Original email: I’m starting to get concerned after reading through your website and especially the email sent earlier today from you about people experiencing HUGE weight fluctuations (yo-yo effect) after doing HCG. I’m wondering now if this was a bad idea to mess with my body because I never have yo-yo’d my weight ever before and I am fearful that by taking this protocol that I am doomed to gain everything I lose back within 3-6 months unless I obsess about what I eat going forward. Anyway, I just want some input as to long term effects of this protocol as I don’t want to have to live in fear that after I lose if I so much as stop tracking every single thing I put in my mouth I will explode back to my post-pregnancy weight.
I totally get it and I hope I can put your mind at ease- I did Hcg 5 times to get to my goal body composition , I haven’t done it again in almost 7 yrs now and I eat about 2,000 calories a day, I eat tacos, I eat French fries- not every day, but just to show you I don’t have to eat “like that” to maintain. I’m only 5’1” too. I have gluten free sandwich everyday for lunch.I do not think Hcg slows your metabolism more than whatever any normal weight loss would do – the email I just sent shows the woman lost no lean muscle – this is one of the things people are referring to when they discuss a slowed metabolism of a person loses a lot of their weight loss as muscle- but I really believe that Hcg spares muscle as her testing results and mine have proven.
I do think it’s important to raise calories slowly when you first get off p2 – it is usually a mistake to just go back to regular calories right away – it’s just a matter of adjusting your body though and over a period of weeks you can be eating how you want in a health way again – I personally find that exercise and weight lifting does increase metabolism and for me I think that’s what let’s me eat as much as I do so that can always be pursued as well.
So just to clarify though a smaller person will always have a slower metabolism than a bigger person, unless they are weight lifting and have a lot of muscle for their size. But if you were once 130 lbs, gained to 165, and go back to 130, the idea is after gradually transitioning with p3tolife, you should be able to eat the same calories you ate when you were 130 before IF you have the same fat to muscle ratio that you did then- but if you used to exercise and haven’t done so for a year or two, your new 130 may have less muscle and more fat than the previous version of your 130lb self – that means In that case you maybe have to eat just a little less to maintain, but again that’s easily fixed with some exercise again. And I only exercise like 3 days a week- it’s not like it has to be an every day thing.
I hope this sets your mind at ease a little!