Dietary Supplement Options During The HCG Diet:
Dietary supplements are sometimes used on the HCG diet, and even though use of such supplements is not mandatory at all, some of them can not only be good to your health, but are capable of improving the diet’s effectiveness.
Below we will discuss what dietary supplements can be suggested for each stage (phase) of the diet and the way they actually benefit your health.
The preparatory phase of the HCG diet is designed to help your body get cleared of the toxins that can be found in everyday food. Therefore, the suggested supplementary vitamins are the ones that will assist you with this goal.
Apple cider vinegar, yerba-mate tea, coconut oil, probiotics and digestive enzymes are a popular choice among the dieters. Natural laxatives (psyllium husk and senna) are other common HCG diet supplements.
During this stage of the HCG diet you are supposed to eat as much food as you can filling your body with fat. And even though supplements are not usually needed for this phase, you should continue taking the vitamins if you have been taking them before that.
As with any other phase, don’t forget to drink plenty of water. It will help you fight possible constipation. Another problem you might face during the loading phase is increased carbohydrate intake and too little oil consumed. This is something you have to be aware of when planning your food list.
Phase Two and Stabilization Phase
Phase Two and Stabilization Phase are the time when your weight loss is be most likely to be affected by supplements. No surprise Dr. Simeons, the author of the HCG protocol, actually forbids any supplements (or any other medications) that are not necessary from the medical point of view. Aspirin to relieve headaches and laxatives to relieve constipation are the only exceptions to that.
In case you still decide to take supplements during Phase Two, use only quality ones and avoid those with added sugar, oils and starches.
Sometimes a HCG supplement, especially magnesium and potassium, will help you to overcome fatigue or weakness that you might experience during Phase Two. These two are very important elements of the body’s energy production. They regulate the levels of your body’s hydration and play a very important part in controlling nerve and muscle function, helping you to avoid cramping and spasming.
B vitamins, and B12 in particular, are essential for the formation of red blood cells. They also help controlling the cellular metabolism of fatty acids and amino acids.
Vitamins A and C are known for their anti-oxidative properties, and since liver has some extra work to perform during the HCG diet they will help it function properly. Additionally, Vitamin C plays a key role in body’s resistance to infection.
Vitamin D is very important for proper function of nerve, muscle, and immune systems. Yet, major sources of vitamin D, such as egg yolks, liver and fish, are all either banned or severely limited during the HCG diet Phase Two. Vitamin D, though, is actively produced when your body is exposed to sunlight, so if this is something you actually lack, you may well consider taking vitamin D supplements.
Leafy greens are a great source of Vitamen E and Vitamin K, so make sure your meals include plenty of them.
To summarize the above said, taking HCG vitamins is rather an individual issue. For the vest result, make sure to consult your doctor before making any decisions on whether you need supplements during your diet.