So you’ve decided to start taking HCG? Well good on ya. Now you need to make sure you’re prepared.
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women that almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy.
So it’s natural. It can be used by both men and women for weight loss too! The key to HCG is that it tricks your hypothalamus into burning fat from your fat stores, not the food you’re consuming.
Another reason HCG works is because of the low-calorie diet that goes alongside it. Many doctors and blogs will suggest you only eat 500 calories a day. Fine, if you want to do that. Personally, I ate 750 and still lost weight.
Granted, results vary from person to person. So make sure you consult your doctor before taking my advice. Doctors first, always. My doctors at Diet Doc have helped me immensely by regulating my diet, reducing my risk for heart disease, lowering my cholesterol, prescribing natural hormones, and staying up-to-date with my journey. Every week I would go in and weigh in on this cool, body scanner thing. It would tell me exactly how much fat I lost vs. how much muscle I lost/gained, what my body fat percentage and fluid levels were. I also got a weekly vitamin shot full of Vitamin D, C, B6, B12, Chromium, Methionine, Inositol, and Choline which strengthened my immune system, lowered my blood pressure and regulated the amount of lead in my blood stream.
The HCG dieting method is associated with extreme weight loss. So I would also not recommend it unless you’re prepared to lose up to a pound or two per day for 42 straight days.
The HCG diet has 3 phases:
Phase 1: Fat Loading
This only lasts the first 2 days of your injections. The HCG needs to know what cells to target, so your goal is to eat as much fat, oil, starch and butter as humanly possible. If you have a food that you really love, now’s the time to say your proper goodbyes. Eat your face off. Go ham. Literally, eat a ton of fatty ham. This will help you in phase 2.
Phase 2: Low-Calorie
This is where the misery begins. Okay, not that bad, but usually low calorie diets mean misery. To be honest with you, I wasn’t hungry on this after day 5. Really. I’m not getting paid to say that. My brain just didn’t get overwhelmed with that “hunger” feeling that accompanies most diets. My advice to you as a beginner or someone thinking about starting this diet, is to stock up on organic turkey or chicken in the deli food section. A slice of this when you feel like you need a snack is life-saving.
This was my usual grocery list:
Lean Ground Beef (cooked with mustard, made me feel like I was eating a burger)
Chicken (holy hell, yes, lawd)
Baby Spinach (very good when mixed with spicy meats)
Clementine Oranges (just right when you need a little something sweet to satisfy a sweet craving)
Coffee (mother of God, this saved my ass. Coffee is a natural diuretic and fills you up as well. So it will help you clear out your intestines…and make you feel full.)
Pomegranate Tea (add a little honey for an extra kick)
You can find a TON of recipes on Pinterest and HCG Plan.
Phase 3: Stabilization & Maintenance
Finally! You’re done and you need to bring your body back to reality—careful though! You don’t wanna go crazy. That’s how you gained the weight in the first place. To be honest with you, after going through this diet, my body changed. My tastes changed. I no longer found myself craving the foods I had before. I actually liked eating healthy and I could taste pesticides on my foods. That’s no fun. But, you will be able to eat somewhat normally now that you’re finished. Your calorie intake will go up and you can eat starches, dairy and sugar again—in moderation.
So there you have it. That’s the very, very shortened synopsis of my experience doing the HCG diet. I hope if you have any questions, you ask me. And good luck!