Proper Loading Is a Must for Your HCG Diet Success

loading phase for hcg diet and rapid weight loss

The loading phase of the HCG diet is NOT to be overlooked! 

Below are three keys to getting it right…

One thing you have to know about HCG 2.0, or any diet plan for that matter, is that it is entirely anecdotal. It’s trial and error and the results are rarely the same for everyone. That being said, given all of the evidence, albeit anecdotal, one can still use the data to make predictions regarding the outcome. In working with the original HCG diet and now HCG 2.0, one thing I’ve found to be a near certainty is that proper loading equals early and dramatic weight loss.

Many, during the HCG diet loading phase, do not load properly, because they find it counter-productive. If the goal is to lose weight, why add additional pounds, right? Wrong! Way wrong, in fact! The human body is much smarter than we give it credit. We haven’t become the most dominant species on the planet by being dumb. All of our physiology is geared toward survival and a necessary part of that survival is adapting to our environment. Two-hundred years ago, calories were a lot more scarce than they are today. A thousand years ago, even more scarce and 10,000 years ago, it was a real problem to survive a cold winter or drought.

As a result, the human body has learned, over its 3 million year evolution, to be very efficient with its calories by storing them away in our fat cells. That’s why it’s so difficult to lose weight. Not only are you battling an overwhelming amount of worthless junk on the grocery store shelves, but a genetic predisposition to retain calories in the form of fat. Skinny people don’t survive famines or long winters. In other words, your body wants to be fat. So what do you have to do? You have to outsmart your stubborn, fat body. Here’s how…

When you dramatically drop your caloric intake as you do when dieting, say from 2500 calories per day to 800 or 900 per day as you do with HCG 2.0, it’s very alarming to your body. Your body says, “Uh oh, what’s going on here? There must be a shortage in food supply. I better store away some extra calories in my fat cells so I don’t die as a result of this potential famine.” This is what’s called Starvation Mode. You can’t win! Unless there is a way to bypass Starvation Mode – and lucky for you, there is.

If you’re unfamiliar with HCG 2.0, or the original HCG diet for that matter, the first phase (P1) is called the loading phase. It’s also sometimes referred to as gorging. I prefer loading. Gorging sounds a bit obnoxious.

On the original HCG diet, the loading phase consisted of over eating on whatever you wanted. I’ve modified that a bit with HCG 2.0 in light of current research on Starvation Mode and weight loss. In order to bypass Starvation Mode, you need a spike in your liver enzymes. Have you ever been required get a blood test for a life insurance policy? What does your agent tell you to do before the test? They tell you to avoid alcohol and fatty foods. Why?  Because Alcohol and fatty foods cause an immediate spike in liver enzymes that are necassary to break down all the crap you just consumed.

It’s not just your liver that’s involved in this proccess, your brain also plays a critical role. In fact, your brain is what directs the liver to start producing additional liver enzymes to battle the sudden rush of fats. So while your brain is hustling about, dealing with this sudden rush of fat calories, you can sneak your diet in through the back door. By the time your liver realizes you’ve dropped your caloric intake down to 800 calories per day, the HCG has already begun tapping into your unwanted fat reserves and the weight falls right off. It quite literally melts away. Just take a look at Trisha’s results. Her success isn’t common with proper loading. That’s how you bypass Starvation Mode and lose big time during the first week to two weeks on HCG 2.0.

Loading phase menu for HCG diet

 

Keys to Proper Loading on Your HCG Diet

  1. Carbs are ok, but don’t fill yourself up on them. Fill yourself up on fats. Try to get a good ratio of Omega 3 fats to Omega 6 fats. The Omega 3 fats are the healthy fats such as fish, nuts and avocado. As my bio-chem professor used to say – They ride a white horse and save the girl. Omega 6 fats are the animal fats such as bacon, beef fat and the like.

