I have something almost a little over the top today. I say that because it’s one of those sounds-too-good-to-be-true things, yet after further research, it really does appear to be super good, and super true!
The hCG Diet. Heard of it? I heard about it some time back but dismissed it as soon as I heard the phrase 500 calories. Insane I thought. Nuts. I was forced to revisit the idea however recently when a girlfriend of mine did the diet herself using hCG Injections and started buying size 6 jeans again after living in size 12′s for the last few years. I still wasn’t totally convinced- I mean anyone can lose weight right? It’s keeping it off that counts right?
Well, she did. Keep it off I mean. It’s already been over 6 months and she’s still shopping the size 6 dress rack. In my research it has come to my obvious attention that where you get your hCG really matters. I’d stick only with the injections myself (if I decide to do the diet….which it looks like it’s heading that way), and use a source that’s high quality and trustworthy. This is the best source I’ve found so far: http://hcginjections-online.com/hcg-injections/
I hope to be reporting back to you girls in a few months time with the same old me, just maybe a few sizes smaller.
There’s a myth in the weightloss community that exercise can help you lose weight.
Exercise is good for a LOT of things.
But in general I don’t really believe weightloss is one of them.
Say you jog on the treadmill for a half hour- you can burn about 300 calories doing that (depending on how much you weigh). If go home and eat 1 piece of chocolate cake, I’m back at square one again.
In all reality, reducing and changing your food intake will do a lot more for your actual size than exercise.
That doesn’t make exercise not worth it though.
4 Things Exercise is good for:
- Endorphins (which makes you happy!)
- Getting a more curvaceous pleasing shape (if you lift weights)
- Overall better mental clarity and peace
- Better motivation to stick to a diet
I’m trying to exercise more for reason #3 and #4. I just find on the days that I do workout, I feel more motivated to make good eating choices. On the days I get lazy and skip it, I find myself feeling like it doesn’t really matter what I eat and what’s the point? I also really like the clear-headed feeling I get after I finish a workout.
So please don’t run for half hour and get mad when you don’t lose 10 lbs, but use it as an add on to keep you happy and motivated.
Even I tend to get a little too focused on the number on the scale at times.
Good friends remind me that I need to be happy on the inside with myself.
I usually give them a scrunched up face in return, basically saying I don’t want to go there, but really, they’re right.
It’s just so easy to say that when you’re actually happy with your body. Like this gal (see above). She looks so at peace, not just because she’s in some awesome field, doing an awesome stretch, and soaking up some awesome sun- it’s also because she’s a MODEL, a THIN model. But I digress.
So going forward I am attempting to put more effort and thought into finding mental happiness with myself and my body, within about a 5 lb range or so…..
Books I plan to read:
Being: Your Happiness, Pleasure, and Contentment
Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements
The Happiness Diet
Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life (just kidding on that one- then again, maybe that lady has some sage advice….)
I don’t know about you but the only time I’m ever successful at a diet is when I have a support system.
Having a girlfriend or girlfriends to do the diet with is best, going to some type of diet “meeting” is next best, and support from a husband….well that would be GREAT, actually it would TOP the list, but pretty unlikely to get most of the time. Most my girlfriends report hubbies and boyfriends eating pizza and cartons of cookies right in front of them, so I just don’t count on that happening too often.
There’s actually a very interesting article on the topic of diets and support systems.
It said basically that women who had phone counseling in regards to eating healthy, really DID eat much healthier on a regular basis.
I wonder if I get phone counseling on how to be more beautiful if I’ll wake up with a different face tomorrow?
Kidding aside, seriously girls, if you are trying to do this alone, STOP.
Maybe all your girlfriends are already thin, or maybe they want to stay fat, whatever- guess what? There is a HUGE online community out there for every type of diet in creation (well maybe not vast, but you know) where you can build relationships and get support while you are dieting.
Here’s just a few resources:
and….youtube! Get on there and find other people doing the same diet as you. I’d bet you all the future s’mores in my life that they want friends on the diet too.