Recently I lost a bit of weight on the famous HCG diet. After trying many other diets, and at my age I felt my hypothalmus needed a serious reboot. Especially with age, bad habits, hormones, and stress nothing else worked. .So as a last resort I did complete the VLCD ( very low calorie diet) with the HCG shots through my doctor. It is really important to use pure HCG and not the fakes. Many of my family members did not think it was a great idea. In fact, they said why not just do the vcld alone instead of the shots? Because.... Research reports that those on the pure HCG compounded shots keep weight off longer, and also lose more abnormal fat than those on the diet alone. In fact, I had a ton of energy and never felt better.
I lost over 40 pounds and now am in my 5th month of maintenance. Maintenance for weight loss actually extends to 6 months. In fact, to keep from gaining I work out more than ever and can even run almost 3 miles doing sprint bursts, yoga and of P90X. I haven't worked out like this since I was in my early twenties. I can't believe it. My hormones are in balance, when the body is balanced everything changes for the good! Body, mind and soul.
One down side for me, is that after my wieght loss and exercise routines I noticed my skin went through many changes to include sagging or being crepe like. As we age our skin produces less collagen and loses elasticity. I wish I had thought about preventing this side effect before the diet. Yikes! I can't believe I forgot about that!
We can certainly do things to help our skin externally during and after weight loss, so I created a gelee called "elast". It has 10% msm, and 5% dmae, plankton, CQ10, antioxidants, aloe and more! It is also oil free. Conversely, we can do things from the inside out as well. For example, msm, dmae, vitamin c, roobios tea, and of course omega 3's all have amazing skin benefits according to professionals.
I strongly encourage you to use some kind of skin firming gel (hcg is an oil free diet) during any kind weight loss at least twice a day. Ingredients should boost collagen, moisturize, and promote elasticity in addition to being mostly organic and full of antioxidants. I can't believe I didn't do it myself! Don't make the same mistake I made - prevent, prevent, prevent if you can:) See my product "elast" in the Soreal Store.