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HCG Diet Stalls

3 Dec

Hitting a stall or a plateau?  Don’t let it go too long!  Some of the most common stalls on the HCG Program can be quickly eliminated by one of the following;

This is a good time to take a very close look at any sweeteners you are using.  Many of them contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, dextrose, maltodextrin, etc… these will hinder your weight loss on the program.  The recommended sweeteners are Stevia and Xylitol.

What are you putting on your body?  Lotions etc. These can also hinder your weight loss while on the program.  We recommend Mill Creek Sleepy Hallow oil free moisturizer and facial cremes, coconut oil, plain mineral oil (most baby oils are mineral oil) or try lotions/moisturizers with a mineral base.  Avoid suntan and sunscreen lotions; we haven’t found any solutions for this particular challenge.
The Apple Day – The apple day produces a gratifying loss of weight on the following day, mainly due to the elimination of water.  This water is not regained after you resume the normal nutritional program.

Are you having a bowl movement every day?  Our Bowel Support formula is excellent at helping you maintain proper bowl health.

Smooth Move Tea is an herbal laxative that for many works within 24 hours.

If the stall persists please call one our our Support Coaches today!  907-602-1440

Stalls and Plateaus can be nearly eliminated by those who choose to do a proper cleanse prior to the HCG Protocol.  It is never too late to start a cleanse.  Many clients have broken big plateaus on the program by starting a cleanse.  We especially recommend the (Renew Life) Liver Detox formula as it focuses on the liver and the bowels which are the body’s natural pathways for eliminating toxins.

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Why Cleanse? – Liver Detox

28 Sep

A properly functioning liver is vital to health.  Have you been on any medications? Or are you currently while on the HCG Program or getting ready to start it?

We recommend that you do a cleanse before starting this program. It could be the difference of losing a pound or 2 a day verses a half pound to 1/4 pound a day.  At the very minimum it is best to do a 2 week liver cleanse.  If you have been on any medications (birth control, pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, cholesterol, NSAID’s etc, etc.) a 4-week whole body cleanse is truly in your best interest.  This will help avoid a plateau and also make the plan more successful with ridding the weight more quickly! Who doesn’t want that?!

What is the liver and how does it function? The liver is your largest internal organ and it performs many functions including detoxification of the body. The liver works by both filtering toxins directly and by altering toxins so that they can be removed at other stages of detoxification. The liver filters toxins from one quart of blood every minute. After the liver processes these endotoxins (produced in the body), exotoxins (from outside the body) and other wastes, they are sent to the kidneys and colon for elimination.

Liver Detox is an easy-to use, two-part cleansing and detoxification program formulated to simultaneously support, protect, stimulate and assist with the body’s natural detoxification of the liver with natural minerals, vitamins, herbs and amino acids.‡ Both the Morning Formula (Part I) and the Evening Formula (Part II) contain minerals, herbs and amino acids that promote healthy liver function.

Liver Detox includes:

Milk Thistle – an herb used traditionally to support normal detoxification functions of the liver. The strong antioxidant activity of the main ingredient in milk thistle (silymarin) helps promote healthy liver function and to protect healthy liver cells.

L-Methionine – amino acid that the liver uses to create glutathione.‡ Glutathione is powerful amino acid made by the liver, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxifying compound. Supplementing with L-methionine can help raise glutathione levels.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) – the liver also uses NAC to create glutathione. Supplementing with NAC can help raise glutathione levels and thus support the natural detoxification functions of the liver.

Alpha Lipoic Acid – antioxidant that helps revitalize glutathione and supports detoxification.

Selenium – essential trace mineral that enhances the antioxidant power of zinc and vitamins to allow them to function better in their natural detoxification roles.

Ayurvedic Herbs – used to promote the natural detoxification capabilities of the liver. Among the most commonly used herbs are Boerhavia Diffusa, Eclipta Alba, Terminalia Belerica, Tinospora Cordifolia, and Picrorhiza Kurroa.

Dandelion – herb used traditionally to stimulate bile production and promote healthy liver detoxification.

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)
    Tomatoes
    Cabbage
    Asparagus
    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!