Although the HCG diet is designed to be easy, it can be somewhat challenging during the first week. One of the hardest parts about the diet is learning the requirements and sticking to them. The hormone reduces your appetite and helps with food cravings, but you need to be valiant about your watching calorie intake and avoid cheating as much as possible. Although the diet protocol is the same for everyone, it helps to come up with your own strategies and customizations about implementing the protocol that will work well for you based your habits and schedule. Customizing the diet for yourself without changing the fundamental protocol or requirements will make it easier for you to finish the diet and lose as much weight as possible. The following HCG diet tips and tricks can help you get through the diet and get the most out of your weight loss efforts.
HCG Diet Tip #1 - Plan your meals ahead of time
One of the most important things to do on the HCG diet is to plan the meals of the week ahead of time. This can save you a substantial amount of time on cooking, calorie counting and food prep. The VLCD portion of the diet (Phase 2) is the most important phase of the diet to plan your meals out because you need to carefully calculate your daily calorie intake during this phase to never exceed 500 calories per day. The protocol includes a list of foods and the serving sizes that you need to adhere to, but it is important that you plan out your recipes and your daily meals all at once so that you don't have to spend time every day planning out your meals. Planning your meals will save you time and make the diet much easier to complete.
HCG Diet Tip #2 - Cook for multiple days
You should also cook for more than just one day whenever possible. Most of the HCG diet recipes are for just one or two servings, and since the portion sizes are so small they can be easily increased to four to six servings or more. Just be sure to check and see how long the recipes will be good for when properly stored in the refrigerator, but in most cases you can cook for at least two to three days of meals at once. One idea is to cook two dishes, one for lunch and dinner, make six servings of each so that you have three days' worth of meals. The downside is that you'll have to get used to eating the same thing every day for a few days, or you can just make one recipe for three days and make something unique every day for your lunch or dinner.
HCG Diet Tip #3 - Try the diet with a friend
Staying motivated by yourself can be difficult unless you happen to be a self-starter, so it can be very helpful to try the diet with a friend. Having a friend with you through the diet can help keep you accountable and you'll be much more likely to succeed if you have support. You can also alternate cooking for each other on different nights to help with some of the cooking burden, and having a friend available to keep you motivated and positive through the difficult parts of the diet can be very beneficial. The diet will also be a lot more fun and you can even make it a bit of a friendly competition to see who can lose the most weight and stick to the diet the best.
HCG Diet Tip #4 - Drink a ton of water
Drinking a lot of water on the diet is one of the best ways to make the diet easier for you. Drinking water helps the hormone metabolize abnormal fat, which will provide you with energy faster. Drinking water regularly will help you stay full throughout the day and avoid cheating as well. You should stick to drinking about 1 gallon of water per day max, and try to drink water even when you are not necessarily thirsty. Studies have also shown that hunger is sometimes related to thirst so it can help with some of your food cravings, and you might find that the very low calorie portion of the diet is much easier when you drink as much water as possible. Definitely drink water with every meal and keep a bottle with you throughout the day.
HCG Diet Tip #5 - Buy the diet from a professional diet company
There are hundreds of HCG diet companies and programs out there, but very few of them are run by real licensed medical providers with experience administering the diet. When it comes to a hormone diet or any hormone treatment you never want to skimp on quality. The diet is perfect safe for the majority of people, but if a low quality hormone product is used, or the wrong dosage is given, there can be health consequences. It is always beneficial to have a medical provider overseeing the diet, and patients need to be approved for the diet prior to starting it based on their medical history. It's always safer and more effective to work with an experienced provider like Nu Image Medical rather than trying to do the diet on your own, or working with a company that doesn't necessary have the experience.
HCG Diet Tip #6 - Get rid of every processed and junk food
During the three week very low calorie diet phase and the three week stabilization phase you need to keep any and all junk food outside of your home. Lock it up or simply keep it out of your access until the diet is finished if at all possible. Having access to junk food or processed food will simply make the diet much more difficult and increase the chance that you'll slip up. If you can't get rid of the junk food at least keep away from it as much as possible, and also avoid restaurants and other places where you'll be tempted to cheat. Remember that you only need to stick to the food requirements of the very low calorie diet for just a few weeks and once the diet is over you can start adding foods back in gradually, but you also need to think about permanently getting rid of junk food from your diet to avoid gaining the weight back.
HCG Diet Tip #7 - Learn the protocol
Take the time to learn the HCG diet protocol prior to starting the diet; the effort will be well worth it and it will help you get the most out of the diet. The protocol at Nu Image Medical does not take very much time to learn as it is condensed, and you can learn the most important aspects of the diet in just a few hours or less. The most important parts of the protocol to learn are Phase 2 (the very low calorie diet) and Phase 3 (maintenance), and all of the requirements for these phases including the allowed foods, daily calorie intake, allowed cosmetics, allowed seasonings and any other special requirements. At Nu Image Medical you will receive a medical consultation prior to starting the diet where you can ask questions, but you should be sure to learn the protocol on top of this. For more information about the diet and to ask any questions that you may have, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.