  2. Eat to excess. The more you eat, the more your liver enzymes will spike. Crush the fats!

  3. Enjoy yourself. Or at least try to. You’ll find that it’s not easy to over-consume on fats. Read more below…

One thing I’d like you to pay attention to during loading is how difficult it is to eat these fatty foods. Fats and protein satiate you very fast as opposed to carbs. Have you ever heard someone use the term rich to describe food? Take a filet mignon for example. It’s delicious, but you really can’t eat more than 8oz of it, because your satiety response kicks in and says stop. The reason I tell you to pay attention to this is because these are the items you should be eating more of rather than all the starch, sugar and carbs. All of the required nutrition you need is in fats, protein and vegetables. The only thing you get from carbs are unnecessary fuel that almost immediately gets stored as fat.

 

Sample HCG Diet Loading Phase Menu

 

BREAKFAST: 3 eggs and large piece of salmon, toast with peanut butter, real butter or cream cheese

LUNCH: cheeseburger with mayonnaise, avocado slices and chili-cheese fries, heavy on the chili and cheese

DINNER: Large Salmon or Tuna Steak, loaded baked potato with butter, cheese and sour cream, veggies of your choice with melted cheese

SNACKS: nuts (cashews are the best for loading), chips with guacamole, celery with peanut butter, canned tuna w/avocado slices

  • Healthy Omega 3 fats are bolded above. Omega 6 fats are italicized. You need to begin to familiarize yourself with these as they will be critical in maintaining your weight loss and optimal health.




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  • drpblvprasad
    Reply

    I am an in India and do you suggest the menu in terms of Indan food ?

  • Kathy
    Reply

    Zach! You don’t need to use profanity! (“… worthless s*** …) It’s not professional and it destroys your credibility!

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Hi Kathy. I’m not sure if I follow..? Where did I use profanity?

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Hi Kathy. I owe you an apology as well. Michelle pointed out my poor use of grammar and it’s been edited. Like I told Michelle, I hope that my oversight doesn’t prevent you from having success on my diet.

      Kindest regards,

      Dr. Zach

  • Michelle
    Reply

    Zach, you used the ‘s’ word in the following: PROPER LOADING IS A MUST FOR YOUR HCG DIET SUCCESS
    Written by Dr. Zach LaBoube, May 20th, 2015 This is on your InsideOut website. Third paragraph down. I appreciate Kathy bringing this up. The crude language was unnecessary. You have a solid protocol, and you are helping people. Your website is a good source of information. But many of us are not comfortable reading or hearing such language. Why risk alienating us in a professional forum, where we absolutely don’t expect to hear a physician use such an offensive term? There are plenty of other websites offering a whole range of approaches to the HCG diet. If you use improper language, you risk the reader choosing to go to one of those other sites. Please, substitute the word ‘junk’, or some such synonym, for the ‘S’ word in your ‘loading’ information page. It is an easy way to avoid having potential clients look elsewhere for their HCG information. As my 84 year old mother recently commented, “There is an almost overwhelming amount of crudity now prevalent in our society”. Please, at minimum on your valuable website, choose to be above that crudity. Many of us would really appreciate it! Thank you.

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Michelle, you have my most sincere apology. I have no explanation other than the fact that I write so many blogs that I sometimes go into auto-pilot and just write as I think. That’s not to say that I think in profanity, but it’s likely that I had a long day and was just in a mood. It’s also hard to edit your own content because you read over it with the preconceived notion of your intentions, not necessarily what is actually in print. Regardless, thank you for pointing it out and I’ve already edited it. I would probably have to agree with you mother and I’m a little embarrassed that I contributed to that. Again, my apologies. I hope that this poor oversight of mine doesn’t prevent you from having success with my diet. If there are questions you might have, feel free to email me directly at [email protected].

      Kindest regards,

      Dr. Zach

      • Sim
        Reply

        Thank you. Some people love picking others apart. You all need a shrink, not a diet.

      • Melissa
        Reply

        Who cares if you cuss? Curse away. Makes you relatable. Anyone who’s offended can hop off their DAMN high horse.

