Tips and Tricks for HCG Success

Known as the pregnancy hormone, HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, has shown fantastic promise with regards to weight loss. So much promise in fact, that thousands of people of all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes, receive HCG injections and follow a specially created diet plan in order to lose weight.

HCG diets are not easy. They are super-low in calories and what you can consume is limited. If you stick with the program however, you will enjoy a great deal of success and will be fortunate enough to find the pounds falling off you. To ensure your HCG diet runs as smoothly as possible, here are some tips and tricks for HCG Success.

Drink plenty of water

Okay, the premise behind HCG is the fact that the hormone helps to boost your metabolism while consuming very few calories. Normally on 500 calories per day, your metabolism would slow down and you’d feel awful. HCG boosts the metabolism, so you still have plenty of energy. It also helps to promote satiety, though it doesn’t work miracles. Eating between 1000 and 1500 calories below maintenance is going to leave you feeling hungry, so what can you do? Well, one of the best things you can do is to drink plenty of fresh water each day. The water will fill your stomach and help keep you feeling full, plus it hydrates you and helps keep you healthy. Aim for mineral water, or failing that, filtered will also work.

Have meals ready to go

As mentioned, even though you will still have more energy than normal while on this diet, your caloric intakes will still be very low, so hunger will be a factor. As you probably know, trying to focus when hungry is not easy, so cooking a meal from scratch when you feel starving hungry will prove very difficult indeed. To make life easier for you, prep a few meals in advance so that you have them ready to go. Having food ready to eat means that you can simply re-heat the food, or eat it cold, to take off the hunger edge. This makes life easier for you, and helps you to avoid temptation.

Use plenty of seasonings

We all know that fat equals flavour, but as the HCG diet is so low in calories, the amount of fats you take in will be severely limited. Eating the same bland and tasteless foods every day however, will quickly result in you losing the will to live, so what can be done to make the food taste better? Well, one of the best things you can do is to use plenty of seasonings. Salt, pepper, herbs, and spices are virtually calorie-free, so you can use these liberally, and get great tasting food as a result. You can’t get the taste from butter, or a creamy sauce, but you can get the taste from fresh herbs and spices.

Never skip proteins

HCG diet experts explain that you can occasionally skip fresh fruit per day, but you should never skip protein. Protein is essential for cellular function and recovery, plus it keeps you feeling full for longer and helps to build lean muscle. Always eat your protein sources and try to eat them all.

3 More HCG Diet Myths Busted

The HCG diet is one of the most effective diet protocols currently in existence. It is also one of the most controversial. The main issue is the fact that people are not doing any research and are basing their negative feelings towards the diet on opinion, rather than scientific fact. Science has proved, time and time again, that the HCG diet is not only safe when followed correctly, but it also happens to be very healthy too. Despite this, a lot of people still insist on listening to people’s opinions on the internet, with no medical or scientific backgrounds, and no qualifications or credentials relating to diet, health, or nutrition. We want to clear things up once and for all, so here are some more HCG diet myths that you need to stop believing.

500 calories per day is dangerous

As you probably know, in order to lose weight, a caloric deficit needs to be achieved. This basically means that you need to eat fewer calories each day, than your body requires to maintain it at its current size. The HCG diet recommends that people should consume between 500 and 700 calories, yet a lot of people say that this is a dangerously low amount of calories to be eating. It isn’t. We can quite easily manage on that amount of calories on the HCG diet, as the HCG injections help boost the metabolism and suppress the appetite. The body uses fat for energy instead, which is why it is not dangerous. You are still getting the energy, the only difference is that the energy comes from body fat, rather than the foods and drinks you consume.

 

HCG is a placebo

The biggest argument that naysayers of this diet have, is that because it is so low in calories, you would lose weight with or without the HCG injections. While it is true that you would lose weight without the HCG on just 500 calories per day, the truth is that you wouldn’t lose anywhere near as much. On 500 calories without HCG, you’d feel starving hungry, you’d feel tired and sluggish, and your metabolism would slow down. With HCG, the metabolism fires into life so you have more energy, and burn more calories, without feeling hungry or lethargic.

When you finish using HCG you will gain the weight back

This is probably the most common myth associated with HCG diets, and once again, it isn’t necessarily true. One of the first things naysayers of the diet will say is that as soon as you stop receiving HCG injections, you will gain the weight back. This is not the case. If you stop getting HCG injections but continue to eat healthy foods, watch your caloric intakes, and lead more of a healthy and active lifestyle, you will not gain the weight back. If however, you stop the injections and go back to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, you will. The diet does not work miracles, so if you want to keep the weight off, you have to make an effort. Countless people out there however, have used the HCG diet protocol to lose weight, and have kept it off ever since.