Exercising on the hCG Diet

exercising on the hcg

Written by Maxine Wright

        After many decades as a practicing Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and weight loss coach in South East Queensland, Maxine recently sold her clinic and is now enjoying retirement.

October 16, 2015

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. So 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 accelerate your body to burn calories and most of us understand that point. However, when you are using the hCG diet program your body is consuming a low-calorie intake in conjunction with our diet drops and usually, exercise will cause you to be extremely hungry. If you exercise while consuming low 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.
With a word of caution, we will add that if you have been exercising consistently for some time before starting on the hCG diet, then it is possible for you to introduce small amounts of less strenuous exercise sessions and see how you feel. Read your body’s reaction carefully. However, under no circumstance should someone who is overweight, suffering with health issues and/or has been living a very sedentary lifestyle, start on an exercise program whiles using the hCG diet. Always check with your health care professional before starting an exercise program.

There is nothing complicated about this statement with regards using caution with exercise on the hCG diet. It is simply that taking on so many aspects of a whole new healthy way of life all at the same time ie the hCG dietary restriction and exercise, could overwhelm your body. To top it off your body will be working hard to facilitate the detoxification taking place too!!
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 short walks 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, working out at the gym, lifting weights or doing any intense yoga for example. This will cause strong appetite stimulation. Light exercise is key to your 7kg hCG success in 21 day. With this successful weight loss achieved we then encourage you to start or resume your personal exercise program.

One of the main benefits of the hCG program is that you don’t need to exercise to lose weight. In fact in some cases weight loss can be interrupted with the introduction of exercise whilst on the hCG diet. The fact that no exercise is necessary is perhaps the most appealing factor of the hCG program for many people. Those 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 21-day or 42- day phase. Once you reach phase 3 of your hCG program, your successful long-term maintenance will depend on your exercise activity

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

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