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Last updated March 3, 2008




Preparing for the Diet

Opening the Bacteriostatic Water and hCG ampoule


500 Calorie Diet Tips

Tricks during the VLCD

Tips on Managing Stalls/Gains

Tips to Manage Cheating

Tips to Treat Sickness

Tips with Sleep

Tips with Dry Skin/Make-Up

Tips with Traveling

Post-Injection Tips

Preparing for the Diet

1. Many people have found that cleanses help prepare the body for what is to come ahead. A Candida cleanse helps with sugar cravings and a colon cleanse can begin the process of clearing out the toxins and prevent constipation during the protocol. These are not necessary, but can be helpful.

2. Many people have heard about this protocol from Kevin Trudeau; his book recommends many expensive suggestions during “Phase 1.” For a complete list of these items and a doctor’s recommendation on it, please visit Weight Solution.

3. It will really benefit you to give up Splenda, Aspartame and MSG (in their many forms and hidden names on the label). They all make you more hungry and are fuel addictions, not to mention other terrible effects--- see a shocking video here: Excitotixins: The Taste that Kills (MSG is in ALL processed foods).  You can also read more research about aspartame on the "where to go now page."

4.  Take the time to memorize the protocol.  Then, make sure your schedule is ready to take on your new diet (i.e. no vacations planned, etc.).  You will have plenty of time to read while you are waiting for the hCG (if ordering from overseas), so take the time and get comfortable with the protocol. 

5.  You can spend time planning your meals, shopping for the protocol, shopping for new clothes (you'll drop many sizes quickly), and you can even begin growing your own fruits and vegetables.  This will ensure "organic" certified produce. 

6.  As spoken in the words of a very wise member of hCG Dieters, "You need to allow yourself time to prepare for this long before you actually start the protocol - this is a protocol of not just food, but mental preparation, the planning of how you are going to handle the day-to-day situations that will derail your resolve and your plans, the roadblocks we come across, how you are going to handle them, the foods you are going to make that you know you can actually eat without wanting to gag as you stuff them down your throat... the questions people are going to ask you, how you are going to plan your meals etc."  --jen302255

Opening the Bacteriostatic Vial and hCG Ampoule

1. You can always buy an ampoule cutter here for $9.00, which helps if the ampoule is not pre-scored.

2. The metal rim has to be popped off the bacteriostatic water to expose the rubber top.

3. The hCG ampoule has a little black dot on one side, which has to be facing you. Always put an empty alcohol wipe package over the top of the ampoule to protect your fingers and for sterilization purposes.  Then holding the bottom of the ampoule firmly between the fingers of your left hand (right-handed people only) and the top firmly between the fingers of your right hand, quickly and firmly snap the top away from you. It usually breaks pretty cleanly this way. 

4. Store your unopened ampoules of hCG in a dark bag in a cooler place (like a pantry or even the refrigerator). 

Loading: Day 1 and 2 of the protocol

1. Do NOT try to limit your food during these days; the fattening food is necessary for the diet to work correctly, and more importantly to re-establish the structural fat that's been reduced or lost by years of fad-dieting. The more you eat, the better results you are going to have.  Those who do not load to the fullest also experience difficult hunger pains throughout the injections. You SHOULD gain weight on the loading days, you will lose it all within the first week, probably even the first 2 days!

2. It may seem impossible to load yourself with really fatty, unhealthy items (especially if you’re on your second or third round of the protocol), so here is a list of healthy items you can load on that are high in fat.

∙     Healthy Cold Pressed Oils

∙     Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil on everything!

∙     Avocados : 26.5 grams for just one of these beauties…slather some Veganaise in
the pit dent and eat with a spoon!!!

∙     Nuts: Especially Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Pine Nuts, in that order, can really boost your fat gram load

∙     Nut Butters & Tahini

∙     Seeds: Sesame, Sunflower, Pumpkin are all great!

∙     Coconut: The oil, the milk, the meat … fabulous! May also contribute to healing thyroid gland.

∙     Olives: Green or black, and stuff them with Tahini!

3. Eat foods that you crave that are especially high in fat such as Dairy Queen, cakes, cookies, custards, creams, pastries, chocolate, etc. as it has a psychological effect of saying good bye (for now!)

4. Focus on high caloric creamy foods.

5. Drink whatever you want on your load days; including soda, beer, wine, sake, etc.

6. Be sure to take pictures and measurements at this beginning stage so you can see the difference in your body and watch those inches melt away!  For help with measuring correctly, visit here.  The best thing to remember is to always measure in the same location.  Also, if you do not have a measuring tape available, use twine or cording to take the measurements, and mark with a black permanent the lines get smaller and smaller. 

