So why start the HCG 2.0 diet on Thanksgiving?
Like the traditional HCG diet protocol, the first two days that you begin taking your HCG supplement, it’s necessary to overload on fatty foods. This may seem counter-productive, but it serves three purposes in facilitating HCG weight loss.
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- First, the sudden fat overload causes the hypothalamus, a small gland in your brain that is responsible for regulating metabolic activity, to spring into action by alerting the body to begin attacking fats. This is what jump starts your HCG diet and is responsible for the early and exaggerated weight loss. It’s not uncommon to lose 10 pounds in the first 10 days.
- Secondly, the excess fat you consume during your HCG diet loading days (some call them gorge days or P1) provides an immediate calorie reserve to mediate your hunger during the early stages of the diet, allowing the HCG ample time to tap into your fat stores, which can take up to 5-7 days.
- Finally, keep in mind that human physiology exists for our long term survival. Any sudden decrease in calories can alarm the body into “starvation mode.” During starvation mode, your body actually becomes more efficient with its calories and more determined to store away fat. The reason is because your body assumes there is a scarcity in food supply. This is why dieting is so difficult. Not only are we battling our own poor eating habits, but a physiological pre-disposition to retain calories in the form of fat. Loading on fats for two days causes your liver enzymes to spike which is theorized to prevent the body from entering this starvation mode. By the time your liver enzymes return to normal levels, the HCG has already tapped into your fat reserves and is providing you with supplemental ketone calories. This bypasses starvation mode and facilitates rapid weight loss.
HCG 2.0 was developed by Dr. Zach LaBoube, founder of InsideOut Wellness and Weight Loss. You’ve probably never considered starting a diet on Thanksgiving, but it’s time to consider the HCG 2.0 diet and eat with a purpose this Thanksgiving.