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Maintaining My Appetite

On my journey to weight loss and a better way of living healthy I have lost over 60 pounds using the HCG 2.0 diet.  I love the results with this diet, and now the question is how do I keep the weight off.

While doing the 2.0 or 3.0 protocol you are basically doing a low calorie ketosis diet. Want to know more about ketosis diet? Click here! Now that I am no longer dieting and just watching my carb/calorie intake I wanted to find a product that would help me with my food cravings and appetite so I would not eat so much in a meal. Trust me I love to eat.

There are two products that have helped me tremendously with my cravings as well as other health benefits:

  • Garcinia Cambogia
  • CBD HEMP Oil
    I will update you on my progress with the CBD oil soon.  I am currently using it for pain relief and as an appetite suppressant. It is working perfectly. If you are interested in how CBD Oil works, let me know.

The first is Garcinia cambogia. This has been talked about for awhile throughout the nutritional market. I chose to try garcinia cambogia my research showed that it is a “natural” appetite suppressant.

While doing research I also found that garcinia cambogia has some other product benefits and claims such as the following:

  1. Reduces body weight and BMI three-times greater than diet and exercise alone
  2. Increases fat burning
  3. Reduces caloric intake by 25%
  4. Promotes healthy serotonin levels
  5. Supports normal cholesterol levels
Delivery Systems Into Body

I figured if any one of these benefits were true then I might as well give it a try. I first tried the supplement in capsule form and found that because I have no colon, (I have a j-pouch because of a IBD) I was not getting the full benefits of the ingredients. I then tried a patch version which was supposed to be better than capsule because more of the ingredients would get into your system. However, the patch itself was weird to use for me since I could not have it in water at any time. Since I live in a tropical climate, I swim a lot and take frequent showers throughout the day. I had to remove the patch, and most times it would not reapply.  I then found the best form for me was a direct spray. This for has been amazing and has worked great so far.  It seems to be working well with my appetite, and I am maintaining my weight.

Here is what I am currently using. As you can see, it has some great benefits. It is called Trim 365 Weight Management Program. More information can be found at

I will keep using this and let you know how it is working.  If you have had any experience with garcinia cambogia feel free to leave a comment and let me know your results or thoughts.

Here is a copy of the Trim 365 Label

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A Man’s View: Getting to Ketosis

Getting to Ketosis on an hCG diet.

Let’s face it. An hCG diet is a ketosis diet. So let me explain what ketosis is.

Ketosis is when your body is fueled mainly from fats rather than calories, that is called ketosis. This is a normal state for your body to be in while fasting or low carb / hCG diet. The “keto” in the word ketosis derives from the process of when the liver produces small fuel molecules called ketones. Ketones are an alternative fuel for the body that are used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply.  One way they are produced is by eating very few carbs and only moderate amounts of protein. The process of converting from glucose to ketones can take approximately 48 hours, which is why the first few days of the diet can sometimes be challenging.

These are some of the side effects you may experience during this transformation are:

  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Leg cramps
  • Headache
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Bad breath
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Sleep problems

Usually, the only types of people who need to worry about ketosis are those people with type 1 diabetes or breastfeeding mothers with type two diabetes. In both circumstances, you should have your physician monitor your ketone levels to make sure they don’t get too high.

Here are a few ways to get into ketosis faster and easier are:

Minimize Your Carb Consumption
The best way to get into ketosis fastest is to minimize your carb intake. When your body is in the normal metabolic state it uses sugars (glucose) as a fuel source. When you deprive your body of carbs it starts to produce ketones which cause the body to start using fat as an energy source instead of sugar (glucose). So the most important step to get into ketosis is to cut out your carbs. This is easily done with an hCG diet since the three major protocols reduce carb intake as well as calories. If you want to know more about the major protocols and the differences between them, please read our book HCG Diet Options, Choosing Your Own Protocol. Continue reading A Man’s View: Getting to Ketosis

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A Man’s View: High School Weight

When I graduated from Stephen T. Badin High School in Hamilton, Ohio and joined the US Army in 1981 I weighed 180 pounds. I could run a marathon and did a couple of times. I could also do over 70 push-ups in 2 minutes and 70
sit-ups in 2 minutes. Then
I went to Germany and fell in love with everyone’s favorite beverage, real German beer and favorite meal, schnitzel (breaded pork) with jaeger gravy.

I probably am not going to run a marathon anytime soon. However, I do see my high school weight in sight now because of this HCG diet. I truly believe I can hit that 180 pounds. Maybe not this round of the diet but the next round for sure.

The amount of weight I am losing with this diet is downright amazing. I am not going to lie to you. It is a hard diet. I have had to give up a lot. This is a lifestyle change, and I am going to make the change to maintain my weight.

The HCG Drops that I take do not make me lose the weight. However, they do help with those urges of hunger I get from not eating all the carbs I love so much. If you are interested in making this lifestyle change with me. Read some more of my posts.