You've made the commitment to following the HCG diet, where injections of human chorionic gonadotropin combined with a low-calorie diet can help you lose weight without feeling like you're starving. Giving yourself a daily injection is relatively simple, but it can take willpower to stick to the diet plan. Here are five tips for staying the course:
1. Know that the first three days will be the toughest.
You're trying to break old habits, and the habit of overeating or eating unhealthy foods is especially difficult to break. It can also take a while for your HCG injections to kick in.
You may not feel a lot of true hunger during the first day of your new diet. But days 2 and 3 can be tough. Make a commitment to yourself to do something fun at the end of each day, such as getting a massage or enjoying a new herbal tea.
2. Drink a lot of water.
Your diet plan will instruct you to drink, but it's vital to ingest a couple of liters of water each day. Here's why:
- Helps flush out toxins that were stored with body fat.
- Keeps you from feeling hungry.
- Keeps you hydrated to prevent headaches.
Don't overdo the water, though -- there is such a thing as water toxicity. Sipping water regularly throughout the day is much better than gulping down a huge amount once or twice.
3. Skip social events where there will be food.
The diet is relatively short in duration, so you might make the decision to skip potlucks, barbecues and other social events that include food. The desire to have "just a little" of Aunt Sue's potato salad or try Mrs. Jones' cherry pie might be a huge challenge for you, especially if you've just started the diet.
Alternatively, you can decide to sip on water or bring your own food from home. Tell people who inquire that you're eliminating potential allergens from your diet and need to be very cautious about what you eat.
4. Scrutinize restaurant menus online.
You'll get tired of eating the same meals at home, so plan to enjoy a meal out every week or so. By downloading menus from restaurants and evaluating them before you go, you'll have a plan for what to eat. Remember that you can ask restaurant staff to steam veggies and bake chicken with no oil or butter. Another option is to check for a white fish that is baked and seasoned with spices and not fried.
You can also get a green salad and add your own dressing that you carry with you. Your diet plan will have recipes for salad dressings that are plan-friendly.
5. Pick a treat that you can go to if needed.
Herbal tea is a popular choice for rewarding yourself while still on the HCG diet. Great herbal or decaffeinated teas in fruit flavors or even chai or chocolate can give you the taste you crave without breaking your diet plan.
Some people also use flavored stevia drops with sparkling water to get a delicious and refreshing drink that adheres to the plan.
Remember while you're doing it that the HCG plan is a short duration and can produce great results. As you see the numbers on the scale go down, you'll have more motivation to stick to the diet for the time you've set. Contact a company like Trusted HCG for more information.