I am thrilled to have learned about hcg and the leptin reset. I have lost 50 pounds on two rounds of hcg since the first of the year. This was my 2011 new year's goal and I am so excited to have finally met my goal this year! On round 1 hcg phase 3 I maintained, but was soooo hungry and had to do several steak days. I ate and ate and finally succumbed to too many starches and started inching slowly back up.
I promptly went back on hcg and during a very tough second round, I read as much as I could about mastering leptin and Dr Kruse's info on Mark's Daily Apple. In round 2 phase 3 I have applied the 5 rules and adopted a Paleo diet. This phase 3 has been a breeze. Today I am 15 days into phase 3 and am 4 pounds below my lowest hcg weight. I eat a BAB of approx 40-50 gr of protein, a salad with protein at lunch and veges and protein at dinner if I am hungry. I have a glass of wine once in a while but try to eat a little extra fat with that meal. The biggy for me was no snacking. I am learning that it's all about our blood sugar and insulin. No sweetner between meals. Because of the leptin reset rules, I automatically am drinking less coffee, using no cream or sweetner (which I previously craved), eating no sweets or starches (yet), the cravings are gone, sleep great, wake up early and refreshed... just waiting for leptin reset. On weekdays 3 meals works best for me, on weekends 2 meals can work unless we decide on dinner out at the last minute! Loving the hcg (despite the naysayers) and loving the leptin reset. Thanks Dr Kruse for sharing good information with those of us trying really hard to get healthy.
I am passing Dr Kruse's info and website on to my hcg clinic nurse who is now immersed in reading! Helping pass the word one person at a time. Is anyone else loving the leptin reset with HCG?
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on October 23, 2011
at 03:45 PM
Soon I will have to make a blog why the reset really works......its all about neuroplasticity of the hypothalamus and teaching the brain new ways to accounts for electrons in food. It completely works the opposite thinking of "the calories in and calories out dogma." This is why the concept is not well accepted here. Most people still buy calories in and calories out. Those who don't, however, don't fully explain why it does not work. They use partial truths. I use the research of several Nobel Prize winning researchers from 1981 and 2000. And I have been influenced by Dr. Paul Bach y Rita, and Dr. Merzenrich, and Dr. Penfield's works. Their findings allowed me to think about obesity in a completely new way later in my life when I had a better 30000 foot view of the real problem.
After understanding their research angles I completely dropped calories in and focused in on how we account for electrons on the brain side and how we can reengineer those pathways to reteach the hypothalamus how to see what it no longer can see via the damaged leptin receptors all over the body.
Sometimes to solve a tough problem you have to get outside the outside of the box. That is the Leptin Rx.
on October 23, 2011
at 05:29 PM
Calories in/calories out theory has never worked for me. I've done protein shakes and cut the calories to the same 500 that I ate on hcg. I didn't lose much and promptly regained. I've done 5 rounds of hcg and am down 75 pounds. I've maintained well (Sorry steveo, I don't think it gets harder to maintain with multiple rounds. A few have trouble but certainly not all.) The protocol calls for doing a steak day if you gain 2 pounds and I would do that when necessary and drop back down. But I still had to watch my carbs like a madwoman. HCG didn't change that but the leptin reset has.
For decades I've been very carb sensitive. Over 30 carbs and I would gain even more weight and then find it impossible to get it off. The leptin reset has fixed that. I went on a cruise recently and had creme brulee every night for dessert. I had gluten free bread and potatoes in the same meal. I came home and hadn't gained weight. Amazing! It's the leptin reset that has made the difference for me. We've all been told eat every 2-3 hours to speed up your metabolism but that's all wrong. The timing of eating is super important. More important than I'd ever imagined. I'm thinning out through the waist area too and I know that has to do with my insulin levels being more stable.
