HCG Diet Questions About Water Retention and Stalls

HCG Diet Questions About Water Retention and Stalls


Davina’s HCG Diet Question relating to water retention –

I am having a water retention issue. As a result of losing 11lbs in my first 14 days(I never lost anymore after that) I was no longer needing my blood pressure meds. I monitor daily just to make sure I’m still ok without them. My problem is it had a diuretic. Now I am retaining so much water and can’t seem to get rid of it. The tape measurer and fat monitor show losses daily but this water thing keeps me constantly disappointed! How long do you think it will take my body to adjust?

Dr. Zach’s response to Davina’s HCG Diet Question relating to water retention –

First of all, this is a REALLY good problem to have. You’re doing everything right, so try and stop being so result driven. This isn’t a race. In fact, it’s the opposite. Instead of focusing on the results, focus on the lifestyle. Let me ask you, is the HCG 2.0 protocol all that miserable? Sure, I know you’d like to have an ice-cream or glass (ok, bottle) of wine from time to time, but trust me, if you can get used to the “lifestyle” all of that will soon fit into it. I hope that helps and motivates. Good luck Davina!

Just saw that you’re a fitness instructor, so maybe this is some sort of a race… but you get what I mean. I’m not sure what your fitness routine is, but I would focus more on high-rep, low-weight weight training and less cardio while you’re on the low-cal phase. Your body tends to be more efficient with it’s calories when you’re doing a lot of exercise that raises heart rate. Doesn’t want to give them up.

If I could add to my response to Davina’s HCG diet question relating to water retention, I’d remind her that, “stalls” are common in all dieting. I put stall in quotations because a “stall” likely isn’t a stall at all (Dr. Z just went Dr. Suess). It’s primarily water retention that can be a result of heat, increased sodium, TOM, or a medication, as indicated by Davina. Even though you’re not seeing results on the scale, you’re still in ketosis, therefor you’re still burning fat and therefor losing fat. It’s also possible, particularly in the later stages of your HCG 2.0 diet protocol for you to be converting fat mass to lean mass. We all know that muscle weighs more than fat (because of the amount of water it holds) so that may also cause the scale to remain stagnant. Again, stick with what you’re doing and don’t let yourself get discouraged by a “stall.” For more on stalls, view my blog about HCG diet stalls and the Cali Kicker.

Something else, it’s not at all uncommon for those on the HCG 2.0 diet protocol to see significant improvements  in blood chemistry resulting in decreased dosage or sometimes complete elimination of meds. A couple of years ago I had the privilege of working with a very distinguished MD in the weight loss field. I’m reluctant to share his name because he allowed me copies of his blood work which I shared in a blog. To see the improvements in his blood chemistry as a result just one round of the HCG 2.0 diet protocol, click here.  Pay specific attention to blood glucose and HbA1C, both markers for Type 2 Diabetes.

One more thing – PLEASE consult your doctor before adjusting your meds. Best of luck!


Dr. Zach


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