Things I’ve learned (so far) on the hCG Protocol
As I am nearing the end of Phase 3 (low carb stabilization phase) there are some things that I have learned about myself and food. These are important lessons that, hopefully, will serve me well when I get down to my goal weight (currently 95 pounds away). Some of my fellow dieters aren’t understanding why I want to go through all four phases instead of wrapping up P3 and going right into Round 2 (isn’t some of the jargon fun. Click here to find out WTF all these P’s and R and other BS acronyms mean). For them the logic is take all the weight you want off first then figure out what you can eat after. Which is great if you are doing 1 or 2 rounds, I am looking at 3 or 4. I have no intentions on getting down to goal and thinking of the bowl of oatmeal (my current desire) that entire time only to have it be a food that sends causes me issues. I want to have that figured out well in advance. I am not willing to “take the hit” if I know what it will do. It’s sort of like a former boyfriend/girlfriend/crush that you have a chance to get back with. Of course you have thought about that moment countless times and now, your encounter with this sweet, sweet lovin’ could meet and exceed those expectations (a food you can stick with forever), could leave you disappointed (no adverse reactions from the scale but not really satisfying) or it could leave you feeling spent and guilty with syphilis (causes a gain). I don’t want to build any food up to mythic proportions just to not have it again which, for me, triggers spite eating and that’s not healthy.
Friends have accused me of “being obsessed with food”. It’s true that my love and obsession look similar, but what I have learned is that I am not obsessed with bingeing on that food. Take my feelings on cheese- I love it, especially goat cheese. At one point I could have eaten a 4 oz package of semisoft goat cheese without even thinking of it. Now because of knowing what a serving size really I know that I need to savor the hell out of that singular ounce of cheese. I had a serving of goat cheese and melba snacks for lunch on Friday and it took me an hour and a half to get through it. It takes 20 minutes for you tummy and brain to agree that food has been delivered, so by eating very slowly that signal, once it gets there, is good without making me feel over full. Sometimes, no matter how hard my stomach growls, it really just wants some attention, not all the attention. Taking smaller bites, really chewing leads to getting all the pleasure out of a food without going hog wild.
Calories matter for me. People often tout how great low carb is. You don’t have to worry about calories it’s the carbs that are evil, so eat all the bacon and burgers you want. The idea is that being satiated from the fat will keep your calories in check. Yea, no so much me. The fat keeps me satiated but way under calories (<1000), so I adjusted to eat more calories and still stay within ratios (60% fat/25% protein/15% carbs) which was about 1500+ and I maintained really well. Lately the foods that I want have kept me right around 1000 and the weight is falling off again. This tells me that when I move to Phase 4 and leave the cocoon of the protocol, I will have to be mindful of how to combine my foods and the calories. I refuse to cut out an entire category of food just because “they” say “those” things are bad for you. I need to find out what will work for my body so I’m not unhealthy or unbalanced. If that means I get to have cream and sugar only once a year, then so be it. I want to know so I can plan for that one day and savor the hell out of it.
I hate taking supplements but would rather take a natural aid than a man made one. Currently I am taking a Magnesium supplement to aid in…intestinal maintenance. Which I am ok with, I wish I didn’t feel the need to take it, but there you go. I also had to get some potassium, but my diet was deficient in that before as well. What I don’t want to do is take a bunch of pills to get the nutrition I need. I stand in the supplement aisle in the store and look at all the combinations and hear people touting about omega-3 supplements, and fish oil and beta carotene and I think- we used to get all that from food. Real food. This goes back to my feelings about getting rid of any singular class of food just because.
Moving forward I have a plan to listen to my body and really understand what I need to work for me. In some ways this is very much like Lucumi. The reasons/methods of one person cannot be applied like a blanket across the board. I am excited to go back on round 2 but I think I want my support goddess Stacy to work through some more of the common issues (apparently R2’s are problematic for a lot of people) before I restart, because I can be a
little lot needy if things don’t go how I expect them too. I’ve built up a decent cushion of pounds before I have a devastating day on P4, but I’ll post on that soon.