Now obviously I'm not going to eat creme brulee all the time! :) But how amazing that I can go on vacation and not come back 10 pounds higher. I can eat sweet potatoes and other carbs like a normal person. I've been a big believer in the primal lifestyle in general since the 70s. But my problems were bigger than just carbs. The combination of hcg and the leptin reset has changed my life. I tell everyone about it.
on October 23, 2011
at 05:05 PM
I have lost 179 lbs using HCG... yeah yeah, I can hear the naysayers, 500 calories, calories in/out, blah blah blah. I don't care. It was better than getting a gastric bypass or if nothing was done, better than kicking the bucket. I wasn't ready for that at the time. So I jumped on the HCG wagon. Needless to say, HCG helped me a lot.
There is a problem with it though, for some people. After multiple rounds it sometimes gets harder and harder to stabilize. Maybe b/c it whacks the hypothalamus out. When the time came for me to go to a 4th round Phase 3 (P3=the maintenance round in HCG-speak), I was freaking out because my prior rounds had been so hard to stabilize. Then I heard about Dr Kruse's Leptin Reset protocol. I read like a mad man, trying to soak it all in. I really liked the paleo idea and also, liked the possibility of being able to gain Leptin Sensitivity.
So, I embarked on the Leptin Reset journey. Following Dr K's protocol and soaking in all I could about the biochemistry is certainly an adventure, and very enlightening. I am 7 weeks into the Leptin Reset protocol now and I am below my last (HCG) injection weight... that is UNHEARD OF! Stabilization is finally achieved and it is wonderful. I still have 20 lbs to lose, but I am not worried about that now. I doubt I will use HCG again, and just want to wait for a Leptin Reset now.
My opinion on calories in/out is that it basically does not work after a certain point... Once you get past a certain weight calories in/out does not work. People who have never been there have a hard time understanding. But I can tell it doesn't work, I had 179 extra pound that showed it too. I was dieting constantly.. I tried everything, the one thing that was the icing on the cake was after a year of HIIT, and I mean the tough stuff... weight, lifting, running... blah blah. I never lost a pound. I ate 1500-1800 cal a day... and good stuff too... nothing. I was majorly discouraged and went on to gain 75 more lbs. Calories in/out = BS.. after a certain point.
I am not gonna list all the benefits I have found from the Leptin Reset, b/c this is getting long. I am not sure if it is the protocol or the paleo that is making me feel so good, but at this point it doesnt matter... I found paleo, I like it, I found Leptin Reset protocol, I like it...
And thanks again Dr Kruse for all you do and for giving us a workable plan to get our lives back.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
I lost 80 pounds using the HCG drops.
Now I'm using Paleo/Leptin with Kruse's BAB. The first month I tried it I lost 10 pounds.
I won't go back on HCG again. I'm going to finish up with Paleo/Leptin.
I don't buy the calories in, calories out anymore. It just doesn't make sense when you look at the big picture.
I used to diet all the time. I exercised and restricted my calories and just I'd maintain or gain. If calories in vs calories out really worked, I'd have been skinny years ago.
on October 24, 2011
at 03:53 PM
I am having success combining the leptin reset with paleo, post hcg weight loss (38 lbs). To identify what I classify as success: my weight is stable (no regain), I have little hunger, I sleep well, no headaches/fatigue/rash/IBS. To clarify a misconception repeated here oft, I did not spend a fortune on the hcg protocol, nor on the leptin Rx... except that I pay more for the foods I purchase because hcg diet dictates fresh veggies, fresh fruit, and lean proteins similarly the Leptin Rx requires lots of good proteins and fats. However, the increased costs have been offset by my savings in pharmaceuticals and OTC meds because I no longer take anything, except a smaller dose of my thyroid med. and I haven't been sick, not even a common cold. I did spend about $100 on supplements (I know! not paleo!) about 6 months ago, but offset that by riding my bike more than driving my car (I know! not paleo!). Whether or not hcg approach is "in the realm" of paleo approaches to diet and health, the protocol diet itself is paleo, and more healthful than SAD, not particularly starvation either (when did starvation become a non-paleo topic anyway?) Seems people arrive at this paleo slant from all different avenues from veganism to every other -ism, yet this particular route seems to raise a lot of ire from certain folk, which says a lot. I don't imagine that being a closed minded, condescending twit was particularly healthful for a paleolithic human.
