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The HCG Diet

If you are considering the HCG diet, then there are a number of things that you should understand. Knowing how this program will work will help you to have a better understanding of what you can expect. There are several things to understand about the HCG diet protocol.

The Basics
The HCG diet is comprised of two different elements: the medication and the diet. The medication can be delivered in the form of injections, drops or pellets to best accommodate the patient. The other aspect of this program is the strict 500 calorie a day diet. The medication you receive is prescription strength which means you will need to see a doctor or weight loss clinic in order to use it. The program can be used for 26 or 46 days total. It can be done multiple times, though it is best to have a six week break in between each cycle of the HCG diet.

The Different Phases
The first phase of this diet is the preparation. This starts as soon as you find your weight loss clinic where you will go through this program. You will need to do an initial consultation where you will be asked your medical history and other questions. They will also give you all the information you need to get started with the program. The first part of the program also includes getting prepared, such as shopping for the items on your diet.

The second phase of this program is where you actually complete the diet. This will consist of regular visits for injections or drops. You need to make sure that you are taking the medication as prescribed by the doctor. Taking more HCG than recommended will not give you better results and may even hinder the results. On the same note, you should not deviate from the diet that is outlined for you. If you must make substitutions, be sure that they are on the approved list. You will also need to eat the appropriate number of calories each day. Eating more or less can affect the results of your weight loss.

The last phase is maintenance. If you are going to do another cycle of HCG then this is the six week break. During this phase you will need to eat a new diet that is designed to adjust your body back to normal. It takes about three weeks to stabilize your weight after this program which is why it is important that you follow through with the diet that you are given by the weight loss clinic. During this time you can use other forms of weight loss, such as other forms of weight loss injections. From there it is simply about learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle so you can maintain a healthy weight.

The Diet at a Glance
While it is important that the caloric intake for the day is low, you want to make sure the body is getting the proper nutrition. There are a few basic rules for the diet. You will not eat breakfast while you are on the diet. You do not start consuming calories until lunch time. Each meal will consist of the same items:

3.5 oz lean meat
3.5 oz of vegetable
3.5 oz fruit which can be eaten as a snack
One Grissini breadstick or Melba toast

You will also need to consume a good amount of water each day, at least 100 ounces. You can also consume black coffee or unsweetened teas. The only sweetener you can use is Stevia. You will not be able to drink diet beverages, including sodas and Crystal Light.

Keep in mind that there are certain foods that are allowed for each category in the meal plan. You can substitute out different foods in each category. However, you will need to ensure they are on the approved list. Also, you cannot substitute out your vegetable for another fruit. You will also need to consult the approved condiments list to ensure that you are using the appropriate condiments while on this diet.

The Results
The first thing to realize with this is that each person is different. While you may not have the same results as everyone else, there are a few things you can expect. Women who go on this program can expect to lose 25 to 40 pounds, while men may lose as much as 47 during this time. It is also important to note that the way the weight loss occurs in not the same in everyone. Some people do not see the weight start to come off right away and it may take several days before you start to see the weight start to shed.

The Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know
Just knowing the basics of the program is good. But a deeper understanding of how this will work is important. There are a few tips you should keep in mind that can help you to get the results you want.

Remember to keep to the diet and injection schedule rigorously. This may mean taking time to plan your day and meals in advance.
Buy organic foods whenever possible as they are healthier.
You should stay away from products that have oils in them, including makeups and lotions.
You also should not chew gum or consume any sugar while you are on this diet as this may interfere with the results.
You also will not want to consume any fast food or fried foods during this timeframe.
Eating three to five times a day is the best way to boost your metabolism. This is why it is best to consume your fruits as a snack at least once during the day.

While this may seem confusing, keep in mind that the weight loss clinic will be there for you throughout the process. Not only will they be able to answer all your questions, but they will be able to give you the best advice. You will need to discuss any concerns you have about the program so they can give you the best support.