If you’ve been trying endlessly to lose weight, have you considered the HCG diet? If not, the HCG diet is basically a weight loss protocol which is designed to help people lose weight much quicker than with more conventional fad diets. HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and it is a hormone found in the human body, particularly in pregnant women, that enables them to utilize calories more efficiently for energy.
With HCG diets, people will receive HCG injections, which then allow them to function on low caloric intakes while maximizing fat loss and metabolic function. The diet is split into different phases, and it is the second phase that people struggle with the most. This phase is a super low-calorie phase, requiring people to consume just 500 – 700 calories per day. Some people however, experience disappointing results during this phase of the HCG diet, but why? Check out these common HCG diet errors that could be derailing your weight loss.
Not eating enough fat on refeed days
Before you begin the low-calorie phase of the diet, the first phase is actually very enjoyable for most people. This is because this phase encourages people to consume large quantities of food to prepare them for the next phase, and to ensure that their metabolisms are working as they should. Experts encourage people to consume large amounts of foods rich in healthy fats. Foods like cashew nut butter, avocado, salmon, oily fish, whole eggs, grass-fed meat, etc, are all very good for you. If you aren’t getting enough healthy fats during phase 1, phase 2 may potentially not prove very beneficial.
Using the wrong seasonings and spices
Okay, this may sound really picky, but when you are consuming just 500 calories per day, every single calorie matters. A lot of people struggling to lose weight during phase 2 of the HCG diet struggle because they are actually consuming more calories than they should be. Many times, these calories are hidden in seasonings and spice mixes, and can therefore bump up the calorie content of a food without you even realising. Sometimes mixes, blends, and marinades will contain hidden oils and sugars, which increase the calorie contents quite considerably. Before using any spice or condiment, always read the ingredients and nutritional info.
Drinking diet soda
People see the word ‘diet’ on the side of the tin or bottle and automatically think that the beverage in question is somehow healthy and will help them lose weight. These drinks may be free from sugar and calories, but they are full of chemicals that can supress the metabolism and throw your hormones out of balance.
Weighing foods after cooking
When you weigh your foods before eating, always weigh them before cooking, rather than after. According to experts, when it comes to meat in particular, it is the weight of the raw meat that you should pay attention to. On the topic of meat, try to vary your protein sources so that you don’t get bored.