The Low Calorie Diet is phase two of the HCG Diet program. This phase is intended to start immediately after the 48 hour loading days where HCG injections or drops should have been implemented already.
Phase one has now prepared you to tackle and face the strict low calorie diet with enthusiasm and full energy stores to begin dramatic weight loss. Since this is the phase where the most weight is lost at the most rapid rate for your body, it’s extremely important to be prepared with a good understanding of what is expected and what to face during this phase.
To get maximum weight loss results, it’s recommended that you follow this phase for no less than three weeks and no more than six weeks. During this phase, the low calorie diet enables the body to burn all the excess and abnormal fats that you’ve been struggling with while the HCG dosages continue to trigger natural hormone release, stimulate metabolic fat burning, and suppress the appetite.
You’ll be allowed to consume 800 calories daily with an approved list of foods. You’ll follow a typical three meals per day plan with an approved protein, vegetable, fruit, and MCT oil at each meal. (Please refer to your approved HCG food list).
During this phase, you might hit a few roadblocks that can be discouraging. Plateaus and slowed weight loss can happen during phase two and it’s important to evaluate your individual needs and rate of weight loss. Be sure to continue to phase three if you’ve reached the maximum six weeks despite your rate of weight loss.
Turning to supportive allies, online forums, and your HCG doctor can help keep you motivated during the next three to six weeks. Recording your foods, weighing in daily, and taking body measurements will help you to remain accountable and excited about the results and what you’ve achieved. Continue to sensibly reward yourself, cook up HCG approved recipes, and enjoy watching your body transform right in front of your eyes.
Important: Adhere strictly to the HCG diet protocol to get the best results possible. Continue taking your HCG injections or HCG diet drops as directed. Do not exceed six weeks of the low calorie diet.
Because the low calorie diet is a very extensive and detailed phase, it’s important to gather as much information as you can to better prepare yourself to reach weight loss success. Below are some questions and concerns many HCG dieters experience.
Questions About Phase 2 of the HCG Diet
Q. How often should I be weighing myself during phase two?
A. Weigh yourself daily. It’s always recommended to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before consuming food or water and before physical activity. Keep a scale handy where you can easily access it and be reminded to weigh yourself every morning. Weighing daily will help you to keep track of accurate weight loss results during phase two. Also reviewing and recording the foods you eat will help you to determine what foods negatively and positively affects your weight loss goals.
Q. Despite that I’m consistently losing weight, I keep fluctuating daily. Is this normal?
A. Yes. This is why it’s important to weigh-in daily. As long as you’re adhering strictly to the low calorie diet and you’re consistently losing weight, it’s completely normal to see this happen. The scale will fluctuate up and down between two to five pounds during the week since water weight will increase and decrease. Don’t be concerned as this is not related to fat loss or gain.
Q. Tips on how to prepare for the low calorie diet of phase two?
A. Proper preparation prevents poor performance. Utilize the tips below to ensure your weight loss success:
- Weigh yourself before starting and daily throughout the program
- Take ‘before’ photos
- Record body measurements
- Set realistic goals
- Set a goal completion date or an event to accomplish weight loss by
- Take personal accountability by getting involved with supportive allies
- Reward yourself based on adherence to the diet program
Q. Why should I take measurements during phase two?
A. Your measurements along with weight loss will also be another great indicator of progress during the HCG diet program. Weight loss can slow down, plateau, and stop, but measurements don’t lie. They can be a more accurate and consistent measure of your success. When the scale looks like it’s not moving, measure yourself and you might find you’ve lost inches off your waist.
Q. Can I reward myself with ‘cheat’ foods during phase two?
A. Strict adherence to the HCG diet protocol is what provides dramatic weight loss results. Instead of rewarding yourself with foods that can compromise all your hard work and weight loss, look to rewarding yourself with other ‘treats’. This can be anything from indulging in a spa day, splurging on those shoes, or buying new tools or accessories for the garage or man cave.
Q. Do I have to record the foods I eat?
A. It’s a fact that those who keep a food journal are twice as likely to lose weight and maintain weight loss during the HCG diet program and after. To kick bad habits like snacking when bored or eating in front of the television to the curb, it’s a good idea to instill some personal accountability through a food journal. Be deliberate and aware of what you’re consuming and when. It’s also the good kind of habit you want to keep to help maintain weight loss long after the HCG diet.
Q. Should I end the low calorie diet before three weeks?
A. No. HCG is used to stimulate large amounts of fat to be burned off from the body, and to get the best results possible, it’s advised to stay on phase two for at least three weeks to reset your metabolism.
