How I Lost 40 Pounds in 40 Days – The HCG Diet

by David Wallace on August 19, 2008 · 2,092 comments

The last few weeks have been quite a journey for me. A little over 40 days ago, I weighed in at a whopping 247 pounds. That’s about 50 pounds more than I should weigh and is for the most part the result of eleven plus years of poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Today as I write this post, I weigh 210 pounds. How did I lose so much weight in such little time? It was due to a combination of taking the hormone HCG and a very extreme low calorie diet.

Before I get into the “how I did it” I must say that I had to first change my mindset about food. I’ve come to the place in my life where I really need to lose all the extra pounds I have put on since leaving manual labor some eleven years ago when I started my Internet marketing business. I went from a size 34 waist and 180 pounds to a 42 inch waist and about 247 pounds. The goal is to get back to at least a 36 inch waist and a weight of about 190 lbs.

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Now, what about this HCG? HCG is short for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin which is a hormone found only in women during pregnancy. It is produced in enormous quantities, so that during certain phases of her pregnancy a woman may excrete as much as one million international units per day in her urine. It is never found in the male, obviously because men don’t get pregnant.

Seeing that HCG is only found in women during pregnancy and never in males, it is something I had to take daily. Some take it by injection but I took it sub-lingual meaning I’d have to hold it in liquid form under my tongue for about 15 minutes before swallowing. I repeated this process twice daily. Having this hormone present in my body for 40 plus days along with limiting myself to a very strict diet of just 500 calories a day (you read right – 500 calories) allowed me to not only lose about a pound a day, but also to maintain a healthy physique in the process.

Now I’m going to try to explain how HCG works in layman’s terms. So please forgive me if this is lacking its proper medical terminology.

First of all one must understand that there are three kinds of fat that are stored in the body. The first is the structural fat which fills the gaps between various organs, a sort of packing material. The second type of fat is a normal reserve of fuel upon which the body can freely draw when the nutritional income from the intestinal tract is insufficient to meet the demand. The third type of fat which is entirely abnormal is the accumulation of such fat, and of such fat only, from which overweight people suffer. This abnormal fat is also a potential reserve of fuel, but unlike the normal reserves it is not available to the body in a nutritional emergency. It is, so to speak, locked away in a fixed deposit and is not kept in a current account, as are the normal reserves.

What HCG does is to allow a person to comfortably go about their usual activities on a diet of only 500 calories daily and lose an average of about one pound per day. Because the body needs more than 500 calories a day to function, fat reserves are used for energy. Under the effect of HCG, the overweight body is always able to obtain all the calories it needs from the abnormal fat deposits, regardless of whether it uses up 1500 or 4000 per day. The HCG allows you to live to a far greater extent on the fat which you are losing than on what you eat. Normal fat reserves (the healthy kind) are not touched. In the meantime, skin remains fresh and turgid, and gradually body weight returns to normal. The daily administration of HCG appears to have no side-effects other than beneficial.

When I embarked on this diet, I had pretty good hopes it would be successful simply due to the fact that my wife had come across so many testimonies from people who experienced success with it. Nevertheless, I knew I’d have to change the way I eat and exercise for the rest of my life unless I want to return to the fat man I had become.

I am reminded of the lyrics from Jethro Tull’s song “Fat Man” –

Don’t want to be a fat man,
People would think that I was just good fun.
Would rather be a thin man,
I am so glad to go on being one.
Too much to carry around with you,
No chance of finding a woman who…
Will love you in the morning and all the night time too.

Don’t want to be a fat man,
Have not the patience to ignore all that.
Hate to admit to myself half of my problems
Came from being fat.
Wont waste my time feeling sorry for him,
I seen the other side to being thin.
Roll us both down a mountain
And I’m sure the fat man would win.

Here is a brief chronicle of my journey over the period of several weeks to become once again a “thin man.”

Day 1

I weighed in at 247 pounds prior to starting diet. After taking the initial dose of HCG, the first two days consist of “loading” or in other words, eating lots of food — pretty much anything i want.

