As we mentioned previously, preparing for the HCG diet will help you with getting the best results from the VLCD. The time you spend on learning the diet is time well spent as you'll make fewer if any mistakes during Phase 2. Mental preparation is just as important as the physical preparatory steps, and staying positive and focused throughout the duration of the entire diet can help you with achieving the results that you want. It can help to view some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the HCG diet prior to starting.
The HCG diet is an important step toward overall well being
The HCG diet offers you a way to fast track yourself back to a much better state of well-being and healthiness. HCG is a unique hormone that will help your body reset itself back to a more natural metabolic state where you burn abnormal fat instead of storing it, but the healthy habits that you develop on the HCG diet will last you a lifetime if you continue them long after the diet is over. View the diet as an important step toward changing your lifestyle to incorporate healthier eating habits with more organic and natural foods and more exercise.
Try yoga or meditation to control stress levels
Stress can lead to a wide range of hormonal imbalances, and a big part of staying healthy prior, during and after the HCG diet is the healthy management of stress. Exercise, a healthy diet, and stress control techniques are all important for stress management. Practices like yoga and meditation have been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, as well as various breathing techniques. Find a stress management practice that you can use on a daily basis to reduce your stress levels, and every person as a unique technique that will work best for them.
Eat three to six times per day
You should be eating a minimum of three times per day and ideally five to six times per day prior to starting the HCG diet. When you eat less than three times per day your blood glucose levels are going to be lower and you will have less energy as well. When you eat more often your will have more energy and your body won't switch to "starvation mode" where it quickly stores any excess carbohydrates as fat. That's exactly what you don't want at any point, either before or after the diet. Always eat smaller and more frequent meals and get into this habit prior to starting the diet. Once the VLCD starts you can break up your lunch and dinner into 100 calorie portions if you choose to, which will allow you to continue to eat five times per day.
When you are not on the HCG diet and you wait until you feel hunger pains to eat, you are doing harm to your body. If you don't eat your muscles can be broken down into sugar in a process called gluconeogenesis. This is the reason why other crash diets don't work. HCG prevents your body from breaking your muscles down with gluconeogenesis and goes straight to abnormal fat stores for energy. Again when you are not supplementing with HCG your body won't do this, so always try to eat regular spaced out meals which will keep your metabolism functioning at a normal level. Once you start the HCG diet your metabolism will be further reset to a normal level and eating healthy food regularly is one of the best preparatory steps you can do.
Eat protein and fat in every meal
Before you start the HCG diet and especially during the loading phase you will want to eat both protein and fat at every meal. The reason why you want to eat protein and fat is because fat and protein take longer to digest than carbohydrates and they will stabilize your blood sugar levels and energy levels. During the gorging phase you will want to increase your fat intake substantially, but prior to this phase you can eat a much lower amount of fat at each meal.
When you eat mostly carbohydrates your blood sugar levels will swing up and down and similarly will cause your insulin levels to spike up and down. It is these "insulin spikes" that are thought to lead to Type II diabetes. So, none of your meals prior to starting the HCG diet should ever have a very high ratio of carbohydrates with a few exceptions (prior to intensive and long exercise or if you are an athlete).
Think about starting an exercise routine
If you haven't started a regular exercise routine you should definitely consider starting one after the VLCD is over. Of course you don't need to exercise at all during the HCG diet, but you won't be able to have the boost of the fat burning metabolic effects of HCG when you aren't on Phase 2, so you will need a way to maintain your metabolism and reduce the impact of unhealthy foods after the diet is over. Cardiovascular exercise and resistance training offers a great way for you stay healthy.
You might consider joining a gym or trying one of the many programs there are out there for exercise, but never try starting exercise during the VLCD phase outside of light exercise. Your body will be in ketosis and you won't have the glycogen stores available to sustain an intense workout that you're not used to. Once you get to Phase 3 you can start trying out a new exercise routine and the great benefit of starting at that point is that your body will have been "reset" to a more natural metabolism where your body will ready for the maximum benefits of regular exercise.
You will need to consult a medical professional prior to starting the HCG diet. At Nu Image Medical we will go over your full medical history and current health status to ensure that you can start the HCG diet without any issues. You will also be able to ask questions about your conditions to medical professionals throughout the diet. You can find more information on Nu Image Medical's HCG diet program by visiting our HCG diet protocol page.