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.