So, you’ve complete phase 1 of the hCG diet and you’re ready to move on to phase 2. This is where the hard work begins. Phase 1 was all about loading, while this phase is about losing weight. If you’re on this phase, but you aren’t really sure where to go from here then keep reading to get a better understanding!
What is hCG Diet Phase 2?
Phase 2 of the hCG diet last from 3 to 6 weeks and it’s commonly known as the very low calorie diet/day or VLCD. You’ll actually end up eating around 500 calories per day. With that being the case, it isn’t fun and it’s a hard diet but it will give you the results you’re looking for if you use it correctly. If you don’t lose the amount of weight you want to during these 3 to 6 weeks, you can take a break and do another round.
How to Take Daily hCG
There are 2 main ways you can take hCG. These are injections and pellets/drops. Both of these require different things so make sure you read on to get a complete understanding.
Most of the time, the injections will be anywhere from 125ius to 150ius. The exact amount will be different for everyone, so make sure you know how much you need. These are done 1 time a day.
For the pellets/drops, you’ll be taking around 500ius and these are only taken 1 time a day. You can cut the pellet in half and take part in the morning and the other part in the evening if you want.
Amount and Portioning of Calories
While you should eat 500 or less calories per day, some people might need to eat 800. It can be very hard to figure out what foods you can eat and how they need to be portioned. To find the exact amounts, you’ll need to look up information on the diet from a source that is reputable and trustworthy. Remember, there are specific foods, portions and calorie intakes that need to be followed to get results.
5 Things to Definitely Do
These things are the things you should definitely do. These are essential if you want the diet to work and you shouldn’t really skip them.
1. Drink 2 liters of liquid every day
You want to make sure you drink AT LEAST 2 liters of water every day. The biggest reason is because fat stores all kinds of nasty toxins and the high amount of water will wash them out. This is especially true when you’re on this diet because toxins can be made from your body metabolizing the fat it has for fuel. Flushing them all out can help keep you from getting sick and having the opposite results happen.
2. Weigh the proteins while raw
You also want to make sure you measure all of your proteins while they are raw because cooked meats have a higher water content than meats that aren’t cooked. Of course, there are going to be times when the meat is already cooked. If this is the case, weigh out around 70 or 80 grams because a full 100 grams will actually be more because of the water content.
3. Trim all visible fat
Before you weigh up your proteins, make sure you trim away any visible fat. Not only do you want to avoid the fat, but leaving it on means you won’t get a full 100 grams of protein. If you are eating meat that’s already cooked, cut away any fat you can see then weigh out the 70 or 80 grams that we talked about above.
4. Skip 1 injection a week if dieting
If you’re just doing the injections, then don’t worry about this. If you’re doing the injections AND the diet, then you’ll want to skip 1 shot each week. This might sound crazy but it’s for good reason. There’s a chance that your body can build up an immunity to the hCG, so skipping a shot will help stop that. Don’t worry if you haven’t been skipping and just do it when you remember.
5. Skip hCG, but not the diet, when menstruating
Being on hCG can actually cause issues with women who are menstruating. Some of these issues are having their blood flow completely stop or actually making it last much longer than normal. With that being said, skip the injection or pellets/drops when you’re menstruating but continue doing the diet. If you want, you can skip just on the days where your flow is the heaviest or you can choose to skip for the entire menstruation period.
5 Things That are Recommended to Do
These 5 things are recommended but you don’t necessarily have to do them. You might get better results with them but you can also have decent results if you decide to skip them.
1. Break up the 2 meals
As long as you aren’t getting more than the amount of calories needed everyday, you can break up the 2 meals. You can do this any way that you want but a few examples are: have the lunch fruit for a late night snack or have the dinner fruit for breakfast. Do what works best for you but make sure you’re not going over the calorie amounts you need to be at.