7. If you are concerned about cheating, go through your pantry and cupboards and remove anything that might tempt you.  Donate the food, do not THROW it away.

8. Dr. Simeons specifically lists milk chocolate, pastries with whipped cream, sugar, fried meats (particularly pork), eggs and bacon, mayonnaise, bread with thick butter and jam, etc. We recommend you eat at least SOME of these foods.

9. The BEST suggestion is to read, and re-read, Dr. Simeons manuscript. Take the time to print it out, read it, and highlight important sections.  Then you could prepare your own "cheat sheet" and grocery list to prepare for the protocol ahead. 

500/VLCD Calorie Diet Tips

1. Keep a food diary with everything you eat and the times it was consumed. Also include your morning weight and how much was lost from the day before. Track your liquids (variety and amount).  Try to keep a running count of calories so you ensure you remain within the 500.

2. Since you will be eating so much of the same things, it is great to buy and cook your meat portions in advance; it will definitely save you time in the long run and help you stick to your diet.

3. It is great to keep a few “snacks” readily available for when a craving hits:  for crunch you can use celery sticks and cucumbers; for sweets you can slice up an apple and mix Stevia with cinnamon and dip the apple slices (for a really quick fix, have pre-sliced apples with lemon juice in the refrigerator stored in individual Ziploc bags) or create a strawberry smoothie (ice, water, strawberries, stevia (optional), lemon juice (optional).  For many excellent recipes, visit Where to Go Now

4. For a fast meal, you can precook some chicken (weigh your portions first) and store them in the refrigerator. Wash and dry full heads of lettuce(s) and store in the refrigerator. These preparations ahead of time allow you to prepare a quick dinner of chicken salad.  You can make a dressing out of lemon, apple cider vinegar and fresh pepper.  This is great when you want an enormous portion as it is difficult to eat too much lettuce (at 10 calories a head).  

5. There may be some occasions when you feel hungry, to fix this you can space your meals throughout the day so you are constantly eating.  For example, you can have coffee/tea in the morning when you wake-up(8:00), eat an apple at mid-morning(10:00), have a grissini in the early early afternoon (12:00), eat your lunch mid-afternoon(2:00), eat your second grissini late afternoon (4:00), eat dinner in the evening (6:00), and your second fruit in the late evening (8:00). Drink LOTS of water throughout the day, it helps curb hunger.

6. If you get hungry, drink 2 big glasses of water and see if that helps. 

7. Coffee tends to curb people’s appetite and teas are designed to do this, too .

8. If you cannot live without soda, make your own using sparkling water and Stevia which has great flavors like Grape, Raspberry, and even Root Beer! Do NOT drink Diet sodas as they contain aspartame.

9. Don't be afraid of hunger because hunger is a feeling (physical sensation) not a fact. Remember that the hCG is providing more than enough fat and nutrients to meet your needs. 

10. Be precise in your counting of calories and weighing of food. One tenth of an ounce can make a big difference—do NOT go over or under.

11. Typical weights of vegetables to be used in a serving at either lunch or dinner are around:  7 ounces of cabbage, 4-5 ounces of spinach, 12-15 ounces of tomatoes, 6 ounces of asparagus, 8-10 ounces of cucumbers.  Typical weight of strawberries (to equate a handful) is between 4-5 ounces or 50-75 grams. 

12. You can be prepared and make teas for the week. Some teas to use are Yerba Mate Chai or Chocolate, Oolong, Chamomile and Green tea (these are all organic). Put a gallon of spring water in a large pot and use 3-5 teabags and a few drops of Stevia; let it sit for awhile to cool off then move it to the refrigerator.  Label the liquids if you make more than one tea at a time. 

13. To create ground beef (do not buy from the store): ask the butcher to trim all the fat, ask him to show it to you after he/she trims (to be sure it is suitable for you), and then ask to have it ground. You can also do this at home by trimming the fat off of the meat, cutting it into cubes, and placing it in a food processor or blender.

14.  If you have difficulty finding a small apple, you can just cut a large one in half and only eat half.  You can also use this method for oranges.  This will also help you save calories (especially good for beef days). 

Tricks during the VLCD

1. If your brain is used to so much glucose that you cannot concentrate well, try L-glutamine, the amino acid, which acts just like sugar in the brain.

2. Personal care products that have not caused a gain in some people: Proactiv wash (not the lotion or the toner); organic spray "NA-PCA" Non-oily Natural moisturizer by "Twin Labs"; Pantene shampoo/conditioner (though it is likely that any regular shampoo/conditional can be used); Crest toothpaste (though any regular one should work); Secret deodorant has caused no issues and Irish Spring soap. It is likely that you can lose weight with all of your regular products to clean, but the moisturizers/lotions/make-up/etc. can cause problems.

