For a lot of people, starting a diet is a difficult process. One must prepare themselves physically and mentally for some lifestyle changes in order to start their journey to a healthier lifestyle, which means giving up a few of our old habits. An HCG diet is no different. HCG injections are just part of the process, for one must also limit their calorie intake during the key phases of the HCG diet in order for it to be more effective.
With that being said, an HCG diet doesn’t have to be all blue and miserable. Any diet, really, can still be a fun and productive experience. Sure, we must enforce a strict regimen in order to achieve our fitness goals, but through the tips listed below, you can make each of the four phases of your HCG diet much more bearable as you get that amazing body you’ve been working for.
The first phase, also called the loading phase, is characterized by the heightened consumption of calorie-rich foods in order to form up fat stores.
Eat while you can but avoid overeating too much
For this phase, our tip is to simply enjoy eating these food items. This is, after all, the time for you to eat high-calorie food for the next phases would heavily limit consumption of these items. With that being said, make sure you’re not just consuming food without care and binging as much as possible. Take into consideration how you’ll be more successful during the next stages of your HCG diet. Also, just because you can consume many calories in this phase doesn’t mean you have to overdo it to unhealthy levels.
The second phase is considered to be the hardest of all the programs for this is the time you will be taking your HCG injections. This is also when your calorie intake is limited, and while HCG can help with the urge to eat too much food, applying a sudden restriction after the initial phase can be a difficult process to transition into.
Keep yourself busy
While hunger is definitely a natural response of the body saying that we need to eat, sometimes hunger can come out due to boredom. Surely, we’ve all experienced lounging around with nothing to do, going to the fridge to look for food and seeing nothing of interest, closing the fridge, then repeating until we finally cave in and eat whatever is in the fridge. In some cases, we aren’t even hungry at all but just bored. In order to avoid this from impeding on your diet, try keeping yourself busy. Read books, write some songs, take a walk outside, learn how to crochet, pick up fun hobbies, anything that can keep your mind preoccupied and away from food.
Avoid stress and negative emotions
Another reason for our sudden onset of hunger and overeating is due to stress. Whether it’s from work or from school, once faced with a highly stressful situation, we overeat to relieve it. This is bad for any diet of course, but managing stress is easier said than done. Ultimately, we recommend determining and then avoiding anything that may cause you severe stress and trigger your overeating tendencies. It also helps to approach any stressful situation with a clear mind instead of breaking down and panicking. If stress cannot be avoided, take a page from the previous tip and look for other healthier ways to deal with it aside from indulging on food.
The third phase is called the stabilization stage for this is the time you won’t be needing your HCG injections anymore. Still, the key part of this is watching your weight and consuming a specific diet as recommended by your doctor.
Look at the bright side of your weight
Since this is a key factor in the third phase, it could go either way. You could be happy and proud about losing 5 pounds in a week, or you could be disappointed if you barely lost a pound. It is fine to be upset about the latter development, but you must realize that losing weight is a long process that takes time and effort. Even if you did not lose much this week, you may lose some more next week. Keep an optimistic attitude and don’t focus on the negative. Rather than say, “I’m sad I didn’t lose much weight,” say “I’m proud that I lost even a little bit of weight this week!” with earnest. Your achievements, no matter how small, are stepping stones that can bring you further to your goals.
The final phase is called the maintenance phase for it is the stage where you maintain your current weight through a healthy diet and exercise.
Research on fun ways to exercise
Exercising doesn’t have to be restricted to going to the gym and lifting weights. While you can still do that, why not make your exercise more fun and enjoyable by looking into different fitness activities? You can try fun and rigorous sports such as wall climbing, biking, etc. Or you could even try joining your local Zumba club so you can get all of that exercise while dancing and hanging out with your new-found friends afterwards. Having an enjoyable and effective outlet in maintaining your weight can be a great way to motivate yourself during this final phase.
Each phase of the HCG diet has its miserable moments as much as it has its fun moments. Sometimes we sulk in the corner during the second phase as we continue craving for desserts and junk food and other unhealthy food, or we sometimes feel miserable at having to go to the gym to maintain that body during the final phase. But why focus on the negative? At the end of the day, our diets are what we make of it, so making sure we have healthy outlets we can use when the going gets tough in our diets is effective in keeping us motivated and happy on our journey towards physical fitness.