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HCG Addiction?


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Hi All -

This is my first post. Since last fall I've been doing "rounds" of HCG dieting. I have had tremendous success. Although it seems that when I am done with the diet and go back to eating normal....slowly but surely I go back to eating very poorly. Then I start freaking out and decide the only way to keep on track is to start another round of HCG. I don't know why, I could do the same diet without injections but I am not motivated to do so. 

I am doing the injections under doctor supervision - I am doing a diet that is catered to how much my protein my body scan shows that I need to maintain my muscle mass (none of that 500 vlc thing). This is great, but I still feel a sense of want and have a hard time resisting other things. However, unlike the past few times my partner is actually doing it with me and so I think when we are both finished it will be easier to maintain. Before, I would finish and there he was eating chips and cheese dip for the entire weekend or you get the picture.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone on here knew....is it possible to get addicted to dieting? Is it the HCG that I am addicted to, or just the structure and control and legitimation of being on that diet (plus I am more motivated to stick to it because it does cost a large amount of money)? Any advice? I still have at least 30 pds to lose but I don't think I can really afford another round and I want whatever I do to be sustainable and healthy!

Edited Nov 12 2010 14:40 by bierorama
Reason: Locked for discussion of hCG diet/promotion of starvation diets
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What is HCG dieting?

What is HCG

 The simple answer is human chorionic gonadotropin. A real mouthful! HCG is a hormone produced by pregnant women and in fact it is one of the main hormones that is looked for during pregnancy testing. HCG has a wonderful effect on the human body in that, in small doses it suppresses hunger and activates adipose fat tissues. This is what makes it so effective as a weight loss tool and is why the HCG diet is so successful. HCG injections are given once a day for up to 45 days in a row creating a steady supply of HCG to the patient. The patient is then instructed to follow a very specific and VERY low calorie diet which then causes the body to use stored fat as its primary energy source. Because of the HCG injections though, it will only use adipose fat - that's the stuff that hangs around your waste and hips. It will not activate normal fat storage such as that which is in your face. This is why those who have lost a lot of weight with HCG injections look so good and healthy. Their faces still look full, instead of the gaunt, creased look found in so many dieters.

Sounds like another quick fix to me...

Im sure it works, but it is not a life style change... and in my opinion, if you are not willing to make all the right changes in your life to lose the weight, you shouldnt need something like that, you cant live like that ... so why do it?

Eat right and exercise... you might not lose 3lbs a day.. but at least it will be healthy and sustainable. 

 

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_hCG_Die t_Protocol

 

yes... because 500 calories is healthy and maintainable after the diet is over... Yell

Yes - the typical HCG protocol is bad- but regardless of the 500 calories (which I am not doing anyways) My calories are more around 1000...it is just I need 135 grams of protein a day, any amount of certain types of vegies and two fruits a day. 

I also understand the lifestyle changes....which of course I am willing and do make during the diet....it seems though that when I am not on the diet those bad choices creep back into my life slowly.

So without debating whether HCG is a good/bad diet, what I am wondering on this forum is whether or not one can get addicted to HCG, or dieting in general? 

Anyone know??

Thanks!

Original Post by bella189:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_hCG_Die t_Protocol

 

yes... because 500 calories is healthy and maintainable after the diet is over... 

 you should read the first post before replying.  It's just polite.

 

OP - seems like you outlined exactly what is going on in your post.  It costs money, so you don't want to waste your money.  You have a tried/true system and a doctor you don't want to disappoint, you are accountable and have a hand-up instead of just a seemingly endless trek ahead.   These are all GREAT reasons to get into the mindset that you can only diet with HCG.

The only thing that doesn't make sense is why slip up after?  It's exactly the same as slipping up during - or even more expensive  because you've already done the whole round and paid your money out.  Then you need to get another round?  Makes no sense.  Why don't you stop buying HCG (unless you have a medical condition which makes weight loss extremely difficult for you) and get a big jar.  Take all the money that you'd be spending on HCG and junk food and label it something like "NEVER AGAIN."  Lol. (I'm adding the lol so it seems less intense- but I'm sure you know that yo-yo dieting is no laughing matter when it comes to your health!)  Seeing the cash building up might be the motivation you need.

Or... maybe make a list of OTHER things that make losing weight so easy and sustainable.  Like all the veggies you love.   All the vacations you want to take.  The size you want to be.  How much you like walking/going to the beach/etc.

I think that is a great idea! I really like the idea of the money jar - because I could use that to motivate me in many ways! I don't why I didn't think of that! I guess that's what great about this website :) Thanks!

I am doing the HCG drops... much less expensive ( got them for $25 off of ebay)... and it's been amazing. I've been on it for 24 days and lost 22 pounds. I had about a week plateau when my period came.

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Original Post by realfeminist:

Yes - the typical HCG protocol is bad- but regardless of the 500 calories (which I am not doing anyways) My calories are more around 1000...it is just I need 135 grams of protein a day, any amount of certain types of vegies and two fruits a day. 

I also understand the lifestyle changes....which of course I am willing and do make during the diet....it seems though that when I am not on the diet those bad choices creep back into my life slowly.

So without debating whether HCG is a good/bad diet, what I am wondering on this forum is whether or not one can get addicted to HCG, or dieting in general? 

Anyone know??

Thanks!

 

Addicted to dieting, absolutely. You can get addicted to anything. I'm not sure if the actual HCG shots are addicting, but I'm sure getting addicted to the results they're giving you is a very real possibility.

And your situation will bring up a debate about whether if it's a good diet or not. Obviously it's not for you b/c you keep going right back to your old habits. It sounds like a typical fad quick fix diet. Works fantastic at first, you're losing all of this weight and super fast, but as soon as you stop, and you start eating what you used to, that weight is just going to come right back and there you are, buying the HCG or pills or whatever product, eating the low cal diet, etc etc wash rinse repeat.

