Losing weight can be difficult especially when you don’t know where to start. It is fundamental you understand the ins and outs of a particular diet before you settle upon it. HCG diet has been around for some time now, with thousands of people using it to shed pounds. However, not everybody can sing to the same tune when it comes to losing weight successfully with its diet program. To help you understand what you need to do, here is a break down on what the HCG diet program is all about.
Losing weight using HCG diet drops and the diet plan requires you to select between three main low calorie diet ranges of 500 calories, 800 calories and 1200 calories. This means that you should consume not more or less than the specified amount of calories per day.
The main phases of the HCG diet
The HCG diet protocol follows three main phases which are progressive as follows:
HCG Phase 1
This is called the loading phase and takes the first two days in the diet program. The purpose of this phase is to detoxify your body and to help you overcome cravings for sugars and fats. You typically eat just about anything that you can think of including pasta and cakes. You are advised to eat as much as you can. It will also be the only time you are allowed eat whatever you want and in any amount
HCG Phase 2
This is the burning phase. Actual weight loss begins here during the low calorie diet plan. The most common calorie diet is the 500 one, which is combined with HCG drops. This phase takes about three weeks and should not extend to more than 42 days. You will begin to burn fat and lose weight including other body transformations that come along with losing weight such as reduction in waist inches. You can finally anticipate wearing your favorite fitting clothes!
HCG Phase 3
This is called the maintenance phase. It begins immediately after the second phase and involves keeping away from sugars, and starches until your body stabilizes your newly acquired weight after shedding the extra pounds. It is also during this phase that you begin to introduce normal foods as you get back to normal diets.
Each of the three phases includes a comprehensive diet plan with meal recipes selected for each. The recipes run from breakfast, lunch and dinner with dessert suggestions provided for you. The type of food seasoning and preferable drinks are also a part of the meal plans. Basically, you just have to follow the diet plan and avoid carb-filled and sugary foods.
You can then brace yourself for a weight loss journey. Your follow up and commitment will be vital to how much of a success it’s going to be. So prepare yourself physically and psychologically. To help you along, you can make use of some useful knowledge and tweaks which are little known to many people who are not successful in their weight loss quest.
Here are seven little known secrets that can help you achieve your weight loss goal using HCG diet.
1. Sticking to the diet
This is a pretty obvious fact that gets ignored all the time. Most people are too tempted to keep out sugars and fatty foods. HCG works by interacting with your body to lead to significant weight loss. By introducing sugars or non-permitted foods, you sabotage the weight loss process and actually create an imbalance that soaks up all your previous effort. Avoid taking a bite or two when you don’t really have to.
2. Not waiting till you starve
Having to go by a 500 calorie diet per day can be daunting at first. You are bound to feel starved just before your body gets used to the new diet. To avoid eating impulsively or even starving yourself, it is important that you keep already prepared food that will save you time for preparation.
3. Making green tea your new friend
Green tea is a highly recommended herbal tea that is loaded with antioxidants, nutrients and a host of other health benefits. Taking green tea each day has been shown to lead to effective fat loss and improve the function of the brain.
4. Drinking lots of water
Water is one of the few limitless things on your eat list during HCG diet. Water is helpful in curbing your cravings and reducing your appetite while keeping your body energized and hydrated.
5. Using water-based cosmetics
Avoid oil-based cosmetics or any related body care or skincare. Instead, use water-based skin moisturizers which will hydrate your skin and make it more radiant. Water based skin moisturizers help keep your skin healthy and elastic especially after losing fat. This will help in restoring the natural look of your skin even after successfully shedding extra pounds.
6. Eating less food at closer intervals
Overeating can dent your weight loss efforts by accumulating more calories than you’re using. To also overcome pangs of hunger, it is advisable that your spread your meals throughout the day. This will reduce the urge to overeat, and still provide you with enough calories to power your day.
Meditation has been shown to have powerful effects on your focus and motivation towards achieving your weight loss goal. Finding that quiet time can prove to be of great help especially during HCG diet program. Mediate twice daily, in the morning when you wake up and before going to sleep. This will improve your concentration, focus and determination which combined will produce tremendous results.
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