Posted on Feb 7th, 2009 by Allison (Reviews/Recommendations, Whatever)

So, on my 25 Random Things list I shared that I had lost 49 lbs since August 15th.  Make that 54 lbs as of today.  Several of you asked how I’m doing it – so here is your answer.

scales-feet.jpgI was lean as a teenager….  but, everything changed with my first pregnancy.   My weight has been up and down a lot over the years – far more up than down the past 10.   And at 47 was finding that nothing was working… didn’t matter how little I ate, how active I was, I just wasn’t seeing results. 

I felt better when I went on regular walks, went to Curves 3 times a week, and watched what I ate – but I wasn’t losing any weight.   In fact, I had vowed to never “diet” again – since it seems like every time I do, I lose weight, but then gain it back plus more.  My doctor suggested I look at the Lapband (it had worked for her), but I wasn’t prepared to consider a surgical option.

Last summer, I was made aware of this weight loss protocol – and was completely resistant to it at first. But I started researching it and (even though I had vowed I wasn’t going to tell anyone, in case it didn’t work), I enlisted the help of my sister – who was also looking for alternatives to shed some weight. Honestly, she did most of the research Kristin and I both decided it was the best option we had. So I found a local naturopath who offered it, we made an appointment and jumped in.

hCG Protocol by Dr. Albert Simeons 

It’s not for the faint of heart, though it is the simplest, most effective way I’ve found.  There are naysayers who claim it doesn’t work… but I and many others are living proof it does.  And, frankly,  if you have a negative view of the hCG diet, I’d prefer you keep it to yourself.   I’m not sharing this information to recruit others to try this – just to share what is working for me, because I was asked.


It is more detailed than this, but here is a general overview of what I do…  (Phase 1 was invented by Kevin Trudeau – I don’t use it)

Phase 2  (VCL – reduction)

  • I inject myself with hCGDaily injection of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) for a minimum of 23 days (yes, I inject myself).  It can also be taken sublingually, but for me it is too much work to mix it up and take it more than once a day.
  • VCL – very low calorie, very restricted diet (500 calories per day with no sugars, fats or starches).   The good news is, the hCG seems to prevent cravings, sugar withdrawal headaches or hunger.   Unbelievable, but true!
  • A typical P2 mealThis is what I had for lunch today.  My daily diet consists of tea for breakfast, and two meals containing 3.5oz chicken breast or lean beef, and either celery, cucumber, romaine, spinach or onion.  An occasional apple, orange or handful of strawberries.   A protein drink sometimes.  Like I said, very limited choices…. it gets really boring, but I’m rarely hungry.  Oh, and I have to drink lots of water.

How does it work, you ask? It’s a bit more complex than this, but a simple explanation is the hCG fools my body into releasing 2,000 – 3,000 calories daily of the hard-to-access abnormal fat.  My average loss per day while on this phase is 0.7 lbs – and the composition change in my body is pretty amazing.

6″ off my chest (all from the back), 7.5″ off both my belly and my hips. 70″ lost overall, from 16 different measurements. With results like that, it’s easy to stick with the boring food.

Phase 3  (stabilization – resetting my set point)

  • This lasts a minimum of 3 weeks, and is the most challenging part, because we have to maintain – within 2 lbs up or down, our LIW (last injection weight).   If we gain more than 2 lbs, we need to do a “steak day” – where all we eat is a steak and an apple.  
  • I love Phase 3, because I get to eat cheese!  And mayo, butter, olive oil and nuts….  and pretty much any vegetable I want…. and many more fruits.  I typically have a cream cheese muffin (made with cream cheese, eggs, xylitol instead of sugar, and cinnamon) for breakfast every day. Yum. Found a fabulous recipe for a chocolate torte made with almond flour. Can eat basically anything I want, as long as it isn’t starch or sugar.
  • It’s actually the most important phase, because it’s where the body is trained to recognize the new weight as normal.  It can be challenging to figure out how much to eat to maintain – not gain, not lose – because it is different for everyone, and everyone’s body responds differently to new foods as they are introduced.  Last P3, my ideal calorie intake was around 2100.
  • During this phase I try to eat 10% carbs, 25% protein, and 65% fat.  I eat a lot of chicken salad, and cheese, and taco salads.  I would be lost without, which I use to track all this.

