As a fitness instructor teaching four to five classes a day, four times a week, I could pretty much eat whatever I wanted understanding through sheer exercise alone, I would burn the excess calories consumed. But, I was a closet junk-food junkie opting for high carbs meals and sugary snacks over better nutritional choices.
Fitness industry burnout gave way to a desk job where for the last ten years, I lead a more sedentary lifestyle. One of the things that didn’t change was my eating habits. Doughnuts, bagels, cakes, cookies, you name it, were readily available to me on a daily basis. I didn’t resist temptation, I embraced it! No surprise, I packed on twenty-five pounds. I convinced myself that at 58 years old and post-menopausal, I should get used to my two new sidekicks, dumpy and frumpy. What I learned about nutrition from my years in fitness, I should have been eating better, but I couldn’t get off the junk-food cycle.
I heard about the HCG diet through a friend. I was skeptical – very skeptical. My intention was to meet with Dr. Tony and find out all the things that wouldn’t work for me because it’s was just too good to be true. Dr. Tony was kind, patient and very thorough. He gave me hope that if I followed the HCG plan, I could finally be rid of the excess weight I had gained, as well as, adopt new eating habits. The HCG diet is the easiest weight loss plan I have ever tried. The results are so rapid, you are encouraged to continue just to see what the next day will bring.
Aware that I would probably qualify for only one cycle, I wanted to get the most out of the program. I followed it to the letter, keeping it as simple as possible. By the end of six weeks, I lost 20 pounds and 23 inches! My first week into maintenance, I have lost an additional 1.5 pounds. With other diets I used to say I have lost so little, now I say, I have so little left to lose!
To be honest, you must be ready to follow the plan – cheaters, don’t bother. Ultimately, it was the combination of my will with Dr. Tony’s guidance, encouragement, kindness, and good sense of humor that transformed me back to the person I was so many years ago except for I’m off the junk food! I love the new me and my approach to eating healthy. Thank you, Dr. Tony, Leo, and Rita for changing my life.