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How to Break Out of a Plateau on the HCG Diet

How to Break Out of a Plateau on the HCG Diet

Break Out of a Plateau

Several HCG dieters run into a plateau while on the diet, and plateaus are a common problem, but there are several ways to deal with them. Almost always, during the first week or two of the diet you will lose weight rapidly, and some of that weight loss can be attributed to water weight, but much of it will be fat loss. The weight loss can start to tail off a little, but you should not be surprised by this, and there are several things you can do.

If the speed of your weight loss decreases, you may not necessarily be in a plateau

First of all, if you notice that the rate of weight loss starts to decline, you shouldn't assume that you have hit a plateau. If the weight loss stabilizes and you stay at the same weight for three to four days, you may be in a plateau. If you do nothing at all you will still likely break out of it, but the standard plateau breakers will help you break out of it faster. So, monitor your weight carefully and don't make an assumption that you've hit a plateau if your weight loss drops off for just a day or two.

Try an apple or steak day

There are two plateau breakers which have described previously on this blog, and they should be mentioned briefly, but there are more details given to you when you purchase the diet program from Nu Image Medical. The apple day involves eating six green apples and nothing else for one day. The steak day which is used in Phase 3 when there is weight gain involves eating a large steak for dinner, one green apple which can be eaten at any time during the day, and a large amount of water. Both of these plateau breakers may work for you, and if one doesn't work you should try the other plateau breaker the next day.

Look carefully at your diet

If the plateau breakers aren't working, or if you hit another slowdown in your weight loss, you should carefully examine your diet and make sure that you aren't eating anything that isn't allowed by the protocol. It is fairly easy to slip up and eat something that isn't allowable because the diet protocol is quite strict and limiting. Just a snack or a small meal with foods that are prohibited during Phase 2 can have a major impact on your weight loss. If you aren't cooking every meal at home using only the specific ingredients allowed in the diet protocol you should try this, and make sure that everything you eat is an allowable food including the seasonings that you use.

Be careful of artificially sweetened drinks

You also need to be careful with drinks and condiments. Drinks that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners are not allowable on the diet, and they really shouldn't ever be consumed at any time because of their widely known negative health effects. Sucralose, aspartame, ace-k and other sweeteners can throw your metabolism off entirely, and some of them are thought to have serious effects on the body including neurological side effects and increased insulin resistance. Don't assume that zero calorie drinks are okay to use on the diet; even though they won't add to your calorie total they can definitely affect your body's biochemistry and metabolism.

Don't use any disallowed condiments

Condiments and seasonings are one way that the diet can be thrown off. Most salad dressings, mayonnaise, condiments with sugar, honey, or high fructose corn syrup are all disallowed on the diet and can definitely cause a reduction in weight loss. Always stick only to the seasonings allowed on the diet, and thankfully there are a wide range of seasonings that you can use. There are also several recipes for salad dressings and different meat seasonings that you can use. You may have to spend a little extra time coming up with these custom made seasonings, but it is worth it because they won't affect your weight loss, and you'll get the most results from the diet.

Try to use organic protein sources

The quality of your protein sources can certainly have an effect on your body. Meat produced with antibiotics and hormones may have an impact on your weight loss. Hormone in meat can interfere with HCG, which is a hormone as you know, and they can have potentially serious effects if they are eaten on a regular basis. If you can't find clean sources of chicken try to stick to some of the seafood choices, and avoid farm raised fish.

Also, be sure that the protein you are using is allowed on the diet, for instance not every type of red meat is allowable, and many types of red meat are high in fat and will throw the diet off dramatically. Be very careful with your protein selections, and it is worth the extra money to purchase organic/antibiotic free/hormone free whenever possible.

Get enough sleep every night

Your body needs adequate sleep to recover even though many people don't get enough of it, and if you find that you aren't getting enough sleep it can definitely impact your weight loss on the diet. If you are staying away too long you may be eating too much without even realizing it, as many people need to consume extra calories in order to stay awake.

Sleeping restores the normal biochemical balance of your body, and if you neglect getting enough sleep it can have many negative consequences on your overall health and well-being. You don't need to exercise on the HCG diet but you definitely need to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep at minimum, and the amount of sleep that you need depends on the person.

Add apple cider vinegar to your daily routine

Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (we recommend Bragg's raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar) every day can have a metabolism boosting effect, and you can consume apple cider vinegar liberally on the diet. You can add the vinegar to water or add it to salads or your vegetables along with other seasonings, but try to be consistent and drink two tablespoons every day. Drink the vinegar all at once rather than spread out throughout the day because it can have an effect on tooth enamel.

If you have difficulties and don't know what to do, contact Nu Image Medical

When you purchase our diet program, you can contact our medical professionals throughout the diet for support, and you get unlimited support during the first seven days of the diet. If you run into any difficulties at all or plateaus, and your efforts don't work, we have medical professionals who can help you get back on track. Contact Nu Image Medical today for more information on how we can help you through your HCG diet.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

5 min read