Change is the only constant. ~ Proverb
I hope your sitting down, this is going to be long.
I am going to ask only that you consider a change in view. Let me explain.
But first, let me offer a caveat to explain my position. I believe with all my inner being that if you follow The hCG Protocol exactly as written in Pounds and Inches by Dr. Simeons, you are guaranteed success. I also believe that there have been a few acceptable changes that have proven successful in the six-plus decades since he wrote his manuscript … so consider just one more.
I am talking about loading. To break it down simply, Dr. Simeons provides three important points about loading:
- Patients whose general condition is low (excessive previous dieting): Eat to capacity for about one week before starting treatment.
- Patients in a satisfactory general condition and those who have not just previously restricted their diet: Start force feeding on the day of the first injection.
- Eat to capacity of the most fattening food they can get down: He describes fattening foods as highly concentrated items such as milk chocolate, pastries with whipped cream, sugar, fried meats (particularly pork), eggs and bacon, mayonnaise, bread with thick butter and jam, etc.
Ok, the above points are a given, and they make sense. First, if you were a new patient of Dr. Simeons and were of low condition (or yo-yo “excessive” dieting for a long while) he wanted you to eat to capacity for a week before you started treatment. If you are in satisfactory condition, you can start treatment right away. And then he gives examples of what he felt is optimal to load on. Do you find it interesting, that with the exception of the pastries and bread that everything he recommends is high fat?
I know I don’t need to get into the whole “wheat thing” here. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and read Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis or go to his website. Things have changed DRAMATICALLY since the 50’s with our food, but especially with wheat, and I can’t help but feel if he were alive today that he would remove wheat from the equation, ok, story for another day.
My point, simply stated, is that he was of the opinion that loading should be predominately HIGH FAT. Check.
He makes another interesting point: the whole gain is usually lost in the first 48 hours of dieting.
More and more I am seeing that clients that load with junk food (even GOOD junk food) are not losing their gains within 48 hours. Now sure, I totally get that this whole loading with stuff that you are going to miss while on a round of hCG. I get it. And gosh, you should see some comments I see around HTA justifying their right to eat what they want on load! HA! Really? Load on what you want to load on. If you want to spend 7-10 days getting off weight you already lost, then by all means go for it. It’s not that big a deal.
Wait, that isn’t entirely true.
IT’S A HUGE DEAL!
I cannot claim to know all there is to know about how blood sugars/insulin work in our bodies (in other words, I am NOT a scientist or doctor), however I do know that it is a very serious problem. I know that the hybrid wheat that is in almost everything today is causing major health issues, NOT just weight gain.
Oh no, it’s far more serious than that.
There is ample evidence out there that explain how insulin spikes are deadly. LITERALLY deadly.
- Dr. Davis: A blood sugar level of 140 mg/dl after a meal carries 30-60% increased (relative) risk for heart attack and other events. The increase in risk begins at even lower levels, perhaps 110 mg/dl or lower after eating.
- Chris Kresser: He wrote two very profound blog posts about blood sugar (Part 1 & Part 2), but most significantly his conclusion was that what is considered “normal” blood sugar can double your risk of heart disease and lead to all kinds of complications down the road.
- Dr. Dwight Lundell: When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels. (This causes inflammation which does damage to your arteries)
You know all that right? But do you do anything about it? Have you tested your blood sugar lately? Have you tested it after you had a junk food binge? I think the results would scare you. Literally scare you.
I am seriously frightened for people now that are eating relatively clean foods while on break and then choose to eat their favorite comfort foods for loading. I am sure there is an even greater surge of insulin because your body is now used to leveling things out that this is a shock to the system. I can’t help but feel they are setting themselves up for a heart attack or stroke. 30-60% increased risk for a spike over 140. What is really amazing is that I can’t convince people to take their sugars after an indulgence of any sort of junk food, it’s like because they don’t know it’s not going to hurt them.
Recently I have lost 6 people in about 3 months (just lost two earlier this week in one day) in my social circle. People I knew. The age range was 37-70 (the last one was 70, before that the eldest was 63). That ratio of people in just my own circle is high. And they are young. And all of them died of some sort of heart event. I have to think that there is something going on that is much more insidious than “natural” causes.
I have a client in the medical profession that told me that over the holidays (where there is abundant wheat/sugar) there was a significant rise of MI’s (myocardial infarction’s – heart related events) in just one weekend at the ER where she works. That is very telling.
More and more I am trying to convince my clients to load on clean HIGH FAT, one in particular took it to an extreme recently at the start of her latest round. She had 4000 calories the first day of loading, that is seriously a lot of food, even HIGH FAT food! Lost about 2 pounds the first day. The second load day, about 3000 (she was seriously full already), another loss of a little more than a pound. Within the first two days of her round she was already in virgin territory.
So, if having a heart attack doesn’t scare you enough to not load on wheat/sugar, then maybe being in virgin territory within two days of beginning a round sounds a bit better than waiting 7-10 to get there?
