If you’re looking to lose weight, you might have considered the HCG diet. HCG diets are growing in popularity every single day and have been endorsed by a number of health experts and officials. They are renowned for their health benefits and if followed correctly they work wonders. During this diet plan, those following the plan will receive HCG hormone injections and will follow a three-phased structure based upon caloric surplus’, caloric deficits, and eating for maintenance.
If followed correctly, there are plenty of health benefits to be enjoyed, though the diet is not without its risks. Here’s a look at a few HCG diet risks to be wary of if you are considering following the diet.
During phase 1 of the diet, you are actively encouraged to feast and consume more healthy fats and calories than you would ordinarily be recommended to do so. The idea here is to kick your metabolism into life and to ensure you have plenty of energy stock-piled. However, in phase 2, you drop down to around 500 calories. This is a real shock to the system and hunger is inevitable. HCG does help to block and reduce feelings of hunger, but it doesn’t work miracles. If you are known to get ‘hangry’ and don’t deal with hunger very well, this diet may not be ideal for you.
Risk of binge-eating
Some diets and healthy-eating regimes out there call for people to consume fairly high amounts of calories. Because of this, they may get peckish, but never starving, and this helps them to stay on track. They may also enjoy the occasional treat meal from time to time. On the HCG diet you are making do on 500 – 700 calories, and sometimes the cravings will kick in for junk. If you are hungry and are depriving yourself, there is always the risk of you breaking your diet and binge-eating.
The HCG diet is all about food optimizing and choosing the right foods for you. If you choose to follow this diet, you need to ensure that you are eating the right foods at the right times. Because you are on such low amounts of calories, it can be hard to get enough nutrients into your body on a daily basis. Make sure you choose low-calorie vegetables packed full of vitamins and minerals. You should also consider using a supplement to help you meet your daily requirements for vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Make sure you prioritize fresh, healthy, and natural produce for your meals.
A lot of the time, when people finish phase 2 they can’t wait to start phase 3 so that they can eat more, basically. The problem however, is that they sometimes throw themselves into this phase too quickly. This phase calls for 1200 – 1500 calories per day, but you should gradually work your way up to that. If you jump from 500 calories to 1500 calories right away, this is a shock to the system and this can cause fluctuations in weight. Instead, you should gradually increase your caloric intakes and ease yourself back up to more normal amounts.