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Friday, April 27, 2012

Venus Transformations | The HCG Diet

A sceptic of fad dieting, it took some coaxing for me to try the HCG diet. I have never truly dieted because well, i never really had to...but, as you get older, the body just doesn't quite react the same to exercise, so had to shake things up.

A family member of mine had already lost 20 lbs. in less than four weeks on the diet so that was all I needed to see. There are many naysayers that believe the HCG supplement to be a placebo, and the strict 500 calorie a day diet is the only thing that causes the weight loss. I tend to believe that me just deciding to limit myself to 500 calories per day for 26 days straight would not work on its own. In either case, placebo or not, the diet is working for me and I feel healthier than ever before, so doubters be damned!

Phase 1 of the diet was fun, cause it was a two day food fest. This loading phase is to prepare you for Phase 2 - the next 24 days or more of a Very Low Carb Diet (VLCD). The proteins, veg and fruits you can have are very limited so I had to find some "cheats" to help me keep interest. I'll post my cheat foods in a future post. Dropping pound after pound each day didn't hurt in the motivation department either.

On 5/1/2012 I will enter Phase 3 (P3) and look forward to increasing my caloric intake to 800 calories for that three week period. I'm definitely looking forward to being able to include dairy in my diet. Still can't have starch and sugars during this time, but you better believe that I have some diet allowed recipes up my sleeve, and will be enjoying pancakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc. in P3. I've been scouring Youtube, and diet VLOGs for tips. I've also gotten difficult to find specialty ingredients from and local health food stores.

So, with all this preparation and research, I know what you are thinking..."how much have YOU lost?!" Currently, I am 15 lbs. down after 22 days on the diet. I have to say that a 5 lbs. a week average is pretty impressive!

Got questions? Tweet me @absolutevenus!

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Absolute Venus

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