Hot Topics November 2012

by CB Blog Team on November 2, 2012

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Cyndi December 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The winner of the November Hot Topics Contest is Heather R. Thank you to everyone who submitted their questions and all of your support.

Please check out our next months Hot Topics Contest.


Emily Lambert November 30, 2012 at 8:47 am

Who, if anyone, should avoid using your products? For example, should individuals with certain food allergies stay away? Should pregnant women avoid using the drops?


Cyndi December 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm


I do not recommend anyone who is pregnant or breast feeding to take any supplements without consent from their doctor. Also, any major medical illnesses should spark a discussion with your doctor before use. I am not aware of any food allergies at this point but I would be happy to look up a particular allergy item.


Susan November 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I’ve been using the hCG plan with good results. I was wondering though if there is anything I can add with that plan to boost my results. I am trying to lose weight for a wedding in February and want to look my best. Any suggestions?


Cyndi November 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm


I would say you can add exercise. The key is to understand what kind of exercise. On the hCG plan, it is important to restrict calories and to stick to the approved food items. If you exercise to hard (which is easy to do….) you will actually stimulate your appetite making it harder to stick to the plan and keep the weight loss going. If you choose to exercise in order to increase fat burn, then you must do low intensity exercise. This is the kind of exercise that is mild and time consuming. I suggest walking on the treadmill or outside for up to 60 min. Just don’t walk (or whichever exercise you choose) fast enough to where you are out of breath.

You can also do the 30 night diet. This is taken at night to increase fat burn while you sleep.


Melissa C November 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I recently got the HCG 1234 diet information and I was wondering if there is any substitution for the grissini, its not easy to come by in my area and I know melba toast after awhile will grow tiresome.



Cyndi November 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

There is no real substitution for the grissini and the melba toast is widely available and usually a better option of the two. However, if you can’t find even the melba toast attached is an ingredient and nutritional panel for the melba toast and a product called Ak-Mak that can be used in place of the melba toast…..found in most health food stores.

The serving size for these “bread” options is only 2 pieces per day but having the wrong type of product will slow your weight loss on the program so it’s best to stick with the two choices mentioned, if possible. Review the ingredients of any other product you might try and make sure they’re comparable to avoid problems. Be sure to keep close track of your weight loss to see if what you’re eating does well for you.


jenny at dapperhouse November 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

I have bad knees and can not run, do aerobics, squats etc. Is there any activities that I can do (besides swimming) to get my heart rate up so that I can burn calories? I can do the bike and elliptical, but I was wondering if you had any other ideas or suggestions for me to BURN FAT? Thank you.


Cyndi November 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

One thing that would be good to know is why you have bad knees? A surgery, an injury, arthritis, etc.

In order to fight fat on your body, I would recommend a combination of resistance training and aerobic training. Resistance training will increase your base metabolic rate. You will probably have to do corrective training for the knees, but you can stimulate muscle on the rest of your body until the knees are ready. Increasing your base metabolic rate will increase the amount of calories you burn while watching t.v.

I would have to recommend elliptical and swimming for the aerobics but could possibly add incline walking on the treadmill. You would have to try it and see how it affected your knees. You could also do pilates and yoga to get extra calorie burn.


Alison Rigsby November 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

My husband and I seem to have very different opinions on what goes on when you fill your stomach and then let it shrink (by eating less) then binge or eat a large meal again. How can this effect your diet?


Cyndi November 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

First, it is never good to binge. Even for my male clients who are trying to gain size rapidly I do not suggest this. In my opinion it creates a negative mindset around food. Yes food tastes good, but it is fuel.

By eating to much in one setting, your stomachs receptors become less sensitive and will eventually stop telling your brain that it is full. It will constantly reset its sensitivity threshold to the stimulus you place on it. Therefore, if you consistently eat 800 calories for dinner then you won’t fill full unless you get 800 calories every time. Also, during the day you may want 800 calories for breakfast and lunch. You want to create structure with your system. Just like you wouldn’t tell your kids that it is ok to stay up until 3 am on the weekends and 9 pm on weekdays. You set yourself up for chaos and a major fight.

When you eat, you have a window of opportunity to absorb and process the calories taken in. If your body can handle processing 400 calories in the window and you eat 600; 200 calories will be stored as fat. If you have trained your body to feel satiated at 800 calories a meal; you will consistently store 400 calories as fat.

The body will eventually run out of calories to process and still need fuel. If you don’t feed it, it will pull calories from stored fat. However, it does not process them as efficiently as straight from your stomach.

The best scenario is to eat small meals frequently throughout the day to maximize usage of calories and to not create a pendulum swing with hormones.


