Can you exercise on the hcg diet?

A question we are regularly asked by our clients is if they can exercise on the hcg diet. We understand many people like to keep active for the physical benefits, the overall feeling of well-being and improved mental health. We’ll explain the topic of exercising on the hcg diet and why it is not recommended to do heavy exercise while on this program. We’ll leave it to you to decide what your best course of action is to achieve your weight loss goals.

The hCG program is a strict protocol that works best when followed exactly as described. We suggest caution if you are considering exercising while following the hcg program. Exercise is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and as your body is consuming a low-calorie diet in conjunction with our diet drops, exercise will cause you to be extremely hungry. If you exercise while consuming few calories, your body could potentially be pushed into starvation mode. You will simply not have enough stamina to get through the day. Weakness and exhaustion are the most likely outcome. Once you feel like this, it’s going to strongly affect your ability to commit to finishing the program.

We understand the disappointment for those who want to continue their active lifestyle in conjunction with our hcg program. Most diets work best with regular exercise to increase fitness and strengthen and tone the body. However light walking or swimming are the only types of exercise recommended when taking our diet drops. You will not be consuming enough calories for any strenuous exercise.

We stand by the program’s specifications. By all means, go for a stroll to the shops, walk with your kids to the park or go for an easy walk along the beach. Just don’t go running, work out at the gym or do any intense yoga for example. This will cause strong appetite stimulation. Light exercise is key.

One of the main benefits of the hcg program is that you don’t need to exercise to lose weight. This is one of many appealing factors of the program. People who can’t exercise or don’t enjoy exercise, can still lose weight. The ‘no exercise’ stipulation only applies to phase 2, which is either a 3 or 6 week phase. Once you get to phase 3 you are encouraged to step up your activity and introduce your workouts back into your lifestyle.

Maxine Wright, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Weight Loss Coach ANTA Reg. 4226 (Adv Dip Health Sciences)