Q. Can I go longer than six weeks on the low calorie diet in phase two?
A. No. It’s advised that you don’t exceed more than six weeks on the low calorie diet. Despite your excitement at seeing your rapid physical changes and weight loss, staying in phase two longer than required can reverse positive metabolic effects. Your body will reduce your metabolic rate resulting in faster weight gain in the long run. Don’t be disheartened though. If you’ve got more weight to lose, you can safely begin another round of the low calorie diet after the diet break in phase three.
Q. My weight loss has slowed down and I’m nearing the end of the low calorie diet. What should I do?
A. Continue to the end of phase two as directed by your HCG doctor and then begin phase three – the diet break. Your metabolism has reset during phase two and you don’t want to induce a reduced metabolic rate. Instead continue to phase three and start another round of phase two once the diet break is over if needed.
Q. I’m afraid of exceeding the approved food amounts on the low calorie HCG diet. What should I do?
A. The best way to ensure that you’re getting the right amount or not exceeding your daily limit is to purchase a small food scale to remain on your counter for not only the HCG diet, but for your intended lifestyle change.
Q. I’m diabetic and I tend to have symptoms of low blood sugar. What can I do?
A. You can adjust your HCG diet plan to include one to two extra servings of protein and one extra serving of fruit per day as you think is needed. Although this is acceptable, it’s still advised that you seek the advice of your personal doctor or HCG doctor to reassure you and to appropriately adjust medications as necessary.
Q. How much water should I be drinking on the low calorie diet?
A. Water consumption is essential to weight loss and optimal human function. Ensure that you’re getting at least eight 8-ounces (64 ounces) glasses of water a day. Since thirst can often feel like hunger pangs, it’s recommended to stay hydrated during the day to avoid unnecessary hunger problems and dehydration.
Q. What else can I drink during the low calorie diet?
A. Coffee and black tea is acceptable during phase two. It’s okay to sweeten with Stevia or approved almond milk.
Q. What does MCT oil mean?
A. MCT is medium chain triglyceride fats from coconut oil. These fats are allowed on the HCG diet because they help to trigger the body into ketosis (fat burning mode) to help provide energy during the low calorie diet. It can also be combined with other approved seasonings to flavor approved foods.
Q. I’ve hit a weight plateau in phase two. What do I do?
A. If it’s approved by your HCG doctor, you can implement one of either two solutions: the Apply Day or the Steak Day.
- Apple Day: consume six apples in a single day while also implementing the regular protein and vegetable amounts for the day.
- Steak Day: Remove all carbohydrates for the day with the exception of vegetables. Consume vegetables all day with a large serving of protein (6-8 oz) for your last meal.
These provide the body with a rapid change in calorie intake helping to boost the body back into losing weight.
Q. I’m having extreme hunger pangs, what should I do?
A. Continue to stick strictly with the diet. High fiber vegetables and approved HCG diet foods such as broccoli, spinach, artichoke, and cabbage will help to keep you satiated longer. During the low calorie diet, hunger may be experienced and if you’re following the diet correctly, it’s actually a hormonal signal that the body is in full swing of burning fats. So keep eating right knowing that your body is doing what it’s supposed to.
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Q. I’m having sugar, carbohydrate, and starch cravings. What should I do?
A. These cravings can feel enhanced in the first few days if you’re addicted to these nutrients. To help beat the sugar cravings, try to eliminate certain fruits from the diet for a few days to see if you can overcome the cravings. Some fruits can keep your body craving more carbohydrates since the natural sugars in fruits can stimulate sugar burning mode.
Q. I’m craving a lot of salty foods. What should I do?
A. You can actually crave salty foods when you’re mineral deficient and dehydrated. Also, if you drank energy drinks, coffee, and other stimulants on a regular basis prior to the diet, you could also be experiencing adrenal exhaustion that can cause you to crave salty foods. Ensure that you’re getting enough water and discuss with your HCG doctor a non-caloric electrolyte mix to see if it could solve the craving.
Have More Questions or Concerns?
The low calorie diet of phase two entails a lot of preparation and requires a lot of action and accountability from you. Because the HCG diet is a medically supervised program, it supports its patients and participants health and abilities to achieve their weight loss goals by seeking the expertise of an HCG doctor. Additionally, due to the nature of the restricted low calorie diet, your HCG doctor can determine the effects and any side effects experienced that may be in relation to an underlying condition. If you feel that you need further reassurance and answers about specific concerns, please discuss with your HCG doctor to get personalized and individual care to better help you during your HCG diet program.
The low calorie diet of phase two of the HCG diet program is not only the most intense part of the diet, but also the most rewarding. You can’t help but feel motivated, excited, and energetic with each pound that comes off and each inch lost. Don’t be surprised if you find three to six weeks flies by and you’re not ready to stop!