I have a love/hate relationship with the HCG diet. It works if you follow it properly but it is really not healthy–nor is it easy! This is the diary I kept while on it…
Day 1: Start: 159 pounds. Today was a “loading day.” I was supposed to eat a lot of fatty foods. Okay by me but I was not feeling very hungry! But, I had a big chocolate malt and it was sooo good!
Day 2: I don’t think I’m going to load today. I don’t want the food anyway. They say you might get headaches if you don’t but I just don’t feel like eating.
Day 3: Today, I started on the 500 calorie diet. Easy! I can’t believe I wasn’t hungry at all!
Day 4: Down two pounds from yesterday. Now 158. More 500 calorie diet. Still easy. I’m loving this!
Day 5: Down two more pounds! 156. Minor headache today but nothing too bad.
Day 6: Down two pounds to 154!. This diet rules! I’m feeling pretty good.
Day 7: Down 1 1/2 pounds to 152 1/2. Serious headache today.
Day 8: Down 1 1/2 pounds to 150 . Another headache from hell. I should have loaded on that second day.
Day 9: Down 1 pound to 149. I broke the 150 mark! Life is great! No headache today, thank God. Still, it’s worth it to see the results like this!
Day 10: Down 1 pounds to 148!!
Day 11: Down 1 1/2 pound to 146 1/2 this morning. Went out with the girls tonight and I wanted to eat sooo bad! It sucked to sit there drinking water! Glad we’re leaving for our Florida house tomorrow so I can just stay home and not be tempted.
Day 12: Down 1 pound to 145 1/2 this morning. Had the flight to FL. Not tempted..yeah right! I was starving on the plane and ended up cheating a little bit.
Day 13: No loss today. That cheat yesterday wasn’t worth it!
Day 14: Down 1/2 pound to 145. I am so sick of eating chicken! I hate chicken! But I hate fish more so I guess I’m stuck with chicken.
Day 15: Down 1 pound to 144. I’ve lost more than a dress size so I feel a little better about starving and being bored!
Day 16: Down 1 pound. 143 Jim wants to invite the neighbors over tomorrow for dinner. I guess I’ll serve steak so I’ll (sort of ) be eating the same thing as everyone else.
Day 17: Down 1/2 pound. 142 1/2 I’m starting to feel sort of blah and weak. Dinner with neighbors tonight. Hope I can keep my resolve.
Day 18: I was good last night (although I really wanted to attack someone for their potato) but only lost 1/2 pound. Loss seems to be slowing. Starving to death! I’m starting to get hungry again. Guess I need to up my dose of drops.
Day 19: 1/2 pound. 141 1/2 Wish I’d lose more. I had hoped to be below 140 by now. I think I’ll do 40 days instead of 23 on this. Maybe. If I can stand it! I’m kind of miserable.
Day 20: 1/2 pound to 141. The idea of 18 more days is starting to frighten me. I want something else to eat so badly! I have a headache. I’m weak and I hate the world. I really want to kill someone…and then eat them!
Day 21: 1/2 pound to 140 1/2 If I’m only going to do 23 days, this should be my last day of the drops. I don’t know! I feel like Hell. The loss has been great but it’s been hard on me.
Day 22: 1/2 pound to 140! I’m going to be strong and stay on. I’m about to break down under 140. If I could get down to 130 I’d be the happiest person on the planet. But I really am starting to feel awfully weak and crabby.
Day 23: No loss! I was soo looking forward to being under 140. That’s disappointing. Bit Jim’s head off this morning. I am emotionally a wreck and I feel really rotten!
Day 24: No loss! WTF!! I’m stuck at 140?
Day 25: What? 140 AGAIN? *&^%^%$#@ Jim is begging me to quit this because I’m such a grouch! Well, that’s the nice word for it. Going back home tomorrow.
Day 26: 140. &**&^%$#@!! Why can’t I break 140? This is really pissing me off!
Day 27: 140. F*** this! I’m going to quit the drops and be done in a couple of days.
Day 28: 140 No drops today. Without the drops, I’m starving! Not that I wasn’t pretty hungry before, but I’m STARVING today!
Day 29: This should have been my last day of the 500 cal diet but I couldn’t take it anymore! I had to eat so I started doing some of the maintenance.
Day 30: Up 1/2 pound. I guess I still had HCG in my system. Maintenance is really boring and I’m so sick of this food! I’d kill for a piece of cheese.
Day 31: I ate normally today. Just couldn’t take any more!
Day 32: Up 1/2 pound this morning. Still couldn’t stand it so I ate regular food again. Surely by now the HCG is out of my system and I won’t gain any more..
And so it went….until I gained back to 148. Every time I’m tempted to try it again, I look back at this and see how bored I was and how hungry, grouchy and weak I was at the end of it. I still ended up 10 pounds down so it was a win on some level but it was a hard-earned 10 pounds!