I began loading at a weight of 170.0. After load, my weight was 172.4. This morning, my weight was 167.4! That's down 5 pounds from yesterdays, weight, and 2.6 pounds from my start weight.
THIS is why I love this diet plan so much. The hunger isn't too bad, and the results are outstanding - and immediate!
I'm preparing my lunch right now. Salad with Waldon Farms dressing, grilled chicken, apple dusted with a bit of cinnamon. Dinner will be the same, but with asparagus instead of salad.
Incidentally, for the "You'll gain it back" crowd, I began this in 2010 at a high weight of 189. I have kept most of the weight off for 2 years. Once this weight comes off it is staying off for good. Part of the program is to weigh daily, so you can adjust your food intake, which I did. Most of the time when the weight is re-gained, it is because the habit of weighing in is lost. You can't manage what you don't measure!
Tips and tricks:
Weigh every day, whether you're on protocol or not. Then you can adjust your regimen if the weight begins to creep back on.
Waldon Farms dressing has no carbs, no fat, no sugar, no gluten, no calories. If you can't stand to skip dressing, try it and see if it stalls you.
If you don't like/can't find Waldon Farms, try putting your salad dressing on the side. Dip the fork into it before taking a bite of salad, you get just a bit of the salad dressing taste without the calories.
Have a mint if you are craving foods. Even water tastes nasty after a mint.
Water, water, water! Dr Simeon recommends a high fluid intake. Pure water is best, but Crystal Lite, or lemon in your water, green tea, herbal teas, or black coffee will do as well. I drink Diet Coke throughout, with lots of water, and that helps with the hunger. The carbonation helps me feel fuller as well.
The first 3 days are the hardest. HCG doesn't do much for hunger for me, it helps release the fat in the body. The first 3 days, the stomach is getting accustomed to the reduced food intake. After that, you'll be used to it and it will become easier. My first round, I almost didn't want to quit because I was used to it!
If you're going to an event, plan in advance (if you can) how you will handle food. For example, my son's Blue and Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts is tomorrow. I'd forgotten it when I began the protocol. We're having tacos. So I will enjoy the seasoned ground beef with lots of shredded lettuce. Voila! Taco salad!