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CARIKAY SparkPoints: (1,014)
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5/28/13 12:48 P

I think walking may just be a good way to start. Okay, working on motivation :)

My doctor also suggested a nutritionist and I did get some names from friends but haven't done it. I think part of it is that I'm so tired of all the doctor's appointments I've had to go through because of this diet. I even canceled one ultrasound because I was so tired of finding new things. They think the diet may have caused a cyst but I've had them before and unless it gets bad, I just don't want to know. I know...I know...better to know but seriously all these appointments have cost so much time and money. I'm coming of all these iron infusions and I need a break! I do have one more appointment this week and I'll go to that but I do have my doctor's okay to find a good exercise program :)

As for my blog, I just want to get the word out there that this has the potential to be dangerous. I did some basic searches before I started and page after page after page turned up of all these glowing testimonials. It was only when I started having problems that I really narrowed down my searches and found the real stories. I just hope some people find my story before they start. If they still want to do it, at least they know what to watch for.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
5/28/13 8:39 A

Carikay - it sounds like you and your doctor have been working well together. Ask if you can get a session or two with an RD (registered dietician) to get some input on how/what to eat to ease back into "regular" eating. Just know that your body has some adjusting to do---be patient and trust the process.

Exercise-wise, I'd say walking, swimming, or other cardio exercise where you can control the pace and duration would be a great place to start. Strength training - since you've probably lost some muscle mass, starting out with moderate weights and reps will help you build up some endurance and keep the chance of injury to a minimum. Once you've built a good solid base, you can increase the weight/decrease the reps to really start regaining some strength. Hopefully by that time your diet will have leveled out somewhat too.

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5/28/13 2:26 A

Wow. I haven't had time to read all your blogs...but I was looking at this diet a couple of months ago. I don't like needles so I didn't end up doing it. Sorry to hear that it was so bad for your body, thank you for sharing.

I am a big fan of pool workouts when you need to be gentle with your body. Even walking in a pool. Keep us posted on your journey!!!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,437
5/27/13 9:12 P

I can't say I am a huge fan of strength training videos.

The keys to effective strength training are:
* slow and controlled movements
* good form
* using a genuine challenging weight

Basically, ST is a very self-paced activity, and you should be focussing on how you do each movement.

With videos, the tendency is to focus on the screen, and not your body. Also, most instructors to tend use lighter weights (because of the need for many retakes) than are required for effective strength training.

Personally, I prefer the demos at

That said, videos are a good way to see the full movement and the correct form.

Perhaps one compromise would be to look at the instructor and learn the form, then hit pause and do it yourself, rather than trying to "follow along" as you might for a cardio video.


CARIKAY SparkPoints: (1,014)
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5/27/13 8:39 P

Because this diet caused so many problems, they've done quite a few tests and we've worked to remedy issues. I have the doctor's okay to start easing back into all this :)

Coach Jen, thank you!

Edited by: CARIKAY at: 5/27/2013 (20:39)
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5/27/13 2:30 P


When is the last time you had a full physical ? If you haven't had one since doing this diet, you really should get one done. Find out what your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol all are. The blood tests will also show if your deficient in any vitamins and minerals too. That's extremely important information you need to know.

I too am going to encourage you to eat a healthy, wholesome and nourishing diet. BUT, I'm also going to encourage you to see your doctor. Talk with them and if necessary, depending on your blood work, they might refer you to a good dietitian who can help you restore your health and your metabolism.

Whenever someone posts that they want to lose weight and start exercising, the first thing I ask them is when was their last physical. The reason ? The journey towards good health should always include regular trips to the doctor for check ups.

So, don't be afraid to talk to your doctor. Like I said, get your blood work done to find out if you are vitamin or mineral deficient. See, the problem when people "diet" is that they tend to cut calories too drastically and when they do that, they end up with nutritional deficiencies. In order to heal your body, you really do need to eat right, not less.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,435
5/27/13 2:23 P

You've gotten some great advice already. Here's a link to our strength training videos that might be a good start for you:>

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

CARIKAY SparkPoints: (1,014)
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5/27/13 10:54 A

Thank you! Do you think there are any videos here that would help with that?

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5/27/13 10:37 A

Apart from eating healthy, the only real thing you can do about metabolism is to strength training.

One of the effects of a very low calorie diet is that it leads to a large loss of muscle mass (muscle burns calories even at rest, and is expensive to maintain, so the body sacrifices muscle to lower your calorie requirements).

Strength training has two effects on metabolism - firstly, it makes your existing muscle mass more metabolically active (lifting it from 10-12 calories per pound per day, to 12-14). Secondly, over time, it will increase your muscle mass, which will also burn more calories.


CARIKAY SparkPoints: (1,014)
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5/27/13 10:33 A

They said just easing back into it would be fine :)

I haven't met any people in real life who did not gain all the weight back and, it does seem, like most gained even more back. There is one gal who kept it off but she started running half marathons to do so. I do hate that I fell for this diet. I really want to get back to where I was before as far as being able to eat a normal amount and not gain. Some days I feel like I slowed my metabolism down for good but I know, really, that it will come back.

Edited by: CARIKAY at: 5/27/2013 (10:37)
GECKO722 SparkPoints: (32,818)
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5/27/13 10:28 A

I'm sorry to hear about your struggle, my cousin also went on the hCG diet and has since gained back all of her weight plus some more, but didn't suffer the horribly side effects you've endured.

I think your best option is to ask your doctor what exercises he thinks you should be doing as you work to fully recover. Good luck.

CARIKAY SparkPoints: (1,014)
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5/27/13 10:15 A

So, after having to stop the hCG diet due to the horrible side effects (you can read more about my hCG journey on my blog here) a few months ago, I finally feel like I have my health back enough to kickstart that ol' metabolism again. I have what I think is my very last doctor's appointment because of this diet later this week and I know I'll get the all clear.

My metabolism though is still shot. When I went off this diet, just eating my BMR (calories I'd burn if I just stayed in bed all day and did nothing) had me gaining weight. Sadly, I did get back to my original weight even while watching what I was eating. I plateaued just above and am now down about five lbs but it is a struggle. It wants to come back on so quickly. Because this diet caused a severe bout with anemia (had to have iron infusions to recover), exercise was not really an option. It is now though.

So recommendations are appreciated? I don't want to jump back into the exercise too quickly. I'd rather start off a bit slow and build. It's been a rough few months. I am also a little overwhelmed by all the groups. I'd like to find a good supportive one.

thank you!

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