Thursday, October 8, 2009

Basics: What the Protocol looks like

The protocol, based on Dr Simeon's "Pounds and Inches" is based on using the hormone hcg, in conjunction with a very low calorie diet or VLCD, to assist people in losing fat from their abnormal fat stores (as opposed to losing a combination of fat, muscle, structural or normal fat, and other healthy tissue.) Normally present in pregnant women, hcg is a natural sunstance that is not dangerous for women OR men. The protocol has been around for many years, faced some controversy, and still has a healthy run of supporters and nay-sayers. I am not here to do battle with these ideas. I am here because I have done the research and am aware of numerous people, both in my personal life and through online forums, who have had/are having enormous success.

The program requires daily injections of the hormone hcg (availble by prescription or, as I did by purchasing from overseas.) For the first two days of injections, eating high fat foods is required: aka load days. After that, a very specific food plan is laid out which will be followed for the remainder of the protocol, and for two days afterward as the hcg leaves your system. After limited number of injection days (23 to 40...I am planning to do 40,) there is a stabilization period, which I will describe in more detail later, that allows you to return to a richer food menu while your body balances the rapid weight lost during the injections. You may then choose to do another round. Typical wieght loss PER DAY on the protocol is between .5 and 3 lbs a day.

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