Yes, took me three days to start seeing results after I had it.
UGH!!!! Don't do it! Any sugar substitute, besides Stevia (found at heatlh food stores like Wild Oats and Trader Joes), is not allowed!!! Splenda is so bad for you, just like the others! Do the research! Splenda is derived from sugar, yes, but also chlorine! It's a sugar molecule bonded with a chlorine molecule... do you really want that in your system???
Stevia, on the other hand, is completely natural and is even suggested for use in teas and coffees on this diet.
What are the other options other than Stevia? I have many food allergies and found that Stevia was causing an allergic reaction (rash, mouth sores).
Don't do Splenda! Really. Recent studies show that these chemicals along with aspartame put lesions on the brain. They are very dangerous. Stay as far from chemical sweeteners as you can. Stevia is the best!!!
Xylotol is another sugar that is much like stevia. It is sold at the health food store. It kills bacteria and yeast in the body but use in moderation or you will have a healing crisis. (Too many germs killed means too many coming out at once and you could have the diahrrea.
Try Xylitol. It is actually good for you and good for your teeth.
on page 60 of the dr simeons pounds and inches it states you can use splenda. I have been using it and have lost 2- 2.5 lbs a day every day. i love splenda it helps get rid of sugar cravings and makeks tomatos a dessert!!
Dr Simmeons wrote pounds and inches 50 years ago and spenda was not mentioned in it.... Because its only been around for a couple of years.
You shouldn't use Splenda-it is made from sugar. Use sweet'n'low or Stevia. I use Truvia and it hasn't caused me any problems. Dr. Simeons only recommends saccharin (Sweet n Low) or Stevia.
I use Equal OR Splenda. Anything else just tasted yucky to me.
I still always lose an average of around 25 pounds per round.
I also have diet drinks...
There! I feel much better now...TeeHee!!!
Of the three artificial sweeteners,aspertame, splenda, sweetnlow, sweetnlow has least negative affect on the body. Sweetnlow was given bad press when aspertame wanted to take over the market back in the 70's.
I don't like the taste of stevia. So I finally tried sweetnlow and it tastes pretty good in my mint tea and hot lemonade. It actually makes them taste better than plain. Haven't noticed any weight gain from it.
Feetfirst: Do you also drink diet drinks?
All the diet drinks that I have found have either aspertame or sucrolose. Those I try to avoid because of the evidence of negative effects on the body. Some react immediately, others it shows up years later after it has accumulated. There are at least 90 different physical ailments that have been attributed to them. Saccharin is not in that category. As I mentioned earlier, it was given bad press and accused of causing cancer in rats when given humongous amounts of it when aspertame wanted to take over the market in the 70's. It did take over.
I never particularly liked the after taste of artificial sweeteners in my drinks. But when I tried the sweet n low in my hot drinks, I was pleasantly surprised. That has helped me get my required fluids into me. Some plain water I don't mind.
So the short answer is no. LOL
Misty - Do you drink Diet Coke or Diet Coke made with Splenda? I switched to the splenda when it first came out and love it. I just started the HCG two days ago but it will be interesting to see what happens.
I am finding the diet difficult but do able so far.The no snacking is the hardest of course. Wish me luck.
Hi Charlie - welcome to the Forum!
I hate to hear that your struggling. Did you mean day 5 of the VLCD or day 5 including your load up days?
Are you doing sublingual? injections? I just want to help if I can.
I never even paid attention to what my Diet Coke uses, so I just got up and got one out of the fridge and it contains aspartame.
When Im not dieting I always use real sugar instead of artificial sweetners. But for now I do what I can to get through.
Here's to a New Year New You!
I started the mixed formula last Monday and on Wednesday went to the 500 calories. I am not going through the same people you are and the diet is a little different. I lost 7 lbs by day 5 but then I didn't loose anything for two days.
I hate to admit it but I got very discouraged. The diet is very hard to maintain mentally. By day 3 I wasn't hungry like I was but I missed snacking especially at night. After not loose for two days, I checked into the diet itself and found your site. There are so many things I wasn't aware of. Especially the personal items; lotion, soap, shampoos etc. I have gone off the diet and desperately need to loose weight. How did you do it? It is so hard. I have almost two bottles and don't want to be a quitter. I lost 50 lbs recently on a really good program but got off track over the holidays. I really need to get this weight off now. Summer is coming on quick and I am 217 lbs. Any advise would be appreciated. Is it doable? Should I try it again and is there any moderated version of it?
Here are a couple of suggestions:
If you were no longer hungry by day 3 but wanting to snack was hard try this.
1. If you mean snacks at night, take your last dose of Hcg earlier so that it is at a higher level when you have a tendency to want to snack.