At this point, I can go back into another Phase 2, or move to Phase 4.

Phase 4 (maintenance)

  • After weight has become stable, we gradually start adding starches – rice, potato, beans, etc.  Basically transition into eating “normally” – though hopefully with better habits than before. I was on Phase 4 all of December and maintained pretty well til the last couple of weeks…  all that sugary wassail and caramels did me in and I gained about 7 lbs back.

I’m feeling and looking much better, feeling healthier, stronger and I have more energy.  I’m eating lots more fresh, natural, “real” foods.  The only negative side effect I’ve experiences is that my hair fell out in handfuls all during December, so it’s much thinner than I’m used to – but not noticeable to most people.   It’s finally stopped doing that and I can see new growth of about 1″ long.  

Me - after 54 lbs lostI’m not quite ready to post a fully body pic (maybe I will from my upcoming trip to Kauai) , but for those of you who have seen me in the past 5 -8 years, you should notice a change in this picture.

I’ve released 54 lbs of fat, and I’m almost half way to my ultimate goal – so I’m not sure how many rounds it will take.  I’m just finishing up my 3rd round of P2, and really looking forward to eating cheese and mayo again on Wednesday!   

Kristin and I will be on P3 until we leave for Hawaii March 8th, and eat P3/P4 while there… and start back into another P2 as soon as we get back. 

So that’s how I’m doing it.    As I mentioned, this is not for everyone, but it is working well for me.   Some important things I’ve learned… having an hCG buddy has been IMMENSELY helpful for support, encouragement, cheerleading.  I’m so glad Kristin is doing this as well. We even successfully stayed on P2 during our trip through the peninsula last fall. And finding a good online support forum made a huge difference in the success of Phase 3.  Plus, it’s where I get most of my fabulous new recipes.

If you’re interested in looking into this protocol for yourself, the first step is to read Dr. Simeons brief book online, Pounds and Inches.  

(20) Comments   


Michelle on February 7th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I’m so proud of you (and Kris) you look great! I’m sure you feel great too.

Ashley Rae on February 7th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I don’t think I could ever be that disciplined. You two are amazing for being able to lose all of that weight. And you both look fantastic!! We’ll be 4 hot chicks in bikinis when we go to Hawaii.

Kristin on February 7th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

This the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time.

When Allison first told me about it — and this may sound a little silly to some of you — I got emotional at the idea this really could work, that maybe we had found a way to lose the weight.

The possibility of finally slimming down and looking and feeling good again… Well, the feeling of hope, where there had been none, brought me to tears.

So, we’re six months later. We’ve both done very well. Allison has lost 54 pounds, I have lost 45. I’m finally down to a size 12 and feel like I still have 30 pounds to go. But I sure feel a lot better.

This is NOT an easy protocol. It is, however, SIMPLE. And if you can stick to it, it works. I doubt I would have been able to do so well, IF AT ALL, if Allison had not been there, doing it with me.

We still have a lot more to go, and there will be lots of effort involved in keeping the weight off. Wish us continued success.

Robert on February 7th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Congratulations to both of you. From everything you wrote it sounds so similar to the Protein Power plan – the same ratio of fat-protein-carbs… but the one factor that makes it different is the injection. THAT I’d have to not only read about more, but I don’t know I have the guts to stick a needle in myself. I would NEVER have made a good drug addict.

But, it is working wonders for you two, so maybe I’d find a way.. : )

Best wishes for your continued success.

