The last time I blogged about what I was personally doing, I was attempting a week or so of the VLCD without actually taking hCG. Yea, that lasted a week! By the end of the week I was STARVING! I kept hoping it would go away, or I would just get used to it, but I never did. I was able to get down to 157.8, but again, it wasn’t about weight. But once I started eating again, I obviously went up a little bit – back to my 159-160 range.
We finally got our hCG pellets and protein powder. I had a lot of people asking about the difference between drops and pellets, so I did decide to do a final round utilizing the pellets. I loaded the 4-6th and got up to 166.3. The day after I started the VLCD I got back down to 159.2 – I’m currently on day 12 and am at 154 – Almost to my lowest point ever.
While I’m excited to be losing, that was not my purpose. I wanted to see what differences I could find between taking drops or not, how pellets compared to drops, and experiment with different recipes with the protein powder. The biggest differences I found between hcg and no hcg were hunger, TOM, and weight fluctuations. As I mentioned previously, I kept getting hungrier without the drops. While on the drops, I found with in a couple of days the hunger started going away. By day 8, I was just fine, and still am. TOM – I have an IUD and don’t have a regular period, if ever. I realized the other day that every time I have started a round of hCG, I’ve started spotting. When I did just the VLCD, nothing. (Sorry if TMI for my male readers;). When doing just VLCD, I lost consistently every day. I even put on my heavy BBW body cream, and still lost. While on hCG, I’ve fluctuated between losing and gaining. I tried putting on BBW body cream again, and had a stall. During my very first round of hCG, I put on BBW cream with out even thinking about it, and had a gain the very next day – my only gain during my first round. I’ve also observed on days that I had to wake early for training sessions, I didn’t lose near as much as on days that I didn’t. Sleep makes a huge difference! I’ve also been lifting heavy this round, and am enjoying that. I’m sore and it feels good. I’ve been keeping track of my body fat % with a hand held BIA, and have gone from 22.7 – 20.3%, so I am losing fat, and not muscle, which is very desirable. To me, there were definitely observable differences that leaves me very confident that the hCG is in my system and works! At the end of this round, I will take a ketosis test, and will also have my RMR tested to see where it is at. A month after that, I will repeat these test to see what changes occur.
As far as differences between pellets and drops – I haven’t noticed anything too different other than convenience and shelf life. We had a stronger formula created after my last round of doing drops, so I don’t know how they compare to that, but compared to my last formulation used, it feels about the same. If anything, I don’t feel as tired as I was last time – even with my early hours.
Recipes – still working on that one. I’ve been adding 1 TBSP and a packet of stevia to plain, fat free Greek Yogurt, and have done well with that. Tastes good to! I plan on going the full 23 days or until my body doesn’t want to let any more go. In that time frame, I will come up with some recipes. Extracts are safe to use – mint is my favorite
So that is what I have been up to the last couple of weeks. As soon as I am done, I plan on giving P90X my full dedication! I’ve stocked up on Shakeology and Results and Recover Formula! I’m excites to see what this will do for me and if it will get me where I finally want to be. If not, then I’ll reconsider the “Final Phase Fat Loss”.
Always a plan, and sticking to it – what’s yours? Hope you are all doing well in your resolutions and know that I am here to help in any way I can. Don’t hesitate to contact me. Happy Losing!