3. If you are having trouble going to the bathroom, you can try Smooth Move Tea (available at GNC); follow the directions on the package, but only drink half of it.  Drinking only half prevents loose bowels and cramping.  WARNING:  Do NOT overuse laxative-type teas; read more here

4. If you are experiencing muscle twitches, you can try taking some extra magnesium.

5. As strange as this may sound, exercise causes your weight loss to slow down, even the difference of walking 30 minutes or not can cause changes in your weight loss. From our experience, we believe you will lose the most weight if you are sedentary. We believe exercise builds muscle mass which weighs more than fat, so you still burn fat, but you stay at the same weight.  Additionally, it has been said that muscles hold water around it while it "heals" from any type of exercise, whether it be walking or working out/cardio.  Dr. Simeons explains this in Pounds and Inches:  "[The muscles have a] retention of water which the tired circulation cannot at once elminiate."  He also advises to not exert yourself while on the VLCD, anything more than a game of tennis, a vigorous swim, a run, a ride on horseback or a round of golf is too much. 

6. If something strange suddenly appears while using hCG (like rashes, acne, etc.), remember that fat cells store hormones, pesticides, and other toxins. When the body can't release the toxins through urine or sweat, it will lock the toxin into the fat cells to prevent the toxin from taking over your body.  When you lose weight the abnormal fat cells are released which means that the toxins are simultaneously released and released into the bloodstream.  If you had an experience with something in the past that gave you a problem, like a rash, it is probable that the weight loss will cause the problem to come back as the toxin (problem) is released.  This is a good thing because it means the body is ridding itself of the store toxins.  Also remember that many skin disorders have their root in the colon, therefore cleansing it can alleviate or eliminate the skin disorders.  

7. Potassium can be used to keep your strength up during the VCLD and the dose should range between 200-1000

8. If you are not actually constipated, but are considered about not moving the bowels, you can try the salt water flush. It has the same effects of a colonic, but it costs nothing (or as much as sea salt). Here is a website that tells you what to do. Sea salt is always the best type of salt to use.  

9. The Debate over menses:  to inject or not to inject, that is the question. Do you know who has the answer? YOU- decide for yourself, but remember Simeons says not to inject.  With that being said, MANY people inject straight through with no problem. The reason provided for not administering injections is due to a higher chance of pregnancy. When injecting during your period, you have a chance of dropping more eggs under the influence of hCG, therefore being more fertile. If the possibility of pregnancy is not an issue, then you can continue the shots during your period. Learn more about estrogen and your menstrual period here.  However, you must note that you should start your treatment is immediately after a period (per Dr. Simeons).  He goes on to say that: 

"Treatment may also be started later, but it is advisable to have at least ten days in hand before the onset of the next period. Similarly, the end of a course should never be made to coincide with onset of menstruation. If things should happen to work out that way, it is better to give the last injection three days before the expected date of the menses so that a normal diet can he resumed at onset. Alternatively, at least three injections should be given after the period, followed by the usual three days of dieting. This rule need not be observed in such patients who have reached their normal weight before the end of treatment and are already on a higher caloric diet." 

10. If you believe that your hCG has lost its potency, you can test it by buying a cheap pregnancy test, and use a few drops of the hCG mixture (not your urine).  If your hCG is potent, the test should show a positive result since all pregnancy tests look for hCG. Another alternative is buying ketone sticks (available in any pharmacy, possibly behind the counter) and test your urine to look for the presence of ketones. Burning fat usually emits ketones which are removed by the kidneys and released in urine.  If you are releasing the abnormal fat deposits (as hCG enables), you should get a positive reading for ketones on the test if the hCG is still potent.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar “Cocktail” can help digestion and hunger and burn fat. Drink one before each meal. Use 1 TBSP in 3-4oz of water with a few drops of Stevia.

12. To treat bad breath, you can munch on fresh parsley. As an added bonus, it has a mild diuretic effect. To count calories, 10 sprigs have 4 calories.

13. If you are a gum chewer, buy some cinnamon sticks, break them in half & chew them. They will eventually dry out & you can reuse them anytime.  To always have one on hand, keep one in your car, at work, and your purse. You could also use anise seeds (like the East Indians) which are like licorice for "candy" or as a breath freshener. 

14.  Water is extremely important for the protocol to work; if you are not a water drinker you can try zero calorie, zero carb fruit flavoring packets which come in about 8 different flavors.  For subtle flavor, use only half a packet.  Recommended flavors include peach, mixed berry, and strawberry kiwi. 

15.  Many people have had difficulty getting out that last shot of the glass vial.  You can pull the needle out of the bottle so that only the opening of the needle is touching the solution.  That should help you take in most of the mixture. 

