A calorie counter can be a great way to stay on track with your HCG diet. There are so many new ideas and recipes available which are great but it makes it even more important to watch every calorie you take in. On phase two of the HCG diet plan you are restricted to only 500 calories which can add up fast. Certain foods approved for VLCD have more calories than others and if your combine a higher calorie protein and a higher calorie vegetable in one meal you may be very limited in your choices for the next meal. Counting the calories as you go can help you keep on track without being forced to omit anything from your meals.
During phase three it is also important to keep track of your calories so that you maintain the number appropriate according to you BMR. It is as important to get enough calories on phase three as it was to restrict them on phase two. Maintenance is all about establishing a healthy metabolic rate; this is done by following all the steps of phase three exactly. A calorie counter can be invaluable when trying to do this.
There are a wide variety of calorie counters available. You can use calorie counting software, a simple chart, or something more technical. Whatever your preference, it is highly recommended that you have some way to keep track of your daily calorie intake. The diet is only as effective as you make it.
To ensure that you are successful losing weight with HCG, it’s crucial to take the right dosage of hCG. There are two options to take HCG.
The dosage for HCG injections is 125IU (international units). These injections have to be done in a larger muscle in the body or into the fatty area of the stomach. Examples of a large muscle are the upper thighs or upper buttock area. You want to change injection areas to avoid any irritation. HCG injections are limited to 40 due to the fact that the body will build up an immunity to them.
There is a required 6 week waiting period before you can start HCG again, giving your body time to basically reset and open up to the use of HCG again.
Your other option is HCG weight loss drops. These are taken orally, and are spread out throughout the day. To be sure that you are getting enough HCG to be successful, you will need to take 3 ml, or 60 drops per day.
You can take the drops three to six times daily, depending on whichever schedule works best for you, as long as you take the full daily dose. You may read that half that amount is the same as the 125IU injection, but you have to take into account the acids and saliva in your mouth. These can dilute the solution rendering it useless if you don’t take enough.
Unlike injections, you can use drops up to 60 days, and your body will not develop an immunity to them.
As you probaby know by now the HCG diet consists of several phases, each phase should be followed as outlined in Dr. Simeons book “Pounds & Inches”.
Phase 1: “load days”
Load days are the first two days of the diet. You must start taking the HCG drops on the first day. The dosage, 3.0ml a day, can be broken down into smaller doses. For example, you could ake 1.0ml three times a day, 0.6 five times a day or 0.5ml six times a day. During this phase you must eat as much fatty food as you can. Some high fat foods include ice cream, butter, sausage, pizza and bacon. It’s important that you eat more then you normally would on these two days.
Phase 2: VLCD
Continue taking the HCG drop along with the diet and you must remain on the diet for 21 days straight. You may continue for up to 60 days. When you are finished with the HCG you must stay on the VLCD for the next 72 hours without taking the HCG drops. It may be rough the first few days of the HCG diet and hunger pains are a normal symptom the first week. You also may experience headache, nausea, skin rash and fatigue. These are symptoms of your body removing toxins. Drink plenty of water. If you believe your symptoms are more serious consult your physician.
Phase 3: “Maintenance”
This is where you slowly start to re introduce certain foods back into your diet.