2. Skip things you aren’t hungry for
As long as you aren’t hungry, you can skip anything you don’t want. This might mean you’re eating less than the calorie amount, but that’s okay as long as you really aren’t hungry. It’s recommended that you should have your 2 proteins every day, but the other things can be skipped. Most of the time, your hunger is going to depend on how much hCG you’re taking and you might need to adjust your dose if you’re always hungry or never hungry.
3. Sugar-free items in moderation
Most people who do the hCG diet actually use Stevia as their sweetener every day. This is fine for most people but those who are more lean might have issues. Since they have less to lose, the sugar might have opposite effects on them and they might actually gain weight. If that’s the case with you, only use it in moderation!
4. Apple Day for weight loss stalling
If you notice that your weight loss has stalled, you can do an Apple Day. These are days where you eat up to 6 apples a day, minimize that amount of water you’re drinking and don’t eat anything else. On these days, you’ll have your first apple at noon and have your last apple at noon on the following day. These can help get rid of any water you’re retaining.
5. Short interruptions during phase 2
If something comes up and you know you’ll need to take a break, you can do so if it will be 2 weeks or less. You’ll want to have a 72 hour transition period then start eating the way you would in phase 3. Once you’re ready to get back at it, you can start the injections and the low calorie diet again. It really is that simple!
4 Things Not to Do
In addition to what you should do, here are 4 things that are definite no-nos. You want to avoid these things because they can cause the entire diet to fail. Make sure you stay away from them!
1. Don’t mix vegetables
If at all possible, you want to completely avoid mixing vegetables. Not only can this lead to eating more than you should be, but the calories can really add up. Try and only eat 1 vegetable per meal to help keep this from happening.
2. Don’t combine servings
Combining servings isn’t the same things as breaking up meals. An example of combining servings would be eating both fruits or both proteins at the same time. You don’t want to do this and it should be avoided as much as possible.
3. Avoid oil and skin contact
The hCG makes your body much more sensitive to fats and oils in foods aren’t any different. While taking the hormone and dieting, you want to make sure you avoid coming into contact with any of these oils because it can cause many issues. There are some things you can do to minimize this from happening, such as wearing rubber gloves when cooking.
4. Only use mineral oils
When using things like makeup or body lotion, you only want to use them if they contain mineral oils. If they contain any other oil, you want to stay away. It’s the same concept as number 3 and you don’t want to deal with any adverse results!
Phase 2 Food List
It can be hard to know what foods will give you the best results with this diet. The good news is that there are some that have been tried and have actually led to fantastic results. Keep reading to see some of these.
With phase 2, all proteins that you’ll eat need to be weighed in portions of 100 grams. Remember to weigh them raw because they’ll weigh less when cooked!
Chicken breast without skin and fat.
Extra lean cuts or ground beef that has all fat trimmed off.
Listed below are also some protein options for vegetarians that work well with this diet. These will also need to be measured in 100 gram portions.
Nonfat, 1% or up to 2% cottage cheese
1 whole egg PLUS 3 egg whites
For the hCG diet, you need to eat at least 1 1/2 cups of vegetables but you can eat more if you want. Remember, not all vegetables are created equal and some can contain more natural sugars than others.
Fruits are another huge part of this diet, but you want to be careful because some fruits have added sugars that can actually stop you from losing weight. These are measured a little bit differently and the ones listed below are only a few of the options.
1 medium apple
1/2 of a grapefruit
1 handful of strawberries, which is about 5
All of these things need to be used in moderation and you really want to be mindful of them. As long as you aren’t overdoing them, you can enjoy them with your other foods.
Salt and Pepper
Shirataki Noodles(stop eating these if you aren’t losing any weight)
1 tablespoon of milk
Juice from 1 lemon PER day
Apple cider vinegar
Fresh spices and herbs
If you aren’t sure what to make while on this diet, there are many recipes and cookbooks online that can give you some ideas!
Now that you’ve read about phase 2, you should have a much better understanding. You should be ready to move forward with your weight loss journey and continue on with this diet. Remember, it’s not going to come easy and it’s going to take hard work, but you’ll see results if you keep working and refuse to give up!