16.  To maximize weight loss, you need to remember your entire well-being.  Don't forget stress reduction, sleep, and toxin reduction.  

17.  Keep in mind that everyone loses weight in different periods of time.  Some people set their expectations too high and feel like a failure (which is completely NOT true).  There are many slow losers, just remember to not give up.  Let your body lose at the speed it needs to, and keep your eyes on the goal.  You will eventually reach your goal. 

18.  For those who don't want to share their diet secrets (the hCG protocol) with family and friends (due to questions and criticisms), you can tell them you are on a cleanse and eating clean, whole foods with no sugars, dairy, gluten, or preservatives.  This should keep them off your case. 

Tips on Managing Stalls/Gains

1. Watch what you’re eating; you should have a food journal and you might find patterns of foods that cause you not to lose, or to lose fantastically. A lot of people have had problems losing with tomatoes and oranges (but some people have no problem at all). Every body is different and you need to monitor your own body and see what works (and doesn’t work) for you.

2. Make sure you are drinking enough water (at least 2 liters a day).

3. Those that have held true to the diet and not cheated, have been rewarded with a large weight reduction when it finally drops.  You will usually resume your previous average loss before the stall.

4. Each time you stall, take your measurements; you have probably lost inches (remember it is called Pounds and INCHES).

5. You could gain some weight and not have cheated, depending on your menses, ovulation, and hormones.  Almost all of us have seen the scale go up due to water retention, etc.

6. If you eat more salt in the food you prepare, and your body isn't used to that sodium level, your blood volume will increase to handle the extra salt, which will translate into a gain because you're retaining water to boost that blood volume.  In other words, watch your salt intake. 

7. Remember what Simeons said about losing. You lose fat from the body cells but the cells do not disappear at the same time. The cell structure is still present for two to three days while the body  breaks down the cellulose and fills the cell with water in order to release it (through urine).  Once the fat cell is removed, the scale will drop. 

8. Sensitivity/allergies to foods (like lemons) may cause weight stalls. Listen to your body. The guru is you!

9. Pay attention to weight gains, they usually signify a mishap in the protocol, like not drinking enough water, eating too many/too few calories, too much salt, or (inadvertently) eating foods not allowed on the protocol. 

10. Be careful, spices have calories. As long as the serving size listed has less than 5 calories, the company can list 0 calories (even though it may actually have 4). Usually spices and seasonings use 1/4 of a teaspoon as their serving size, so BE CAREFUL...4 calories in 1/4 teaspoon = 16 calories in 1 teaspoon.  Account for every calorie, no matter how miniscule it may seem.  Here is an exact calorie count per TABLESPOON of various spices:

1TB Onion Powder  = 22.54 calories
1TB Garlic Powder  = 27.91 calories
1TB Chili Powder     = 23.55 calories
1TB Paprica              = 19.94 calories
1TB Poltry Season   = 11.36 calories
1TB Oregano            = 13.77 calories

11. Weight gains/stalls may take a few days to kick in. For example, you could mix your veggies for a few days and assume there is no problem based on what the scale reads, but then a stall or gain can suddenly reflect the breaking of the rules.  Many people believe a stall comes out of nowhere, but it is usually instigated by something (if not a previous weight set point).  

12 It is important to know that what works for one person does NOT mean it will work for everyone; to prevent stalls/gains simply do not make changes to Dr. Simeons protocol just because someone else is losing with that modification.

13. In women, menstrual periods increase water retention, and water weight shows on the scale. If you know you are following the plan and are not cheating, you just need to accept that the stall/gain is temporary and continue to follow the protocol.  The drop will happen once the menstrual cycle is normalized in the body. 

14.  If you are following Dr. Simeons to a "T" and have no other explanations for a stall/gain, look at your life and the levels of stress.  Stress causes cortisol which hinders weight loss and/or causes you to gain weight.  Try to remain calm and stress-free. 

Tips to Manage Cheating

1. Do NOT cheat, you will regret are a few words of wisdoms from other users who have cheated in the past.

Well, guys, it all started with a Mango Mai Tai served in a martini
glass. This was Saturday. I ate a quesadilla, an extra serving of
steak, an extra apple, and so on. This is my second cheating round!
Shoot! I was doing so well, too! I was down twenty pounds... Anyway,
it ended with White Castles. Woe is me... LOL.

I stopped taking the shot on my three day break, which was only 9 days
in to the VLCD. I figured that cheating would be worse while taking
the shots and increasing my caloric flood. Do you guys agree?

Anyway, I did notice that when cheating, the foods made me feel GROSS!
Especially the White Castle burger and fries. YUCK! I also noticed
that when cheating, I had a tendency towards the same diet food I've
been eating, only bigger portions! Hmmmmmm...

