Thank you helderheid and SugarFree for being so open and discussing all of these issues right here. I know I follow some blogs that diet in ways I would never choose, but they still have something of value to me. Perhaps it is an "agree to disagree" situation.
I would like to take a moment and just offer up my own personal experience. I started HCG in 2009 and was a complete diehard for about 2 years. Due to certain circumstances I started wavering in my belief about HCG. I could not stick to HCG Protocol. I could not lose more weight. I did not feel well, and eventually gained back a lot of weight.
I now have gone from theory to practice (granted it has been only one week :))on the SugarFree Protocol ... I am obviously a believer so far. I will continue to put it to the test, and the true testament for me will be maintenance. This morning I woke up to another pound loss to take me up to a 7.6 pound loss in 5 days. I should have gained according to Simeon's Protocol after eating a huge 9 ounce pork chop with potato and sour cream along with a ton of greens cooked in butter. However, what makes me a believer more than the weight loss is my daily blood sugar tests and how I feel. I have never felt better! I have energy that was never possible while I was on HCG. My fasting blood sugar started out really low at the beginning of this week- 63 low 70's (too much insulin being pumped out keeping them low) and now this morning my fasting insulin was 83.
So, what am I saying here? I am merely saying all I can offer is my personal experience on this blog. My experience so happens to take me away from HCG to try something else. I do, however believe a more middle ground is where I would like to stand on this subject. Dieting can be such a frustrating and at times painful experience. It can also be enlightening and fun! Anyone on this journey deserves respect and care.
I know while on HCG I made great reflections and learned a lot about myself and made extremely wonderful friends! You all know who you are. ;) It is ultimately what brought me to where I am now, a place of hope again. And in this, I hope that in whatever and however we choose to walk the path of trying to get healthy we continue to have the courage to talk about what we believe will all the passion we can muster. That is how things get better, dialog and listening.
I wish you all a happy weekend! And thanks again for the discussion that occurred here. People who come to this blog can read and make their own determinations.