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Local Man Loses 140 Pounds on HCG
Written by Brittany Hoke
Last updated on February 21, 2012 @ 1:39PM
Created on February 21, 2012 @ 1:03PM
"There was a time in my life where I came to the point of suicide and I wanted to end my life, but I had a person who spoke a word to me, don't ever give up. And I chose to never give up," said Jim Basnett, a Mannington native, who lost 140 pounds on the HCG diet.
 
One year ago, Jim Basnett made a decision. Tired of battling to lose weight his entire life, he decided he would try a new diet, the HCG diet. It turned out to be one of the best decisions he ever made.

"I decided in my heart it was time to win and to end this vicious struggle with the pain and heartache of it," Basnett said. "I talked to my medical doctor and she told me there was the HCG diet."
 
He set out on his journey on April 19th, 2011, doing four 42-day cycles of the hormone, and eating a mere 500 calories a day. To a man who was used to eating much more, it wasn't always easy.
 
"Was my stomach hungry? Yes," Basnett admits. "But was the grace of God upon me? Yes. Through the first cycle, I lost about 47 pounds. The second was about 40-some pounds. The next cycle was another 40-some pounds. It added up to my total weight loss in 8 months was 141.9 pounds."
 
He tracked his progress in a journal, weighing himself everyday, with encouraging results. He managed to hit his goal weight in December.
 
"I was 226.6 pounds, I wanted to reach 225," he recalled. "I took that last hormone shot and I went to bed. The next day, I weighed 223.6, and for the first time, I won. I won against this battle, the giant that I faced all my life. The heart-ache and pain of being overweight and the physical and mental pain of it, it ended."
 
He's now been off HCG for about two months, and has managed to maintain his weight. But besides learning new eating habits, he says the biggest  thing he learned from this diet, is not to give up.
 
"Believe you can do it," he says. "The biggest thing is don't make excuses like, there's a dinner coming up soon. There's going to be Fourth of July, there's going to be Thanksgiving, there's going to be Christmas. I did that my whole life, and I remained {stuck} in my weight because I always made excuses."
 
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Feb 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Congrats to you. Losing weight is the hardest thing in the world!
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