Week 1 of the HCG Diet: Challenges

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    himeLuna
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    Deciding to do an HCG Diet is one thing, actually starting it is another thing. For those who was able to convert their decisions into reality, the 1st week would seem like a roller coaster ride. Aside from the fact that you start to restrict certain foods from your diet – including some of your favorites, you also have to deal with how your body will deal with the restriction. Knowing what to expect during this first week will help you prepare for the battle and know how to deal with urges to go off track.

    This article, THE FIRST WEEK OF THE HCG DIET, shares that from Day 1 to 3, we are expected to experience “Carb Withdrawal” because our body is adjusting from using carbs as fuel to using fats as source of energy. The article discusses tips on how to get over this problem.

    For days 3 to 5, we need to watch out for “Carb Crash”. You may feel tired and irritable. For some, they might even feel that they wouldn’t be able to go on with the diet. But if they know that they just need to endure this for just a few days, then they will experience Rewards on their 5th to 14th day. As Since the body has already adjusted to the new source of fuel (fats), increased in energy is experienced, accompanied by a decrease in cravings.

    #426
    gina ramos
    Participant

    I believe I’m gonna suffer on the 1st week of this diet since I’m a carb lover. I’m gonna go through both Carb withdrawal and carb crash for sure! haha.

    #427
    himeLuna
    Moderator

    Hello carb lover! I also had that problem. Here in the Philippines, rice is a staple. We eat it for every meal. Sometimes, even snack time consists of rice. Meals doesn’t really feel complete without it. So yeah, it was hell having to give it up. You just have to keep in mind that it would be worth it. It gets easier after a week. =)

    #857
    amie49
    Participant

    There have been discussions from new dieters that they sometimes experience headaches during the first weeks. Is there any medication I could take if I am unable to tolerate the headache? Unfortunately, I have low pain tolerance when it comes to headaches.

    #858
    himeLuna
    Moderator

    According to Dr. Simeons’ original protocol, you may take aspirin. This is the sole OTC medication that he had permitted to be used for persistent headache while on the protocol.

    #863
    Lauren
    Participant

    Is there anything I could do so I could lessen the chance for me to crave carbs and cheat once I start the HCG diet? Carbs, carbs and carbs have always been a staple in my diet ever since forever. I’m afraid it will be very challenging for me not to cheat.

    #864
    himeLuna
    Moderator

    Hi Lauren! =)
    Your best course of action would be to start weaning yourself off from carbs weeks before you plan to start your HCG round. You will need to lessen your carbohydrate intake gradually prior to doing the diet. First off, start by removing starchy carbs (especially those highly-processes starchy foods) from your menu for at least a week. Oh, and you also nee to cut out those sugary carbs, too! So, say good bye to the candies, chocolates, and sugary-beverages.
    At the same time as you decrease your carbs, increase your fat intake. This will be able to help you not miss your processed carbs too much. Once you get the hang of these, you could now proceed with your HCG round and load with high-fat foods instead of carbs.

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