Monday, June 15, 2009

Success on Maintaining

Well i thought I would put this up! You know me! I am very naughty and have my indulges but I have also had fantastic maintenance periods. I wanted to share what has worked for me and a few others... Of course everyone is different but so far so good.

The first week of Phase 3 you have to MAINTAIN LIKE A MAD person!!!
This first week you will notice the scale jumps a LOT, and in ridiculous numbers at that. I think this is because our bodies kinda go into shock mode with the extra salt, extra fat and such after being on P2 for some time. Maintaining really well the first week I notice that the rest of the time kinda is a breeze unless you are extra naughty :-)

GUYS you will have a hard time with maintenance if you overindulge too quickly... Quality control here.. You've worked too hard for it!

Suggested diet...
First day of P3
Meal one eat eggs, little butter (NO CARBS)
Meal two eat eggs, Cheese, protein and LOW carb VEGGIE
Meal three eat Beef, Cheese, salad
I would follow this for at least 3-4 days

LOADS OF WATER... you may even find that you need to do a steak day.. not to worry once you get over this week.. things really do settle so don't be discouraged.

Then after that adding in stuff like avocado and other protein nuts such as almonds or pistachios that have a low carb/high fiber content

You will also need to look at your BM.. remember that you are taking in more food, having too little BM then a positive number on the scale could just be waste in your belly :-) so don't freak out too much about it. It will pass! LITERALLY LOL

Friday, June 5, 2009

Staying on top of your maintenance!!!!!

OK! So I have been very very naughty and totally went out side of my maintenance with lots of wine and food heheheh and went up a few pounds.. I am happy to say after some corrective days I am maintaining at 119-121!!! I think, sometimes we just see food and think OMG let me have it all. But remember this is the thing that got you into trouble in the first place... I think it is important to splurge and treat your self.. Otherwise what is life without indulging one's self? I think the true thing is to totally enjoy the moment, but know that you will also do something about it. Too many times I see people just continue on this downward spiral and your self pity wants to kick in. I would like to encourage you to just always have the mindset of getting back to the spirit of you! And know that with HCG you now have options. Thank goodness to Dr Simeons for figuring out corrective steak days.. Plan these when you plan to over indulge.

Always wondered why steak days on breaks?
Always wondered why apple days on stalls??

Steak days
Ok here is my two bits... Well sometimes when we overindulge, we are taking in lots of fats carbs and salt... Having loads of liquids will help sort out water retention. And missing a meal and carbs all day will help you burn up what you took in the day before so you are not storing up too much glucose in the body. We know that our bodies run nicely on fat. So eliminating the carbs even for a day will help to trigger a corrective response. I a m sure there is science here at play but oh well. I studied art, so POOO! Again these are only my thoughts that I share, not cold hard facts.

Apple days
Apple days help us release water retention. There is not much to say on this, except for the fact that I just learned that apples have been known throughout history to help release fluid that is retained in tissues temporarily! Woot, I have to figure out why??? Also when doing apple days, the more apples you have (close to six) the more water you will release... If you only have 1-3, I am afraid you wont see too much of a woosh. Trust me.. tried and true!

Also, something pretty cool you could do to get out of a stall... Works EVERY TIME! and I actually try to do this every few days when I am on hcg. IT IS CALLED THE MINI STEAK DAY. You pretty much have your dosage, have lots of water, tea and such and at around 4 pm (cause i can never wait until 6 pm) you have a 4 oz steak with a raw apple.. I even have a raw tomato as well and sure enough, I am usually down more than a pound. WOOT, only draw back? It doesn't work two days in a row.