Anyway, I'm back on the horse, and have started the shots again, and
strict adherence, and feel much better, but Gosh, how quickly they


* * * * * * * * *

Hello Friends,

Yes I succumbed to the cheating monster. Tuesday I ate a huge
lunch and then Wednesday I ate a huge dinner. Thursday I was up 4 lbs.
This morning I was up another 3 pounds. Now if you don't think 7 pounds
is a big deal let's look at it another way. 7 lbs. = over one week of
weight loss GONE. Think about it. All the effort you have gone
thru to buy and prepare special meals for yourself. All the hard work
of not eating foods that are off limits. All the effort of drinking a
whoooooole gallon of water everyday so that you slosh when you

Another way of looking at it is that I (for me anyway} was in
control of what I put in my mouth and I darn well am going to eat what I
want when I want it. But after I cheated the second day I knew that the
food was in charge and did I want that? Heck no!! I want to lose
weight and be healthy and skinny!! To do that I need to follow Dr. S’

Cheating was a waste of time, of weight loss and of course money.
I hope my saga helps someone because that is what these posts we
make are all about.

2. Do not be afraid of cheating--you have complete control whether you give into temptation or not.  Just because someone else has cheated does not mean you will cheat as well.  Many, many people have done the protocol without cheating, and you can too.  Prepare yourself for the fact that you will *want* to cheat, but *acting* on the thought is your solely decision. 

3. Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

4. Do NOT cheat, this cannot be stated enough, it is a waste of time and money and NOT WORTH IT!  Also know that if you cheat, you will gain more than you would not on hCG.

5. To get your mind off of wanting to cheat, focus your attention on something else.  You can take a walk, go to the library, movie theater, or visit with friends.  It is also nice to find a support system, whether it be through an online group (visit here), a buddy who is following the diet with you, family member(s), etc.  Just make sure you have someone to stop you from cheating. 

6. Create a cabinet in your kitchen which supports your diet. Store your teas, Stevia, Apple Cider Vinegar, Grissini/Melba, fruit, etc. and use this special place to “snack” with items that are all allowed on the protocol.

7. Do NOT create your own substitutions. Dr. Simeons created a specific list of foods to eat and studied each food intensely. If you start making substitutions, then Dr Simeons' protocol becomes weaker and weaker, and eventually will become completely ineffective.  It is the substitutions to the protocol that give the program a bad reputation; it needs to be precisely followed. 

8. Do not interfere with your own weight loss success by not following the protocol! Dr Simeons' program eliminates and/or reduces sugar and carbohydrate cravings. However, if sugar and carbohydrates remain in your diet (except for the allowed starch), you are not allowing your body to cleanse and your hypothalamus to reset.  These are the key to lifelong success. 

9. You don't need to understand why something will or will not work with the Simeons plan. There are many unexplainable factors to the program, you just need to know that substitutions to the protocol causes weight loss to slow.  Just because something doesn't make sense to you doesn't mean you should change it.  Do not expect to have the results produced on the Simeons protocol if you do not follow the Simeons protocol. 

10. Expect to have cravings, be hungry, and moody and expect to want to cheat.  These expectations will let you be prepared to control the cravings, hunger, moods, and cheats.  Prepare yourself for these feelings, but know that the decision to deviate is yours...stay strong and remember that only you are accountable for everything you put into your mouth.

11.  When you feel a craving coming on, go and brush your teeth; this should help the craving pass.

12.  Don't disappoint Dr. Simeons, he would not let someone remain on the hCG protocol if he/she cheated more than three times.  You need to commit to the program and stay with it! 

13.  The only way to fix a cheat is to get back on track and tell yourself that you will not cheat.  The more you tell yourself that you cannot cheat, the stronger you should feel.  If you allow yourself a bite of something, you have already cheated, and you should never make that allowance.  

14.  When you use food as an emotional crutch, you will find it difficult to cope without that crutch while on the VLCD.  You need to fill the empty spot with something healthy that you can enjoy, both on and off the protocol.  This will not only reduce cravings, but also help you maintain your new healthy weight.  Some possibilities include crafting, painting, walking, gardening.  

15.  If you go forward and cheat, you have to take responsibility for that cheat.  You should feel guilty and unsatisfied, and you will pay for the cheat for three to five days.  This can be 3-5 days of the scale going up, or staying the same.  You have to pay for your mistakes, and it sure is time consuming.  There is nothing you can do except stop cheating and vow to yourself that you will not cheat again. 

Tips to Treat Sickness

1. Dr. Simeons uses a combination of antihistamine and large quantities of vitamin C. You should feel better in about 3 days.