    • John Taylor
      Reply

      O.M.G just cause the man said $H!T you all are busting his [email protected]!!s?? Get over it! Bunch of baby ears in here geez.

      • Danielle
        Reply

        Honestly! How hyper sensitive. Can’t get the message because he used one word that is sooooo offensive?

    • Rebecca
      Reply

      It’s just a word. Get over yourself and get out of the pre school, unrealistic bubble you obviously live in. To get hung up on a word you can hear any given night on cable tv is ridiculous.

  • Michelle
    Reply

    Thank you for making the change, Zach. Your article can now be fully appreciated for its valuable content, without an unnecessary distraction. Our two adult daughters are published writers. When working on a project, they find it helpful to read the content out loud. I have tried it, and it works superbly. It is true that one usually reads one’s own work with a preconceived notion of intention. When spoken out loud, the content is more ‘stark’ in its current state, and mistakes (or less preferable wording choices) can be quite evident. You might find this to be a valuable tool, especially on those long days when fatigue can cloud perception. By the way, I ordered your book, and it should arrive today. I intend to follow your HCG protocol, as vs. others, because I believe that it best understands and utilizes ketosis. The original HCG diet, with its allowance of a bread stick and an apple each day, made the weight loss much more difficult than necessary. I look forward to reading your book, then following the guidelines. Sincerely, Michelle

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Thanks for the advice Michelle. If you don’t mind me asking, what is the subject matter of your daughter’s published works? I’m currently finishing up my second weight loss book (more generalized wellness), but I’ve become much more interested in writing fiction. I’m very intrigued with the writing process, or I have been for the past couple of years.

      It would probably be best to email me rather than communicate through comments. I’d also be happy to answer any questions you have in regard to my book and welcome to any critiques. I have a list of edits I need to make, but I’m waiting to publish them all at once as it is a very tedious task. My email is [email protected].

      Regards

  • Kathy
    Reply

    Thank you for your apology and for making the correction in your text. I have a question: The pharmacists that dispense Hcg have told me that “pure” Hcg is only available as a prescription because it is regulated by the FDA. I’m concerned that a homeopathic version, such as what you sell on your website, won’t work as well. I don’t want to go through all this and not get as the results I might get when using a prescription form. Your thoughts?

    • Fleta
      Reply

      August 29, 2012 Have you given any coierdsnation at all with translating your HCG diet blog into French? I know a couple of of translaters right here that will would certainly help you do it for free if you want to make contact with me.

    • Vicky Russell
      Reply

      I can’t believe this shit!! Why are you wasting his time on something so irrelevant in the big scheme of things. WOW… I’m really tired of people complaining about something on every damn site I get on!! Stop it people and chill the Hell out!

  • Joann
    Reply

    I started hcg diet three weeks ago in I had to have dental work that prohibited me from eating anything but soft food I really messed up so I quit the shots for a week no shots when and how do I start back? the only thing I could eat was stuff like sweet potatoes

  • DB
    Reply

    This article really helped me strategize my loading days. If I may add, I would prefer you use full on swearing in your articles. Commenters like “Kathy” and “Michelle” need to pull the stick out of their ass. I hope you continue to write as a human being and not a robot using a sanitized vocabulary. Offend me, please.

  • Jennifer
    Reply

    So I’ve been on HCG diet drops for about 30 days and have only lost 12 pounds. I have cheated a few days and I’m sure that contributed to my non-weight loss. I’m starving all the time and even was prescribed an appetite suppressant but I’m still starving. What am I doing wrong with my HCG diet? The scale is all over the place.

