Since 1927 when scientist discovered that during pregnancy women have a hormone that is not present at any other time in their body, there was a craze that revolved around it but no one thought that this would spill over into the great dietary success that it is today. However, in recent times, the HCG has become a craze owing to its ability to help people lose weight and this has been achieved courtesy of the HCG diet plan. In order for one to appreciate what the HCG diet plan has to offer it is ideal for one to make sure that they understand the plan itself and what it entails.
The loading phase.
This is the first stage that you will have to get over though it is worth noting that for a lot of people it is usually the easiest and perhaps the one with the most fun when it comes to the HCG diet. In this stage, the individual is allowed to eat anything in as much quantity as they can. This is also known as the gorging phase. The participant in this case is expected to stock up on fats that the body will use in the other phases and it is encouraged for one to eat to the point of nausea. However, this phase only lasts for two days and therefore it does not last.
The maintenance phase.
This is where the journey begins to tighten but the problem is that you will only be able to enjoy this if you follow the rules. In the maintenance phase, you are expected to go for the next three weeks on a 500 calorie diet per day. While this is a very low calorie diet and most people will crinch at the thought of having to go long hours without food and the pangs of hunger, there is actually no starvation involved because the HCG does wonders with this. It helps cancel out the cravings and the hunger hence one is able to go through this phase with ease as opposed to what most people would think of it. This is the stage where the fat starts shedding and there is a lot of changes in the body. However with the ease that is afforded by the HCG you do not feel like you are sacrificing much to get into a healthier weight.
This is the last and equally important phase and there is a lot that one needs in order to make sure that they are able to keep the benefits that they get from the HCG diet plan. The essence of this phase is to help the individual transition from a very low calorie diet into a higher one that they are able to sustain without the use of HCG. It helps the individual come back into the regular calorie diet without the possibility of adding weight.
While on this plan, it is highly advised that one does not take any over the counter medicine or food supplements or skip meals for whatever reasons. It is also advised that you are under close medical observation at all times to ensure your health is not put at risk.