I’m officially in the second phase now, VLCD Day 3. Surprisingly enough when I weighed myself on VLCD D1 I had lost .2 lbs. Yesterday the scale told me I lost another .7lbs. I was pleased to see that the number is going in the right direction and I knew once the HCG really kicked in I would then start seeing the bigger numbers in loss but what I saw today was a complete surprise to me. -3.7lbs was my loss when weighing myself this morning. I actually got off the scale and did it again to make sure some secret force wasn’t trying to play tricks on me.
If you haven’t Googled the HCG diet yet, I’ll quickly tell you that VLCD is the acronym for Very Low Calorie Diet, which is part of Phase 2. You’re only allowed to eat 500 calories a day, and you are extremely limited on what you are allowed to each. An average day looks something like this:
Breakfast: tea (no sugar, as much as I want)
Lunch: 3.5 ounces of very lean chicken or beef (there is a limited selection of what meats you can have) 2 cups of shredded red cabbage (there is a limited selection of veggies as well)
Snack: 3 melba toasts, 1 apple (you guessed it, a very VERY limited selection of fruits)
Dinner: 3.5 ounces of talapia, 2 cups of cucumbers
Snack: 1/2 cup of strawberries
Think you could handle it? I promise you, it’s not easy. Only in the sense that if you love food, you’re quickly going to miss everything you can’t have. And I’m not just talking about junk. Sure, the other night I really wished I could have had a Girl Scout Cookie, but I quickly got over that. Right now I miss raspberries, and oddly enough carrots. Which is a good thing. That means when I get off this crazy diet I know I’ll be making smart eating choices. And? I pretty much did before this. Well, most of the time. I’m human, right? My major problem is that I have not been able to get off that ‘abnormal’ fat. I work out. I diet. I do everything I’m supposed to and it doesn’t go away. Which? Is completely demotivating, and I eventually just give up.
Pathetic? Slightly, but true. As I said in the Loading Phase post, I weighed 193lbs and have steadily been fluctuating between that and 185. I’ve maintained though a reasonable diet and workout, but haven’t been able to lose anything. This is why I know this diet is going to be a success for me. I just need help getting the fat off. I am not one to binge constantly on fatty foods, so I know once the pounds have been shed and I’m at a healthy size again I’m not going to go crazy and put myself right back in the same position I’m in now. Plus, I’ve been this fat for so long that I know once I get down to the healthier size I’m working towards I’m going to have a much stronger appreciation and respect for my body.
***post originaly written 3/12/12