What are the phases of the HCG diet?
HCG Diet - Phase 1
The first phase of the HCG diet is often referred to as the loading phase. Two days before starting your HCG diet, it is suggested that you eat as much high-fat and high-caloric foods that you can, including meats, cheeses, nuts, pastries, and chocolate. Eating high-fat foods will help yield the best results possible. Overloading on high-caloric foods will help your body transition into a low-calorie diet and help avoid the feeling of fatigue and hunger during the first few days. This step is very important, and patients who do not follow this step may experience more difficulties during the HCG diet, especially during the first week. You will receive an HCG injection on the second day of the loading phase.
HCG Diet - Phase 2
The next step in the HCG diet is known as the HCG phase. This phase spans from the second day of HCG reception until the last day of HCG injections. Depending on the amount of weight you are looking to lose, this phase may last from 3 – 6 weeks. During phase 2, it is important that you weigh yourself each morning before you eat. You must strictly adhere to the caloric limit you were given and administer a daily HCG injection. You will only be allowed to eat foods and drinks that have been cleared by Dr. Paukman and are considered an official part of the HCG diet. Within 3 weeks, your metabolism will change and reprogram to be more efficient. During the HCG diet, you must drink a large amount of water. Dr. Paukman suggests a minimum of 2 liters a day. This amount of water will help flush unwanted toxins and fat cells that are circulating in your body.
HCG Diet - Phase 3
Phase 3 is known as the weight stabilization and maintenance phase. The main goal of this phase is to maintain the healthy weight that you have achieved through the HCG diet. It is vital that you continue to follow the caloric restriction and diet strictly for the next 3 days. Although the HCG injections have stopped, there should be enough of the hormone in your body for you to successfully remain on the low-calorie diet.
Towards the end of the third day of this phase, the remaining HCG will be processed and flushed from your body. You should continue to weigh yourself daily before eating. A fluctuation of 1 – 2 pounds from your last HCG injection is normal. During this phase, no carbohydrates or sugars are allowed. Once the HCG has been properly processed by your body, your daily caloric intake can be increased to 1,000 calories, but you still must avoid sugar and starchy carbohydrates for the next 3 weeks. If you happen to notice an increase in weight of more than 1 – 2 pounds since your last HCG injection, Dr. Paukman may recommend a special diet for 1 day to help boost your metabolism and lose this excess weight.
|List of HCG Diet Foods|
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Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tsp Skim Milk