Original Post by nicsmilingbig:

I am doing the HCG drops... much less expensive ( got them for $25 off of ebay)... and it's been amazing. I've been on it for 24 days and lost 22 pounds. I had about a week plateau when my period came.

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Which vendor did you use to get your drops? I was leery of getting the cheap ones off of eBay because of the reviews about most of the vendors, and opted to go with the midrange priced hCG Platinum from GNC. It's working wonderfully (down 10 lbs in 6 days) but I'd love to find a cheaper option should I decide to do another round...

That is exactly why it is important to have a support group or something that keeps you accountable.  I have lost 140 lbs, 125 using homeopathic hcg.  I belong to happilythinnerafter.com where I keep a daily journal and have lots of people looking at what I am doing, etc.  I still have about 45 lbs to go, but I know I can do it and be successful.

Did the 40 day first round of HCG and lost 40lbs (actually on day 38). I did the drops. I have done so many freakin diets. Finally got the mindset to lose. HCG really helped whether it worked or had the placebo effect of working, regardless I lost 40lbs. I have kept the 40lbs off for two months now and started back up.  I will say a lot of people are confused about the 500 calorie (so called starving) part of the diet.  This diet is not for anyone near their ideal BMI weight, it is for people who have a large amount of weight to lose, like myself.  I was 241, 5' 8" tall.  The best way to describe the diet for me would be to compare a bear hybernating.  The bear has fat when it goes to sleep and when it wakes in the spring it isn't fat.  The bear didn't die from starvation but used the calories stored from bodyfat.

The most important part of the diet is the maintance phase.  I have always been able to lose weight, but as you know each time you gain it back it is like a punch in the gut and really does serious damage to your ego/motivation.  So I made a point of focusing on the maintance phase after the diet.  I do what I call the "GOD Food Diet".  In other words if you can't hunt it or grow it, I don't eat it.  That means no processed meats or any other food products.  That means no bread because it is processed. 

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Michael,

I just started the HCG3 Trim diet and I have a question for you.  During the loading days, did you gain weight?  I gained 4 pounds during the loading days and wonder if this is factored in to your overall weight loss?

Thanks for your insight.  It has really helped with some questions I had.

 

Yunnika

yunnika: michael hasn't been online for 2 weeks. he touted the glory of HCG for a week or so, and hasn't been back since.

just thought i'd let u know, so you're not waiting for an answer from him

Hi Everybody,

I wrote about The hcG Diet in June 2010.  You might be interested in the blog and the 175 comments!

Mary

And of course the HC3 Trim drops doesn't even have any hcG in it since it's a homeopathic remedy or in other words basically distilled water with nothing even potentially biologically active in it. Which makes the diet system a starvation diet without even the theoretical support of actual hcG hormone, which Mary has already shown to be nonexistent even when using the real deal.

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Original Post by deleseo:

yunnika: michael hasn't been online for 2 weeks. he touted the glory of HCG for a week or so, and hasn't been back since.

just thought i'd let u know, so you're not waiting for an answer from him

Thanks!

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Original Post by melkor:

And of course the HC3 Trim drops doesn't even have any hcG in it since it's a homeopathic remedy or in other words basically distilled water with nothing even potentially biologically active in it. Which makes the diet system a starvation diet without even the theoretical support of actual hcG hormone, which Mary has already shown to be nonexistent even when using the real deal.

Thanks for your input!

Original Post by realfeminist:

Yes - the typical HCG protocol is bad- but regardless of the 500 calories (which I am not doing anyways) My calories are more around 1000...it is just I need 135 grams of protein a day, any amount of certain types of vegies and two fruits a day. 

I also understand the lifestyle changes....which of course I am willing and do make during the diet....it seems though that when I am not on the diet those bad choices creep back into my life slowly.

So without debating whether HCG is a good/bad diet, what I am wondering on this forum is whether or not one can get addicted to HCG, or dieting in general? 

Anyone know??

Thanks!

1000 calories is WAY to low for anyone. A woman 21 years old or more needs a minimum of 1200 calories a day for a sedentary woman (as in someone who does not get out of bed). 

You need to eat more.

I just recently tried this program and was STARVING.  I did 3 days loading.. (gained 3lbs) then was STARVING.  I exercise daily so not sure if that was part of my hunger, but found this completely unsustainable.  Luckily I lost my 3lbs and stopped shortly thereafter.  I am bummed as I spent almost 200$ on the drops that did nothing.  My friend who recommended it lost about 15lbs in 20 days.  I think she has a much higher tolerance for hunger than I do?  That is what always gets me when I try to lose weight it the extreme hunger.  SO this sounded like the way to go, but I didn't notice the drops to take any of that sensation away whatsoever... 

maybe I could have done it on 1000 cal a day??? 500 was just WAY to low.  

Hi there, I went through a stage last winter where I was addicted to dieting simply because I felt too apathetic to exercise and wanted to maintain my weight and not put any on. To be honest I spent the whole time having cravings, feeling fed up and actually not achieving anything very much. I hated my body even though I am tiny but because it was increasingly losing tone. Summer came, I gave myself a kick up the backside and rejoined a gym. I do about 40 minutes three times a week (mainly running but also weights and a bit of fun on the boxing heavy bag) and now I can pretty much eat whatever I want (bearing in mind I'm not really a junk food eater but have a sweet tooth) and don't put on an ounce. I feel mentally great and physically great. Dieting is all very well but the ultimately the only thing that truly works efficiently and makes you feel good is exercising your body. 

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