2. You can try to alleviate a sickness with the combination of essential oils: one drop each of cinnamon, thyme & clove essential oils on top of a small amount (a couple of inches) of boiling water in a small saucepan. Cover your head with a towel and try to breathe in and hold in sinuses and lungs several times during a period of 3-4 minutes. Be careful not to get too close to the water because the extracts are tremendously strong, you need to get accustomed to the scents. 

3. Dr. Simeons says an "aspirin" for a headache is okay. Some people have successfully used Excedrin, Advil, Tylenol without any effect on weight loss. Just make sure to avoid the ones that have the shiny coating that makes them look like M&Ms!! That coating has sugar in it.

4. Do NOT suffer...if you NEED a medication, take it and just make up any 'lost time' when you are feeling better.

5. As a home remedy, you can drink LOTS of water and hot teas to flush the sickness out of your system.

6. For stomach troubles ensure you are not de-hydrated or over-hydrated.  Check that your fluids, both the amount (at least 2 liters for the day) and the type (coffee, tea, water, etc.).  Excess fluids can weaken your digestive enzymes which, in turn, makes it more difficult for your stomach to process the food.  Drinking too much coffee and/or tea (and not enough water) can also cause stomach problems due to the acids and tannins embedded in these types of beverages. 

7. For heartburn with bloating you can take a Tablespoon full of apple cider vinegar which will ease the acidic feeling. 

8. "Head fog" and "muscle weakness" can be helped by taking potassium (99 mg tablet 2/day with food) until the feelings pass. Keep potassium tablets in your house in case the problems return. 

9. When you don't feel like eating, make sure you at LEAST eat small portions of proteins and the two fruits.

10. For a head cold, put Tabasco on everything you eat or try eating spicy foods.  The hot foods will clear your nose.  You could also try Sinus Buster which is made with red pepper so it can sting a little at first. 

11. Take digestive enzymes (available at GNC) when you feel your stomach cramping from not processing the food you are eating.

12. For back pain, you can start by doing some gentle stretching. You can also try warm compresses on your back, massages, acupuncture, or visit a chiropractor. If you need to use medications for pain, use the approved aspirin.  As a final resort, you could try yoga.  There is a woman by the name of Peggy Cappy who teaches Yoga For The Rest of Us.  She has a yoga CD for back problems. Read more about it here.  You could also review Dr. Sarno's book, he is the doctor who cured celebrities John Stossel and Howard Stern's back pain.

13. When you have a cough, cover the bottoms of your feet with Vicks vapor-rub.  You should put socks on to prevent the vapor-rub from wiping away or sticking to surfaces (including your bed sheets).  This works best at night before bed. 

14. If you have a cold or suffer from allergies or chronic sinus issues, this trick will change your life. Dr. Oz on Oprah explained this remedy on one of her shows. Simply use a "sea salt saline sinus flush." You can use a tall drinking glass and put a level teaspoon of sea salt in the glass, then fill the glass with just warm water (bear in mind the temperature needs to be comfortable for you). Stir well to dissolve all of the salt.  Then, use a larger (i.e. 60cc) syringe. Fill the syringe with the sea salt solution, stick it comfortably in one nostril, lean over the sink with your head slightly tilted forward and slightly to the side. Then push the syringe to release all of the sea salt solution up into the nostril and out the other side (pretty unbelievable, I know).  You can breathe through your mouth as you do this. Fill the syringe again and repeat on the other side.  After treating both sides, gently blow your nose. For additional information and explanations, visit this website.  You can even order a special "pitcher" from the website to use instead of a syringe. 

15. You can gargle with warm salt water to treat a sore throat. You can also use warm salt water as a rinse (for about 5 minutes) to whiten your teeth. 

16. In addition, the warm sea salt water can be used for treatment of an ear ache.  Put some of the mixture in your eat and let it sit for about 5 minutes. The sea salt kills bacteria which not only cures an infection, it also prevents future infections. 

17.  For a rash, you can try this simple home remedy:  Dilute apple cider vinegar with water in a 1:4 ratio.  Use a wash cloth and apply the solution directly on the rash. 

18.  To treat allergies, you can try Dr. Frank's Allergy Relief oral spray.

19.  For stressful situations, you can calm yourself down with Bach Rescue Remedy Spray

NOTE: Keep your eye on your blood pressure as salt can increase blood pressure; sea salt, however, is safe.  Be sure to use sea salt, but do watch your blood pressure.

NOTE:  Use caution with all medications, it is known that one can overdose on Tylenol and there are many chemicals in Tylenol products.

Tips with Sleep

1. Be careful about drinking tea too late in the day in order to ensure a good nights sleep. For those that are supersensitive to caffeine, beware that even the decaffeinated tea have a little caffeine in it. Caffeine-free tea does not have caffeine.  You need not worry about drinking coffee or caffeinated tea in the morning hours, as the caffeine will clear your system by night time. 

