Thursday, May 2, 2013

Maintaining Weight Loss on the HCG Diet: My 5 Tips for Success

It has been awhile since I've updated all of you on my progress! Not too long ago I finished my 4th round of the HCG Diet.  My four rounds on the HCG Diet were an incredible success; I lost 100 pounds in 293 days.


Losing this weight has been a tremendous blessing in my life. But now that the weight is gone, my next goal is to maintain. I started the maintenance phase at the beginning of March. And I am finally adding carbohydrates back into my diet successfully after 8 weeks of transitioning.

I am so proud to say that 8 weeks after finishing my HCG Diet I have maintained my 100 pound weight loss!

The thought of maintaining can be intimidating. After all, you go from eating hardly anything to doubling your caloric intake overnight.  I have gotten several emails from people who are terrified to gain weight back after finishing their diet. The transition seems impossible and frustrating. I completely understand this feeling, but after doing maintenance 4 times, there are some things I've learned that I feel are worth sharing.

 Here are my 5 tips for maintaining weight loss after the HCG Diet.

1. Take it day by day
It is incredibly easy to get overwhelmed by maintenance. When you start maintenance, don't take it month by month or even week by week, take it day by day. If what you eat one day makes you gain weight, you don't eat it the next day. The weight you gained will come off if you just re-evaluate your diet. One bad day of weight gain does not mean you're going to gain everything back, it just means you need to make adjustments. Your overall goal is health, so take each day as the opportunity to nourish your body. Each day your body needs nutrients to function properly. Make sure you are getting in the best nutrients so you feel the very best! Your body isn't going anywhere. You're not in a hurry to be healthy. It is a day by day process. Rushing will only add more pressure to an already difficult situation.

2. Develop a routine
Know what you're going to eat the day before you eat it. For me, I know that if I skip my 10 a.m. protein shake, I'm more likely to get hit by a 2 p.m. snack attack. If I schedule out my food ahead of time it is easier to avoid tempting situations, plus I can trend my weight. I know that if I eat certain things at certain times I am going to maintain better than just eating whatever I want whenever I want.

3. Avoid feeling Guilty
So there have been several instances where I give into emotional eating. At one point I ate Chinese food and Del Taco simultaneously. And the next day I gained. I wasn't proud, I knew better than to eat those greasy foods, but it happened. After a binge day, the best thing you can do for yourself is recognize that your behavior led to consequences and recognize that you're human, and you're capable of getting back on track. Guilt will not lead to health, in fact dwelling in guilt after a binge can lead to dangerous behaviors like more binging, skipping meals, or purging. That's not healthy. You will have bad days, you are not perfect. All that matters is that you make the day after a bad day a really good one!

4. Learn to love exercise
When I was 285 pounds, I HATED exercise. But now that I am not carrying around as much extra weight, I am actually enjoying exercise. It has been one of the biggest helps in maintaining my weight loss. It's helped me get my metabolism going again and it's a great release for me mentally. Maybe running and walking isn't your thing, but you can try Zumba or swimming, bike riding or kickboxing! There are so many amazing activities that will help you get in shape and avoid gaining weight back.

5. Give yourself some breathing room
The original HCG protocol suggest a two pound window for gains. For me, I give myself a 5 pound leeway. If I gain more than 5 pounds, I know I need to adjust what I'm doing. There will be times where you gain, there will be times where you retain water or eat something bad, so don't stress. This is not the end of the world. Just be proactive about the situation and recognize for every thing you eat there will either be a positive or negative consequence. As long as you are willing to live with the consequence and overcome the negative effects of it, you'll be just fine.

Maintenance has taught me that healthy is not a destination. Healthy is an everyday effort! If you do maintenance correctly, you will learn healthy habits. Hang in there. You are more than capable of maintaining your weight loss. I'm doing it, so can you!







93 comments:

  1. Lowery you look absolutely amazing! I'm so excited for you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jenea! :) I'm excited for you too. No doubt you'll be in the 100 pound club too!

      Delete
    2. I sure hope so! 36.2 lbs down so far.

      Delete
    3. Congratulations! It has brought about more motivation for me as I've read multiple strings of messages that talked about gaining it all back after the weight loss. And it makes sense, if you go back to a crappy diet with little exercise then obviously the weight will return. It definitely scared me, but knowing that it worked for you is amazing. Thanks for posting your story.

      Delete
  2. This post and you are so inspiring. I think i stumbled onto your blog at the right time as I am currently in my first round of HCG, after trying it last year and failing, My husband and I are trying it again, with better success. BUT currently I have not lost any weight this week, so it has stopped, but I feel healthier than ever before and I am so excited to get these pounds gone. I was almost back to my 285 weight and now I am shedding that. Thank you again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for reading. :) It's always great when new readers stumble on! Even on the slow weeks, your new diet is teaching you healthy habits so stick with it! So glad to hear that you are feeling healthier and happier! I wish you the best of luck. Thank you for your kind words!

