As you may or may not know, we have been offering the greatest weight loss program I've ever seen, HCG!! Now the reason that it's so fantastic is not just because you lose about 1lb per day, but because the program really teaches you how to properly eat.
First, let's describe proper eating. Proper eating is eating just vegetables, protein and fruit. That's it! Simple as that! Now for as simple as it seems, it's not easy, especially considering how much junk we all eat, and how addicted to the junk we have become. Even for those of you who eat this way, I challenge you to write down and log what you eat and you'll probably see that you're eating more junk than you think.
What exactly is junk food you may ask? Anything made of flour, sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup and agave syrup, processed foods or grain based foods like cereal. Why is this junk food? Because this is what will make you obese and give you diabetes and heart disease. Of course there are always exception to every rule, but by cutting out the sugar, grains/flour and processed foods, you'll do much better.
So now, back to vegetables, protein and fruit. Which veges are we tallking about? All non-starchy veges, such as broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, Brussel's sprouts, peppers, onions, lettuce and the like, and just about all vegetables. The only ones to really avoid are white potatoes, corn (which is actually a grain), carrots and other root vegetables. Most importantly though is to avoid white potatoes. Sweet potatoes can be eaten on occasion, every few weeks as can all the other vegetables, and even some grains, but no more than that.
As for fruit, I'll say this. I personally avoid bananas due to high sugar content (plus I don't much care for the texture much), and I try to eat 2x the vegetables than I do fruit. Too much fruit will cause all kinds of problems, and never use fruit juice!! The optimal fruits are what's in season. Right now it's apples, and I'd have issue with someone who says the Honeycrisp apple is not the greatest apple ever!! Berries, including, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are wonderful, and so are oranges and grapefruits! During the summer, I love cherries and am a big fan of mangoes and pineapple. Always look for what's in season, and then try to get organic if possible.
Speaking of organic, buying organic and make someone bankrupt, so the Environmental Working Group, http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/ has a list of the most important produce to buy organic called the dirty dozen and on the other end of the scale, the foods that don't exactly have to be organic, the clean fifteen. Click the link and you'll get the list.
Lastly, what proteins are we talking about? Protein, as far as I'm concerned, is anything that has or had eyes or a mother. We are talking animal products. Soy is one you'll want to avoid due to anti-nutrients and other factors. If you really want to know why, click this link, http://westonaprice.org and look up the soy info.
I realize that may have been a long winded way to explain what is meant by proper eating, but I felt it was important so you know what I meant. Others may have a different definition, but seeing as how this is my blog, this is my definition.
So this is why I love the HCG program so much, because after eating this way for 30 or so days, your taste will change to craving good, real, healthy foods!! Garbage and junk foods will taste just like that, garbage and junk, and they'll probably make you feel horrible with a gassy and bloating feeling, not to mention the sugar headache and hangover.
Also, with the HCG program, because the diet is very strict while on the program, your stomach will shrink back up to a normal size, so the benefit is you'll eat a normal size portion and feel good and full but not stuffed!! Imagine feeling quite full on 6 - 8 oz of protein a handfull of vegetables and some fruit!
We found, you'll have more energy and sleep better while the pounds drop. Plus your blood sugar will normalize, which means no more afternoon crash and no more sugar cravings!! Imagine, sleeping thru the night, waking feeling well rested and having energy all day!! This can be your reality, as it is mine!
Speaking of me, I did this program myself almost 4 years ago and dropped 39lbs in 5 weeks, and have kept off about 30 of those pounds. After being married for two years and eating stupid more frequently and loving wine the way I do, I'm shocked I haven't gained more back!
Let's do a qucik reality check! Yes, if you eat stupid you will gain the weight back. It won't come back as quick as it would have in the past, but you'll gain it back. But, all you have to do is to go back on the maintenance portion of the program, vegetables, protein and fruit, and the weight will come back off. Or if like me, the wine and weekends throw you off and you make bad decisions, you just start from the beginning and get strict for a few weeks and the weight will drop off as easy as can be!!
For those of you who don't know what HCG is what the program is, here's the back story. About 60 years ago, a British doctor A.T. Simeons, realized that small injections of a glycoprotein (sugar protein) called HCG,which stands for human chorionic gonadotrophin, will stimulate a part of the brain called the hypothalamus to use fat for energy in an ultra-low calorie diet. So yes, even though it's starvation diet, because of the HCG, there's hardly any hunger and virtually no cravings. The HCG stimulated the hypothalamus to use FAT for energy and preserve muscle, where without the HCG, you'd be breaking down muscle as well. Plus the fat burned up is the abnormal fat, not the important visceral fat (the fat that protects the organs). This is why you're losing about 1lb per day ALL FAT!!
I've been studying health, nutrition, weight loss and a low carb diet for over 17 years, so when I saw this program I didn't believe it, and figured it was due to the starvation diet. Boy was I wrong. From what I found, when the HCG was used, the bodies' set point, or the weight where it was happy was reset, and the weight wasn't regained, the weight stayed gone!! Those that didn't use the HCG lost muscle as well and regained all the weight and then some quickly!! Once I saw that, I decided to try the program myself.
Let me give you a bit of my background. I've always been chubby or heavy/husky growing up. I've always carried my weight in my belly. Once I got thru puberty and had a growth spurt or two, I got leaner, but never thin like I wanted. Plus my mother is insane and gave me severe body image problems. Not to blame my mother only, my father didn't help either. My father's side of the family are large people. I really didn't have a chance. This is probably why I got into nutrition when I got into chiropractic school, so I could learn how to get thin and lean.
Back in the early 90's a friend of mine got me into low fat/ no fat, and I ballooned up, plus I had stopped teaching karate full time and moved up to northern Calif. to go to chiropractic school and had quickly gained about 15 - 20 lbs. My waist went from a 33" to a 36" in a matter of months. Thankfully in Sept of '94, I got into an arguement with a friend of mine about what makes you fat, carbohydrates or fat. Then he pulled out our biochemistry book and showed me how insulin will take carbs and make fat. Talk about an instant paradigm shift. The next day I went to my biochem teacher and asked him about this whole sugar, insulin and fat system and he explained it to me and that was all she wrote. I never again made carbs a normal part of my daily life. I carried around a carb counter and could tell you the carb content of any food. I was and for the most part still am a low carb warrior.
So here we are 13 or so years later and I read the HCG manuscript. I saw it was very low carb friendly and so just to see if it would work, I started the program. Well, 5 weeks and 39lbs later I was sold. I stopped my program a week early because I didn't want to lose anymore weight. I went from 237lbs, which was my alll time high down to 198lbs. I hadn't been under 200lbs in bout 15 years. So I did the three week maintenance, which was a breeze because you now can increase your calories to a reasonable level and start to mix in more foods. So I decided to lock in my weight at about 202 - 205lbs. That worked for me, and I've been able to hold that weight for the past few years.
But like I stated earlier, two years of marriage, lots of wine and eating stupid more frequently than in the past, my body fat went up and hasn't come down. I went from 9% body fat while getting ready for my wedding to 21.6% today! Ouch!! So I started the HCG program again on Sat. Oct. 15 and will be giving daily updates on what my weight and body fat!
Yesterday, my starting weight was 215.6lbs and body fat was 21.3% and today my wt. is 214.6 and body fat is 21.6% So lost 1lb the first day, but body fat went up. The body fat measurement will be questionalbe due to the variations in measureing it with the scale I am using. It's a Tanita Ironman scale that gives all kinds of measurements, and it will be consistent for my purposes.
So that's where I am. Please feel free to comment if you'd like or call or office if you have any questions.
See you tomorrow with the update!!