If you have completed the 2-day loading on Phase 1 then you are ready to embark the phase 2 of the HCG diet. The second phase of the HCG diet is also known as the very low-calorie diet. This is the time that you will cut down your intake of calories. The purpose of the calorie cut down is not for you to easily lose weight. It is for you to adapt to healthy eating habits and proper food portioning.
It is important to know that VLCD has nothing to do with rapid fat burning because the HCG is already responsible for it. However, it is important so that the HCG can work easily in burning your body fats and in reaching your weight loss goal. The second phase of the HCG diet starts immediately on day three as you continue your HCG shot. You have to have it daily at the same time each day for a greater weight loss goal.
What is the role of HCG in your body during the VLCD?
The HCG is a natural hormone from a pregnant woman. The use of HCG for weight loss is discovered by Dr Simeons and has been used until now in treating obesity and overweight. HCG has proven to work in burning your body fats without touching any muscle mass. It is also responsible for resetting and controlling a certain region in your brain that is responsible for digestion
The HCG resets your metabolic rate and keeps you full even when you are eating fewer calories. The HCG also will convert the burned fats in your body as a source of energy. This is the reason why you will not need to eat too many calories during fat burning. Remember that VLCD is only allowed when you do the HCG shot. Cutting your intake of calories without the diet hormone is dangerous.
What are the side effects of HCG in your body?
There is no record of severe and life-threatening side effects of HCG in your body. HCG is natural and it works fats in dealing with stubborn body fats. However, there are cases that you may experience headache, irritability and nausea during the first week. This is maybe because you have failed to fill your fats stores or your body is still adjusting. These side effects will just last for a short while.
How many calories are allowed during the P2 of the HCG diet?
Phase 2 allows 500 to 800 calories per day. Eating beyond the limitation will affect fat burning and sabotage your metabolism. The 500 to 800 calories per day is not too low for your body. It is the exact calories needed to fuel your body for weight loss and other biological activities during weight loss. Your body will burn up excess fats because HCG stimulates the release of biological processes. Thus, leads to rapid fat loss.
Is exercise allowed during the VLCD?
Exercising is healthy as long as it does not cause your body to get tired or run out of energy. However, exercising cannot help in burning your body fats at all. You are allowed to exercise during the VLCD but you have to make sure that you are not hungry or tired to avoid weight gain. Do not overexert yourself in doing exercise because it can affect your weight loss. Light exercises are allowed to be able to relax your mind and maintain your muscle and bone health.
Tips in doing the VLCD of the HCG diet
- You have to stay hydrated- The fats that are burned during the VLCD are toxins. Water allows flushing out of toxins and promotes fullness during the VLCD. Drinking enough water will clean your bloodstream and will give way to the distribution of nutrients in various parts of your body. You are required to drink at least 2 liters of water on P2 of the HCG diet.
- Make sure that you weigh your food- You may need not only a weighing scale but also a food scale during the HCG diet. Weighing your food must be part of your routine. This is very important to get the right portion of food in each meal. This is very important, especially to the meat choices. You also have to make sure that the visible fats of the meat portion are removed before cooked.
- Always refer to the HCG diet food list- The food list will serve as your guide with your food choices for the entire phase. Do not eat foods that are not on the food list to avoid too many calories. See to it that you have proper portioning of food items to control your intake of calories.
- Maintain your HCG shot- Do not go on 24 hours without having your HCG injection. This helps curb your hunger and rapid fat burning. Take note that you are not allowed to do a VLCD without your HCG shot. Have it at the same time each day for greater weight loss.
What will you consume in each meal of the VLCD of the HCG diet?
In each meal, you must have a portion of meat, vegetable, fruits and water. You can also have coffee and tea as long as it is free from sugar. You can indulge one serving of fruit and vegetable that is approved in the food list. For proteins, you can have white fish, chicken breast, and lean beef meat. In starting the VLCD you can have the asparagus, cabbage, spinach, broccoli and tomato as your vegetable portion. You can also eat fruits for snacking such as grapefruit, oranges, apples and strawberries. Again, you have to make sure that you do not go beyond 500-800 calories per day.
Menstruation during the HCG diet
Skip your HCG shot if you have menstruation because it may affect the hormonal activity in your body. It is safe to kip your HCG shot and wait until your menstruation is over. However, you have to continue your diet without the HCG. Maintain proper food choices and food portioning during the VLCD.