As mentioned in the previous article, loading is essential for a successful HCG diet, and you should never neglect the two to three days of loading prior to starting the diet. The main thing to remember during the loading days is that you need to eat as many natural high fat foods as possible, and that you don't want to do this for more than three days. There are a wide range of foods that you can pick from and each of these foods have several health benefits that we will go over in this article. There are no real rules for the loading phase foods except for the fact that you should stick to natural foods instead of junk foods. For more information about the food choices available to you on the HCG diet, click here.
Junk food may definitely increase your levels of reserve fat but it will also have several other unwanted effects and it can be loaded with chemicals that can cause problems during the diet. Even though it's easy and sometimes convenient to load up on junk food during the loading days, you're best preparing for the diet by coming up with a small shopping list of natural high fat foods. Also, during the loading days you should try to minimize your carbohydrate intake as much as possible; the point of the loading days is to increase your reserve fat levels, and this is best accomplished by eating natural fats. Carbohydrates, especially starches and simple sugars like white breads and sugar will just end up being converted to abnormal fat.
Food choices for the loading days
The foods that you eat on the loading days actually do matter. You want to avoid eating foods that will cause water weight gain as much as possible, and you definitely want to stick to organic whole foods, to best prepare for the HCG diet. Below are a few of the best foods to eat during the loading days, and a brief overview of their health benefits:
Avocados -although most of the calories in avocado come from fat, the fat in avocados is very healthy and good for you. It is full of anti-oxidants called carotenoids and it provides some of the highest levels of carotenoids compared to many other foods. Also, even though you might think that your cardiovascular health will be harmed by eating avocados which are high in fat, the opposite is true. Avocados are high in oleic fat and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are shown to improve cardiovascular health. Although research on avocados and heart health is in the early stages, it has been proven to help with certain markers of cardiovascular health such as reducing inflammatory risk factors and reducing oxidative risk. Avocados are also excellent for regulating blood sugar since they have a low carbohydrate content and very low glycemic index, and avocado is thought to even have anti-cancer properties.
Walnuts - walnuts are one of the healthiest foods that you can eat in general, and when they are eaten with their slightly bitter skin they are amazingly beneficial. The bitter skin has high levels of phenols which have several cardiovascular and other health benefits. Walnuts are best known for their cardiovascular benefits, as they can reduce bad LDL cholesterol, increase omega-3 fatty acid levels in the blood, improve blood vessel function, reduce clotting, reduce inflammation levels, and help support a healthy blood pressure. Walnuts are rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients which can reduce cancer risks, and walnuts are shown to reduce breast and prostate cancer risks in studies. Walnuts also happen to be a great source of several important minerals such as selenium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and others. It is also a great source of Vitamin E in the useable form of gamma-tocopherol which is helpful for cardiovascular health.
High fat meats - meats that are high in fat can be eaten in large quantities during the loading phase, but you need to be careful to avoid eating these once you reach the VLCD. The protein choices allowed on the VLCD are only very lean proteins including red meat, and you will need to be careful to avoid consuming any fatty protein or fatty fish. High fat proteins that you can eat during the loading phase include steaks, bacon, sausage, hamburgers, and more. You can eat high fat meats during the loading phase but try to limit your intake of them compared to the other healthy fats that you can eat, and also stick to organic meats as much as possible. You don't want to go to the closest fast food restaurant and start ordering everything on the menu, instead buy organic meats and cook at home, or eat at restaurants that serve organic meats.
Other great choices include olives and olive oil, coconuts and coconut oil, almonds, and seeds, all of which have many health benefits that we will discuss in future articles. Butter, whipped cream, sour cream and other dairy fats can also be eaten during the loading phase, but again you will want to limit your intake of these foods in comparison to some of the healthier fats when possible.
Peanuts may not be a good choice
As mentioned above, there are several choices for nuts that you should consume during the loading days, and almost every nut that you can eat is highly beneficial for your health, however you should try to avoid eating peanuts during the loading phase if at all possible. Peanuts are really legumes and really aren't that great to consume because many varieties of peanuts have high levels of mycotoxins. Mycotoxins have a wide range of seriously negative effects and for the most part you should try to avoid them whenever possible, so even after the HCG diet is over you should consider limiting your consumption of non-organic peanuts.
Pick your foods carefully and stick to the HCG diet protocol after loading is over
During the loading phase you need to pick the foods you eat carefully, and once it's over you will need to switch to the HCG diet protocol right away once you get to the VLCD days. It's best to do your shopping for the loading days and the first week of the HCG diet all at once, so that you can quickly transition into the diet without a hitch. Have your recipes and meals prepared ahead of time for the VLCD. Preparing recipes is not as important during the loading days since you don't need to count calories, but again you definitely want to be careful with the foods you choose to eat during these days as your food choices do matter even though you are free to eat a wide range of fatty foods. At Nu Image Medical we have a unique HCG diet food delivery program for the VLCD to make shopping easy for you. Click here to view more information on our HCG diet food delivery option.