      Delete
    2. Hey Lowery I m also onto hcg's could you plz share your diet plan too as I need a baby

      Delete
  3. Hi

    How long did the 100 pound lost.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I lost the 100 pounds in less than a year. It was from June 2012 to March 2013. :)

      Delete
    2. did you stick to the 500 calories a day or did you eat more than that a day.

      Delete
  4. Your doing amazing! I can understand the emotional eating, still not controlling it as well as I'd like, and your honesty is what has pulled me through some trying moments. Thanks again for sharing your journey!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! Each day is a struggle for us, but all we can do is our very best. :) Thanks for following my journey. The support is much appreciated. Keep going! it's so worth it.

      Delete
  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Im worried about this stage as I am quite active but when I start working out, I gain weight because of muscle and then I get discouraged and its hard for me to see what foods affect me. plus, I retain lots of water which also makes the scale go up. Do you find you have the same issues?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow. Your results with HCG are truly inspiring. For the last couple of days, I have been seriously considering starting the HCG diet. Im only 17, I know Im young, but I have been trying and trying to lose weight, with minimal results, and then gaining it all back.

    Right now, Its summer time for me, and next year I will be starting my senior year. So, I really think this is the perfect opportunity to start changing my life. Right now, I am 265 pounds and I am so sick of missing out on all the school activities because of my weight and insecurities. I honestly dont know how I let it get this far, but no matter, I think its time that I start changing things & this is the most logical and quick way to do so.

    But I was just wondering, do you personally think that I'm too young to start this? My mom isnt really sure if I should start this diet because she doesn't know the long term effects of HCG, but the way I see it is, Being overweight also has its long term effects, so I have to choose which is more important. Being obese and accepting all of the consequences that go with that. Or losing this weight with a substance that is natural in females and has worked for so many others.

    Before I start this, I would also like to know what you think about it? And also, I was wondering, i hope this isnt too personal, but are you noticing a lot of loose skin? I seriously want to avoid having loose skin if thats at all possible.

    & Btw, I am completely aware that this isnt a quick fix. In order to maintain the weight loss, I have to change. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  12. You look awesome, I'm glad to find your web blog, this is truly helpful.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm currently a day into my 3rd round and want to say I've never had any health hazards or scares on the 500 calorie diet. Maintenance I did great for about 6 months then went to a lifestyle of fast food and no exercise. I truly encourage people unsure to try this, a lot of people with ZERO knowledge will challenge the diet, for me the proof is in the results, not assumptions and such.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  16. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  17. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  18. You're amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this!!! May your success and encouragement continue! Proverbs 11:25

    ReplyDelete
  19. The use of the Met Life tables is very prevalent on the internet, Most websites label them incorrectly as an "ideal" range. However, the values are too large for short people, and laughably wrong for tall people. They have no Age modifiers, and the definition of frame size is too hard to understand.

    ReplyDelete
  20. It has been awhile since I've updated all of you on my progress! Not too long ago I finished my 4th round of the HCG Diet. weight lose

    ReplyDelete
  21. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  22. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  23. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  24. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  25. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow, you look amazing! I just stumbled across your blog and will be sifting through as I make my own health journey!

    ReplyDelete
  27. You made some really good points there. I checked on the
    net for more info about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Good Day,

    I am on week 3. I had a cheat day yesterday and back on the diet. I was wondering if I should try a protein shake 90cal for lunch or just stick to my menu of what I have ate the past 2 weeks. I've lost 12 lbs however the scale jumped up 2 today. I can deal with that.. I am not happy with my weight and am only 5' so I look real fat at 178 still. I will keep posting and am open to any suggestions.

    Thanks
    Trish

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just move on with your regularly scheduled routine. The sooner you get back to your routine the better.

      Delete
  29. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  30. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  31. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  32. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  33. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  34. This is really amazing and very good blog

    ReplyDelete
  35. These tips are terrific and very true to life. So excited for you and your progress. Hoping to hit the 100lbs club this year too!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Wow....how amazing is your weight loss achievement and being able to keep it off. Congratulation! Sounds like you have successfully changed your lifestyle around :-)

    I am researching for my husband who has had a extra 20-60 pounds since I met him 20 years ago so I understand from a close observer how the pain and frustration builds over the years. I am personally going to do one round with him for 10-15 pounds myself. Both for support and just to feel better....darn muffin tops :-(

    Again...well done!!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I have just started really promoting HCG at my gym as I have tried out every diet/supplement known to man. This is the quickest and safest of the diets I have seen. You really lose about a lb a day unless your already under 14% bodyfat. I have tried this diet on myself and lost 11.5 as well as my wife who lost 13.5 lbs in 12 days. You can go as long as 40 days, but there is no need. So far I have had 11 clients try it with only one who put the weight back on (due to party lifestyle). I have become a hero to all of these people and only makes my business look better. The only person who didn't get more than 4 lbs was my own mother! However, I think hormone issues could be the cause of that. Anyways, It's great to hear about other's successes. Let me know what you think about a diet review I did...HCG was part of it: http://www.evolvegymoc.com/diets-diets-diets/

    ReplyDelete
  38. It's an remarkable article in favor of all the web viewers; they will take benefit from it I am sure.

