The HCG diet phase 2 is designed around keeping your metabolism up through the HCG. Phase 2 does not permit carbs and sugar because it will result in the rapid storing of fats. This phase has selected food choices that do not work against the diet hormone. None of Phase 2 approved foods are high in carbs, sugar, oils, and fats. The unhealthy foods make it hard to free up the lipids and convert them into energy.
Phase 2 is when you will be losing pounds. It is important to get things right according to what the protocol says. This only means that high-calorie foods must be avoided for greater weight loss. Maintain your HCG shot regularly along with very low-calorie intake.
The “4 don’ts” on HCG diet Phase 2
- Do not mix vegetables in one serving
Mixing vegetables will make you end up consuming more calories. During the VLCD, you have to be conscious of how much or what you are eating. You can eat more vegetables but avoid mixing them in one serving. You also have to avoid eating canned vegetables because it already undergoes the process. Choose fresh vegetable products such as spinach, asparagus, lettuce, cabbage, celery, etc. Vegetables contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals that keep your body healthy.
- Do not combine several servings into one meal
Do not eat all the fruits at once or the two servings of lean protein at once. You have to portion your foods and leave a balanced meal to have something to eat later. Remember that you are only allowed to have solid foods during lunch and dinner. These two major meals must have equivalent portions of food to maintain the 500 calorie intake. Each meal you must consume 100 grams of lean protein, 1 vegetable, and 1 fruit. You can also add a Grissini or Melba toast.
- Do not use oil-based skin and makeup products
The HCG makes your body more sensitive to fats than usual. Having contact with unnecessary oil products can cause weight gain. Remember that the largest organ in your body is your skin. It absorbs the oil and may interfere with the HCG. Most of the skincare products and makeup creams are made from animal fat. On the HCG diet, you will not need to have these products. It is because the HCG can improve your skin health while burning your body fats. It maintains the elasticity and firmness of your skin.
- Do not forget to weigh your food choices
One of the most important tips on HCG diet phase 2 is to weigh your food choices. Weighing your food choices will help you attain the food portion that you need for each meal. Weighing your foods is important especially on lean meat. Weigh each food choice before cooking and trim all the visible fats. Do not eat deep-fried or oily foods because it can stop the work of HCG. Oily foods spike up your blood cholesterol levels. It is better to boil, grill, or steam your foods.