If you read Dr. Simeon’s book, Pounds and Inches, he goes into great detail on how you need to follow the diet exactly. He goes on to say that after seeing hundreds and hundreds of patients they have, through countless rounds of trial and error, discovered the foods that help the overall weight loss process and the ones that don’t. He states explicitly that “If it is no on the diet…it is forbidden!”
While people like Kevin Trudeau will say again and again that if you attempt to do the diet by itself without the HCG, you will be hungry for the entire process, feel tired, lost weight from the wrong areas of the body, and then gain it all back quickly. HCG is essential to the process…so they say.
These problems may be true to one degree or another I think that correlation does not imply causation I this case. Here’s why…
In my own experience, I came across MarkDailyApple.com by chance. I was still in the middle of Phase 2 of the HCG Diet (the reduction phase) and was a bit panicked when considering what I would do come Phase 3. After all, being able to eat whatever you want in whatever amounts you want as long as there is no sugar or carbs isn’t exactly the bastion of freedom in our world. I could hardly think of anything I COULD eat under those guidelines. Pretty much thought, “Great…so I can pretty much eat eggs and cheese now and that’s it. Oh goodie.” So I was hunting for recipes to figure out how I could make it work. Phase 3 lasts a full 3 weeks to reset your set point to your new, lower weight. Three weeks is not a short period of time.
I ended up ordering Mark’s books (all three of them) because it seemed to me that I could pretty much just roll into Phase 3 of the HCG diet by following the recipes in the cookbooks and I might as well read the guy’s main book if I’m placing an Amazon order anyway.
Reading The Primal Blueprint was a MAJOR eye-opener. After reading the book I connected the dots. The reason that the HCG Diet works is NOT because of the actual hormone injections…but because the diet is a PRIMAL diet! Everything on the list is primal. The long trial and error process worked through over years by Dr. Simeon didn’t lead to him finding foods that “helped” the HCG do it’s thing…he stumbled across a Primal Diet that, when combined with calorie restriction, places the body in a state of Ketosis.
The headaches and tired, lethargic feeling that is almost universally experienced by those attempting the HCG Diet are the exact same type of things that people on this site experience when cutting out carbs in order to eat in a Primal fashion. It’s the body punishing you for not giving it what it wants (sugar) and reluctantly switching over to it’s alternative energy processing method…burning fat. None of this has anything to do with the HCG itself.
In order to further prove this, I’m going to take on second run at this without the HCG injections. I’ll run it for 20 days eating only the foods allowed on the HCG Diet in the same amounts. My theory is that, because my body has already switched over to burning fat as its primary fuel system, I’ll dodge the negative symptoms common for the first week and will get even better results than with the HCG.
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