2. Up your dosage. If you take 10 drops 3 times a day move it up to 12-13. I usually suggest this for hunger but it might help with snackers as well.
3. Save your fruit for when the snack attack hits and then drink lots of water with it to fill you up.
4. And lastly, go ahead and snack but have a small veggie that is on the protocol. Make a honey mustard sauce with Splenda and mustard and dip some cucumber into it. Or cut up a cucumber and sprinkle lemon and hotsauce on it (my favorite)!
Remember you problem is snacking. That means its just a habit. You HAVE HAVE HAVE to get it under control now or else when you get off the diet you will go back to old habits and sabotage all your hard work up til now.
Hope this helps!
Actually there are no known contraindications for Splenda (sucralose) at all. Sucralose is sugar that has had 2 of the hydrogen molecules altered to become clorine molecules. Clorine is found naturally in the human body, is a necessary element in our bodies and is regularly put in our drinking water to make it safe to drink (and the amount you get in splenda is neglible compared to what you drink in water) Splenda has been around for over 25 years and is the ONLY articial sweetener that has absolutely NO FDA warnings mandated. It is not a neurotoxin and it is no made chemically, just altered sugar. As a matter of fact it has been the study of over 110 independant tests and is considered safe to consume at any level and is excreted in your urine. Also if you look at the ingredients in SlimXpress's Tropical Fruit Smoothie mix it is right there in the ingredient list. While I totally agree that aspartame and saccharin should be avoided, sucralose (splenda) is totally safe and should not be bunked with the other "artifical" sweeteners. It also can not have a glycemic index of 80 since it has absolutely no effect on blood sugar. No I don't work for Splenda but I have been a diabetic for many years and I have done my homework about sweeteners. There is much much info out there on sucralose all you have to do is look for it.
Here's a list of reactions to splenda <email> .
Splenda Reaction Symptoms
* Flushing or redness of the skin
* Burning feeling of the skin
* A panicky or shaky feeling
* Blisters on the skin
* Stomach cramps
* Dry heaves
* Becoming withdrawn
* Loss of interest in usual activities
* Feeling forgetful
* Dulled senses
* Unexplained crying
* Acne or acne-like rash
* Panic attacks
* Feelings of food poisoning
* Seeing spots
* Mental or emotional breakdown
* Altered emotional state, i.e. feeling irate, impatient, hypersensitive
* Pain (body, chest)
* Bloated abdomen
* Trouble concentrating/staying in focus
* Feeling depressed
* Feeling faint
Some people even react to stevia and truvia. They may cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to ragweed, marigold, chrysanthemum, etc.
Stevia is in the ragweed family.
Skin breaking out in tiny pimples that itch, and itching skin are just two of the reactions from stevia in some people. When stevia is stopped the itching and rash go away. Others are not bothered at all.
Sorbitol is a "prime suspect" in chronic stomachaches, especially in children."
"One man's meat is another man's poison"
Since Stevia has ragweed, do you think that would account for the grass allergy type reactions??? Just thinkin'.
I would think so.
There's a thread on diet board "Adverse reactions to stevia" that has posted some of the different reactions some people have had.
I have grass allergies but have been using Stevia for a long time with no troubles at all.
Stevia is in the ragweed family, not the grass family. She was referring to types of reactions (watery eyes, runny nose, itching skin or whatever your reaction might be). Any reaction can come from a variety of allergens ( food, medicine, plants, lotions, etc.).
Thank you for telling the truth here about Splenda - I'm tired of hearing all of the biased nonsense abut it - the facts are there and they check out with what you have said. Good for you! As for all the 'heal;th side effects someone listed - good grief!! Those people obviously have allergies or some other problems - My whole family uses Splenda and not one of us has ever had a single side effect or problem.
I have been using Splenda the entire time and have still maintained weight loss...don't stress it. Stevia is better because it comes from a plant but it is a taste that takes some getting used to. I blend stevia with splenda to counteract the slightly bitter taste. Good Luck!!
Glad to help!
Today is the last day I have on the 40 day HCG diet, tomorrow I start the maintenance phase. I am 69 years old and have lost 30 pounds. The diet wasn't as hard as I expected it to be (although I had 2 hunger days several weeks apart). I really do not usually drink water...only diet Dr. Pepper, I substitued DP with Pepsi One and Diet coke with Splenda and I was still able to lose a lot of weight. I'm not looking forward to maintenance since I am really tired of the diet, but will do it since it is part of the diet. I have not cheated even once on the diet and I did not exercise, but plan to start walking during maintenance. I really need to lose another 20 lbs, but will not be able to mentally deal with this diet again in 6 weeks and right now feel like I will never be able to do it for 40 days again.