Updated: Jan 17
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 tend to overlook the loading phase of the HCG protocol. They find it counter-productive and I can understand why.
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. Just 200 years ago, calories were a lot more scarce than they are today. A thousand years ago, it was a real problem to survive a cold winter or famine.
As a result, the human body has learned a few things over its evolution. It's learned to be very efficient with its calories by storing them away in our fat cells.
That’s why weight loss is so difficult. Not only are you battling the poor eating habits of the Standard American Diet (SAD), but you are also struggling with a genetic predisposition to retain calories in the form of fat.
A thousand years ago, skinny people in the tribe din’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 it
How the Loading Phase of HCG 2.0 Fools Your Body into Rapid Weight Loss
When you dramatically drop your caloric intake as you do when dieting, say from 2500 calories per day to under 1000 per day, as you do with HCG 2.0, it is very alarming to your body. Your primitive caveman type physiology that we discussed earlier 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. It's what makes dieting difficult.
So How Do You Bypass Starvation Mode?
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 avoid prior to your blood test? They tell you to avoid alcohol and fatty foods. Why? Because Alcohol and fatty foods cause an immediate spike in liver enzymes.
This spike in liver enzymes allows you to bypass Starvation Mode. By the time your liver enzymes return to normal, the HCG is already working for you and tapping into your unwanted fat. This is why the most exaggerated weight loss on the HCG diet is seen in the first 2 weeks of the diet.
Just take a look at Trisha’s results. This is how you bypass Starvation Mode and lose big time during the first week to two weeks.
3 Keys to a Winning Loading Phase on HCG 2.0
Carbs are ok, but don’t fill yourself up on them. Fill yourself up on fats.
Try to get a good ratio (ideally 1:1) of Omega 3 fats to Omega 6 and Omega 9 fats. Omega 3s are your fish, avocado and nuts.
Eat to excess. The more you eat, the more your liver enzymes will spike. Crush the fats!
Enjoy yourself. Many of my dieters like to schedule their loading days over a holiday weekend like Memorial Day, Labor Day or Super Bowl.
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.