Your body undergoes some changes upon starting the VLCD. You can see progress every day as the HCG starts to break down fats at a faster rate. With the consistent dose of HCG, your body will slowly adapt to the process. The HCG diet will restructure your mealtime habits. It also provides you consistent energy supply during the very low-calorie phase.
The HCG diet Phase 2
This Phase is the fat-burning stage. The HCG starts to release toxins that are gathered in your stored fats. It is essential to load on low calories during this phase. This is for your body to undergo cleansing as the HCG burns your body fats. During this phase, you are only allowed to eat protocol compliance foods. These are food choices that have low calorie and does not interfere with the work of HCG in your body.
The HCG and its side effects—does it cause weight loss struggles?
The HCG has no recorded severe side effects while treating obesity. However, some cases involve minor side effects. You can experience any of the following:
- Cold-like symptoms
- Hunger (not common)
These side effects do not come all at once or may not come at all. The occurrence of side effects is only because of improper dosing. It can also because your body is still adjusting to fewer calorie intakes. This is nothing to worry about because it will just be gone right away.
Exploring recipes during the second phase of the HCG diet
Explore your food choices and create a diet-friendly recipe. This will help you avoid getting bored with the same meal each day. Getting bored with the same meal is also one of the weight loss barriers. You can make your meal interesting as long as you follow the restrictions of the diet.
How to overcome weight loss struggles during Phase 2?
- Work with a medical professional
This is done before you start the diet process. You have to undergo a medical assessment to be able to know if you are ready for weight loss or not.
- Follow the diet plan
The diet plan is a detailed overview of the dos and don’ts of the HCG diet. You need to adhere to the diet protocol to successfully lose weight. You are not allowed to skip your injection, cheat on your meal, or overdo exercise.
- Avoid exercising too much
Abstain from any form of extreme exercise. It is because it can throw off your metabolism. This will greatly affect your health and energy levels during the VLCD. Exercising is not required on the HCG diet. But, you can still include light exercises on your routine as long as you are not tired or hungry.
- Stay hydrated
Drink an adequate amount of water to flush out toxins from the fat stores. This is a balancing act during the very low-calorie diet. It also curbs your hunger by improving the feeling of fullness in your stomach. You are required to drink 2-liters of water per day during the VLCD.