I lost 8kg’s in 3 weeks, with Diet4Shape.
I had put on a lot of weight over the winter and as summer was creeping up fast, something had to be done. It took couple of weeks, but I talked my partner to do the diet with me. We started the supplements a week before. When the injections started, we did each other once, and realizing how easy it was, did our own from then on. We soon started calling it “The Breakfast”, quick and easy one!
First 2 days, you are suppose to binge eat. We timed it for sat-sun, and picked up chocolate croissants, ice cream, crisps, dips, pasta, cream..list goes on.. from the super market on Friday evening. I can’t remember the last time I was that full by the time we finished binging on Sunday.
Monday, 500Kcal, first day. Black coffee in the morning. This allowed me to stay in bed longer as no real breakfast was happening. I drank a lot of water, got a bit hungry by midday, but that passed. I ate a boiled egg for lunch and we did our Mexican wraps for dinner. Googled a lot of ingredients that day to find out what we can eat.
Days went by and we kept things/food really easy and simple. Every mouthful was so tasty, it didn’t really matter what I ate. Boiled egg and a tomato with salt and pepper became my favourite lunch very quick. I knew I was allowed to have couple of apples a day, but only had an apple twice in 3 weeks, that was towards the end of the diet, when I really started missing eating fruits.
By middle of the second week we started to want something a bit more, so after dinner we would have few blueberries/raspberries, only few, and a table spoonful of non fat, not sugar natural yoghurt or small cupful of jelly that had been made the night before. Beautiful and healthy, low calorie desert.
I didn’t cheat, not even once. In fact, sometimes my calorie count was more like 350 kcal rather than 500 kcal/day, I found it easy.
Hardest part was a day we went to a friends BBQ. We too with us an apple each and a bottle of sparkling water and a lime. We lasted about 2 hours, with people around us eating everything from cheese and crisps to BBQ meat etc, before we bailed and went home. It was time to cook one of our special meals and have more bubble water.
Weekends generally were a bit harder than week days, as you are at home and food is available, but you are not allowed to even have a little bit of ice cream. What motivated me was the fact that I had seen results after first week, 3kg’s gone. I never weight myself everyday like recommended, I did it once a week, and seeing a bigger drop in weight was encouraging. I didn’t feel much different than I normally do. Hunger wasn’t there much, except when I delayed lunch as much as I could everyday (till about 3-4pm), I would get a bit hungry around 1pm. I drank a lot of herbal tea and water and it helped a lot. Normally I would eat fruit around midday but as my fruit was out, I had water/tea instead.
My biggest ‘fear’ before the HCG diet was the 500Kcal: What exactly can you actually eat?? It didn’t take much to learn how much calories is in food we eat daily basis. I actually found it very easy to keep the calories down. Cutting out sauces, dairy (except eggs), oil and bread and using spices and herbs instead was not a problem for me. It was harder to see Christmas food and chocolates everywhere in the shops and windows as we started the diet mid November. Bad timing!
Few tips and what we ate here for you if you are thinking of doing the HCG Diet:
Refer to the manual for what you should not eat. Like carrots, too much sugar.
When you want to buy food, always google “how many calories in…..”. A cupful to me is about a handful. I ate mushrooms a lot at dinner time. They have 15Kcal per cupful.
Breakfast: Black coffee
Morning tea: tea! Herbal tea and lots of it. You’ll feel thirsty, drink lots of water too.
Delay lunch as much as possible, by drinking tea when you get hungry. An apple is ok before lunch, I didn’t eat any. I ate a boiled egg (~80Kcal) with salt and pepper and a ½ tomato. Eat full tomato if needed. Also you can find small cans of tuna in the supermarket with 55-90Kcal. Use the non-oily tuna. Manual says no tuna, but I ate it sometimes. It’s fine! But choose your tuna carefully. Coles ‘mexican flavour’ tuna is nice and low in calories. This sounds hard but it’s not, you’ll love every bite!
In the health food aisle you’ll find low calorie rice, mix with your can of tuna, add asparagus/broccoli/peas/mushrooms and fry up. Fried rice! (it’s not like the normal one, but will do the job. Dave ate more of this than me. It’s great is you want a bigger meal for lunch.
After lunch I sometimes had a handful of celery. Snow peas are good too and cucumber for after lunch snack ( you can almost count them as 1kcal/snow pea).
Dinner: We loved our mexican wraps. Still do! We ate these a lot. They are filling and sooo tasty!
One chicken breast is about 100g. Use half.
Handful of mushrooms
Fry these in the pan with no oil, use water in small amounts to stop them drying up. Flavour with salt and pepper and some fajita spice. Add herbs if you like.
One tomato diced small, spring onion and mix with lemon pepper and salt. Or just normal pepper. Voila! You have salsa!
Buy salsa from Mexican aisle. It’s low in calories, use couple of teaspoons per wrap. Yammy!
Buy 69kcal wraps from Coles. We used rye, but rice wraps are nice too. Fold in half and you’ll have 2 small wraps!
Buy low calorie cottage cheese, use one full teaspoon in the wrap, replaces sour cream.
Add lettuce and wrap up! Enjoy!
We often also steamed some broccoli and asparagus, a handful. Add lemon pepper/pepper and salt.
Drink: Sparkling water with lemon. Or make a yammy cocktail with sparkling water, lime and mint, add ice. We used fresh lime and lemon but also the ready juice from bottle.
Or make ice tea with your favourite herbal tea, to me it was peppermint tea with lemon slices. You can also freeze this in cubes for hot days.
Good to also drink apple cider vinegar with a little water some mornings to get your bowls moving. It’s yak but works a treat!
Pasta!! You can find low calorie pasta from the health food section in Coles. 8-10ckal /100g, use one pack 30kcal!
Fry 100g of fish or chicken with mushrooms, salt and pepper , add pasta sauce and pasta.
Steam green veges and your meal is ready!
Desert: Jelly!! Buy those small packets you can find from supermarket and make a different jelly everyday! We started to eat jelly most days about half way through the diet. That’s when you start wanting something more. Also frozen berries are good with a table spoon of non-fat non-sugar natural yoghurt. Have small portions, think little, it will be more super nice and you’ll treasure every bite.