My HCG Notes
I often sat and contemplated what my first Blog would be about. I never thought that it would be advice to help someone, but then again, isn’t that what a Blog was created for? When I Google’d “Blog” I was told that it was a web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis. So with that being said, allow me to inform you of my tips and tricks to make it thru your time on the HCG weight loss plan.
The first thing you need to know is that if you do not follow the direction given to you from ThinNow the whole thing will backfire and you will do more damage than good! Don’t make the mistake I made the first 2 times I tried the HCG diet. I read the testimonials, ordered the product and started taking it without paying attention to the instructions that came with it or the wonderful e-mail that the company sent to me stressing full compliance with the instructions. BIG MISTAKE! These people have done their research and they know what they are talking about. If you don’t follow instructions or have a problem cheating then this is probably not the thing for you. Please do not contact me after the fact with your dissatisfaction if you do not do what you are supposed to do. Thanks!
Things You Will Need
The most important thing you will need while doing this program is a food scale. DO NOT buy one that is non-digital because it is not accurate. I think the first one I purchased was a digital mail scale from Staples (which worked fine) but eventually I bought a food scale from Wal-Mart. This shouldn’t cost you more than $20.
Next, you will need snack sized zip-lock bags and medium sized freezer bags. These will be used to store your portions for the low calorie diet.
You will also need to purchase boneless skinless chicken breast, 95% lean ground beef, shrimp and your choice of fish according to the allowed type (Cod, Wild Chilean Sea Bass, Wild Flounder, Wild Sole, Wild Halibut). Keep in mind that there are other protein choices but these are the most practical. Also, for your pre-packaged portions you can go ahead and purchase your Spinach and Cabbage (they both freeze well).
Preparing Portions In Advance Saves The Day
I found that while I was working, my schedule didn’t allow me to go hunt for the proper food choice during lunch so I had to prepare my lunch in the morning before I left for work. Who wants to be pulling out meat and vegetables first thing in the morning trying to measure them for the correct portion size? No me! I like for things to be nice and easy. So after my first few rounds I came up with this packaging system. It is tedious but it pays off in the long run.
For instance, with the chicken breast I would take a big bowl and as I was cutting away the fat I would cut the chicken into smaller chunks and throw it in the bowl. Sometimes I would add my seasoning then and other times just leave it plain, it’s up to you. This cutting into smaller pieces helps during the weighing process. Your protein portion sizes are to be 3.5oz (or 100 grams). So as you weigh the meat, if it’s a little over you just take a chunk off and replace it with another smaller piece. Once you have reached the correct weight, put it in a snack sized zip-lock bag. After you have a few portion sizes made you can start putting them in the medium size freezer bag. You want to put it in the freezer bag so that it does not get freezer burn. The snack bag will not protect it properly.
The same goes for the vegetable portions. Wash and cut the vegetables. Use the same process of placing the portions in the snack bags and then placing the snack bags in the freezer bag. Not hard right? So when it’s time for you to cook it you just pop it out of the freezer and throw it in a pan without worrying about if you have the right portion size. I usually don’t buy enough food for the whole plan but rather choose to do 2 weeks at a time but this is totally up to you based on your schedule.
Loading Is Not As Fun As It Sounds
The first two days that you start taking the drops are called “Load days”. It sounds like fun because you get to eat all this fattening food and lots of it, right? Not exactly, LOL! Remember that the HCG releases calories into your blood stream so although you need the fat going into your low calorie diet, you actually are taking on over 2,500 calories a day in those 2 days! And trust me, you will feel like you are going to bust. The things I found most fulfilling were prime rib, French dressing, dark chocolate and peanut butter. Also get a gallon of ice cream because by the second day that’s about all you will want. The biggest thing to remember here is to load on fats and not starch or sweets. The first time I did this I was eating things like cake and candy thinking that was fatty foods. This is not the case!
Don’t Forget To Drop
In the instructions they tell you that there are different combinations you can take the drops in as long as you get in the 3.0ml required in a day. I stick with spacing it out over the entire day so that it is always in my system. I do this by taking .5ml every three hours . . . 6am . . . 9am . . . 12pm . . . 3pm . . . 6pm . . . 9pm. This is easy to remember (numbers divisible by 3). I also recommend getting the drops with the alcohol in it if you are forgetful like me and can’t remember if you just took the drop the hour before, the non-alcohol drops have no taste.
Keep It To Yourself
It’s probably best if you don’t tell people what you are doing. I have found that when I told people in the past the fist thing out of their mouth was “Dr. OZ said that stuff is no good!” Yes, he did say that but he spoke without having all the information about the protocol and his response was solely based on the 500-calorie diet that you are on while taking the drops. Trust me, people will start to notice the pounds and inches coming off and then once they see the results you can tell them about it if you choose.
So that’s all I have for now! I will probably do a part 2 as more questions come in. Here are some links for your reference . . .