2. You can try one "Simply Sleep" by Tylenol. This has worked with other people with no effect on weight loss.

3. You can try a natural supplement, possibly melatonin or valerian. They both work great and are safe to use (available at health stores, and places like Trader Joe's).  Valerian can cause swollen ankles, so one should use caution. 

4. Try Hyssop - a natural herb that 'promotes restful sleep.' Buy it in liquid form, and just take one dropper full.

5. Visit this website for more homeopathic remedies.

6.  Alpha Calm and Alpha Calm PM are both recommended by Kevin Trudeau.  Call 1(800)511-7004 to find out more. 

7.  You can use Bach Rescue Remedy Spray to help you fall asleep. 

NOTE:  Use caution with all medications, it is known that one can overdose on Tylenol and there are many chemicals in Tylenol products. 

Tips with Dry Skin/Make-up

1. Try dry brushing. Learn the technique here.

2. Many people have continued using their regular products (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap) for everyday use with the exception of lotion. Many lotions have oils in them, so be sure to check the ingredients.

3. You can try a manufacturer by the name of Alba (available at some organic food stores). Alba has an oil-free moisturizer with aloe and green tea and an eye gel with green tea. No oils. Find out more about Alba here.

4. Mineral oil is a possible remedy for dry skin.  However, mineral oil is considered controversial because it is a petroleum-based product, and is actually a byproduct of refining oil.  Due to this fact, the molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin.  This point is what creates the controversy:  the oil becomes a layer over the skin and can clog pores.  If you are not bothered by this fact, you can use mineral oil for the protocol because it will not be absorbed by the body and add oil to it.  Since the mineral oil becomes an additional layer on the skin, it keeps the skin mosturized.  Dr. Simeons recommends using a tiny bit of mineral oil (i.e. baby oil) on damp skin, then towel dry to remove the excess. One alternative to Dr. Simeons method is to mix sea salt with baby oil to make it into a thick body scrub.  Scrubs remove dead skin, leaving skin smooth and soft like a baby.  Use it on the driest areas for relief (elbows, knees, heels, etc.).  Like any scrub, make sure you rinse well, removing all residue.  You can follow the scrub with soap if you'd like. 

5. Another means of exfoliating dry skin away is by soaking in a very hot bath for as long as possible.  Then, take a loofah and scrub your skin. Like the scrub, this method removes all the dry dead cells and your skin should be noticeably softer.

6. You can buy a pair of exfoliating gloves to remove dry skin (available at Bath and Body Works).  For added moisture use your regular soap to create a nice lather and rinse well.

7. If you do not want to use mineral oil, try petroleum jelly. Vaseline Lip Therapy works for dry lips and petroleum jelly seems to relieve dry cracked elbows and knees. Don't use the creamy kind (it has added ingredients which are not allowed on the protocol), only the jelly.

8. A great way to create soft skin is to use baking soda and mix it with a protocol friendly face wash at least 1-2 times per week. Find a face wash that does not contain glycerin. One product that has gotten great reviews is Purpose liquid face wash. You can buy Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash at your local grocery, drugstore, or retail store (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.).  Click here to read the reviews.

9.  You can prevent dry skin by using a shower filter.  These remove all of the chemicals (like chlorine) from the water, providing you with a clean water source. 

10. An Aubrey's product, "Aloe Vera," contains vitamin E and grapefruit seed extract and nothing more. You can put it into a spray bottle and spray your lips, face, neck and elbows periodically or upon waking and before bedtime.

11. For those who cannot live without make-up, we have compiled a list of cosmetics that have been used by others on the protocol without adverse weight loss. To begin with, Dr. Simeons said no cosmetics other than lipstick, eyebrow pencil and powder may be used without special permission. We are assuming special permission means the good doctor looked over the ingredients. Here are some brands we believe would be approved by Dr. Simeons: Alchemist Apprentice, mineral cosmetics (eyeshadows) from Aromaleigh, Serious Skin Care (a HSN brand), Bare Escentuals, Bare Minerals, and Smoky Mountain Minerals.

12.  All Arbonne products have no chemicals or animal by-products, making them safe to use on the protocol.  Many have used the Shampoo and RE9 products daily (with the exception of the moisturizer, which *might* cause a stall), as well as the sea salt scrub (twice a month, just in case).  To find out more, visit here

13.  Many people find that acne becomes a problem while on the protocol.  Think of the acne as a great sign that fat is being released and your body is getting rid of the toxins trapped within.  To clear the skin, use the typical products of acne wash and deep cleaning pore strips.  .

