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6 tips to get you started on The HCG Diet

Although the HCG diet is designed to be easy, it can be somewhat challenging daunting the first week. Especially if this is your first time doing the HCG diet. The hormone reduces your appetite and helps with food cravings, but you need to be valiant about your watching calorie intake and avoid cheating as much as possible. Although the diet protocol is the same for everyone, it helps to come up with your own strategies for implementing the protocol that will work well for you based your habits, schedule and commitments.

Customising the diet for yourself without changing the actual protocol or requirements will make it easier for you to complete the diet successfully and lose as much weight as possible in the shortest possible time. The following HCG diet tips and tricks can help you get started onthe diet and get the most out of your weight loss efforts.

HCG Diet Tip #1 - Plan your meals ahead of time

One of the most important things to do on the HCG diet is to plan the meals of the week ahead of time. This can save you a substantial amount of time on cooking, calorie counting and food prep. The main part of the diet (Phase 2) is the most important phase of the diet to plan your meals out because you need to carefully calculate your daily calorie intake during this phase to be very close to 500 calories per day. The protocol includes a list of foods and the serving sizes that you need to adhere to, but it is important that you plan out your recipes and your daily meals all at once so that you don't have to spend time every day planning out your meals. Planning your meals will save you time and make the diet much easier to complete.

HCG Diet Tip #2 - Cook for multiple days

You should also cook for more than just one day whenever possible. Most of the HCG diet recipes are for just one or two servings, and since the portion sizes are smaller, they can be easily increased to four to five servings or more. Just be sure to check and see how long the recipes will be good for when properly stored in the refrigerator, but in most cases, you can cook for at least two to three days of meals at once. One idea is to cook two dishes, one for lunch and dinner, make six servings of each so that you have three days' worth of meals. The downside is that you'll have to get used to eating the same thing every day for a few days, or you can just make one recipe for three days and make something unique every day for your lunch or dinner.

HCG Diet Tip #3 - Diet with a friend or family member

Staying motivated by yourself can be difficult, no matter what weight loss program you choose unless you happen to be a self-starter, so it can be very helpful to try the diet with a friend. Having a friend with you through the diet can help keep you accountable, and you'll be much more likely to succeed if you have support. Having a friend or family member available to keep you motivated and positive through any difficult parts of the diet can be very beneficial. The diet will also be a lot more fun, and you can even make it a bit of a friendly competition to see who can lose the most weight and stick to the diet the best!

HCG Diet Tip #4 - Drink plenty of water

Drinking a lot of water on the diet is one of the best ways to make the diet easier for you. Drinking water helps the hormone metabolize abnormal fat, which will provide you with energy faster. Drinking water regularly will help you stay full throughout the day and avoid cheating as well. You should stick to drinking about 2-3 litres of water per day, and try to drink water even when you are not necessarily thirsty. Studies have also shown that hunger is sometimes related to thirst so it can help with some of your food cravings if you should have any. Definitely, drink water with every meal and keep a bottle with you throughout the day.

HCG Diet Tip #5 - Get rid of every processed and junk food

During the main phase of the HCG Diet diet, Phase 2, and the three-week maintenance phase you need to keep any and all junk food out of arms reach. Lock it up or simply keep it out of your access until the diet is finished if at all possible. Having access to junk food or processed food will simply make the diet much more difficult and increase the chance that you'll slip up or cheat. If you can't get rid of the junk food, at least keep away from it as much as possible, and also avoid restaurants, after work drinks and other places where you'll be tempted to cheat. Remember that you only need to stick to the food requirements of the main phase diet for just a few weeks, and once the diet has been completed you can start adding foods back in gradually, but you also need to think about managing junk food in your every day eating to avoid gaining the weight back.

HCG Diet Tip #6 - Learn the protocol

Take the time to learn the HCG diet protocol before starting the diet; the effort will be well worth it and it will help you get the most out of the diet. The HCG Diet, by Rose Cook, does not take very much time to learn as it is condensed, and you can learn the most important aspects of the diet in about 10-20 Mins. The most important parts of the protocol to learn are Phase 2 and Phase 3 (maintenance), and all of the requirements for these phases including the allowed foods, daily calorie intake, allowed cosmetics, allowed seasonings and any other special requirements.

By following the basic tips at the start of your HCG Diet journey will help decrease the likelyhood of any unwanted slips ups.

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