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More About HCG June 21, 2010

Posted by Ann Bertorelli in Health.
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I promised to write more about my experiences while on the HCG diet. So here goes. If you read my post from last week, you’ll be a bit familiar with what the HCG diet is. If you didn’t and you’re not, then page back to June 13 and have look.

Let’s start with the good stuff.

  • Weight loss (and detox) while on HCG is fast…I lost 20 pounds in 35 days. Many people lose about a pound a day but my body doesn’t care for that and loses about .6 a day—still not bad. Also, your body re-shapes itself in very pleasing ways.
  • The doctor that I was working with, Dr Sherrill Sellman, http://www.whatwomenmustknow.com/, is a naturopathic doctor who stresses eating in a healthy way. Her directive: eat only organic vegetables and animal protein that does not contain antibiotics. The result of this is that I felt that I was giving my body a great gift each day that I was on Phase 2 (the 500 calorie phase). I felt great physically and still do.
  • When you’re eating only 500 calories a day it’s not necessary to agonize over what you’re going to eat. It’s all prescribed: 4 oz of protein, 1 cup of a vegetable(not just any vegetable), and 1 fruit—twice a day. That’s it. Easy as pie—though no pie is allowed on this plan!
  • You know going in that you’ll only be on it a short time. The usual length is 23 days and can be up to 40 days but no longer than that. There is an end. If you haven’t lost enough weight in that time you can do another round after you’ve completed maintenance.
  • Other nice benefits that I experienced were sleeping extremely well, a lowering of blood pressure (which was not high to start with), an improvement in my skin, and a total loss of 18 inches. All things to celebrate.

There are some annoyances/challenges in following the diet—a small price to pay but they are there.

  • Because you’re eating organics and such small portions you have to spend a whole lot more time cooking. No takeout or frozen dinners available. I never anticipated that eating 500 calories would take so darn much time in the kitchen.
  • You have to measure and divide your food which is time-consuming and tedious. 100 grams of protein—hmm—I got out my postal scale to measure that.
  • While on the diet you are not allowed to use any lotions on your skin. That’s because there is fat in lotions and moisturizers and adding any fat at all to your system can result in reduced or low weight loss. Believe me, when you are eating 500 calories a day, you are not thrilled by no weight loss. I even had to wash my hair with rubber gloves on so that the hair conditioner did not get on my skin. And my hands were so dry I thought they’d start to bleed—but no hand lotion allowed. And the day that I went to the hairdresser to get my hair colored resulted in a diminished weight loss for 2 days in a row. There’s very little wiggle room in following the plan—particularly for women.
  • Lots of people say they just have tons of energy while on phase 2. I did not experience tons of energy until I had been on the diet for about 20 days. Several of my friends who’ve done the diet had similar experiences. The first three weeks I had a hard time getting through my ballroom dance lesson but by the end I was easily doing that and more. I attribute that to the de-toxing aspect of the diet.

So there you have it. Was it worth it? Would I do it again? Absolutely… It’s a journey worth taking.



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2. ben - January 25, 2012

hello and thank you for your information! i appreciate it so much. may i ask you how much you lost in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd ect. HCG cycle? in other words how much did you loose in total and how much did you regain? also i wonder if you lost more in the first cycles and when did you regained the most…? many thanks to u!! ben

3. Sophie - March 13, 2011

I’ve just completed the homeopathic hcg program using dr. sellman’s and dr. simeon’s protocol and have to agree that it works very well and everything happened exactly as described in either dr. sellman’s nexus magazine article of july 2010 or dr. simeon’s book of the 1950s. I easily lost 8kg in 2 months and intend to do it once more soon to lose the last 5kg. I also agree with the above statement that the only thing that did not happen as ‘promised’ was the extra energy. While i felt good throughout i had to take things a bit easy and go to bed a little earlier because i did not have any energy to spare. I did not find the food preparation etc problematic, it actually refreshed my memory about different health and caloric values of different foods. I think that the homeopathic hcg drops are a fantastic way to finally get on top of this ‘weightloss thing’ for once and for all, which is far better than this ‘stop, start, two steps forward, one step back, three steps forward, four steps back’ thing i’ve struggled with for decades. Thank you Nexus Magazine for printing the article and thank you Sherill Sellman for writing it and thank you Dr. Simeon for discovering this in the first place.

edgyangel - March 13, 2011

Glad you had success with the HCG protocol. I have since done it two more times. The good news is that my energy level was much better during those rounds.
Best of luck….

kikausa66 - December 11, 2011

Hi Sophie,where do I buy the HCG drops.I would like to follow the program but I am a little bit concerned about where to buy it .


edgyangel - December 13, 2011

There are any number of reputable sources for HCG drops on the internet. One that I have purchased from and used is http://www.everlastinghealthnow.com/about.html
I have also been told that GNC is now selling HCG drops in their stores.
hope this helps….

ben - January 24, 2012

hello edgyangel, you say that you have done the hcg protocol 2 more times? well, if it works, why then doing it over and over again? and: i am so worry about the jojo and re-gaining weight againg? what is your expirience on all this? i think about hcg but i am unsure if i want to go for it……
many thanks! ben

edgyangel - January 24, 2012

I have done the hcg protocol several times because I don’t want to stay on it more than 23 days at a time. I lost weight each time and have stayed down pretty well but have re-gained 3-4 pounds. And when you load for two days you usually gain 5 pounds or so. Keeping if off is of course the challenge and I am learning more about how to do that. You can’t go back to your old way of eating…I’ve had to limit my intake of starches and sugar to keep the weight off. But overall I count it a success…

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