Got a question for you … if I came up with the perfect 2 day loading menu, would that be something you would be interested in?
Of course!! I stopped loading off of junk, and you are right! I don’t have the bloating, pain, and icky feeling I used to have. To be quite honest, I don’t have the taste for those rich foods anyway. A little bit…maybe, but there is no way I could load off of it. My losses begin immediately…to me, it’s an oxymoron to load off of junk. We are supposed to be changing the way we eat forever. Do we really plan to eat those load foods? If not, why use them to load at all? Just sayin’!
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Oh wait, I did…but not better.
I agree. I was definitely one of those people that was eagerly awaiting load days with a long list of comfort foods filled with gluten and sugar. But with this round, I loaded with fat instead and only gained 0.4 during the two load days. After Day 1 of Phase 2, I lost that plus a little more, so I was in virgin territory immediately with none of the bread-and-sugar hangovers that I would feel in the past. Plus, Darlicia’s right…why use those foods to load if we aren’t planning to eat them again in the future!
Yippee for you DeeDee!!!
Some people really like to see those huge drops in the beginning and I don’t blame them at all, however, it seems such a contradiction in what we are really trying to accomplish with our new way of eating, right?
Go girl! You are rawking this round!
Well I am the poster child for this one – knew I had it coming!! I have loaded on high fat and total junk – this last time was a crazy load and yep I’m on day 4 and still dropping that load weight!! Felt a lot better with the high fat than junk that is for sure. YES I want the perfect load – I swear I’ll do it next time 🙂
Thanks for taking it in good spirit. The client I talked about in my post, the one that did 4000 calories then she did 3000 calories? She has lost 10.8 and is on day 14, but that doesn’t include the 3 she lost on load. I think that speaks for itself. HA!
Good article…and timely! Yep…I’m still losing weight I gained the last week of P3/4. I’d definitely be interested to see your 2 day perfect loading menu.
Thanks Karen. So glad you see the value in loading on higher fat.
Great article. I also would be interested in a 2 day perfect loading menu.
Thanks Deb, will do, will try to have it ready by next newsletter, but not making any promises…
I would be very interested in a 2 day load menu. I do not eat wheat/ gluten but I do like my gf potato chips and M&M’s.
Be careful of those M&M’s, I haven’t even touched the surface of artificial colors and what they can do to the body, ugh.
Pick your poison I say.
I’d love to see what you come up with for a menu. You’re so right about not eating this stuff normally, why do we choose to do it when we load? I don’t know about any one else, but I feel crappy when I eat high sugar/flour stuff, just because I don’t any more, most of the time.
No kidding right?
I like how you added “most of the time”, that is being authentic. Cause quite frankly there are a lot of foods I miss. A LOT. But is the corresponding detriment worth it in the end. Well, it really depends on your goals. The goals that got us fat are not serving us any purpose, so it’s time to change them.
So, I’ve been searching high & low for your 2 day perfect loading menu & am not finding it…did I miss it or is it not done yet? This week I received my hcg, my hta starter kit & the ‘Wheat Belly’ book, so I am raring to go !!!!
Sorry Sue, haven’t come up with it yet. ::giggle::
But thanks for remembering, that is pretty cool. I should have something in the upcoming weeks, but that doesn’t help you now huh?
So, let me tell you, don’t load on anything wheat. Sugar is ok, but not preferred. HIGH FAT all the way. Lots of oils, raw nuts, butter, sour cream, Greek Yogurt, avocados, mayo, all things like that. Make a cheesecake with a nut crust, be careful of the sugar content, but have at it!
Excellent, thanks so much, this will be great to get started with!
Good deal! Happy “loading”!
I would love a list of what to load on. This last round I think I did pretty good. No junk food, I gained 6 lbs loading and lost 4 the first day of vlcd. That was my best so for.
I will be offering a list in the very near future…hold tight and stay tuned…
Hi Biz, Ever come up with the perfect load day list? My last load included avacodos, heavy cream based meals, shrimp wrapped in bacon, Chile rellanos, scrambled eggs made with heavy cream, Full fat Greek Yogurt with 3 tblespoons of coconut oil stirred into it, frozen raspberries and two tabsp chia seeds, as well as heavy cream over strawberries with stevia.
No sorry Sherri, but believe it or not it is on my list! Your menu looks pretty darn good! I love it when people load like that, you can actually start losing immediately!
so hey there – where is that 2 day menu???
Sorry, just seeing this now, sorry about that. ::giggle::
It should be in my new book “The First Step” – stay tuned!
I love Sherri’s load day menu. I think I can try that. Thank you for the insight. Since today is my first day, I’m going to have a yogurt, eggs with cream and bacon. Things I actually like more than donuts (i don’t eat them) and junk (don’t eat those either) Does this mean i can also have some Haagen Daz Ice Cream??
I would try to stay off the sugar, that takes way too long to detox, but other than that, go for it, Sherri had a nice menu!