Archive | March, 2011

Prevent Stalls on the HCG Diet

10 Mar

I had to learn some of these the hard way in Round1 and now I see some new HCGers learning the same way. 😦 I thought it would be helpful if seasoned HCGers could put together a thread of foods, tips and tricks to possibly prevent stalls! 🙂

Obviously every body reacts differently, but here are a few from my experience and what I’ve gathered from others in threads. I hope it helps someone!

  • Look into getting the Slim Support ASAP, this is the most amazing product!
  • Make sure you are drinking at least half of your body in ounces of STILL water daily. No carbonated or pre-flavored water. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, drink at least 100 ounces of still water daily. Soda and often mineral water contain ascorbic and citric acid, which can stall or slow you.
  • Skipping your protein & veggies can cause you to stall. This causes your body to enter starvation mode. Eat your food!
  • Use pure Stevia, not Stevia in the Raw, Splenda products or otherwise. Liquid stevia is preferred and SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia is proven awesome.
  • Do not repeat the same fruit, protein & vegetable in 24 hours. In general, you want variety within your day, but some people have been known to stall if they repeat from one day to the next as well. At minimum, don’t eat the same fruit, protein & veggie within one single day — MIX IT UP! 🙂
  • Don’t go too heavy on salting your food to make up for the lack of flavor we’re used to from our old, fatty foods. Salt = sodium = water retention = reflects higher on the scale!
  • Last, but certainly not least, these foods that commonly stall or slow weight loss. They ARE all on protocol, but pay close attention to how your body reacts to them. If you’ve stalled or slowed, consider removing or reducing them from your meal plans:
    London Broil
    Egg whites
    Shrimp (haven’t noticed this one to be as common as others)
    Melba Toast
    For some, fruit stalls – skip the oranges and grapefruit if you are stalling.
  • Cucumbers and lettuce are well-known losers! Yay for losers!
  • Document EVERYTHING you put in your mouth while on protocol. You really can learn how your body reacts to patterns of foods and correct it the next day instead of next week. If you have issues, you can also then copy & paste your food journal to us and we can take a look at it ☺
  • Remember what Dr. Simeons said about losing. You lose fat from the body cells but the cells do not disappear at the same time. The cell structure is still present for two-three days while the body breaks down the cellulose and fills the cell with water in order to release it (through urine). Once the fat cell is removed, the scale will drop.
  • In women, menstrual periods increase water retention, and water weight shows on the scale. If you know you are following the plan and are not cheating, you just need to accept that the stall/gain is temporary and continue to follow the protocol. The drop will happen once the menstrual cycle is normalized in the body. Ovulation has also been known to cause a brief stall or gain. (some info copied from other sites but great info to share!