on October 24, 2011
at 02:16 PM
sometimes ignorance is bliss...still haven't bought the books, never count calories, only concern is not getting in enough, just following the protocol and it's working great for me...even when i think i might have gained weight, i don't or just a lb or 2 and it goes right back down or below. one of the biggest benefits of hcg was the quick weight loss and lr is that i don't really think about food, just plan my meals and really enjoy the bab. i get excited when it's time to eat. we know it works, just do it and forget about it. stressing increases cortisol and that's not helping. eat well and enjoy!
on October 23, 2011
at 09:41 PM
I am struggling, but that is because of my overall health, which I used to think was pretty good. I am not gaining which is a huge plus! Am working on getting all the top supplements and will have labs done in January. But I feel small improvements in how I feel all the time. So hoping things aren't too bad. At 60 years, and eating SAD for most of them, I am happy to be doing so well :-D
on October 23, 2011
at 05:48 PM
After doing starvation diets to lose 29 lb (from 376) over 3 years, I lost another 54 lb on 4 short rounds of HCG that began October 30, 2010. It was the only thing that worked well for me after years of struggling with food and diets since the age of 8 (I'm now 64). Returning to a "more balanced food menu" after the first HCG round, I learned that my body didn't like for me to eat a "balanced diet" and began searching for better food options for life. Between rounds 2 and 3 I found Primal/Paleo eating was very satisfying and allowed me to maintain the weight loss very successfully. After round 3 I felt my skin was drying up into a wrinkled freak show, however, and I knew I was starving my body of the fats it needed to keep my skin supple. I intended to take a VERY long break after that round and saturate myself in good fats! So I went strictly Paleo with no dairy but more good saturated fats than is often recommended on Paleo in order to compensate for fat starvation on HCG. And after 6 weeks I began losing and lost another 11 lb before finding Dr. Kruse and the Leptin Reset in early July.
Since working the reset promises to assist in balancing my hormones and add many other health benefits (I read Dr. K's history with it and the biochemistry of it and I'm a believer, yes!), I tweaked the timing of my eating and added more coconut oil to my diet. The BAB (Big A.. Breakfast) of 75 g protein (for me) and lots of coconut oil keep me from getting hungry and even thinking about snacks. My cravings were pretty much put away while on the HCG rounds, but that BAB keeps them away.
I have lost an additional 6 lb on the reset, to make it a full 100 lb weight loss from my all time high! I'm thrilled! But more importantly I'm getting healthier!!! Before the reset, even with the weight loss I was still easily fatigued! I could not complete a trip to the grocer, unload the car and put away groceries within an hour of returning from shopping. Now, although I've only lost an additional 6 lb, I can complete strenuous tasks without 15 minute rests every 5 minutes. My clothes are baggier than when I began the reset in July ... I had lost 8 pant sizes pre-reset, but now I'm down another 2 sizes! My stretchy T-shirts that were once quite snug, then fit decently after losing 54 lb on HCG, are now way too baggy to wear in public. My skin is soft like it was in my youth and the age spots on my hands are fading. My hair has natural moisture and body again, not dry frizz. My nails are stronger. My skin tags have disappeared.
I FEEL GREAT!!! I still have a whole person to lose, but I'm confident I can do it and continue getting healthier.
Additionally, many who lose a lot of weight with HCG and then return to the typically low fat food menus of CW have to get tummy tucks, boob lifts and other surgery to remove the bat wings of loose skin; but I can tell already that this will not be my fate. My skin is tightening even before the scales even drop now. I can use my resistance bands and lift the weights in HIIT fashion already, and I know this is helping.
The reset and the information Dr. Kruse provides concerning helpful lab tests and supplementation are helping me get my hormones in balance as well. People who do this are discovering that if you aren't losing weight when you've done the reset for 6-8 weeks, or if you are gaining when doing it, then there are hormonal issues that need to be cleared up. This is my work in progress with my hormones, as well.
AND, my brain gets a good workout every time I read (and re-read, and read again) the bloggs at www.jackkruse.com. I know my mind is expanding expotentially! I can't say enough good things about all that I'm learning during this n=1 successful experiment in regaining health!!!
Thank you, Dr. Kruse, for all you do!!!