HCG Diet Side Effects – Part 1

side effects on the hcg diet

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 29, 2015

The Top 3 hCG Diet Side Effects

The hCG program can be tough and it’s essential to adhere strictly to the eating plan and other program techniques. As with all diets, there are challenges and some side effects to deal with. Here are the top 3 side effects we hear about from our clients.

1. Hunger
You should have little to no appetite on the program although for various reasons people can feel quite hungry. There are a number of reasons for this and most can be helped through good preparation. The first is Phase 1 – Loading. This is a vital component to build up your normal fat stores in preparation for the program and strongly impacts on the level of hunger you will experience. The second is water. It is absolutely essential to drink plenty of water, not only for hydration but also to help flush out toxins. Insufficient vegetables, lack of fibre (remember to take psyllium husks) and emotional stress are other causes of hunger and can be addressed.

2. Emotional Issues
Following the hCG program can be tough at times – both physically and emotionally. The preparation and focus needed during Phase 2 can be very challenging at the start and your moods can feel out of balance. That’s why its really important to ensure you take your recommended vitamins and minerals to support yourself nutritionally. Some of our clients find keeping a journal to be helpful. Hang in there! You should experience an increase in energy levels and improved wellbeing about 5 days into Phase 2.

3. Weight Loss Stalls
No need to panic if your weight loss hits a wall. There is a strategy called an ‘apple day’ to help restart your weight loss momentum. During the apple day you have your diet drops and eat 6 apples throughout the day as well as enough water to keep you hydrated. No other foods or drinks are allowed. The apple day produces a gratifying weight loss the following day and you should be able to continue to lose weight successfully. You might like to contact our support team if you have any worries.

In summary, trust the process, expect ups and downs and be ready for stalls. Rapid weight loss early in the system is common but it often slows. A plateau is normal. Be persistent, continue with the guidelines, check that you are on track and trust your body. The system is as much about losing centimetres, improving proportion, preserving muscle mass and reviving your organs as it is about losing kilograms.

Original article written by Maxine Wright
Maxine Wright, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Weight Loss Coach

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