January 3, 2011
I never thought I would be writing an article on how to lose weight based on any personal experience. Even at the age of sixty-five, my metabolism was still pretty high and I could eat whatever I wanted, until the two week Mediterranean cruise on board the Seabourn Legend, that is. In just two weeks of eating six meals a day (with wine, cocktails, and dessert), I gained eight pounds. On my five-foot frame, eight pounds is exactly two clothing sizes. The good news is that I bought new clothes in France and Italy as I grew. The bad news is that I had to have them all altered…ultimately really good news.
In just fourteen days, I lost the eight pounds I had gained on the trip plus another two just for good measure. I went from a size 6 to a size 2, no mean feat for someone who never thought she could diet. The trick was HCG, human chorionic gonadotropin, the magic weight loss bullet that has swept Marin County like an LA wildfire. I personally know more than twelve people who have lost an average of twenty-five pounds each during the last year. I know one woman who lost sixty.
There are many ways to obtain HCG: doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors,nurse practitioners, health/diet coaches, and the Internet. It may be injected or taken homeopathically under the tongue. I interviewed two doctors who offer a neat package of HCG shots or drops along with supplements for $400 and $600 respectively. They provide guidance and monitor a users progress, which is a very safe idea for those needing to lose a substantial amount of weight. Since I only wanted to lose 8 to 10 pounds, I didn’t feel the need for monitoring and chose the Internet source. I understood the need for supplementation and the possible side effects that could occur, and was willing to begin, unaided by a professional, with the caveat that I would call upon one if the need arose.
I discovered a plethora of HCG offers on google. After hearing stories of people who had purchased bogus HCG drops this way, I chose a reputable lab that had been producing the product for ten years. They also offered a clear satisfaction/money back guarantee as well as various methods of support for users. Along with the drops, they supplied diet guidelines, and blank forms to track results on a daily basis. They did not mention the necessary supplementation, which would have been helpful for users who had not done their own research in this area.The cost was $99 for two, two-ounce bottles, enough for me and my boyfriend to get started.
In my next article, I will divulge the name of the lab that makes the HCG drops along with the information and sources for the necessary supplementation for the DIY diet.