What To Do And What Not To Do While On The HCG Diet

Looking and feeling good about your body is an important factor that enhances your self-esteem. If you feel you are a little overweight and want to shed a few kilos to fit into your favorite pair of jeans, you could try the most happening weight-loss program. Yes, we are talking about the HCG diet. When you follow the HCG diet, you will be on HCG supplements (which are made from synthesized HCG powder) and on a restricted diet of 500 calories per day. What’s more, the strict diet will help you lose around 2 kgs per week, that too without doing any exercises! You can stop the diet when you reach your ideal weight.

Let’s read further to understand how the program works. We also have a few tips to help you have a smooth-sailing experience during the program.

How Does The HCG Hormone Help You Lose Weight?

Unlike fad diets, the HCG diet actually gives excellent results. You will find a lot of success stories of past HCG dieters who highly recommend this plan. While you might wonder how people can survive on just 500 calories per day, it is actually not very difficult. It would have been if you weren’t on HCG supplements. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG is derived from the pituitary glands to make synthesized HCG powder, which is generally mixed with sterile water for manufacturing HCG drops and injections. These HCG supplements are responsible for using up the old fat stored in your body instead of using calories from food intake. This means you can lose your beer bellies, love handles, double chins and cottage-cheese thighs without sweating it out in the gym!

The Four Phases Of The HCG Diet Program

There are four phases in the HCG weight loss program. Here’s a quick overview of each of these phases:

  • Phase 1: This is the loading phase, which is approximately one or two days. You can eat as much as you want, especially the food you will crave for the next few weeks! Your body will rely on this fat to help you lose weight in the coming days. Don’t forget to have your supplements in the first phase.

  • Phase 2: This is the main weight loss phase in the HCG diet plan. You will be on HCG supplements as well as on a restricted diet of 500 calories. Phase 2 will go on to around six to seven weeks or until you have reached your ideal weight.

  • Phase 3: This is the maintenance phase in which you slowly increase your calorie intake and stop taking the supplements. The duration is generally two weeks where you will be having 700 calories in the first week and 1200-1500 calories in the second week.

  • Phase 4: This is the lifestyle phase where you maintain the weight which you have achieved during the program.

Some Tips For A New HCG Dieter

  • Before you start any weight loss program, check with your doctor if it is suitable for your body. Every person is different, so what might suit someone else might not suit your body type. If you are medically fit to start the HCG diet plan, strictly follow your doctor’s advice during the course of the program.

  • You must ensure that you are eating a low-calorie diet of 500 calories per day. You could split up the calories according to the number of meals you will be having per day. For instance, you could plan your diet in such a way that you have 200 calories for breakfast 150 calories for lunch 50 calories for tea and 100 calories for dinner. If you are someone who prefers having 6 mini meals a day, you can probably have a diet consisting of 100/80/80/80/80/80 calories per meal.

  • Remember to have organic food throughout the weight loss program. Say goodbye to your sugars, starches, and oils, and replace them with fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meat.

  • If you are finding it difficult to plan your meals, talk to your doctor/dietician about it. They will suggest The Ultimate HCG Diet Plan with a list of approved HCG food items. They will also help you make a list of meals which you need to follow strictly. In that way, you can control the amount of food you are eating and be happy to see the weighing scale every day when you step on it!

  • Whether you prefer HCG drops or injections, ensure you are buying high quality HCG supplements. Due to the popularity of the HCG diet program, there are many fake companies that claim to be selling top quality HCG supplements. Do your research, check with your friends, look for reviews, testimonials, and recommendations, and of course talk to your doctor before buying any type of supplements.

  • Ensure that you are drinking a lot of water during the course of the program. The recommended amount as per Dr. Simeon’s protocol is 2 liters of water per day (which is approximately half a gallon). To check if your water intake is fine, you need to check the color of your urine. If it is pale or clear, you don’t have to worry. If the color is dark, then you must increase your water intake, which will help in flushing out the excess sodium and other toxins from your body.

  • Though there is nothing mentioned about alcohol in Dr. Simeons protocol, it is better to stay away from it. Also, HCG dieters don’t feel the urge to have alcoholic beverages during the diet. You must also stay away from sugary or soda-based beverages.

  • Since you are on a low-calorie diet, you must give your body enough rest. You need to make sure that you are getting your 8 to 10 hours of sleep every day. Some HCG dieters find it difficult to fall asleep due to hunger pangs in the middle of the night. If you are in the same boat, you can try to change your diet from the next day onwards. Perhaps having a light snack before retiring to bed could help. If you still feel insomniac, you can have a snack when you feel hungry to help you sleep. It is better to add a few calories to your diet rather than staying awake the whole night. Sleeplessness can only make you feel lethargic and could even lead to weight gain.

  • As per Dr. Simeon’s protocol, you will lose up to 2 kgs per week. Keep a track of your weight to know how much weight you have lost. This will boost your confidence and help you keep going!

Skincare During The HCG Diet

Since your skin is the largest organ in our bodies, it must be taken care of at all times. When you are on the HCG diet, you must take extra care of your skin. Here are some tips on the type of cosmetics you can use during the diet.

  • If your skincare products have chemicals and oils in them, you might have to stop using them. The amount of oil content in these products could create a hindrance when you are on the diet.

  • While selecting cosmetics, look for products that are oil-free. Don’t use cosmetics that are fat-based, petroleum-based or glycerin-based.

  • Put your eau de toilettes, deodorants, roll-ons, and perfumes away and replace them with natural deodorants instead. Lavender oil, peppermint oil, and rose oil are excellent natural deodorants you can opt for instead.

  • Before you buy any product, read the label properly to ensure there are no items in the ingredients list which you mustn’t use. This applies to everything – toothpaste, sunscreen, soaps, shampoos, creams, lotions, face packs, scrubs, toners, moisturizers, make-up, make-up removers, balms, ointments, etc.

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