Original email for context: I am on day 3 of vlcd after loading well for 2 days on 150iu. Started day 1 vlcd at 150iu and was very hungry morning thru dinner but not starving. Day 2 I tried 140iu and was absolutely miserable all day until after dinner then felt ok. Woke up today Day 3 and felt horrible…starving and lightheaded. Took a gamble and moved up to 155iu. I am shaky, starving and overall weak. I feel ok right after eating but I am hungry within 1 hr.
It seems like your dose is still off. It sounds like you may need to increase your dosage more still. Since you aren’t feeling comfortable most of the time so far, that’s what leads me to believe you don’t have enough hCG in your system overall. In a case like this, if it were me (remember I’m not a medical professional and this is not medical advice), I would try raising to 175iu tomorrow and see how I feel. If it’s a little better but still not the best, I’d try 185iu the following day. You’ll know if it’s somewhat better – if it were totally worse then that would make it obvious that you need a much lower dosing, but my gut feeling here is that’s not the case for you.
One thing I will quickly point out however as well is that since you are on your first few days of VLCD, hunger and lightheadedness are pretty common in the first week of the diet, even at a good hCG dosage, especially if you didn’t clean load – that’s loading without sugars and starches – I explain this in detail and why it might be worth doing next time:
Here’s an explanation of what regular loading that includes a lot of carbs and sugars can do:
Lastly, you can also experience electrolyte imbalance causing the feelings of weakness – I have a post to help you with this here:
This aspect of things should pass if this has some to do with your current symptoms.
I hope this helps and sorry it’s so rough right now!