Glycogen and It’s Role in Weight Loss and the HCG Diet

Glycogen and It’s Role in Weight Loss and the HCG Diet

I recently had an HCG diet question posted to out HCG 2.0 Support Group on Facebook that I though was worth sharing. It involves glycogen and it’s role in ketosis and HCG weight loss. The HCG question is in regard to the passage below. If you’re familiar with HCG 2.0, you’re aware that the fruits that are typically allowed on the traditional HCG diet are not allowed on HCG 2.0. Her questions is when can she re-introduce fruit to her diet. See below…


If you eliminate out fruit in P2  you’ll HAVE to stabilize at an increased weight – the 2 lb stabilization window doesn’t really apply in this scenario. Here is why –  When you remove the fruits and bread sticks from the protocol, it makes the diet very low-carb – this means that your body will tap into your glycogen stores for energy, something that wouldn’t happen when you leave the fruits in. Glycogen is mostly just water and sugar that’s stored in your muscle and liver. Glycogen is not fat, and when your body is in it’s normal state, it will naturally hold a certain amount of glycogen (how much depend on muscle mass).When you have been fruitless in P2 and then make the transition into P3, your body will naturally re-fill these glycogen reserves as soon as possible – it’s just what the body does – it’s pointless to try prevent this. So basically what I’m saying is that if you do P2 without fruits and/or breadsticks, you will most likely have an artificially low LDW. That is why I wouldn’t recommend doing it this in order to lose more weight because in the end you are actually losing the same amount of fat as a person who keeps the fruits in. The reason leaving them out can be somewhat advantageous is the benefits of making the diet mentally easier – as I said, cravings disappeared when I removed these items and made P2 much easier for me mentally.

Below is my response…

That’s interesting, but not entirely accurate. You’re ALWAYS tapping into glycogen as an energy source. If it’s been 3-4 hours since a meal and your blood glucose begins to drop, you tap into glycogen, regardless of what you had for lunch, carbs, fat, protein, whatever. As you tap into your glycogen reserve, it’s immediately replaced with your next meal unless you continue to deprive yourself of carbs. If this is done for an extended amount of time, your body has to begin replacing glycogen (energry) with ketone bodies which come from stored fat. The ketones are converted to glucose and therefore these ketone bodies becomes your primary energy source, replacing glycogen. I think the passage from HCG Chica eluded to this at the end because when you’re in an optimal state of ketosis, as you are on HCG 2.0, you’re not only losing weight consistently, but you’re not hungry either because your blood stream is filled with ketone calories from stored fat. Your brain reacts to these calories like it does a meal – with a feeling of satiety and fullness.

This is why the traditional diet is so difficult. Even with the assistance of HCG, you never fully enter an optimal state of ketosis. As a result, you’re always hungry, some days more than others.

Regarding the stabilization, don’t worry about it. If you behave yourself after the diet and eat the right things, you’ll stabilize. And look at it this way, maintaining your weight loss is a good problem to have. Deal with it when the time comes.

If you have more HCG diet questions regarding glycogen, fruit or maintaining ketosis on your HCG protocol, you can read my previous blog, Fruit and the HCG Diet Maintenance Phase.


Dr. Zach


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