Ken on February 7th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

I’m so proud of you! Congratulations! I’m thinking about doing this too. I can’t seem to lose that last bit off of my stomach.

Allison on February 8th, 2009 at 12:54 am

You can take the hCG orally. I didn’t mind the injection (it’s a really tiny needle and I rarely even feel it) so I never bothered to learn much about how to mix it for sublingual delivery. And I think it has to be taken more than once a day if orally. It just seemed like too much effort compared to a single injection each day.

Another benefit of the hCG is that skin retains more elasticity than with other forms of rapid weight loss. Many people who have lost tons of weight this way have no saggy skin. I’m hoping that is the result for me…..

Allison on February 8th, 2009 at 12:59 am

Rob, I tried Protein Power before… and wanted to become a vegetarian after 2 weeks both times I tried it 🙂 I was concerned that would happen again, but it didn’t.

Carolyn on February 8th, 2009 at 6:39 am

Your website is wonderful….your story is too! Your success is happiness for all. Thanks for sharing.

Linda on February 8th, 2009 at 7:19 am

Congrats on your loses!!! You know me as Skinny girl wants out!! I want to say you have done an excellent job with presenting the protocol!!! You and I both know this IS phenomenal and the best way to lose the weight!! I have been on plan for 5 months and as of this morning I have lost 68.2 pounds in 3 rounds!! My first two rounds were 42 days each and on my current round I am on day 21… I am going until I hit 70 pounds and then taking a P3/P4 break!!!

Way to go girl!!!! Love your blog!!!

Chris on February 8th, 2009 at 9:19 am

I am so happy for you and Kristin. It sure helps having a buddy going through the same thing, for sure. I can’t wait to see pics of you both in your swim suits in Hawaii looking very svelte.
Good job, Allison (and Kristin)!

Jennifer Pearce on February 8th, 2009 at 11:26 am

You are amazing for being so disciplined! I would have a very hard time going without bread especially. You are looking so great!

Jean on February 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Thank you Allison for the informational nature of this post. I am very proud of both you and Kristin and so happy for you. You girls never cease to amaze me and your both beautiful women…

Here’s to your continued sucess and the inspiration you will give to the rest of us.

Allison on February 8th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

You know, Jennifer, I thought I’d have a hard time going without bread too… and cookies, and pasta, etc. But I was completely amazed that while on the injections, I truly have no cravings.

I have had bags of candy lying around (halloween or other) and I can look at it without even a temptation. Pretty incredible. And, in the past, when I have tried to “go off sugar” I have had horrible withdrawal headaches. Had none of that on the hCG.

My first round I felt quite weak the first couple of weeks as I was getting used to the low calorie intake, etc…. but the past two rounds I haven’t felt that at all. I don’t do strenuous activity while on P2 though, because I will get light headed if I do.

Nessa on February 9th, 2009 at 6:27 am

Congratulations on your weight loss success!

Kathleen on February 13th, 2009 at 1:18 am

Allison and Kris, you are amazing. Congratulations. I am looking for something to help me lose some weight but with all of the medications I take I wonder if this program would work for me. Anyway, you are beautiful!

Biz on February 17th, 2009 at 9:58 am

Lookie here, OMG, this blog is unreal! I used to be a HUGE blogger, but got out of the habit, and this is something I am gonna fix as I absolutely LOVE blogging, honest to goodness, I miss it much. Well, anyhoo, I have you on my radar now and will be making stops to watch you and your progress. WOOHOO!!!!

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Satori on October 28th, 2009 at 11:34 am

Can you share the recipes for the Almount Flour Chocolate Torte and the Cream Cheese Muffin made with Xylitol for HCG diet Phase 3?

Dionne on July 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 am

im on day 4 of HCG and im not hungry no headaches and im down 4lbs …i think this is going to work and the injections dont hurt 🙂

Jean Kozma on February 16th, 2017 at 5:37 am

Excellent job! You’re right this diet is hard, but worth it!

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