Tips with Traveling

1. The TSA should allow you to board with the hCG as long as it is accompanied by a letter from a doctor or prescription. If you are traveling overseas, customs probably won't confiscate the hCG because in many countries it is sold over the counter.  On the return trip, you have a letter and/or prescription to show customs (making it legal).  Make sure you check with the airline you are flying on and check the policy, as every airline may be different. 

2.  You can put the hCG into your checked luggage to prevent problems (use this method if you don't have a prescription).  To keep the hCG at a proper temperature, you can use a small Tupperware container, fill it half way with water, and place the container into the freezer until the water is frozen.  The next morning, or the day of your departure, place your hCG bottle into the Tupperware container, seal it, wrap it in plastic wrap (to seal the ice), and put it in a Ziploc (to prevent spills or condensation on your clothing), then place it into your luggage.

2. Only take the amount of hCG you will need while you are away (i.e. do not return with preloaded shots). 

3. According to Dr. Simeons the hCG mixture can be left at room temperature for as long as 3 days, but must be refrigerated for longer periods of time.

4. To ensure travel success, call and ask what the regulations are for airlines. Each airline might be different.

5. You may want to take your pre-filled syringes in a small cooler with ice or a mini-refrigeration unit that you can also use in a hotel/motel room.

6. You can take some pre-cooked chicken, prepared veggies and bagged salads, apples or other fruits and maybe some pre-mixed vinegar dressings to keep in a cooler so you have the protocol food available to you.  By doing this, you won't have to take a break from the hCG and can continue to lose weight. 

7. For a short weekend, you can do your Friday shot before you leave, and plan a skip day for either Saturday or Sunday.  This means you only have to carry one preloaded injection with you. 

8. If you have to eat in a restaurant, prepare your meat and fruit portions ahead of time and take them with you to eat at the restaurant. If this is not possible, you can order a mixed green salad without dressing and add a grilled meat (some restaurants even have salads with oranges or strawberries).  Make sure you ask that the meat be cooked free from oil, butter, marinade, etc.  You could also order fresh fruit (without sauces or sugar), as many restaurants use fruit in preparation and have many varieties on hand. 

9.  To keep everything organized and accessible, pack a small suitcase for your hCG needs:  a bathroom scale, food scale, small grill (like George Foreman), cooler for food (if there is not time to go grocery shopping), cooler for hCG, cosmetic bag for needles, etc.  If you decide to go this route, be sure a refrigerator is available at the hotel you are staying at and use caution when cooking in a hotel room.

10.  In our own travels, and per our doctor's recommendation, we carried the hCG amber bottle and dropper (for sublingual) in our purses along with a prescription.  The security did not ask for the prescription, but I was prepared.  The bottle needs to be clearly marked.  The reason our doctor recommended that we put it in our purses is because luggage can get lost and delayed; to ensure safe transport, keep the hCG with you in your carry-on. 

Post Injections (See also Maintenance Phase page for extra tips)

1. You cannot expect the hCG protocol to take off the weight and then allow you to return to bad eating habits.  The hCG will remove the weight and give you a second chance, but it is not a free pass for life.  You will need to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.  It's your responsibility to maintain your new (healthy) weight, and you need to understand that.

2. Even after the maintanence phase, you need to watch the scale to remain within the two pounds of the last injection weight.  If it changes, DO A STEAK DAY! The steak day is a tool to utilize for the rest of your life, not just for the maintenance phase.

3. Steak Day Tips: Go to the butcher. Buy yourself the biggest, fattest, best marbled cut of meat they have to offer (you don't have to watch the fat now) and if you're not sure which cut is best, ask the meat guy. Take it home and sauté it in oil, butter, garlic, or whatever other seasoning you want. Relish every bite of the steak until you are full.  Follow with an apple.  You can substitute a tomato for the apple if you prefer. Some have lost as much as 7 pounds of gained inflammation in just one day using this technique.

4.  Use the time spent on the hCG as a method to retrain your taste buds.  In the maintenance phase learn to appreciate the natural flavors of food and try to refrain from adding artificial ingredients and flavors back into your diet.  These artificial ingredients are the most likely the cause of obesity in the first place.  The return of these culprits could cause the return of obesity.

5.  To maintain weight loss you can learn new techniques to overcome emotional eating or eating due to stress.  You can try the Callahan technique or EFT (see links page).  Remember this is the beginning of the rest of your life.  Control the maladies and focus on positive change. 

6.  To reduce cellulite on the new slim you, you can try adding 1 drop of lemon essential oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba oil.  Rub the mixture into the affected area, working toward the heart. Repeat daily and drink lots of water to help flush your system.  You can also try "Stevia lemonade" and epsom salt baths. 











































































































































































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