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question about hcg

I have been dieting for years and its not working well for me. I gained weight while pregnant pigging out more then I should have .
I go to the Family Fitness Center 4 times a week and work out on the machines and the stairmaster but its so hard because half the time I want to pass out. I am so tired and have no energy. I have been afraid to take any drugs or appetite suppressants. I keep hearing about hcg and was wondering if anyone has tried this without the drugs that some people are taking with it.
I read that you are losing the weight, but how do you feel on it? because i know that just eating less calories is helping me lose weight slowly but I feel terrible. I have no energy and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hungry all the time.
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I have been on the diet for 21 days now, and am averaging a 1/2 lb a day loss, with very little exercise (bad knees - need replacement surgery). I do as much on the treadmill as my knees will allow 1-2 times a day, and some light weight lifting and 'range of motion' exercises.
I am on Dr Simeon's 500 Calorie a day diet and taking HCG shots 6 days on, 1 day off each week.  I never feel hungry except for late afternoon of the day I don't take the HCG shot (and sometimes the next morning).  I feel great - no irritability like when I was on VLCD (very low Calorie diet) prior to HCG. I am not energetic like some people say they are, but my lab work (required before DR would put me on HCG) showed I had very low Iron. We are working on building that back up.
The HCG for me has made dieting a breeze. I'm also losing inches in places I don't usually lose inches - MY Waist.  I'm actually starting to get one now!!!!!!

Good luck!  I think HCG might help you.

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I too am on HCG (Releana) and ahve been for 20 days. I'm losing close to a lb a day and as the previous poseter said ..in places I don't normally lose.   When I first started I thought no way will I be able to survive on 500 cals per day.  But, I've been able to do it.  I have had a day or two that I was pretty hungry. But for the most part I'm not hungry.  My energy level is at least as high as it was and seems to be increasing.  My mood is better too.  

If you are going to try it, please read Dr. Simeon's ino which you can find on the web.  You also need to follow it very carefully. Some are able to cheat more than others, but I cannot cheat at all. If you do, you don't lose weight that day and it may take a day to recover.  I'll also tell you that it has been worth it!   I"ve tried every diet you and imagine and then some and nothing ever worked.  So far this has been working quite well.  Again, educate yourself on the protoco.  

If you do decide to do it, please keep us posted on your progress. It's encouraing to be "surrounded" by others having success!
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thanks and I will. I will et you know how it goes, but if it doenst work, please dont be mad at me. lol but trust me I am PRAYING it works. omg you have like no idea because I dont want to be so tired anymore or hungry. i cant do this  anymore. my doctor told me it would take 2-3 YEARS to take off the weight doing it this way I am now. screw that. only took 6 months to get it on. lol

i just want to be able to wear shorts and say...wow, im sexy! and not like..wow, look at those fat rolls. oh and I want to go to the gym and wear a thong work out suit like the skinny beotches that i just want to smash their faces in a pie and scream EATTTTTTTTT!!!! lol

yeah i have issues. can you tell? LOL anyhow, i will keep yu posted. =D
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lol I love your posts..but if you look at the above posts..and many..the weight loss they talk about..loseing 1/2 lb a day...11 lbs in 10 days...this is 100% not p[ossible..weight loss yes...........fat loss no...so dont let those #'s mislead you..the body will in no way and cannot lose that kind of fat daily..heres  some notes from a topic on this..

I can confirm that it’s rare to lose more than 1.5 - 2.0 lbs of weight per week without losing some muscle along with it. If you exceed 2.0 to 3.0 pounds per week, the probability of losing muscle is extremely high. If you lose muscle, you are damaging your metabolism and this will lead to a plateau and ultimately to relapse.


Part 10 of 12
How quickly should you shed your excess pounds? Let me guess ... You want to get rid of them as fast as possible! (like, yesterday, right?)

Yes, we all wish we could melt off the fat "overnight," but supposing you really could take the weight off "lightning fast." Is rapid weight loss is really healthy and safe? And is it permanent?

How much fat loss is realistic? How much is physiologically possible?

I've got bad news for you. You have been lied to over and over about "quick fat loss" and it really irks me that weight loss companies keep getting away with it at your expense!

It's time to bust this myth and uncover the truth.

Train hard and expect success,

Tom Venuto, NSCA-CPT, CSCS
Fat Loss Coach

Fat Loss Lie #10: "Fat loss can be quick and permanent"

The "Quick Fat Loss" Lie Exposed

"Lose 30 pounds In 30 Days!"