Here’s what I loaded up with the first day:

  • 4 donuts
  • 4 pieces of Papa John’s Italian sausage pizza
  • 1 hamburger
  • Whole order of Tom Kha Gai soup with side of rice (usually feeds 2 people)
  • Whole order of Crispy Shrimp (8 jumbo prawns, deep fried and dipped in spicy sauce)
  • 1 Dancing Deer brownie
  • 1 Snickers ice cream bar

It is supposed to be difficult to eat SO much food and the HCG makes you feel full. While i did feel full, I didn’t have any trouble eating all this stuff.

Day 2

I weighed in at 250 pounds, gaining 3 from the day before which I hear is normal. This is what I consumed on day 2 of loading:

  • Jack in the Box Croissant Breakfast sandwich
  • Jack in the Box Extreme Sausage sandwich
  • Dairy Queen 32 oz. Hot Fudge Milkshake (my favorite)
  • 1 Taco Bell taco and 1 burrito
  • Breyers Coffee Ice Ice Cream in Waffle Cone
  • 2 hamburgers and 2 hot dogs, 2 servings baked beans and potato chips (birthday party)
  • Bowl of Goldfish (the crackers not actual fish silly)

Day 3

I weighed in at 252 pounds – a total gain of 5 lbs. after “loading.” It’s pretty crazy I could gain that much weight after just two days of stuffing my face.

Now I begin the journey of eating just 500 calories a day which essentially will consist of two meals (lunch and dinner) of just 250 calories each. Each of these meals will consist of the following:

Breakfast – Nothing

Lunch – 3 ounces of lean meat which may consist of one of the following: veal, lean beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp.

3 ounces of select vegetables which may consist of one of the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, and cabbage.

1 selection of fruit with choices of an apple, a handful of strawberries, half a grapefruit or an orange.

1 breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.

Dinner – same thing as lunch

It is important to note that no matter what combination of items you eat (i.e. choice of meat, vegetable and fruit), the meals could not exceed 500 calories a day. So if I decided to have cube steak instead of chicken, I’d have to watch my vegetable portion seeing that cube steak consists of more calories than chicken. It was also recommended that I eat the same things for lunch and dinner on any particular day.

I mostly ate grilled chicken and cucumbers with a touch of lemon juice. Periodically I substituted white fish and cube steak and variations in vegetable choice included spinach salads and cooked cabbage. For my fruit, I always stuck with an apple.

I would also add that you can drink all the coffee and tea you’d like (unsweetened of course) but must also drink 2 liters or more water every day. I drank about 3 liters a day besides about a pot of coffee and a glass of green tea daily.

Sound boring? It mostly is but surprisingly, because of the HCG, I did not feel hungry prior to meals. Also when consuming these small 250 calorie meals I felt comfortably full afterwards.

As I think back now, most of my initial struggles steamed from the boredom that comes from not eating all the time. In other words I had spent a good amount of my time eating, snacking, drinking wine, etc. and now I had to find things to replace the time I used to spend eating.

For the duration that the HCG was in my body, I could not use regular lotion or use any conditioner in my hair due to the fact that the body can absorb the oils in these products which adds to calorie intake. I ended up using Corn Huskers lotion (which contains no oil) for my feet as I wear sandals most the time which cause my feet to get very dry. This worked out as well if not better than the oil-based lotions I typically use.

Another thing I thought I’d struggle with is the fact that I could not have my peppermint Lifesavers. My wife sternly warned me that I can have no breath mints of any kind and that many doing the HCG diet complain of having bad breath. However, I found a solution – Starbucks sugar-free peppermint breath mints. These are extremely small but powerful mints that contain zero calories.

