mistake, but however bad you were yesterday or today, DON’T GIVE UP.  I think the worst thing you can do is quit right in the middle of the program because that means you have given up on yourself and  that your expectations are off.

In order to become able to keep promises to ourselves, we must … keep promises to ourselves.  So?  So what, you cheated.  Get up, brush yourself off, and move on.  Tomorrow is another day.  Don’t wait for the first of the month, or the first of the week (although we do happen to be on a Monday Smile with tongue out), or even tomorrow to begin again and make better choices.

This is where true success lies!  FINISH THE PROGRAM.  You might have set yourself back a few days but as long as you believe in yourself and don’t give up, then YOU WILL SUCCEED!  This is one of my life lessons that has literally changed my life.  Just because I failed at something, doesn’t mean I am a failure, as long as I don’t give up.  As long as I don’t give up, then I will eventually succeed.

It’s a beautiful concept.

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Tip of the day

Common Errors

Change up your portion of protein.  It is a mistake to continue to eat the same protein for both lunch and dinner.  Mix it up!!  Especially if you notice yourself stalling.

Look here tomorrow for another ‘Common Error’

Happy dieting!

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Maintenance

Look to nature…

Have you ever compared the body structure of a horse to that of a polar bear?  In Bill Phillips wonderful book Body for Life, he does just that.

“It’s revealing to take a look at the animal kingdom and notice the relationship between creatures’ eating patterns and their body “types.”  At one end of the spectrum are animals that load up on large amounts of food at one “meal,” then go for days, weeks, or even months without eating at all.  Bears are a prime example of this type of infrequent feeder.  They’re what I call bingers.  They have huge body-fat storage compartments to stockpile the fuel they’ll need to carry them from one feeding to the next.  At the other end of the eating-pattern spectrum are the frequent feeders:  animals that eat almost constantly but in far lesser amounts.  Horses, buffalo, elk – I call these grazers.  Relatively speaking, they have very low body fat and lots of lean muscle.”

So, should we graze or binge?  I think the answer is clear.

Habits die hard

The habit of listening to my body and eating when I was hungry, and not eating when I wasn’t took a long time to develop.  It was hard for me to grasp the idea that I shouldn’t eat something even if it was good for me.  I also had a hard time changing my portion size.  For some reason I felt like I needed to fill my plate to the max at every meal.  When I started changing my portion size I had to repeatedly remind myself that if I was still hungry after eating, I could always get more! 

Two simple habit changes that have to potential effect on so many things.  I truly believe that in order to succeed in maintaining a healthy body is learning to change your portion size and in turn you also end up eating more often.

Tip for success

The main change I had to make in order to practice smaller portion size, was to make a big deal out of my meal.  When I ate I had to sit down and consciously eat slowly.  I let the food sit in my mouth, and I tasted it.  I don’t get, or try not to get distracted, so that I don’t simply start shoveling my food in without thought.

This way, by the time my stomach tells me I am full, physiologically I feel like I have fed myself.  In the past, when I would rush around eating, not thinking about what I put in my mouth, by the time I felt full, I still didn’t actually feel like I had eaten so I would eat more.

So, in short, three things you can do to create healthy habits are as follows:

  1. Graze, don’t binge
  2. Be conscious about what you eat.  Taste it, feel it, enjoy it.  Make a deal out of your meal.
  3. Smaller portion sizes!  Slow down and eat every bite, and your half portion will feel very satisfying indeed.

Good luck!!

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Exercise

To exercise or not to exercise, that is the question…

 

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I am not going to tell you one way or another what is best with regards to exercise.  All I can do is give you a bit of information from my own experience as well as other stories I have been told.  Should you exercise?  Should you keep your same level of activity?  Should you lower your level of activity while on HCG?  I will tell you of three very different people and what they found worked for them.

 

Person One:  The Athlete

This friend is in great health.  She is very active, exercises daily, and has high energy.  When she was doing the HCG protocol she kept to her current level of activity and felt great the whole time.  She did make sure to eat more protein to compensate for her exercise, but she never felt a lag of strength or energy.

Person Two:  The Grandma

This friend is in her 70’s.  She walks daily, but struggles with energy on a normal basis.  When she took the HCG drops, she felt a lag of energy and had to focus on eating enough to feel well.  She chose not to go on her daily walks while on the very low calorie diet.  After she was through with the drops, she started up her personal exercise once again.

Person Three: The Mom

This friend is in general a healthy person.  She doesn’t exercise regularly, but stays active with her family obligations. When she went on the HCG protocol, she struggled with losing weight slowly, so she determined to add a brisk walk each evening to assist in her weight loss.  She carried this out for the duration of her HCG drops, then once she was through she discontinued her small amount of exercise.

Find what works for you

Ultimately, what am I saying?  You have got to listen to your own body.  If you have questions, then talk to your doctor.  I cannot copy verbatim exactly what someone else did and expect the same results because in many ways our bodies, though similar, function differently with different stimuli. 

Listen to your body.  Feed it, take care of it, love it, and it will take care of you.

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Tip of the day

 

To Cheat or Not to Cheat

This actually isn’t going to be a defined ‘tip’ but merely a little information about whether or not you should stray from the HCG protocol or not.  People do it and still lose weight. But it is the right thing to do?  I will quote Linda Prinster and let you ultimately decide for yourself:

“While we followed Dr. Simeons protocol, there are other HCG protocols that differ –some to a slight degree and others to a large degree. Dr. Simeons worked on his protocol for about 40 years, so we feel confident that he knew EXACTLY what he was talking about.

“So, for example, when someone says, “Well, green beans and broccoli are really good for you AND every other diet lets you have those, so why can’t we have those?” or “Do you really think they will hurt anything?” OR, my personal all-time favorite, “I ate them and they didn’t make any difference!”…My response is “I guarantee you that Dr. Simeons didn’t just forget about green beans and broccoli, only to remember beet greens and fennel. I guarantee he tried them, and that the results were simply not as favorable.” 

“In summary, no one knows for sure that bending the rules did NOT ‘hurt’ them. For example, if they mixed vegetables or ate un-allowed vegetables, or did other slight variances, a person doesn’t know how much they would have lost if they had NOT mixed vegetables or NOT had green beans or NOT had a seasoning spice that contained sugar or starch in some, small form.”

There is the information.  Decide for yourself Smile

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Tip of the day

Wait the right time between HCG sessions

Do you need to go through more than one HCG session?  If so, listen up. 

Dr. Simeon states, “Patients requiring the loss of more than 34 lbs. must have a second or even more courses. A second course can be started after an interval of not less than six weeks, though the pause can be more than six weeks. When a third, fourth or even1224529_hourglass fifth course is necessary, the interval between courses should be made progressively longer. Between a second and third course eight weeks should elapse, between a third and fourth course twelve weeks, between a fourth and fifth course twenty weeks, and between a fifth and sixth course six months.”

He was a brilliant doctor who studied this for years, so as tempting as it is to jump right back onto another session, be wise and wait the required amount of time.  There are many reasons for this.  He states that this interval time is to help your body lose its immunity to the HCG, to help your skin tighten up, and to help stabilize your weight.

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