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Should You Have a HCG Diet Cheat Day?

Should You Have a HCG Diet Cheat Day?
Having a HCG diet cheat day may be tempting, especially when you get into the more difficult parts of the diet, but you should avoid the temptation as much as you can throughout Phase 2 of the diet. Cheating during this phase or Phase 3 can be very detrimental to your progress and make it much more difficult for you to lose weight. To avoid any difficulties with the diet you should do your best to avoid having to rely on a cheat day to get through it. With the right preparation you should be able to get through most of Phase 2 without having to cheat at all, and this article will go into some of the strategies that you can use to reduce the chance that you'll cheat.

Be sure you plan the diet out

It's important to spend the necessary time to get acquainted with the diet's requirements before you begin. You don't have to spend a ton of time on it, but the more that you review the diet protocol and the list of approved foods the better the outcome of your diet will likely be. Try to come up with a list of HCG diet recipes that you enjoy, and it's even better if you can test out a few of them before you actually start the diet. The more effort you spend on preparing for the diet, the less likely that you'll be to slip up.

As you review the protocol be sure to ask your medical provider if you have any questions at all about it. If you address your questions prior to starting the diet, you'll be far less likely to make a mistake during the diet. Keep a list of the HCG diet foods with you when you go grocery shopping, and if it's at all possible, keep any foods that aren't approved for the diet out of your kitchen, at least for Phase 2 of the diet. It will make it a lot easier on you when you don't have cheat foods around you, and if you can learn a few recipes that you really enjoy prior to starting, you'll be a lot less likely to cheat.

Try increase your serving sizes before cheating

You can increase your serving sizes for the vegetable portions on the HCG diet without changing the amount of calories that you are eating each day by a lot. Although you should do your best to stay under 500 to 550 calories, it is much better for you to eat a few more servings of vegetables rather than totally slipping off the path and eating junk food for a day or two. You'll very likely continue to lose weight if you only increase your vegetable servings, but if you start eating junk food it will be challenging to recover and start losing weight again. So, if you find that the early stages of the diet are challenging, try increasing your portions a little.

You should also space your meals out a little bit so that you aren't eating them too closely together during the day and going for too long of a period of time without eating. Some dieters split up their protein and vegetable servings so that they can have a meal every few hours or so. This can be accomplished by having a larger vegetable serving for each meal and splitting up your protein servings in half basically, so that you can have 4-5 small meals per day. Also be sure to snack on the HCG diet fruit servings whenever you can, and drinking plenty of water with each meal will help to stave off your appetite between meals.

If you do cheat get back on track right away

If you succumb to the urge to cheat for a day or two, all is not lost, but you should do your best to get right back on track. It won't completely ruin your diet, but you'll likely need to try a plateau breaker if you don't start losing weight once you get back on the diet. The worst thing that can happen is if you continue to cheat for more than a day or two and aren't able to start dieting again right away. Your weight loss will stall almost immediately and it will be more and more difficult to start losing weight again. If you do cheat, ideally you should limit it to just one meal and start right back up again.

If you properly plan the diet out you really shouldn't feel the urge to cheat at all. You definitely don't want to plan on having a "€œcheat day"€ like other diets often recommend. The HCG diet is designed for a rapid amount of unrestricted weight loss for a three or six week period of time. By scheduling a cheat day during Phase 2, you will throw your weight loss off dramatically and you definitely won't have the same results as simply sticking to the diet's requirements for the three or six week period. Although it certainly can be challenging at some points, the diet is also designed to be as accommodating as possible, and the injections make the diet a lot easier.

Ask your medical provider if you're having consistent difficulties

If you find that you are cheating more than once or are tempted to, be sure to ask your medical provider about it. You might be doing something wrong with the injection protocol or missing another part of the diet's requirements. Your medical provider will be able to help you narrow down the potential causes that might be driving you to want to cheat, and will help you get back on track so that you can start losing as much weight as possible.

The HCG diet can definitely help you lose a large amount of weight in a relatively short period of time, but you need to be careful to follow the diet's requirements to get the most out of it and avoid cheating. If you can successfully get through Phase 2 without cheating you'll lose a large amount of weight and you'll find that the effort is well worth it! For more information about Phase 2 of the HCG diet, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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