While I am not going to bore you with the daily details of what I ate, how much I weighted each day, etc., I will say that I lost an average of about a pound a day. On day 42 when I stopped taking the HCG, my weight had gone from 252 pounds (weight after “loading”) to 210 pounds. That’s 42 pounds from my weight after loading or if you count from the weight I was prior to loading – 37 pounds. They say that you should count the pounds you gain after the loading phase which is why I can say I lost 42 pounds. Oh and as for the title of this post – “40 pounds in 40 days” – I had actually lost 40 pounds at the 40 day mark. Besides, it sounds better than “42 pounds in 42 days.” (I like round numbers)

I feel great right now. Everyone I know says how I look so different, not only in the size of my gut but the face, legs, arms – everywhere. I no longer get heartburn after eating certain foods or snore at night. I don’t even recall bouts of sleep apnea as I did before. I have about 20 more pounds I feel I need to lose and so will embark on a second but shorter phase in October where I have a period of about 4 weeks in which I will not be traveling.

I must truly thank my wife, Irma, for not only discovering this diet but doing all the research on it as well as preparing all the meals. She has done remarkably well on this diet herself but I’ll let her tell you about that in her own way.

If you would like to shed some of your “abnormal” fat by means of this diet, I’d encourage you to first read the eBook by Dr. A.T.W Simeons called “Pounds and Inches” and then do additional research online simply by searching the keyword “HCG” or the full phrase “Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin.” When you get ready to actually purchase HCG, you can get it at Official HCG Diet Plan.

This is a very controversial diet, especially for males, seeing that you have a hormone in you that is only found in pregnant women. It has however been tested for years and always proved to be successful. Don’t worry men – you will not become pregnant nor develop female body parts. Most of the controversy will stem from telling people that you are only eating 500 calories a day. They will be shocked not only on the little amount of food you are living on, but how healthy you appear despite that. We kept the fact that we were taking the HCG secret for some time, at least until we were confident it was working.

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David Wallace April 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

Well, the day has come to close comments on this post. The conversations that have taken place here and http://www.davidwallace.com/2008/10/hcg-diet-calorie-counter/ have been nothing short of amazing for a blog.

Don’t worry though as the discussion does not have to end. That’s why we have set up a Facebook page at http://www.hcgtalk.com where I personally invite you to visit, share and partake in the growing community that is forming.

For those of you have commented here, thanks for your participation. Your comments and participation will now be an archive for others to enjoy that happen to stumble upon these posts.

Nikki April 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hi Colin,

I have had great success on HCG… I have lost about 35 pounds.
The BEST website is HCG1234.
It seems like I have been on a diet the day I was born LOL… This diet by far is the BEST EVER. Yes you really got to want to follow the diet, but you will see FASSSST results.
Good Luck :)

colin March 30, 2012 at 1:25 am

are the link in the site here still a good place to receive hgc? does it need to be prescribed. I keep reading so many different things about the product I would just like to hear from people who have had success.

Terry March 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I had read that I was to load 2-3 days. I started my drops in the middle of the day yesterday so I will load through tomorrow. I am just learning about this diet and and so hoping it works. I am a little worried about the blogs I see on the quality of the drops. I got mine at MiracleSkinnyDrops.com. Has anyone had experience with those?

bridjetta mccarty March 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

hi, i started the hgc diet around the middle of Feb. i was doing real good on it, than i left town unexpected, and left my drops at home, i was out of town for about a week and had no choose but to eat the food that was there. I have only lost 17lbs. and i know i could have lost more. i support to be on my stabilization period, but i feel cheated and want to start the 500 calories over.

