Let me start by saying, there is no easy way to lose weight. You put it on easy, it’s going to come off hard. But there are different ways to lose weight and at our age sometimes it’s all about knowing your options.
Exercise your way to weight loss
It goes without saying that exercise needs to be part of a fitness regimen. I’m not here to tell you about the amount of exercise you need per day – there are plenty of magazines, blogs, gyms willing to tell you this. No, my goal here is to talk about your other options to get there faster. Why fast? We live in a world of immediate gratification. Speaking for myself, I have started and stopped so many work out routines because I didn’t see the results and to be fair, it was going to take a long time to build up the muscle required to overcome my massive calorie intake. No matter how I tried, I could never balance things. Maybe you understand what I am talking about?
HCG diets for weight loss.
I had never even heard of the HCG diet before this year. When I met with my team at Total Men’s, they gave me a full battery of blood tests and came back with some options. They recommended both a testosterone therapy plan and a medically supervised weight loss plan. I decided to start with weight loss because it has so many other benefits towards overall health. They ordered my supplies and told me to come back after my trip to California.
When I returned they had my supply of HCG, syringes, alcohol wipes, phentermine and B12. “How often am I coming in for shots?” I asked. Oh, you’ll do these at home and come in for a weekly B12 shot. What did I sign myself up for? Let’s walk through the supplies and what the purpose is.
Phentermine & HCG
Phentermine is an appetite suppressant used to treat obese people with risk factors such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Taken 30 minutes before breakfast you don’t really get hungry all day. I’ve spoken to friends that I have attempted the HCG diet and they all gave up. My coworkers are shocked that I haven’t been moody, especially after seeing my calorie count for the day. This is a very low calorie diet and I must tell you – there is no way I would have been successful on my own. I just don’t see it being possible. Phentermine does have side-effects that you should be aware of.
HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a hormone typically associated with pregnancy. Don’t worry guys, it’s safe for us, too. You can get it in drops or injection. Most who do this diet (and it is an extreme diet) will use drops they can order from various sources. My process used the injections, which seems to be the recommendation of most physicians. What HCG does is the important part. Honestly, it has been unclear for a long time. My team tells me that the HCG releases the nutrients stored in fat cells, allowing your body to make up the caloric deficit with the energy your body has been storing.
Have you ever noticed how nursing mothers can eat anything and stay skinny? The HCG in their body is allowing the transfer of fat to nutrients. But it does something else too. It prevents the rapid weight increase that typically occurs after a crash diet. To be more specific to my athletic readers, the HCG prevent muscle loss during the diet by creating an anabolic state that counteracts the catabolic state. The HCG is pro-hormone so it also elevates testosterone, but don’t ask me how. It just does. By saving muscle, you don’t sacrifice your metabolism.
About the diet
This is where working with medical professionals helps. The original HCG diet, Simeon’s Protocol (see Pounds and Inches), was written in the 1950’s and aside from limiting to 500 calories, it also had very little protein incorporated. Remember why I said I didn’t like juice cleanses for weight loss? Newer protocols have caloric intake in the 500-1000 calorie range. The menu the clinic provided me looked quite healthy, albeit small. Mostly protein, green vegetables, some fruits and small amounts of fats like MCT and coconut oil.
Will the weight just come back on after the diet?
What I’ve been told is, no. As said earlier, the science is that your body is burning fat, not muscle. With the phentermine and coffee (or tea) consumed, your metabolism is going to just burn through the fat and the weight will fall off – like the guy below (not me but I promise the pictures will come soon). The added benefit is your own hormones should get reset as will your hypothalamus – the portion of your brain responsible for maintaining your weight.
How do I know this is true? Well, here is an article by Dr. Sheri L. Emma, MD – author of Dr. Emma’s HCG protocol.
HCG is a crash diet but one that works if you follow the newer protocol administered by a physician. You will find websites with people who continue to be HCG purists and stick to the original protocol, using the homeopathic HCG; it isn’t the same process. I’m not here to judge which is better. My results, having lost roughly 25 pounds in about a month, have been with the new style using pharmaceutical HCG. And being able to lose weight without having to join a gym and ridicule myself was a plus.
I know some will judge but let’s get real – the reason I’m big in the first place is partially hormonal, partially diet, but in no way was it related to my work outs! With my increased testosterone and regained confidence of having a slimmer physique, I fully intend to begin a work-out regimen. I can’t wait!