Stick to the HCG Diet Protocol
Getting through the HCG diet can be somewhat challenging without adequate preparation and taking a few steps to make your life easier. The diet is not overwhelming difficult, and with a few of the tricks described in this article it will be much easier on you, especially during the first week when your body is adjusting to the hormone.
One of the first things you should do before you start the diet is get acquainted with all of the requirements, and at Nu Image Medical we offer you a simplified version of the HCG diet protocol that does not take much time to review and is written in PDF format and can be easily read on mobile devices or smartphones.
If you spend the time to get familiar with the diet's requirements prior to starting you'll have a much easier time and you'll know what to expect. The HCG protocol is fairly simple to follow, but if you're a busy person you might find that following every detail of the HCG diet can be difficult, especially when you try the diet without planning.
One of the most important things to do on the HCG diet is to plan your meals out before you start Phase 2. By planning your meals out you won't have to worry about coming up with a new meal every day, and the VLCD will be much easier.
Purchase foods from the HCG diet protocol food list ahead of time
One of the most important things to do is to purchase your food ahead of time to save time on grocery shopping. You don't want to have to shop every single day as you'll have to spend time in the kitchen cooking dinner every other day at minimum.
You know that the HCG diet protocol limits you to 3.5 ounces of protein per meal and at least one cup of vegetables per meal, so you can measure out the quantity of food that you need for the week and purchase it all at once. Buying frozen HCG diet foods is another way to save time as you can purchase them in bulk and they won't spoil. By having the food that you need for HCG diet recipes in stock you'll avoid having to make substitutions or changing the protocol.
Try your best to avoid eating out at all during the diet although this is easier said than done. You'll need to have several favorite HCG diet recipes that you can rely on; having good HCG recipes is an important part of the diet.
At Nu Image Medical we give you a HCG recipe book with several recipes with your HCG diet order, but you should also try to come up with your own recipes based on your preferences. Many recipes can be adjusted and ingredients that are not allowed on the diet can be removed or substituted. There are plenty of very easy HCG diet recipes that take minutes to make such as salads and desserts using the fruit servings and stevia as a sweetener.
Keep a list of HCG diet protocol foods
If you aren't meal planning or want to follow a less structured approach at the very least you should spend a bit of time getting familiar with the allowed foods on the HCG diet. It's a good idea to keep a list of HCG diet protocol foods available so that you can refer to the list when you are cooking or snacking.
Although you can succeed on the diet without planning every meal, it's easy to forget which foods are allowed on the diet when you don't plan your meals out, so have the list available for reference. And of course remember to refer to the list if you come up with your own recipes for the diet.
Have the HCG diet protocol PDF handy
At Nu Image Medical we include the list of HCG diet protocol foods in our condensed HCG diet guide and you can carry this guide on your smartphone or tablet for quick reference. But, you'll also need to refer to the guide because there are several other requirements for the diet such as avoiding the use of cosmetics with oil, ingredients to avoid, information about the loading days, and other details that are easy to forget when you aren't that familiar with the diet. You can start the HCG diet without reading the entire guide, but you'll need to have it available for reference
Stick to the HCG diet protocol after you learn it
It won't take very long to get familiar with the requirements of the diet, and at that point the hard part is following the requirements, especially during the first week when you are making the transition your normal diet to the VLCD.
Remember that you can split up your meals however you want during the VLCD, and you should use this to your advantage during the diet. During the first week you should try to get into a routine with your HCG diet meals and try to eat at least three times per day to keep your blood sugar more stable throughout the diet.
Drink as much water as you can during each meal and try to drink a minimum of a half-gallon of water each day. Avoid restaurants or anything that might tempt you to break the protocol. The key to success on the diet and sticking to its requirements is consistency; don't cheat on one meal and you'll see the best results on the diet.
If you slip up try to make your mistakes toward the beginning of the diet so that the HCG hormone has time to correct the slipups and reset your metabolism. Slipping up on the protocol toward the end of the diet will have more of an adverse effect and can cause metabolic problems.
During the three or six weeks that you are on the HCG diet you will have to learn the allowed foods and the requirements of the diet, but the more familiar that you are with the protocol and the more you plan out your meals the easier the diet will be for you.
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