Monday, August 1, 2016

Back to Basics.... Week 1 the Load. (Recipe Alert)

Or should I call it the pile, oversupply, gorge, indulgent, consistent flood of food over 3 days? This in itself is not hard outside of; many people report it being hard to eat.  Basically, you can eat what you like.  You are encouraged to enjoy full fat and rich foods while starting the HCG.  The reason we do this is so that hunger is minimal as we adjust to the VLC days.  You can read more about it in the actual protocol; Pounds and Inches by Dr. Simeon.  HCG Chica recommends to refrain from simple carbs and sugars because by her experience it helps with the initial withdrawal,  This was the original plan--but did not end up being the reality.

So here is where we start...
Today's statistics are:
WEEK 1 Round 2 298 lbs.
Body Fat 60% or 179 lbs.
Muscle 25% or 75 lbs.

So here we see a gain. This WILL not be the weight I use to measure this round.  I will be using the weight from last week before the loading days.  The gain is a good thing. It shows that I have ate enough to prevent hunger during the first few days of VLC.  Second, it is a temporary gain and therefore not part of the actual measurements.  I expect it to be back to where I was in the morning.  Body Composition percentages have stayed the same.  I hope to really see some changes in those numbers.

By the picture; I have not been avoiding carbs.  I am neutral for keytones and the object here is to
progress toward the darker markers.  This will indicate the state where my body is stored fat as energy.  Previously I have never really progressed passed the middle marker.  There is a ton of information out there regarding the science and I am no professional.  It is also said that these strips are not the most accurate.  However, they are still used by doctors to monitor diabetic patients for ketoacidosis.  Therefore, for at least the time being I am comfortable using them as a tool.

I am using the HCG as a sublingual drops.  This previous post contains the instructions for mixing.  I also talked more about Ketosis and linked information there. Round 2 will again follow the HCG 2.0 protocol with my daily allowances capped at 800 calories.  I know from previous rounds that the lower my net carb intake the better.  My goal here is under 40. It is pretty normal in this house to eat the same thing for lunch and dinner.  Mainly because we are not a real big fan of left overs.  Today's meal came
                                                                                    in around 9 net carbs!--

This round I have been joined by friends and hopefully we will encourage one another!  This diet does not have to be boring.  Today's main meal is one full of flavor and appeasing to the eye.  For me, this is very important because I am visual as well as mentally satisfied.  I used this simple chicken breast recipe from Tablespoon to met my needs.  The Yogurt and Parmesan provide a full and satisfying flavor. Then I sauteed some green beans.  Turned out so well, it was meant to be with the shared!  So I did with the WORKCHICAS.  Since they are not on VCL, I added a bagged salad.  It only added another 75 calories.  Unbelievable that 300 calories could taste so good and be fulfilling!

In the interest of transparency.... I do exercise.  I walk at least 6 days a week and achieve at least 10k in steps.  It is a slow and steady pace.  Many people have stated they did not need to exercise while on HCG and I can believe that is true.
For me, I need the movement.  And this is HILARIOUS right?!!!!  The app says "Running".  I don't think 20 min. per mile is considered running.  In the coming weeks I will share what I have done to really motivate myself in this area.  For now tho--off to have a great week!
--See you next week.
Green Beans
1lb. fresh green beans(washed and prepped)
2 TBSP Yummy Seasoned Butter
1/2 purple onion diced
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice (half a lemon will do)
1 tsp. Herbs de Provence or herb of choice
Salt Pepper to TASTE (because I use my seasoned butter I do not add additional salt.)
Melt butter in heavy skillet.  Saute onion until translucent. 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and saute about a a minute longer until fragrant.  Add green beans and herbs.  Saute and stir occasionally.  I used a lid to help at the end to get them to the correct crisp tenderness.  This varies by preference and for me it was right around 10 minutes.  Add lemon juice and saute for just a minute longer.  Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

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