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Question for you Jennifer. Are you on my HCG 2.0 protocol or the original HCG diet. I find that my HCG protocol is not only a bit more consistent with the weight loss, but a bit more forgiving when it comes to those cheat days. You should visit our testimonials page which will link you to our private HCG 2.0 Facebook page. It’s very active with over 5000 members, so you can find all sorts of info and advice. My blog is also very informative. I’ve written over 300 blogs on the HCG diet. Just use the search feature and key in your HCG related questions.

      https://www.insideoutwellness.net/hcg-diet-testimonials/

  • Julia
    Reply

    Believe it or not, not everyone uses Facebook. Is the HCG diet information you post there available elsewhere?

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Hi Julia. First, let me applaude you for NOT using Facebook. Good for you.

      If you’re looking for information on my new HCG diet program I would first check my blog. I’ve written over 300 blogs on HCG and weight loss related topics. If you type the keywords of your search in the search box on the top right, it’s likely that I’ve already written about it.

      You can also join our forum with the link here. https://www.insideoutwellness.net/hcg-diet-forum/

      I spend a couple hours per week in the forum answering questions. Or, if you have a specific question about HCG 2.0 just send me and email. or add it as a comment below. My direct email is [email protected]. Best of luck.

      Dr. Zach

  • Ketki chauhan
    Reply

    Hi zach. I am from india 27yrs have to loose 15kgs n my doc has told me not to load she said from the day one of the protocol be on a VLCD… i am very confused as i am a newbie on hcg ill be starting my injections in few days as currently i am menturating… please help…. thankyou

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Hi Ketki. Do you have any specific questions that I can answer?

  • Edi Cornelius
    Reply

    are you suppose to take the shots on the loading days

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Yes. You take your HCG injections during loading. The HCG drops would be taken during loading as well if you were using that product.

  • Mac
    Reply

    I found this site’s information helpful until all the drama. I abandoned the thread due to not wanting to deal with the whining.

    Zach your page was insightful. I am afraid that I have wasted good money by not doing a proper load. I am on VLCD 1 and am super hungry.

    Hope I can ride this wave without too much hunger.

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Hi Mac, sorry I overlooked this comment. How did you do with the diet?

  • Lesley
    Reply

    Hi I’ve been fat loading for two days and I keep losing weight. I have been eating everything possible. KFC and ice cream…I can’t have nuts so that’s out of the question. Should I do a third day of fat loading. I need this to work

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      No, it sounds like you’re getting all the right stuff. You don’t have to gain weight during the loading phase of your HCG diet, you just want your liver enzymes to spike. This allows you to bypass “starvation mode.”

      Starvation Mode is what makes weight loss difficult. It tells your body there there is a scarcity in food supply, so you actually start to be more efficient with your calories. Your body become more determined to maintain it’s fat reserves. By loading on fats, as you do during the loading phase of your HCG diet, you can outsmart your body and bypass starvation mode. This is why you get the exaggerated weight loss in the early stages of HCG 2.0. Best of luck!

  • Ronnie
    Reply

    Hello, Zach.
    Can you explain the main differences between your 2.0 hCG protocol and Lipman’s 800 Calorie hCG protocol?

    Thanks.

  • Kimberly
    Reply

    Hi I started the HCG diet Friday. But I gave myself my prefilled prescription HCG injections and only ate 500 calories. Today is day two. I should have been loading days of the HCG diet yesterday as well as today. If I eat enough data today, I should be ok to follow the DIET forward, correct?

    • Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Whether you´re doing prescription HCG injections or the HCG drops from my online store, I would definitely recommend doing the full two days of loading. Loading is an often overlooked phase of the HCG diet. It´s very important in bypassing starvation mode. If you don´t do the proper loading your body will become defensive with it´s it´s fat reserves and will be more determined to hang on to them.

      If you load properly prior to your HCG diet protocol, you´ll get the exaggerated and rapid weight loss that is prevalent in the early stages of the diet. Best of luck. I hope that answers your questions.

  • K
    Reply

    The found your info in saying why we need the loading days of HCG very helpful as i was confused about it, Your use of that word did not offend me at all.

    When the diet stalls should I load a few days again to speed it back up?

    Thank You!

    • Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      No, I wouldn’t suggest loading again in the middle of the diet, but I’m currently doing research on what’s called a fat fast. There is a lot to explain, but if you join our private Facebook group linked below, I discuss it in the pinned post. It’s a good way to break a stall on your HCG diet.

  • Mandy
    Reply

    Michelle is crazy

  • Amanda
    Reply

    HI! I’m starting the HCG diet and I’m super excited. I have an appointment at a clinic to get everything going.. but what I’m worried about is spending to much on hcg at a clinic when I could have save had I just got everything online. It seems like there are diff options online though and it’s too confusing. Just want a normal-simple approach, I guess- so I make sure I do it right. One site was talking about mixing 2 diff substances together to make the right one to inject.. I just don’t want to take the wrong financial route. Any insight on this?

    • Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Hi Amanda. I know, the information can be a bit overwhelming. Take a look at the blog I have linked below. I offer both prescription HCG injections as well as homeopathic HCG drops. I recommend starting with my HCG drops. They work and they’re affordable. However, there are some situations that I recommend the prescription HCG product. All of that is explained in the blog below. I would also recommend joining our private Facebook group. Just search HCG 2.0 support and you will find it. Best of luck!

      https://www.insideoutwellness.net/prescription-hcg-injections-vs-homeopathic-hcg-drops/

  • SARA SHEIKH
    Reply

    CAN I USE CARBS AND SUGAR ? IN MY HCG DIET ORINGNAL PROTOCOL LOADING DAYS ?

  • Teena
    Reply

    Hi Zach,
    Is there a quantifiable amount of fats to try to get in? Say, 200 grams of fat a day? I’m 202 lbs and 5’6″ if that’s helpful to know.

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Great question. My advice regarding fats, especially for men, is begin the diet as instructed in HCG 2.0 in regard to fat and protein. Men do extremely well on this diet and it’s likely you’ll lose quite rapidly. As you get further into the diet, then you can begin to adjust your fat/protein ratios. In the early stages of your HCG 2.0 protocol, it’s best to choose the leaner protein options because you’ll have more to eat. However, as you get further into your HCG diet, you’ll actually have a hard time eating all of the protein calories you’re allowed. That’s when you’ll want to decrease protein and add fat. So rather than lean tuna or white fish, you’ll want to choose pork or beef. Does that make sense?

  • hermela
    Reply

    hello i have a question about the Hcg diet in general . do i need to take the shots or drops for the diet to work or can i just do the 500 calories per day limit . because i dont really believe in talking those HCG shots.

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      I always recommend starting with my HCG drops. The blog that I liked below does a really good job of explaining the difference between the HCG drops and the prescription HCG injections. There are some situation when HCG shots might be a better option, but they’re few. Take a look at the blog below. If it doesn’t answer all your questions, let me know.

      In regard to the 500 calorie protocol, don’t do it. Watch the video on my homepage. It explains the difference between the original HCG protocol and my HCG 2.0 protocol.

      https://www.insideoutwellness.net/prescription-hcg-injections-vs-homeopathic-hcg-drops/

  • rensen
    Reply

    Hi Dr Zach
    I started the loading phase of your HCG protocol but after reading your comments, I do not think that I ate nearly enough “fatty” foods, more carbs than fat. It is now day 3. Should I go one more day longer (thus 3 loading vs 2) or start my 500 cal.

    • Dr. Zach LaBoube
      Reply

      Hi Rensen. There really isn’t a right answer to this. So my advice is this. If loading another day would give you some piece of mind and make you feel better about starting the diet, then do it. Loading is a really important phase of any HCG diet protocol and it’s often overlooked. If you don’t do a proper loading phase, you won’t get the exaggerated weight loss early in the diet. It’s really important to over-consume on fats because that is what causes a spike in liver enzymes and allows you to bypass starvation mode. And don’t worry about adding weight in the loading phase. It’s inevitable, but it’s going to fall right off very quickly. Best of luck!

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