Michelle Hagewood November 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I have a question about birth control and weight loss. I know that some types of birth control can make losing weight harder if not impossible. I have Mirena, the IUD, and haven’t heard anything about it making it harder to lose weight but I have tried everything with no success. All last school year I would walk 10 blocks, round trip, to get my daughter from school and watched what I ate and also ran around the house after a investigative 1 1/2yr old. I never lost a single pound! I don’t gain any weight but I don’t lose any either. I have also used different types of supplements to try to help out along with diet and exercise but nothing works. Could it possibly be my form of birth control? Are there any ways around it if there is, besides having it removed of course, I still have 3 years left before I have to have it removed and my husband and I would like to try for a 4th child sometime next year but I want to lose at least 50lbs if not a little more before I get pregnant again so that I’m at a healthier weight but I also don’t want to remove my birth control and end up getting pregnant before we planned either. It just feels like I’m stuck in a never ending battle with wanting to lose weight but being unable to and also knowing that it could possibly be my birth control but not wanting to get rid of that and wind up pregnant before I even have had a chance to lose the amount that I want.


Cyndi November 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm


I know that losing weight can be very hard….I have worked with many resistant metabolisms and encourage you to keep fighting.

While I haven’t heard of an IUD preventing weight loss I know that it can affect your hormones. These hormones all have cascading effects within the body. I would say that it is more likely that the hormonal influences can make losing weight more difficult; but not impossible. I would also say that it is rare, and would be a unique bodily reaction. I personally have used the Mirena IUD and have had clients also that do. I have not seen anyone yet affected.

I would suggest trying a more serious weight-loss program. I would prescribe 5-6 days per week of low to moderate intensity exercise. I would suggest 60 min on each on of those days. I would couple this with a low calorie, high protein diet. I would do this for 3 weeks and re-evaluate based on the results.

You may have a resistant metabolism… but you can win.


asha marie pena November 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I know that with any dieting program you need to workout, but what if you do not have time to go to the gym and workout. What can you do to lose the weight?


Cyndi November 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

You actually do not have to workout to lose weight. Mind you, I am a personal trainer! The fact is that if you consume less calories that you burn in a day; then you will lose weight. The reason why exercise is recommended is because it speeds up the weight loss process by burning extra calories and increasing metabolism.

However, you can still lose weight through diet and supplements alone. It is just not as fast and easy to maintain long-term.


Christine T November 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Is the hCG diet good for diabetics since it is so low carb? As a Diabetic, what should one stick to; the 500, the 800 or the 1200 calorie diet?


Cyndi November 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

It’s fine for diabetics but you need to watch for hypoglycemic episodes and compensate with an additional apple or two. Also, be sure to adjust any medications you might take accordingly as you lose weight. Doing the 500 calorie plan is fine to start and you only need to increase to the higher calorie plans if you are exercising as they do require exercise to see good weight loss.


Alicia November 26, 2012 at 9:02 am


I was wondering if there is any webpage or something we can go to in order to see what product may be best for us. I have been looking at the Raspberry Ketone or Green Coffee Bean supplements but I am a bit confused as to which of these products (or any other product on this site) would be best for me.

I’m 23 years old and I am not horribly overweight, but I am at the top of the “normal” bmi range, depending on the day of the week that can shift into the bottom of the ‘overweight’ category, and I would like to shift downwards. I have a problem with having low energy, so that is why I was looking at those particular supplements.

Is there anywhere else we can go to see what product may be best for a particular lifestyle?


Cyndi November 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm


Here are two links that give you a plethora of info on the 2 products.

Based on what you have said, I would recommend the green coffee bean because it offers a boost of energy.


HeatherR November 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I have read that HCG is a great diet for those of us who are hypothyroid. I haven’t had a thyroid for over 15 years and weight loss has become almost impossible. I work out for 2 hours every day…nothing. I do P90X for 3 months…. 10 lbs. Nothing works. I try different diets, different supplements and still nothing. It is depressing as all heck… which of course makes the weight stick on like glue.

So as I decided to try one of the products… holy toledo… which one to choose? I have restrictions as limiting the amount of stimulants I can have…. no soy…. no kelp (no iodine). Help!!

So, as a 40 year old woman who wants to lose up to 40 lbs, which is the best product for me to take it off, and keep it off.

Thank you!


Cyndi November 16, 2012 at 10:52 am


I am sorry that you have so many obstacles to overcome. Losing weight is challenging enough by itself; let alone adding metabolic resistance to the equation. I suggest first and foremost to take things into perspective. You know that you have a condition that is not within your control. Give yourself some credit. You may never become the size 6 energizer bunny of your dreams; but you can be the best you that you can be.

I think that the hCG plan could be a great fit for you. If you can commit to the hCG diet and add some exercise in also, you can realize success. The key is to never give up in the face of resistance. Do the right things and the right things will follow; even if they take a long time.

Good luck


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