    ReplyDelete
  39. inspiring story! Congrats! I am wondering if I should start or not, I am so afraid, but I have done the whole up and down for soooo many years. I have had 2 babies and I need a solution to drop around 65 pounds. What I wanted to know how long did you wait between dosages? how many weeks? I have researched but I am confused on how long I should wait. I know that I will probably need more then 2 rounds to get to my goal weight. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I usually waited 4-6 weeks. :) I highly recommend going for it! It's changed my life completely.

      Delete
    2. your comment really touched me as I was just where you were not too long ago. I just completed my 45 days of HCG and I am in my 3rd day of maintenance and I feel amazing. I had a friend who had tried it and so I went to the same clinic where she went for a consult. I didn't really have an intention of starting that day but while the counselor was explaining it all to me I felt to myself it is now or never. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. it will work without question if you just follow the instructions. In many ways maintenance is a bit scarier because you have freedom and you need to put your knowledge to work. but I promise you that you will be so fired up by the results you will want to stick with it and be wondering - "why the heck didn't I try this sooner". I lost weight really fast and could not believe the results. I was losing at an almost 1 pound a day average and then had a few plateaus but still managed to lose 33 lbs in the 45 days and lost another 2 since and I am eating great. I have had steak and sauteed mushrooms big salads with real dressing and haven't gained anything. I know there are ups and downs in maintenance. All I can say is jump in with both feet and just trust the process no matter how crazy it may seem. Also don't tell the world what you are doing until you have some success. I had many people chew me out about how I was choosing to lose weight and it was hard to hear but you just have to have resolve and keep it to yourself until you really feel steady with yourself. Good luck to you and just go for it. You will never regret it unless you wait and you could be well on to your goal by Summer.

      Delete
  40. Very good tips for lose weight and you look amazing

    ReplyDelete
  41. Hi, Lowery I am finding consultants or clinics based in Dubai as I bought HCG platinum here but theres no help with the diet and wat kind of food to consume..i don't know any one who could help me with the diet plan.. :(

    ReplyDelete
  42. After losing 120# and taking a two year hiatus from HCG, I went through an extremely stressful and difficult period in my life, thus emotionally overeating and the result is a 40# gain. I learned so much and instead of spiraling downward, back on track, back to what works and now I'm on day 5 of Phase 2 and am feeling back to normal and feeling great and down almost 6 lbs.

    I was reading through your blog and love your tips and advice for the emotional stuff and the exercise aspect. Thank you and congratulations on your own loss and success!

    ReplyDelete
  43. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I think I have really come on the right place for getting the perfect info. the paleo diet

    ReplyDelete
  45. Switch On Better is featuring more and more in the ideals of the young and upwardly mobile. Often it is seen as both a help and a hindrance to so call 'babies', many of whom blame the influence of television. In the light of this I will break down the issues in order to give each of them the thought that they fully deserve

    ReplyDelete
  46. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  47. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  48. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  49. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  50. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  51. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  52. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  53. it is rare people who share their story

    ReplyDelete
  54. thanks for your valuable posting it was very informative. i am working inBest Cheap Crm System Company In Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  55. Your tips are good. I have my own youtube channel and i give tips to people on loosing weight.Obesity is becoming common among people and i am trying to help them.I try to provide people with flexible diet charts so that they don't feel difficult to follow them. Last time i visited a very good site,they are also helping people in telling good exercises and diet charts. I'd love to share that site with you weightlossedge.net
    I will suggest people to visit and utilize these free of cost of platforms:)

    ReplyDelete
  56. Great post . It takes me almost half an hour to read the whole post. Definitely this one of the informative and useful post to me. Thanks for the share.I also provide this service plz visit my site. how to lose fat naturally based detoxifying body contouring formula. Lose inches and improve skin texture and tightness.

    ReplyDelete
  57. You done a really good job and I think this is amazing I try to lose weight with hcg pellets
    and i did it so good..

    ReplyDelete
  58. Thanks For Your valuable posting, it was very informative. i am working inErp Software Company in India



    ReplyDelete
  59. I'm definitely considering HCG. How fast is there noticeable results? I would really love it if there was something out there that could help me get the weight off.