"Lose 9 Pounds Every 11 Days!"

Lose 10 Pounds This Weekend!

You see ad claims like these all the time, and they sure are enticing, aren't they? They play on our emotions and our desires for instant gratification.

Patience is the one thing you never seem to have when you’ve got a body fat problem. You want the fat gone and you want it gone now! And why not? It seems so do-able. Everywhere you look, you hear promises of quick weight loss and you even see people losing weight quickly.

We have reality TV shows that actually encourage people to attempt “extreme” body makeovers or see who can lose weight the fastest, and the winners (or shall we say, the "losers", as if that's a flattering title to earn), are rewarded generously with fortune, fame and congratulations.

Let’s face it. Everyone wants to get the fat off as quickly as possible - and having that desire is not wrong – it’s simply human nature. However...

Serious Problems Can Occur If You Try To
Force It And Lose Weight Too Quickly

The faster you lose weight, the more muscle you will lose right along with the fat, and that can really mess up your metabolism.

An even bigger problem with fast weight loss is that it just won’t last. The faster you lose, the more likely you are to gain it back. It's the the "yo-yo diet effect" - weight does down, but always comes back up. Think about it: We don’t have a weight loss problem today, we have a “keeping weight off” problem

Weight loss will be the healthiest, safest and most likely to be permanent if you set your goal for about two pounds per week (and even if you lose only a single pound each week, that is healthy progress). This is the recommendation of almost every legitimate and respected dietician, nutritionist, exercise physiologist and personal trainer on the planet, as well as exercise organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Dietetic Association.

Are there any exceptions? Yes. It may be ok to lose more than two pounds per week if you have a lot of weight to lose, because the rate of weight loss tends to be relative to your total starting body weight. Generally the rule is that it’s safe to lose up to 1% of your total body weight per week, so if you weigh 300 lbs to start, then 3 lbs a week is a reasonable goal.

But there IS a catch.

What Really Matters Is Not How Much WEIGHT
You Lose, But How Much FAT You Lose

Where did your weight loss come from? Did you lose body fat or lean body mass? "Weight" is not the same as "fat." Weight includes muscle, bone, internal organs as well as lots and lots of water.

Let’s look at an example with some numbers so you can really grasp this concept of weight versus fat and then you can see, illustrated with specific examples, what will happen when you lose weight too quickly.

As an example, let’s take a 260 pound man who has a lot of body fat to lose - let’s call it 32%. With 32% fat, a 260 pounder has 83.2 pounds of body fat and 176.8 pounds of lean mass. Using this example, let’s look at a few possible scenarios with losses ranging from two to four pounds per week.

Weight Loss Scenario 1:

Suppose our 260 pound subject loses four full pounds instead of the recommended two pounds per week. Is this bad? Well, let’s see:

If he loses a half a percent of body fat, here are his body composition results:

256 lbs
31.5% body fat
80.6 lbs fat
175.4 lbs lean body mass

Out of the four pounds lost, 2.8 pounds were fat and 1.2 were lean mass. Not a disaster, but not good either. Thirty percent of the weight lost was lean tissue.

Weight Loss Scenario 2:

If he loses a half a percent of body fat and only three pounds, here are his results:

257 lbs
31.5% body fat
80.9 lbs fat
176.1 lbs lean body mass

These results are better. Although he lost less body weight than scenario one, in this instance, 2.3 pounds of fat and only 0.7 lbs of lean mass were lost.

Weight Loss Scenario 3:

What if he only lost two pounds? Here are the results:

258 lbs
31.5% body fat
81.2 lbs fat
176.8 lbs lean body mass

These results are perfect. Even though our subject has only lost two pounds, which seems slow, 100% of the two pound weight loss came from fat and he kept ALL the muscle!

Weight Loss Scenario 4:

Now let’s suppose he loses three pounds but he loses more body fat: .8%

257 lbs
31.2% body fat
80.2 lbs fat
176.8 lbs lean body mass

These are the best results of all. When the weekly fat loss is .8% (better than average), 100% of the three pounds lost is fat. So as you can see, yes, it’s safe to lose more than two pounds per week… but only if the weight fat. If you lose three or four pounds per week, and you know it’s all fat, not lean tissue, then more power to you! If you lose four pounds and two of those pounds are muscle, you just shot yourself in the foot!

If as little as 20%-30% of your weight loss comes from muscle, when compounded over a few months, you’re talking about a massive muscle tissue loss which can dramatically slow down your metabolism, weaken you and turn you into nothing more than a “skinny fat person” (that's a person with low body weight because they lost so much muscle, but still holding stubborn fat because they shut down their metabolism).

