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    I started the HCG protocol in May 2011. I’ve been doing rounds off and on for 2.5 years and lost a grand total of 25 lbs (yeah, not as successful as they claim!).

    Before that I did a 5 month candida cleanse and was unable to eat wheat without being doubled over in excruciating pain afterwards…

    Before and during that cleanse I was vegetarian for 3 years…

    Before that I did a series of somatic experiencing therapy and intuitive eating to heal a 17 year binge/purge eating disorder (this was actually probably the only time in my teen/adult life I had a half-healthy relationship with food)…

    I’m tired and cold all the time. My moods swings are extreme and my cravings are frightening. I’m living on ibuprofen lately to manage back spasms, body aches, and frequent headaches. I literally downloaded Matt’s book this afternoon and read a large portion of it out loud to my husband tonight. It was like he was writing about me! We mutually agreed I need help…

    I’m not going to lie… after being enmeshed in the HCG community for the past 2.5 years the idea of eating carbs scares the pants off me!!

    Gonna finish reading the book (thanks for the free download, Matt!!) and will be back later…


    I’m quite new too. I have been a vegan, vegetarian, also did an anti candida diet and dabbled with grain free / paleo after having some gluten issues.

    Before reading diet recovery I was trying to stick to less than 1800 cals per day and had issues of fatigue, coldness, anxiety etc. HCG seems shocking to me, doesn’t it require 500 cals per day? I read an article on the Gokaleo blog recently that suggested less than 1800 cals per day for a woman is technically starvation! Apparently women really need at least 2000+ cals per day, others perhaps even 3000+.

    Over the last few weeks of following the refeeding protocol (not aggressively really, just eating to appetite satisfaction and occasionally a bit extra). I’ve found that a minimum of 2500 calories per day keeps me feeling warm, happy and generally well. I have a light frame/bone structure (ectomorph body type) so I’m willing to bet a woman with larger bones and muscles than me needs more food than I do.

    Good luck and happy eating! If you are at risk of orthorexia issues/obsessiveness, I’d recommend staying away from dieting forums and diet recipe sites – I’ve been doing this, haven’t even looked at the “weight loss” category in this forum because I don’t want to slip back into restricting mindsets!


    I don’t want to get into the whole HCG thing, but it’s not as extreme as most people think… I recommend people read the free PDF manuscript along with Robin Phipps Woodalls book Weightloss Apocalypse… To be honest, this will be controversial I’m sure, I may use it again in the future to get my weight off (I’m 5’4″ & 256 lbs) once I’m maintaining a higher temp consistently and have resolved my hormone and metabolism issues if the weight doesn’t naturally melt off…

    I took my temp this morning and yesterday morning and they were 96 & 95 point something degrees F respectively. On top of that, I’m currently ovulating, so that’s my peak temp in a month… Not great, right?

    I’ve never eaten breakfast, always been a coffee only person (I have one cup a day) till around lunch time (sometimes as late as 4 PM) so I’m trying to get in the habit of eating within an hour of waking as a start. Today I slept in late, ate “breakfast” at 11:30 AM, then was in a staff meeting till 4:30 PM, had to go in to my other job till 5:30, so didn’t get to eat my second meal of the day till around 6 PM. I have been in the habit of eating intuitively for many years now, so eating semi-regularly is going to be my biggest challenge. I don’t have much of a appetite at all and hate that “full” feeling.

    My other issue is chronic insomnia. I’ve dealt with this issue since my teens. I have a hard time falling asleep due to racing thoughts. Just in the last year I’ve found that listening to audio books helps me fall asleep, but I’m so accustomed to going to bed super late that I’m still chronically sleep deprived.

    The interesting part of this is that my naturally slim husband has a fast metabolism and stays slim without any effort. His natural personal habits include eating a large breakfast, eating frequently, eating till he’s full, and going to bed early to get a good night’s sleep. I keep joking that I just need to shadow his every move from now on… eat when he eats, sleep when he sleeps…

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