Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Omentum Has Lost Momentum, Day 17 of Hcg Diet

I have lost 6 or 7 pounds on the Hcg diet. Not quite sure as the scale won't make up its mind. It's not an astounding number and definitely not the number I had in my head before I started. But I am pleased that my clothes are not so tight anymore.  My panty lines aren't as visible, my fat rolls are smaller, and I don't look 4 months preggers.

I have 4 more days of eating 500 calories a day.  I might continue a couple extra days if I still have drops left after the 21 days but I don't know if I have the willpower. I find myself daydreaming of just actually cooking with oil. I mean seriously daydreaming of what most people take for granted.  I cook like Julia Childs - everything is better with oil, butter or cream.  
"Life itself is the proper binge." 
I have found that chicken w/o any butter or oil is the most difficult meat to eat no matter how much salt is added. The chili is good and I might eat that on any normal day.  Shrimp with spinach and crab meat are the next best things. I could eat fruit all day, but that's not how the diet works. The saving grace on this diet are the 2 Melba toast crackers I can have each day. Most of the recipes are bland and similar to cardboard (not rice cakes - I would be happy if I could eat rice cakes on this diet). So when my friend told me she had to force herself to eat on this diet because the drops made her feel full I disagree with her. My take is that I have to force myself to eat on this diet because you either get tired of eating the same things or everything is awful.

Also, my hair has started to fall out in small clumps while I shower and I find it hard to concentrate.  I know our brains need things like fish oil to function so it might be the lack of oils causing my brain to slow. My hair fall out could be due to the diet or the oil-free shampoo and conditioner I bought for this diet. I will know when I go on maintenance phase and am actually able to have olive oil again.  If I see positive changes then I'll know it was lack of oil. But if my hair continues to fall out I better do some research.

When I go into phase 3 of diet I also have to start exercising vigorously. I guess it's time to dust off those Tracy Anderson and Pilates DVDs. I exercise with my child for his physical therapy, but his exercises are not rigorous although to him they are hard. I need hypnosis that will make me love exercise.

If you're don't know what an omentum is you probably don't watch Oprah.  I have included a definition below from
The omentum is probably not a word most are familiar with, until 2007 when Oprah Winfrey invited Dr. Mehmet Oz to discuss the nature of excess body fat. For her television viewers, Dr. Oz introduced the concept of the omentum, even showing both a healthy and an overly fat omentum to people to showcase the biological importance of this organ.
The Oprah segment took a somewhat simplified yet medically correct approach to explaining the omentum. Actually, the omentum is split into two segments called the greater and lesser omentum. The greater omentum is a mass that sits in front of the stomach, and the lesser omentum covers the liver. Both become easy repositories for fat storage. When the greater omentum is especially large, the abdomen may appear stiff and distended bringing to mind the term beer belly.
The omentum easily stores fat, since it is readily accessible to the body. When people lose weight, the omentum shrinks, helping to reduce risks for a number of conditions. Dr. Oz contends that the great concern with a fatty omentum is that it starts inflammatory processes, which can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries. Essentially the bigger the omentum, the more you are at risk for a variety of difficult illnesses.

1 comment:

  1. You had me laughing with the Melba toast but that stopped when I read about your hair!


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