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10 Likely Culprits for Stalls

Before I get into the what may be going on part of this, I just wanted to make sure that we're all on the same page about the difference between a plateau and a stall. A plateau should not be any less than 4 days you should do an apple day to see if it shakes things up. If the apple day doesn't work and you find yourself doing everything you're supposed to be doing for more than 5 days and your weight is just not moving, THEN you are experiencing a stall.

You have to look at the amount of inches you're losing as well as just the weight. I, personally, wasn't happy doing that. Inches is inches, but pounds is pounds. :)

So what to do if you're in a stall? Well, I was in one for 13 days. I went through all these things and finally, when I tried something that's not strictly "on" the protocol, I broke it. I did an egg day, found as a suggestion on a forum I frequent. So, here's my list, albeit long list, of what to look at if you find yourself in this discouraging place.
  1. Your body may be just detoxing - try out a long soak in a bath with 2 cups of epsom salts. It'll draw out the toxins faster that way.
  2. Also, you could increase your water intake, so your body can flush out the fats. You should use your weight, but in ounces (so I'm 300#, I'd use 300oz for this calculation), then take half of that and that's how much water you should be drinking every day. (I should be drinking 300oz/2= 150oz every day.)
  3. Do you mix your veggies? If you do, stop.
  4. Are you making sure that you've got different meats, veggies, and fruits for lunch than for dinner?
  5. Are you taking multivitamins? If you are, there may be hidden sugars in there... It's used for fillers, too.
  6. Try different meats than you have already.
  7. Are you getting enough calories - all 500 - or are you skimping in the hopes of losing more?
  8. Are you allergic to something you're eating/putting on your body? I'm allergic to SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) in the shampoos and ran into some trouble losing because of that...
  9. Not enough sleep! Sleep is when your body repairs itself and makes the large adjustments to the sudden loss of brown fat loss that we're all releasing when doing hCG.
  10. Read your labels to make sure that you don't have any hidden sugars. They're sneaky about that stuff and it has something like 99 different names! But 30 of them are:
  • barley malt
  • beet sugar
  • brown sugar
  • buttered syrup
  • cane-juice crystals
  • cane sugar
  • caramel
  • carob syrup
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • date sugar
  • dextran
  • dextrose
  • diatase
  • diastatic malt
  • ethyl maltol
  • fructose
  • fruit juice
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • glucose
  • glucose solids
  • golden sugar
  • golden syrup
  • grape sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt syrup
  • maltodextrin
  • maltose
  • mannitol
  • molasses
  • raw sugar
  • refiner's syrup
  • sorbitol
  • sorghum syrup
  • sucrose
  • sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • yellow sugar
If you're spot on following the protocol, those are some of the trouble places that I've learned (some, the hard way) to ferret out.


  1. Egg day in VLCD? I'm confused. I assume you weren't "stalling" in P3 as that's kind of...desirable? :D

  2. Nope, this is a P2 thing. It's not in the P&I Protocol book, but I found it on a separate forum. And it worked BEAUTIFULLY for me during my really long stall of 13 days.

  3. Well, it gets kind of wordy to put in a comment, but I did put all the details I know of it in a post! Look here: http://lessofmehcg.blogspot.com/2009/09/egg-day.html


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