Should I Be Hungry On My HCG Diet?

I received an email from Jordan today regarding her hunger in the early stages of her HCG 2.0 diet protocol. She explains that she is on day 4 of her HCG diet and her hunger seems a bit overwhelming. She also explained the she feels like she completed the loading phase of her HCG 2.0 diet properly. So, why is Jordan experiencing hunger on her HCG diet? More importantly, what can she do as a hunger remedy?

First of all, let me start by saying that Jordan is the exception. Let me also say that if one DOES experience hunger on their HCG diet protocol, it’s likely to be within days 4-7. The reason for that is because you’re literally stuck in between the satiating effects of the loading days and the satiating effects of the HCG. As with any hormone therapy, the results are cumulative over the course of time and treatment. It may take the HCG 5-7 days to actually begin working for you by tapping into your unwanted fat reserves supplying you with ketone calories. As a result, the immediate effects you get from loading phase is beginning to fade while you’re still not yet getting the full effect of the HCG. Even with a more ketosis based HCG diet, as is HCG 2.0, there will still be a 2-3 day window that you may experience hunger. See my response to Jordan.s question below…

 If that’s difficult to read, the text is below…

Hi Jordan. I’m really sorry to hear that. I wouldn’t add drops just yet. In fact, I usually instruct the patients in my office to limit their dosages to 2 times per day rather than 3 during the first 2 to 3 weeks. Try some fattier snacks rather than lean protein snacks… almonds, cashews, beef jerky or even a cheese stick. It’s not ideal, but in the same breath, it really won’t effect your ketosis levels either. The fats will be more satiating than the lean protein. It’s still early. I’m pretty confident that the hunger will subside in a day or two. In the meantime, try and stay motivated don’t let a few additional calories stress you out. Sound good?

There are two things I’d like to elaborate upon with regard to my response. First and foremost, see what I underlined – “stay motivated and don’t let a few additional calories stress you out.” This is why I don’t recommend getting on the scale everyday. I know that you’re eager to see your progress, but it can have an adverse effect if your weight loss over a given period doesn’t meet your expectations. A dip in morale, even for just a day, can be… demoralizing. Trust in what you’re doing. Even if you have a couple of bad days, your “bad days” on the HCG 2.0 protocol are likely better than what you were doing prior.  Struggle and hard work never go unrewarded, especially in regard to dieting. Don’t give up and don’t let a couple of “bad days” disrupt the overall sustainability of your diet.

Secondly, why did I recommend fattier snacks as opposed to leaner protein or carbs? Lean protein would be my first recommendation from a weight loss perspective, but given the tone of Jordan’s email, it sounds like the lean protein isn’t quite doing the job. Yes, fats are higher in calories, but they’re also higher in it’s satiety response. Have you ever tried to eat more than a handful of almonds or cashews? Its difficult because they’re so rich in fat (healthy Omega 3 fats) and they quickly initiate a satiety or fullness response and more importantly a satiety response that lasts. Fats slow down motility through the GI because the emulsification and digestions process that takes place in the gut takes a longer time. As a result, you feel full longer. In opposition, carbs provide an immediate satiety response, but it’s very short lived. In fact, the digestion process of carbs actually begins in your mouth with salivary amylase.  Carbs provide immediate fuel, but not much nutrition. As a result, you continue to crave nutrition and therefore eat more. A small amount of fats (make sure to keep them healthy Omega 3 fats) will do a lot for satisfaction and satiety.

To summarize, do what you have to do to stay motivated and keep yourself in the program. If that means adding some calories here and there, then by all means do so. You’re MUCH better off doing the program 75% accurately for 30-40 days than doing it 100% accurately for 5 or 6 days. Make sense?

Stay tuned tomorrow and I’ll discuss why I recommend only taking 2x daily dosages of the HCG supplement in the first 2 to 3 weeks of your HCG 2.0 diet protocol. Stay calm and HCG 2.0 on!

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