Judy P March 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

Hi Everyone,
I’m just starting my diet today after two days of loading. I had done this diet in 2007 and I kept the weight off (20 lbs) for all this time. I regained the weight after breaking my leg and being immobile for a long period of time. I’m so happy to be starting the program and I know this blog really helped me get through it all the last time. Wish me luck!

sherrie March 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

Polly, if you were walking before, then continue, if not, then don’t be doing any exercises. Remember, you’re only getting 500 calories a day, you don’t want to overdo it. I walked, but I had also been walking.
I never did pills, only did homeopathic drops. I honestly don’t know anything about the pills

POLLY March 16, 2012 at 8:50 am

Sherrie!!!
Thanks for your feedback .However i am not very clear on it,is there any reason why i should not walk now ?And so does that mean the pills are ok to use too?What kind of exercise should i be doing ?HELP!!!!!!

sherrie March 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Polly, if you weren’t walking before, I wouldn’t walk now.
Good luck with your journey

POLLY March 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hey everyone ,i just started taking my HCG today .mine is in pill form .Is it the same as the drops?Also i am now walking one mile a day something i have not done in a long time but am very excited about this journey .Any advice?

Rita March 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hello my HCG family,
I am back, I use the hcg product last year around this same time. Wanting to lose weight for the summer and for my Birthday in June. I was successful in round 1, got a little off track with round 2. Never got to my ideal goal. Yes we all blame things on, one thing or the other, but I started with my daughter-in-law (by the way has been obese since her teenage years, and has accepted her body shape. Me on the other hand don’t know how (Me)myself,us,them,big girls do things? In general you-we know all the things I’m talking about :) Well I put my foot down, cause we kept planning to do it again, more excuses, and more excuses so,without telling her, I started the hcg diet again, by myself for myself. Even though I am just on my 5th day /2 gorge days and my 3rd day of vlcd. I feel great, lost 4 pounds. I am determine to do it this time and stick with it for life. Eat Right. (and once my daughter-in-law sees my results maybe she might get on the hcg train again. All smiles and thank ooooos. Grandmother of 10.

sherrie January 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hey Lisa
Not really, I haven’t been on much in a long time. Between babysitting 3 days a week and working the other job all the other days(except every other weekend), I keep pretty busy.
That’s great you’ve kept your weight off. I kept mine off for quite a few months, then last Christmas(2010) I decided I could eat as many goodies as I wanted(I had been eating goodies before then, but in moderation). Anyway, I started putting on a little weight here and there, and now, am back on the diet again, with 45 lbs to lose. I’ve been on p2 a week today and was down a little over 10 lbs. I’m going to go back and forth between p2 and p3 for hopefully only 3 rounds. The main thing is to follow that 2 lb rule the rest of your life(most of us don’t do that). Don’t keep saying, it will be okay, I’ll get back on it, or oh well, what is 5 lbs? Those 5 lbs turn in to 10 and so on and so forth, and next thing you know, you’re back to square 1. I am not happy with myself, but I know if I stick with it, I will get it off again. I need to get back in to my size 4-6 pants. :)

sherrie January 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thediva January 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Hey Sherrie u r here! How r u? Happy new year please email me
how r the little ones?
Hey Diva.
I’m good. Happy New Year to you too
The little ones aren’t so little anymore. They’re 17 mos old now

Lana Redmond January 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Hi everyone, looking to purchase some more drops, last set I bought were no good…. anyone have a reputable site to buy from?? Thanks & Blessings!
Lana: Are you the same Lana that was on this diet before that I used to e-mail with(you and your hubby were both doing the diet?

sherrie January 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Thediva January 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Hey Sherrie u r here! How r u? Happy new year please email me blkrain77@gmail.com
how r the little ones?
Hey Diva
I’m good. Happy New Years to you too. The little ones are growing, they’re 17 mos already

Lana Redmond January 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Hi everyone, looking to purchase some more drops, last set I bought were no good…. anyone have a reputable site to buy from?? Thanks & Blessings!
Lana: are you the same Lana I used to e-mail that was on this diet over a year ago?

Thediva January 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Hey Sherrie u r here! How r u? Happy new year please email me blkrain77@gmail.com
how r the little ones?

Lisa T January 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

At Lana, http://www.seemeshed.com I use them the 2nd & final time I did the program. Top quality drops, you get what you pay for. Stay Blessed.

Lana Redmond January 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hi everyone, looking to purchase some more drops, last set I bought were no good…. anyone have a reputable site to buy from?? Thanks & Blessings!

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