    Jim Tracy | http://www.intermountainhcg.com

    ReplyDelete
  60. Your blog is very informative and gracefully
    your guideline is very good.Thank you

    Personal Training Center in Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  61. webpage|Discover More Here
    Your blogs and each of its stuff is so pleasurable and valuable it is making me come back soon.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Fastidious blog you’ve got here. I’ve ever been seeing you just about many blogs recently.
    view website|my sources

    ReplyDelete
  63. I want to say thank to you people for this great and helpful info. Thanks!!!
    where can i get garcinia cambogia

    ReplyDelete
  64. Motivation information for maintain our healthy life and reduce fat calories.
    how to tighten loose skin

    ReplyDelete
  65. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Your blog is very informative and gracefully
    your guideline is very good.Thank you
    Weight Loss Center in Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  67. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  68. It is very nice site. The post is very informative. I agree with this point such as, replace soda and other factory juices and prevent intake about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Add into water a little lemon or other fruit to have better taste and also drink green tea may be a good strategy for weight loss. Please visit the how to lose weight fast and flow the tips.
    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  69. It's been good to see your blog when I always look for such type of blogs. It’s great to discover the post here.
    shakeology weight loss

    ReplyDelete
  70. Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Osimen was able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and doing different ungodly act..
    My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite with my husband, not until i met Dr Osimen the great spell caster who was able to bring my husband back home, Dr Osimen cast a love spell for me, and after some time i started seen results about the spell....
    Today my family is back again and we are happy living fine and healthy, with Dr Osimen all my dream came through in re_uniting my marriage, friends in case you need the help of Dr Osimen kindly mail him on( osimenspelltemple@gmail.com ) Sir i will forever recommend you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  71. My name is Cynthia and my ex-boyfriend dumped me 8 months ago after I caught him of having an affair with someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don't know what to do, so I visited the INTERNET for help and I saw a testimony on how a spell caster help them to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problems to him..... he cast a spell for me and assure me of 3 days that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my peter came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you Dr OHEHE spell caster, you are truly talented and gifted contact his email:ohehenemenspelltemple001@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  72. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I have been thinking about trying HCG but I have a few questions about life in maintenance mode. How many calories do you get to eat? Right now I can eat 1800 Calories and maintain my weight. Will I be able to do that after HCG or will I forever be stuck on a 1200-1400 calorie diet? By the way, congratulations on your weight loss success. You are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  73. I want to make a Big thanks to a man that just brought back my ex husband and my Kid back to my life through his spell casting,i thought Dr.OHEHE is a fake when i first meet him due to our Language differences and he told me that there is nothing i should be worried about because he is ready to help me and he promise that my Husband will be the one to call me begging me that he wants me back,i thought it was a joke,to my surprise this happen and Mark my Husband and ZAK my Kid is back to me now and i am very happy with the help of DR OHEHE that bring back happiness into my life..
    if you really need help or you are looking for a way to know him,you can contact him on +2347031362391
    or email address: ohehenemenspelltemple001@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  74. Hello Lowery. I am wanting to know if you maintained your 100 lbs weight loss? Have you lost more? If so, how? Have you gained? I want to try HCG again but it has been numerous times that it's just a matter of time before the weight comes back, even though I eat a really clean diet. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Suki,
      In the past year and a half or so, I have maintained the majority of my weight loss. I try to stay within ten pounds of my ending weight. :) This morning I was 197 so I am two pounds over where I am trying to maintain.

      Delete
  75. There is lot of way to loss your weight but Meal Plan is the best way to loss weight fast. If you wanna more about it please visit here.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Thanks for your nice tips !

    Best way to lose fat and gain muscles fast is also a step by step process which requires patience and discipline.

    More about fat lose and muscle gain : http://bestwaytolosefatandgainmuscle.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  77. Am Cannon shelly from Usa, i am sharing about my experience and testimony online in search of a spell caster that will restore my marriage and make me live a happy life. I was introduced to a spell caster by my neighbor and i contact him. to my greatest surprise i never though that there was going to be a real spell caster for me but i was amazed when i met a real one in the person of His Majesty,HIGH PRIEST OZIGIDIDON who helped in in bring back my man and making me have a happy marriage and home and also help in restoring back my job and life and sincerely it is to numerous for me to mention, i just can't thank him more that enough for all he has done but i want to sincerely thank him for restoring my hope that there are still real spell casters out there. Indeed he is so real and true to his job. i am glad i met him and i will hold him in high esteem till i leave this earth. Your HIGHNESS i will never let you go you are my foundation.High priest can be gotten on highpriestozigididon@gmail.com. i know when you contact him and he worked for you, you will definitely come back to thank me. high priest is so great and powerful.. i have lost the adjective to classify him.

    ReplyDelete
  78. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  79. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete