Most Important Dietary Mistakes on the HCG Diet
8 mistakes people make on the HCG diet almost always involve food/drinks. The HCG diet is very sensitive. Small variances can mean no or less then desirable weight loss. If you are going to do the HCG diet be aware of the top eight mistakes that people either consciously or unconsciously sometimes overlook that keeps them from losing as much weight on phase two of the HCG diet. Often the mistakes are similar to those that people make on any weight loss plan.
1. Not sticking to the 800 calories or serving sizes. Protein is 4 oz. raw or 3 & 1/2 oz cooked. American beef is noted as significantly more fatty than the beef so be careful with portion. Chicken and fish are always better choices. Foods with higher sugars often creep into the food menus. If in doubt, look at the food label. Sugars should be less than 4 grams per portion.
2. Not drinking enough water. You should set as your goal to drink at least a quart of water a day.
3. Eating beef that is too fatty. American Beef is very fatty. We suggest using very lean cuts such as London Broil or Round Steak. Even extra lean hamburger can be to fatty- have the butcher cut the fat off a lean steak and have it ground into hamburger meat.Chicken and fish are always better choices.
4. Cooking with oil or applying anything with oil to your body. This is a very sensitive diet. Your body is in a fat burning mode. Your body will pull the oil right through your skin or use the oil from your food instead of pulling it from your fat reserves. There are a lot of alternatives that can be used but do not use anything with oil on phase two.
5. Getting sugar in your drinks, seasonings, salad dressings and sauces. etc. Sugar is in everything. Check out our sugar list and learn the many names of sugar. Start reading labels, especially on your seasonings. Watch out for words: No sugar Added, or Low Sugar when there is sugar.
6. Making mistakes in restaurants: The HCG diet can be done when eating out, but watch for the preparation of the food and most important the sauces.
7. Taking too many “breaks.” Its acceptable to take a break after a couple of weeks, but not each weekend! “Insidiously, weekend blowouts keep you feeling deprived psychologically”, says Sarah Flower, author of The Healthy Lifestyle Diet Cookbook. ‘People liken the fun and relaxation of weekends to unhealthy eating,’ says Flower.
‘They equate their working week with dieting and deprivation, which locks them in the mindset of “good” or “bad” eating. If you feel compelled to overeat every weekend, it suggests the way you’re eating most of the time isn’t satisfying you,’ says Dr Briffa.
‘You’re waiting for the weekend when you can enjoy your diet. But the healthy eating should be making you feel better, not be your penance.
’8. Add “Healthy looking foods” in large quantities like seeds, nuts, olive oil, canola oil. “Hummus, pistachios and peanuts contain healthy fats but come with masses of calories and often fail the ‘eat just one’ test. Such foods can act as triggers for those with a tendency to overeat. ‘It’s possible to overeat a healthy diet and as a result not lose weight – or even gain it,’ says Dr Briffa.” ‘Being “healthy” doesn’t give people carte blanche to completely ignore calories.’