Keep two things uppermost in your mind when considering the hCG diet for losing more than 30 pounds. The first is that the pound a day loss is typically the upper limit. Rarely does anyone drop more than that. Second, the true hCG diet plan (i.e., using the real hCG hormone) is only good until resistance to the hormone sets in. Resistance begins after about six weeks of using the hormone, sometimes sooner. Here is what you have to know about preventing that from happening and so you can still lose more than 30 pounds.
First off, realize that men and women differ in their responses to the hCG diet plan. Men achieve the ‘advertised’ pound per day loss more often than women do. In fact, the average loss for women is about half of that for men.
As usual for any kind of metabolic response, results will vary. Some folks, regardless of gender, will drop 30 or more pounds and others will hover close to losing 10 pounds. Many, many factors influence this rate. The fastest losses are most often by those who are the most overweight. Even then, the pound per day rate is generally still the upper limit.
The question for those who want to lose more than 30 pounds at a time is how to do so. The answer, unfortunately, is that there is no way to make the hCG hormone work faster. Moreover, combining additional strategies for losing weight during the hCG diet is ineffective and unsafe.
What can you do if you want to lose more weight? Let’s start with two examples of how this has been done.
Lucy wanted to lose 50 pounds. She embarked on the 45-day protocol, at the end of which she had dropped 20 pounds. She still had 30 pounds to go to reach her desired weight.
Ralph started the diet plan at about 50 pounds over his desired weight. He dropped 25 pounds in 30 days on the 30-day plan.
Those are typical results. Eventually, though, both Lucy and Ralph reached their goals to lose 50 pounds. Here is how.
Achieving Additional Weight Loss
At the end of the hormone period, and after the required 3-day hCG washout, the hCG protocol requires a 21-day maintenance phase. Briefly, this maintenance phase is a period of consuming no starchy or sugary foods. In fact, it can best be described as a low-carb phase. Completing this phase properly is absolutely crucial for maintaining weight and proper fat metabolism after the hCG period of the diet has ended.
Normally the complete reinvigoration of the hCG signaling pathway takes at least six weeks. This means that the end of the hCG period of the protocol requires that long before beginning another protocol. In other words, the 21-day maintenance phase is followed by another three weeks of ‘being good’ at weight management before beginning hCG again.
This is exactly what Lucy did. And it is exactly what Ralph did.
In Lucy’s case, she did another 45-day hCG series, which dropped her weight an additional 20 pounds. She was still 10 pounds short of her goal. She dropped the final 10 pounds in a third hCG series, this time with the 30-day protocol.
How long did it take Lucy to achieve her goal using the hCG diet plan? The first time through it took 45 ‘hormone days’, plus 21 days in the maintenance phase, and an additional three weeks of ‘being good’ (i.e., not returning to her previous poor dietary habits). At the end of this 12-week period she started her second 45-day hCG series. She followed this second 12-week period with her third hCG series, this time using the 30-day protocol. From beginning to end it was 12 weeks plus 12 weeks plus 30 days, for a total of 28 weeks (7 months) for Lucy to reach her desired weight loss of 50 pounds.
In Ralph’s case, he completed the 30-day protocol (4 weeks), the 21-day maintenance phase (3 weeks), and the three week ‘being good’ phase to drop 25 pounds and keep them off. Then he did another 30-day protocol to get to his desired weight. His Total elapsed time was 14 weeks (4.5 months) from beginning to final goal of losing 50 pounds.
Lucy and Ralph represent typical experiences. The main point of these two examples is to show how to lose more weight than can be achieved in a single hCG series. The key is to do more than one series, with the appropriate gap between them to make sure that your body is ready to respond to hCG again.
What Does ‘Being Good’ Mean for Weight Management?
If you do the math, the pounds per month losses by Lucy and Ralph are not astounding. They match up with lots of diet plans. The nearly hidden key to their success, however, is that the hCG protocol drives fat loss, not just weight loss.
Fat loss is crucial. If all you wanted to do is lose weight, you could just eat less. Losing weight by eating less is the mantra of diet gurus and health professionals. This kind of advice is so prevalent that it has reached the level of dogma.
Unfortunately, it is also the worst possible advice you can get. What is really important if you are overweight is to lose fat, particularly visceral (abdominal) fat, not just weight. Metabolically directed fat loss is what the hCG protocol provides.
Once you get your fat metabolism reset with the hCG diet plan, it is crucial that you continue ‘being good’ so that you don’t start adding excess fat again. This means taking advantage of the mechanisms that your physiology has in place for balancing your metabolism the way it is supposed to. These mechanisms respond to your lifestyle, including diet and exercise that are truly effective for maintaining proper body fat and for generally staying healthy.
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All the best,