Are you planning to enrol for an HCG diet regime to gain your perfect body weight and shape? Stop! We are not going to say that you should not go on HCG diet or it won’t be beneficial for you. Well, there are certain things you need to know and do before starting your HCG diet. The HCG diet is one of the most complex diets and hence many people fail to follow the rules until the end. This generally occurs because the dieters are not prepared well before starting their diet. So, here we are giving you a list of things that you need to know and do before starting the HCG diet to ensure guaranteed success.
Understand the concept of the diet – The long list of rules of HCG diet can make you feel overwhelmed if you don’t understand the reason behind those rules. You should know that HCG diet protocol is a scientifically developed theory; nothing in the protocol exists without a reason. If you know the theory and reason behind each rule, you are most likely to follow them. So, before you start the diet read the book Pounds and Inches written by Dr. Simeons, the creator of the HCG diet system. This book will help you understand the entire concept behind the diet protocol.
Consult a doctor – As the HCG injection and pills are easily available online, most people choose not to consult a doctor before buying them. There’s no problem in getting your HCG diet pills, drops or injection online from a trusted source. However, it is recommended to consult a doctor before starting any diet. Your physician knows your health history better than you so she may be able to suggest whether the HCG diet is right for you. People with certain conditions are not deemed fit candidate for the HCG diet protocol.
Change your cosmetics – If you read the book Pounds and Inches, you’ll know that Dr. Simeons suggested not using cosmetic products while on the diet. He recommended this because of the oil content in such products. Applying oil on your skin is similar to consuming it as it is eventually absorbed by the body. Today, you can find a number of oil-free cosmetic products. So, before you start your diet, check each and every cosmetic product including lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. If they are not oil-free products, replace them with the oil-free options. In case you don’t find an oil-free substitute, you’ll have to stay away from such products during your diet.
Start a Journal – You should create a dedicated journal for writing about your diet journey. This is the best way to give you the true picture of your diet experiences and the results. As per the HCG protocol, you’ll need to register your weight each morning. But, it would be much better if you write your experience in a journal. Attaching your photographs with the journal can visually show you the result of the diet. You can use these before and after pictures as motivation if you plan to go on a second HCG diet. This is also a good way to give people an honest feedback about the diet and its the effect on your body.
List the edibles and recipes – If you start your diet without preparing well, you may feel miserable or lost when it comes to eating. Before starting the diet, you may feel that you can eat a certain food for the whole period of your diet. This is practically not possible. If you don’t change your recipes, you’ll soon get bored and maybe start cheating. So, before you start you should know what you can eat on the HCG diet and different recipes made out of the allowed food items. When you have a list of recipes that you can eat during your HCG diet, then you’ll not get bored of your diet. And, this will help you stay motivated and obtain your weight loss goal.
Prepare for failure – We know you’ll succeed in completing your HCG diet without a fail if you are committed towards it. But you should always remain prepared for the unexpected failures. Thinking about and focusing on success positively is a good thing. But in order to keep the motivation going, you should be prepared for the unexpected cheat days. If you only think about success, you won’t be able to pick yourself up when an unexpected cheat day happens. On the other hand, if you are prepared for failure then you’ll easily bounce back if something goes wrong. You should try your best to follow all the protocols of the diet. But, you should also know your measures if you fail to follow a rule or skipped something. One of the most common mistakes done by almost all HCG dieters is that they cheat once or twice on their diet. You must know that drinking lots of water and observing an apple day or steak day is the solution if you cheated on your diet and caused the weight loss to stall.
Set realistic goals – Last but not the least, you need to set your goal realistically. You’ll surely want to lose as much weight as you can. But over expectation can lead to disappointments. If you are too heavy on scales then you must know that you can do multiple rounds of the diet. Expecting to get the perfect weight in just one go can be too much of an expectation. In general, a loss of one pound a day is considered ideal. So, don’t expect to lose 60 pounds in a 23 days HCG round. 20-25 pounds of weight loss is a good goal for a 23 days programme. If you want to lose more, you can do it in the other round.
If you follow these rules and prepare yourself for the diet dos and don’ts you can expect to attain your weight loss goals. Remember, staying motivated is the key to success.