Heh. Yeah, you're right. The drops are a placebo. Going off them won't do anything to you; being on them won't do anything to you. The effect they have is in the other things you do while on them, and in your head that allows you to do those other things more easily than if you didn't have the HCG providing the excuse for it.
(I hope I'm not insulting you by saying that, but it seems you already kind of know it, inside.)
Anyway. It is possible that the very low calorie portion of the HCG diet has messed up your metabolism over time, but it's not a given. Do you track your calories accurately; have you done so in the past? If you try it, even for a little while, it should give you a better idea of exactly what you're eating now that's causing your weight to stay right where it is; and also what sort of calories you need to be looking at to lose.
As far as exercise goes, it's actually fairly common to gain weight when first starting, because of water retention in the muscles. That may or may not affect how your clothes fit; it's also possible your clothes change how they feel for other reasons and you're just associating it with the exercise. (I weighed five pounds more two weeks ago than I did this morning and could definitely feel it in my body. Hadn't changed a single thing. But two weeks ago was the start of my menstrual cycle, the time of month at which I have recently been biggest and heaviest. Right now is the time at which I am lightest/smallest. So that's the cause. But if I didn't know that, I might worry it was something else.) Many, many people will also instinctively eat more when they start exercising, so if you're not going with some fairly strict calorie or portion control, it's possible you actually are gaining a little bit of weight at those times. But it's unlikely to amount to much, and the exercise is better for you than losing ten pounds would be anyway, so don't stop it for that reason.
Personally I think it might be best for you not to do anything at all right now, but simply stop your current diet, do your best to eat "normally" for a few weeks without reference to the scale (and while tracking really well), and see what normal actually is for you. Then you could come back here with the results and ask for advice again. If your metabolism actually is unusually slow, the advice might be different than if it's fairly normal. It's entirely possible, based on what you've told us so far, that a normal 1200-1500 calorie diet (more if exercising) would lose you weight just fine if followed accurately.
You may also want to have your body fat tested. 135-ish at 5'2" is actually at the very high end of normal, and if your body fat is also normal,then your difficulty losing weight may have nothing at all do with a poor metabolism and simply to do with how little body fat you have to spare. If that's actually the case, then you may not want any kind of diet at all, but simply to focus on strength training (weights are supposed to be great) and at most a very slight calorie deficit (like 1/4 to 1/2 pound per week, a couple hundred calories daily) so that you can tone up everything, and then you'll look great no matter what the scale says.
Height 5'8 1/2"
5K 4/21/11: 31:55
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