Don't Be Fooled By Water Weight Losses

One thing you should also know is that it’s very common to lose 3 - 5 pounds in the first week on nearly any diet and exercise program and often even more on low carb diets. Just remember, its NOT all fat - WATER LOSS IS NOT FAT LOSS!

The faster you lose weight, the more muscle you will lose right along with the fat, and that can really mess up your metabolism.(and no HCG will not stop muscle loss)


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those diets that make you not eat at all, and fast or the ones that have ytou wear suits that make you swaet out water are stupid, because all you are losing is water weightnot fat at all. but people look on the scale and go wow, its saying I am 10 pounds less. then they drink a glass of water and gain half back lol hello!
but one thing that the hcg diet does stress that you have to drink all that water, so they arent losing water weight I guess. and if they are exercising to build muscle that burns the fat, they they arent losing muscle weight either. so it must be fat, becuase what the heck is left? lol
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It works, Satriana, hcg works. Google HCG diet support groups and you will find many that have nothing but great people with positive things to say. Many of these people were hundreds of #'s overweight and are now looking great and living in health. Find a better site than this for the support and advice you'll be able to use!
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I just cant figure out how it works. I am not one to walkinto the street blindly for the most part, even if I seem like it.
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The numbers just dont add up.  Even with the mind set that hcg works...Even saying YES, you will lose weight...

the numbers just dont add up.
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Are you doing the HCG injections yourself?  If yes, where did you get it?  If not, any chance your doctor is in the Illinois are?  One can hope.
I don't even know where to begin to find a doctor in my area that will prescribe HCG.
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I'm using Releana's HCG.  You put some under your tongue twice a day.  It seems a whole lot easier than the shots. Google Releana and you'll find the site.    Also, go to  http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HCGDIET    (hopefully I did that right!)  Look in the database...they list some docs but I didn't see one in ILL, but I have heard of some there.    

Another idea is to do a search on this forum and see if you can find one there.   Hope you do!!!

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I have been on HCG (releana drops) for two weeks.  I went to the Dr. this morning and through two weeks, I've lost 22 1/2 lbs.  This is allot I know but I was weighing 327 when I started.  As for all the skepticism from people either thinking of trying it or just not buying it.....  forget what you "think" you know from prior experience or have been told from someone who has a vested interest in you trying there product (other sites or weight loss solutions).  I've done the Body for life challenge a few years ago and completed all 12 weeks.  This program involves eating 6 small meals a day and abbreviated weight lifting to shed the fat and get healthy.  I was down to 250lbs. and feeling pretty good but, like most diets, the kicker was you had to buy certain products that the founder of the contest (the company is EAS) sold to truly see weight loss.  I lost twelve lbs. in a week more than once while on that program and my strength was increasing.  

My point is that that program follows the traditional line of thinking of ....  "more than 2-3 lbs. a week will result in a loss of muscle."  


I understand that there are "health" issues that should be respected / monitored if a person is losing weight rapidly but I'll stand in front of any "non-believer" right now and show them how I've lost weight and inches in places that after 12 weeks of lifting and eating 6 small meals a day didn't begin to effect (thighs, buttocks).  I'm feeling stronger now (and I haven't lifted a weight in the two weeks I've been on releana) than I did when I was lifting all the time.  Also, my blood pressure was 155 /119, two weeks ago today and as of this morning (testing at the same place at the same time of day) was 112/82.  I've had high blood pressure for 4 years, sometimes being as high as 177/130 so this to me is truly amazing.  

The thing about the releana is that it's based on the concept of mobilizing the fat that's stored in those areas of "your" body that are most prone to storing it (hence all the postings about "losing weight in areas they've never experienced"), and using "it" as the energy to get through your day vs. traditional low cal diets, which start to you muscle for energy, etc.  

Since I've been on it (other than the first two days) my appetite has been under control.  It's really true that after a few days your body will adapt and you can get through the day without the headaches and hunger pains and what's great is that you get to wake up every morning and truly recognize your daily achomplishments because every day your clothes get a little more loose.  

There's always gonna be cynics out there but take it from someone who's tries all the diets out there in the past.....  This isn't a "cure all" or a miracle drug.  You have to be disciplined.  There will be a night  when you feel like cheating, but like anything you must make a choice and live with it.  HCG will work if you stick to it.....  

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Satriana is a fightu plant...don't respond.....
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