Sweeteners such as sugar contain healthy ingredients for your body. However, too much of it is unhealthy. Eating foods that have sugar and other sweeteners makes you crave more on the sweet stuff. This is one of the leading causes of why you are becoming obese or gaining extra weight. Eating too much entirely on sugar increases your risk of obesity and other weight-related diseases.
Aside from sugar and unhealthy sweeteners, you also have to remove butter and oils during the second phase of the HCG diet. You are encouraged to have an adequate amount of water intake each day. This is to be able to wash out the possible effects of the unhealthy sweeteners in your body. You are also required to drink unsweetened coffee and tea.
What is phase 2 of the HCG diet all about?
Phase 2 of the HCG diet is not anymore about filling your fat stores as you did in phase 1. The second phase of the HCG diet is where rapid fat burning will take place. This is done along with the regular dose of HCG. During this phase, you have to be watchful with your calorie intake because you are only allowed to eat 500 calories a day. Aside from sugar and other unhealthy sweeteners, you are also not allowed to eat foods that are already chemically processed.
The second phase of the HCG diet usually lasts for 3 to 6 weeks depending on how much weight you want to lose. Through the entire phase, you are only allowed to eat the HCG diet-approved foods. Take note that each phase of the HCG diet has a corresponding amount of calories required. This means that you have to adopt new food choices, habits, and routines.
Is it healthy to never eat sugar?
Refined, processed, and added sugar can cause headaches and may slow down your metabolism. It also consumes your energy and causes inflammation. Cutting your sugar intake and other unhealthy sweeteners can boost your energy, boost weight loss, and can improve your focus. Sugar and unhealthy sweetener can also be a toxin that can harm your organs. It can also disrupt the hormonal cycle of your body.
Why is sugar bad for health?
This is because of the calories present on it that can sabotage your weight loss. HCG diet can work fats in burning your body fats. However, if you eat foods that have sugar, carbs, oils, and food preservatives the weight loss will stop. A high intake of sugar spikes up blood sugar levels and triglycerides. This becomes a potential risk factor for heart diseases. The worst form of sugar is glucose.
Can you still enjoy a sweet treat during Phase 2 of the HCG diet?
Yes. You can still freely enjoy a sweet treat during the VLCD. However, you cannot enjoy it by having sugar and other unhealthy sweeteners. The HCG diet protocol has an approved sweetener for you. This artificial sweetener is safe and calorie-free. It has the same sweetness as sugar but it does not store unhealthy fats in your body. This sweetener is a plant-based product that produces the same taste as sugar.
The HCG diet approved sweetener
Stevia is the most known artificial sweetener approved by the HCG diet. It has no glycemic impact on your blood because this is a natural product. Stevia has no carbs and near-zero calories. This is a leading sugar substitute in the market today. The best artificial sweetener allowed is those that are in liquid form. This is because it does not have any binders such as dextrose and maltodextrin.
Splenda can also be a potential substitute if stevia is not available. It has no glycemic impact. It will just pass through your body undigested. However, you cannot use Splenda if you want maximum weight loss. This is only allowed in a small amount if stevia is not available.
Aside from unhealthy sweeteners, you must also be watchful with hidden sugars. These are sugars that are hidden in packed foods and drinks. They may not physically appear as sugar but they are dangerous to the Very Low-Calorie Diet. Hidden sugars can also affect your HCG diet. It stops the HCG from burning your fats and may also trigger weight-related diseases. The common disease that is caused by sugar intake is diabetes.
Sources of hidden sugar that harms the work of HCG
- Corn syrup– High fructose corn syrup is a processed sweetener. This form of sugar is derived from corn. Corn syrup has the same effect as real sugar on your body.
- Coconut sugar– if you ever heard of this product you have to avoid having this during the VLCD. It is brownish because of the process of how it is derived. Coconut sugar has 11 grams of carbs per tablespoon.
- Fruit juice- Fruit juices can spike up your blood sugar levels. Most of the sugars are eventually converted into stubborn body fats in your body. Avoid fruit juices during the second phase of the HCG diet. Most fruit juices contain 20g of carbs. That is why you have to be careful with your food choices, especially during P2.
- Agave syrup- This is a highly processed sweetener. It is misleadingly marketed as a natural product. However, it will destroy your diet because it has 80% fructose. It can impact your blood sugar levels and your weight loss.
These are not the complete details of the prohibited sweeteners on VLCD. Check every food label and do not purchase foods that have sugar or products that claim “sugar-free”. Do not buy foods whose ingredients end with -tol,-ose, -dextrin, or products that have any sugar alcohols. Also, you have to avoid Purvia, Truvia, Z-sweet, and equal.
What will you do if you gain weight during the VLCD?
Weight gain happens if you give in to your cravings of sugar and other unhealthy foods. If you gain weight, you have to stay calm and follow some steps in bouncing back to your weight-loss track. The common weight corrector for the HCG diet is the “apple a day” and the” steak day”. Drink more water to be able to flush out the cause of weight gain.