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The Cheap Gourmet is Trying the HCG Diet

I hate to admit it, but since starting The Cheap Gourmet food blog back in 2007, I've added an extra 30 pounds of padding to my already robust stature. I'm uncomfortable. It's become harder to breathe and my knees ache far too often. It's time to revamp my diet plan and regain control over what passes through my lips.

I recently won the HCG Diet Program Giveaway hosted by Tara Burner.  I received a 40-day supply of homeopathic HCG Plus drops and a bottle of homeopathic vitamin B-12.  Tara provided a ton of literature, step-by-step directions, and recipes, plus I did a lot of research on my own. What I discovered is there is a lot of controversy over this weight loss plan.

Instead of reading a bunch of sales hype from websites trying to sell me HCG and hypercritical info from drug manufacturers, I downloaded the original research report presented by Dr. Simeon; the guy who did the scientific research some 50+ years ago. Click here if you want to download the PDF report, "Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity."

Dr. Simeon's protocol is based on HCG injections. The concentration level is much more powerful than what's in the HCG drops. I feel the controversy stems from the fact that HCG is NOT recommended for weight loss, and the drops ARE NOT approved by the FDA.

Another reason for controversy is the HCG Diet is extremely restrictive in calories. To the tune of about 500 per day. Human beings cannot normally sustain nutritional balance on a mere 500 calories per day.

However, Dr. Simeon's research report explains how the HCG helps your body release stored fat. Essentially, you're downloading necessary calories stored in fat cells throughout the diet. Once you reach a maximum 34-pound weight loss or complete the 23- or 40-day plan you stop and gradually reintroduce carbohydrates.

I'll be honest. I'm on the fence and somewhat skeptical about the HCG Diet. But, I want to give this a fair shake because after reading Dr. Simeon's report it makes perfect sense to me.

For me, organization is going to be the key to success. Using the food charts and recipes supplied by Tara, I created my first week's menu. The most challenging part was coming up with a menu that would be enjoyed by my really skinny husband who can shove 5000 calories in his mouth in a day and never gain an ounce. Oh, he's also a meat and potato guy and potatoes are prohibited on the HCG Diet.

Believe it or not, I managed to work it out. This evening I went shopping for our week's menu and did not buy one thing that wasn't on my list. We'll be having Beef with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce, No Mayo Tuna Salad, Mahi Tacos with Strawberry-Cucumber Salsa, Balsamic Mustard Steak, French Onion Soup, Lemon Zest Crab Cakes, and Lemon Pepper Chicken. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

I placed the menu on the fridge with the times I need to eat, what I'm going to eat, and when to injest the drops. I have no idea how well this will work, or if it will work, but from the looks of my menu I'm going to be eating much better than I have in months AND I'll be eating small meals throughout the day, which is something I am really bad about. I eat one huge dinner and that's it. No breakfast or lunch except once in awhile on the weekends. That is the worst eating habit ever and will really keep the weight on.

I'll be posting recipes throughout the week, as pretty much everything we're eating is brand new to us. We're going to toss out the spicy hot chocolate covered bacon and bacon waffles and all those high-carb foods we love so much and give this healthy eating another try.

If you have tried the HCG Diet, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'll do my best to keep you posted on the weight loss. Supposedly, you can lose 1 to 2 pounds per day. I'd be ecstatic to lose 1/2 pound per day.

Please note that the opinions expressed here are merely my own. I'm not being paid to promote HCG drops, nor am I selling HCG drops. I'm just trying to change my eating habits and eat healthier foods and trying to fast track my efforts by using the product that I won.

Always consult with  your physician before starting any weight loss plan. Especially one that limits calories to 500 per day!