Okay, this is the last of my daily HCG entries. From here on out, I’ll update weekly.
I can’t believe that I’m almost 1/3 of the way to phase 4.
Phase 3 definitely goes by faster than Phase 2. So hang in there! It’ll be SO worth it.
I’ve learned quite a bit on this journey. For one, I’m pretty positive that I’ve NEVER eaten 1800 calories on a daily basis. It’s actually A LOT of food!
For instance, yesterday I ate about 10-oz of lean animal protein, 2 scrambled eggs in coconut oil, two huge salads (with regular dressing), a sliced cucumber snack, a little cheddar cheese, 3 cappucinos, 3 apples, 3 tablespoons of nut butter and 1/2 a glass of wine.
I ENJOYED myself.
But my point is, on any typical day, I never eat that much. And it’s scary eating it all because you’re so afraid that you’re going to regain weight.
I weighed in at 120.2lbs this morning. That’s 1.0lb over my last HCG weight. (You have to stay within 2lbs of your last HCG weight for 3 weeks in order to properly stabilize at your new weight set point.)
But the thing is: you HAVE to train your body to stabilize while eating sufficient calories. If you train it while eating a low-calorie diet, on the days when you eat more calories, you risk gaining.
If I’d gone more than 2lbs over my last HCG weight, I’d have to do a “correction” day (aka “Steak Day”). A steak day is a day where you eat nothing before 6pm. You just drink as many fluids as possible. Then, at 6pm, you have a big steak with either a raw tomato or an apple. If done correctly, steak days help you drop “at least” a pound during this phase & helps reduce the damage you’ve done to the stabilization process.
I said this in my last post, but it’s worth saying again: I highly recommend that going into phase 3 that you “count calories,” just to ensure that you know what 1800 calories looks like. I know a lot about nutrition, but before HCG rarely ever counted calories. So this has been a great learning experience.
Later this week, I’ll post a summary of my experience with my HCG program, all of my progress photos (I know I said I’d have these by today… I’ll be a day or two late. Sorry!) & some helpful resources. Look for it.
I wish everyone the best of luck in your HCG endeavors!!
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