The hCG diet, albeit a good diet plan for weight-loss, is fraught with a lot of confusion. If you’ve seen Dr. Oz’s segment about the hCG diet, he says that the diet revolves around two main points: a 500-calorie meal plan every day and injecting yourself with the hCG hormone.
But, what a lot of people do not know is that there are a lot more than just the 500 calories per day and the hCG hormone. There are actually three phases to the hCG diet. We will explore each of these phases because these are important if you want to try out the hCG diet plan for yourself.
So without further ado, here are the three phases of the hCG diet:
Phase 1 (Loading Phase): Now, most people think that when you start with the hCG diet, you are then asked to eat just 500 calories per day for a few weeks. But, this is not the case. You do not start eating a calorie-restricted diet on day one. In fact, Dr. Simeon advocates that you “load up” on calories. This means that you will eat a hefty amount of food because then, your body will not be in starvation-mode where metabolism grinds to a halt. Loading up is actually a necessary step when you are going to try the hCG diet because this signals your body that you have an abundant source of calories.
Phase 2 (Diet Phase): Phase 2 is now what most people know about. In this phase, you will start eating 500 calories a day and also either injecting yourself with the hCG hormone, or using hCG diet drops.
It is very important that you eat a few calories because this is what makes the hCG hormone do its magic. Because you are only taking in a few calories a day, the hCG hormone will be forced to burn fat to be utilized as energy. That is why a lot of people claim to have lost a pound or 2 lbs per day when they are on phase 2.
Regarding on the foods that you should eat, always opt for organic food choices. Never attempt to eat or order foods from fastfood chains and restaurants as they are laden with toxins, chemicals and unwanted calories.
Phase 3 (Maintenance Phase): The maintenance phase starts on the last day of phase 2. This phase lasts for 3 weeks and you’re just going to continue with what you did on phase 2. The only difference is that now you can eat more calories (up to a maximum of 1800 calories per day).
Make sure that you will avoid any fastfoods, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, trans fat and the like.
Now, depending on how much weight you want to lose, you may have to repeat the entire 3 phases. All in all, these 3 phases should last you 8 weeks. If you are relatively obese, you may have to repeat the phases up to 2-3 cycles.
There you have it. I hope that this article has cleared up some confusion about the hCG diet. The hCG diet is a very good diet plan, and with the right knowledge, this diet plan can work for you.