Common HCG Diet Side Effects and What They Mean for Your Body

Considering how dramatic a change your body goes through when you’re doing it, HCG diet side effects are actually pretty minimal. The good news is that they usually don’t last very long—just a couple of days as your body adjusts to your lower caloric intake and the consumption of fewer fats, sugars, and preservatives.

It appears that most people do not react to the HCG hormone itself. Rather, they may experience headaches, moodiness, or fatigue as their body gets used to a new diet. Often, people end up consuming less caffeine since no soda is allowed (even diet).

It’s well documented that quitting caffeine cold turkey (especially if you’re used to having large amounts of it) can cause withdrawal headaches. Fortunately, the withdrawals don’t usually last more than a day or two. Besides, tea and coffee are allowed in unlimited amounts so you won’t be completely deprived.

The elimination of other substances from your diet can cause withdrawals as well. Sugar, fat, and sodium are things your body actually craves and can make you feel better when you eat them. That’s why some people develop an emotional need or attachment to food. They’re not craving vegetables when the need hits—it’s the stuff high in sugar and fat (like ice cream) that fills the emotional void.

As you may already know, the diet phase of the HCG diet is low calorie and low fat which also means it’s low in sugar. If your body is used to getting these substances in large quantities whenever the mood strikes, there’s going to be some pushback when you take them away.

Although the diet is referred to as “low calorie”—and it is—you don’t actually count calories while on it. You simply follow the guidelines provided for which foods and at what quantity to eat daily and if you stick to it exactly you end up with a low calorie diet.

Calories are just a measurement tool nutritionists use to determine how much energy it will take to burn your food. Calories do give us a standard to follow when we’re making food choices, but we have to remember that foods containing the same amounts of calories do not also contain the same nutritional value.

That is why you don’t count calories on the diet. Simply using calories to choose your foods does not give you the whole picture. For example, you also consume a high amount of protein (compared to carbohydrates) on the diet and your body uses proteins differently than it does carbohydrates, so you could not substitute say, a piece of bagel for your chicken breast even though they have the same number of calories in them.

In fact, you are not supposed to make substitutions of any kind on the diet although you can spread out what you eat throughout the day instead of eating them only at meal times.

To dramatically change your body you need to dramatically change your eating habits and this diet can be a good way to jumpstart your weight loss. To help keep you on the path to permanent weight loss there is a three-week maintenance phase of no starches and no sugars.

Once you’re done with that, you can go back to consuming these, but I suggest moderation. Make things containing refined sugars (like soda) an occasional treat rather than the norm. Hopefully, you will be learning more and more about keeping your body healthy as you go through the diet.



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