Fighting Middle-Aged Spread with HCG

HCG is the topic of the day over at Parlez Moi Blog since Ann Chambers is the guest blogger. The article talks about the inspiration for her diet guide and recipe book 35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes.

Here’s the beginning:

It’s stunning how middle age can creep up on a person. And with every year, a couple more pounds. Last year I went to the doctor for a checkup and the first thing the mean nurse did was weigh me. If any doctors are sitting around wondering how to get people to stop dreading doctor visits, I recommend cutting out the weigh in. It’s a start, at least. Let us lie to you. Just ask us what we weigh, then add 20 pounds. You’ll be close.

Anyway, at that weigh in, I was shocked to discover I had passed my all-time peak weight, which was set 22 years ago when I had twins. Something had to give. But with middle age came a thyroid problem that made losing weight extremely difficult. Nothing seemed to really work.

The rest of the article is here: Parlez Moi Blog is the creation of author Kathleen Valentine and it features her fiction books as well as her family cookbook and several knitting books and original patterns.

Any readers who are interested in the HCG diet will find helpful articles, bonus recipes, and downloadable HCG diet tracking and shopping forms here at the Lakehouse Publishing blog. Just click on the HCG category to have a look. And come back soon because we are adding more content regularly.

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes is available online for only 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.



New! Download Free HCG Diet Tracker Forms

The HCG diet, although only about 400 calories or so per day, requires eating small amounts several times each day. While this doesn’t seem that tricky, it can become dizzying after a few days.

To assist customers who purchase 35 Quick and Easy HCG Recipes, we created a 2-page diet tracking form. Dieters who are planning to do the 3-week version of HCG will only need page 1. Page 2 continues for anyone choosing to follow the protocol for the full 40-day period.

The forms also have a spot for dieters to record their weight each morning, making it easy to track weight loss during the diet.

Here’s the link to page 1: HCG Diet Tracker

Here’s the link to page 2: HCG Diet Tracker 2

Follow this blog to see new posts related to our various cookbooks, including upcoming posts with more downloadable forms to make the HCG diet even simpler!

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes is available online for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.

Lessons Learned from the HCG Diet

The HCG diet is unlike any other diet I’ve ever been on. It is a stickler. You must eat particular foods on a strict schedule and nothing else. All food must be weighed to ensure you are eating the right amounts of each category (proteins, vegetables, etc.). The structure really turned my schedule and habits upside down — but in a good way. I learned a few things.

Personal Accountability

One requirement during the HCG diet is the morning weigh in. This was a big change for me. Back in the day, I had a bathroom scale in my bathroom, but I rarely checked it. Who needs the aggravation, right? Then, one day while cleaning the bathroom, I tossed the dusty, rusty thing into the trash. Since then, no weighing except at doctor’s appointments. Always bad news.

Then I decided to try the HCG diet. It requires dieters to weigh each morning. And it’s fun to do when you are watching the pounds fall off. After completing the strict part of the diet, dieters are strongly encouraged to continue the morning weigh in to ensure the weight doesn’t sneak back on.

So, each morning I stagger into the kitchen to start the coffee, then weigh while the coffee brews. No skipping, no excuses. I am finding that it keeps me accountable. I’m accountable to myself.

I don’t want to pack the weight back on. So I tend to make better decisions. Not great ones always, but better than I would without that morning weigh in lurking in the back of my mind.

If I know I’m going to eat dinner at a restaurant and will order something heavy, then I try to eat low calorie, low fat for lunch. I try to remember to drink plenty of water always. These small adjustments make a difference.

I did the HCG diet last summer and maintained my weight pretty steadily until Thanksgiving. Ouch. Over the Thanksgiving week, I bumped up about 4 pounds. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, I held steady, but didn’t manage to take the weight back off.

Time for a New Year’s resolution round of HCG. I dropped those few pounds and more. And I’ve held steady since then. Easter was a challenge – believe me!

I truly think the morning weigh in helps with weight maintenance, at least for me. Whether I do or do not eat a bunch of Easter candy at night – I have to face that scale in the morning and I know how unhappy it makes me if the number jumps.

Portions Matter

When I first started the HCG diet, weighing all the food for strict portion control, I was amazed at the tiny servings. Sure, some meals were still large in appearance (primarily salads with a fluffy lettuce base). But most meals were a fraction of the size I was used to. 7 or 8 ounces of food total for a meal.

To make these dishes seem like a full “meal,” I starting using small dishes. A small bowl full of HCG chili just seems more satisfying than a big bowl with a little scoop of chili in it.

Instead of using the big plates and bowls, I used smaller ones that were a good size for the small portions.

Since completing the HCG diet, I continue to use the smaller dishes, and to consider portion sizes before preparing or serving food. Just how much of a dish do I really need? I’ve found the answer to be much less than I had been serving.

Most of our restaurants serve huge portions. We all know that. Luckily, several of my friends have also gone through the HCG. (I also have a couple of skinny friends who don’t need to diet.) Now, we tend to share dishes.

Most restaurants are very accommodating for sharers. Last week, several of us went to a local burger joint that has great food. We all love it. But this time was different. We split burgers – each eating a half burger and a half order of fries. And it was plenty of food.

In the past, we would all have ordered our own basket and then eaten most of the burgers and fries. And then had an overly full stomach for the afternoon and possibly heartburn. Definitely more of a sleepy, tired afternoon. And an ugly weigh in the next morning.

Our waitress was very nice about the burger basket splits. She brought the burgers already cut in half for us, plus empty baskets to make sharing easy. She got a nice tip for her trouble.

I’ve learned more and more about nutrition and food groups from participating in the HCG diet, but I believe the two biggest lessons I’ve taken away from this diet are personal accountability for what I’m eating (through the scales) and the importance of keeping an eye on portions.

So far, these changes are making it easy to maintain my weight. Except, of course, for the Thanksgiving debacle. But there’s always next year.

(Ann Chambers is the author of 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes, which was recently updated to include more than 35 recipes. The book also includes an explanation and overview of the HCG diet. 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes is available online for only 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.)


Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults – New Release

Our latest cookbook is out just in time to beat the heat of summer. Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults is a fun, illustrated cookbook filled with great ideas for frozen treats.

There are few treats more satisfying than a frozen popsicle on a sunny day. But why eat the boring same-old pops from the grocery store? They tend to be filled with sugar, corn syrup, and chemicals.

Making your own ice pops is quick and easy and it opens the doors to a world of great flavors. When making pops yourself, you can be sure to only include healthy ingredients or adjust recipes to include your kids’ favorite foods or to eliminate an ingredient your kids just won’t eat.

Although they are a dessert item, by creating pops make from fresh fruits, fruit juices, yogurts and natural sweeteners like honey, you can indulge in delicious treats that are still very healthy!

Ice Pops can be decadent and heavy, but many of the recipes included here are light and healthy. Starting with juices or teas, many of these delicious pops are low calorie and low fat or even no fat! (Don’t worry, we’ve included plenty of naughty Pops as well.)

This book is full of recipes and ideas for delicious, gourmet ice pops, divided into 3 sections — kids favorites, gourmet flavors, and adults only (recipes with alcoholic ingredients). Skim through the Table of Contents and you’re sure to find your new favorite!

Gourmet Ice Pops includes more than 50 delicious recipes with tips and notes to help you create your own variations! Includes color photos and illustrations to make the book more entertaining plus a hyperlinked table of contents for ease of use.

Currently available for only $2.99, exclusively at Amazon.