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How Much Weight Can You Lose on the HCG Diet?

How Much Weight Can You Lose on the HCG Diet?

How Much Weight Can You Lose

On the HCG diet you can lose anywhere from 5 to 40 pounds or more, and the amount of weight that you end up losing depends on how closely to stick to the protocol, your unique metabolism, and the quality of the diet program that you select. Nu Image Medical offers one of the best HCG diet programs that is designed to lose as much weight as possible as quickly and safely as possible. Individual results will vary on the HCG diet program from one person to another, but most people can lose about 1/5 pound to 1 pound maximum per day. Some of the initial weight loss is water weight, but after a day or two the remaining weight loss is mostly abnormal fat.

The HCG diet is one of the few very low calorie diets that is safe for both men and women, and the amazing results that occur on the diet are due to the effect of the HCG hormone which resets the metabolism to a natural and optimal level, and targets abnormal fat. The calorie restriction allows for a fast rate of weight loss, but the reason why the calorie restriction is so effective on the HCG diet is because the hormone burns enough fat to supply 2,000 calories per day of energy. Other very low calorie diets can result in damaging the metabolism by putting the body into starvation mode, and the HCG diet avoids this by metabolizing abnormal fat effectively.

The weight loss can plateau

One thing to note for the HCG diet is that the weight loss can and most likely will plateau at some point, meaning that the speed of weight loss will slow down at some points during the diet. When this happens it is not a cause for alarm, as there can be many reasons why weight loss plateaus occur including food choice mistakes, insufficient hydration, differences in metabolism from one person to another, and other issues that can pop up on the diet. With so many potential factors involved it is hard to pinpoint why plateaus happen on the diet, but there are a few causes that can be eliminated based on how the plateau occurs.

The faster the weight loss, the more of a chance that there is water weight being lost. Water weight can fluctuate on the diet for several different reasons including changes in sodium intake (the HCG diet is a lower sodium diet than most diets), ketosis, and other reasons. Women can experience changes in water weight during their menstrual cycle, and the HCG diet should be paused during a woman's menstrual cycle so there can be additional weight gain due to reverting to eating less healthy foods. This is why it is important for women to try to stick to the HCG diet foods, even when they have to pause the diet, and try to eat organic low calorie foods while on the diet to avoid extra weight gain or metabolic alterations during a break from the diet.

The same issue occurs when people have to take a break from the diet due to vacationing or another reason. The diet is designed to still work even when you have to take a break from it, but the chances of weight loss slowing down or stopping for a few days is much higher when you change anything about the protocol at all. If for some reason you have to take a break from injecting the hormone, you can still stick to a moderately low calorie diet and eat healthy foods from the HCG diet food list to maintain your weight loss and ensure that your metabolism is not negatively affected.

One important thing to do is to check with your doctor or a medical professional regarding your weight loss during the first week. In most cases you will quickly lose a lot of weight, and again this is mostly water weight, and the rapid weight loss may continue past the first week. Having a medical professional available to answer questions is helpful during the first week, and it can take away some of the anxiety if you are concerned about the speed of the weight loss or if you have any questions. At Nu Image Medical we provide you with medical consultation from the very start of the diet, and our consultation lasts for 7 days after you start, ensuring that all of your questions are answered.

Some people regain their weight during Phase 3

One critical part of the diet is Phase 3 - the phase that follows the very low calorie diet, because during this Phase the weight loss must be successfully stabilized. Phase 3 is often called the most important part of the diet, because during this three week period you need to maintain the weight that you achieve on the last day of the VLCD, while incorporating new foods back into your diet. You also won't have the benefit of the HCG hormone to suppress your appetite, and this is why people run into danger with food cravings. In some cases, dieters may break the recommended protocol during Phase 3 or start to ease up on the strictness of the diet.

This can cause weight gain of 2 pounds or more during Phase 3, and although there are instructions to not gain more weight than this, it can occur if the protocol is not followed for the entire three week period. Phase 3 can also result in water weight gain which can be reduced by trying an Apple Day or Steak Day. Regardless of the weight gain that may occur after the VLCD is over, most people show significant improvement with the HCG diet in their BMI and body fat percentage, and the net result is that they end up losing some of the most stubborn fat that they may have struggled their whole lives to lose. The diet is truly unique in its ability to target that type of fat, and for more information on how to start your first or a repeat round of the HCG diet click here.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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