If you’ve just completed the loading days of Phase 1 of the HCG diet program, you’re most likely more than ready to get started with the Low Calorie Diet which encompasses Phase 2.
The low calorie diet starts immediately on day three as you continue taking your HCG injections or drops as directed throughout this entire phase.
Putting your eagerness aside for a second, read on to learn how to make it through the low calorie diet phase with energy, vitality, and stamina to get the best weight loss results possible!
You’ll begin your diet with a daily calorie allowance of 800 calories. All the foods that will boost your energy and enhance weight loss will be listed under the approved HCG diet food list.
With three meals a day you’ll want to measure accurately the amount of each type of food you’ll consume to prevent any accidental under/over eating.
Now to address the exciting part about Phase 2… The low calorie diet phase is where you’ll see the most weight loss over the course of the next several weeks. It’s important to not end the diet before three weeks nor to prolong the diet for longer than six weeks. Following the approved food list and taking your HCG as directed will transform your body from day to day.
Hold your horses… You should be aware of any potential difficulties you might have during Phase 2 and how to best beat it to continue your body transformation.
While healthy fat reserves remain intact, the body is free to eliminate all the abnormal fat deposits that have been dragging you down. It’s sent off to be burned and used for fuel and energy that helps you to feel energetic, satiated, and could even make you feel better than you have in years.
But, because every individual has unique triumphs and struggles, you can be prone to experiencing slowed down weight loss or even hit a plateau.
Don’t get anxious about that just yet. There are recommended alternatives approved by the HCG diet to beat these hurdles if you happen to experience it. (Refer to the Q&A section for the plateau solutions).
Top 13 Questions About Phase 2 That You Might Have
What types of food will I consume at each meal?
Each meal will consist of a protein and a vegetable with the allowance of an MCT oil. If fruit has been approved for you, you may indulge in one serving at your breakfast meal. Please refer to the HCG approved food list for a full record of specific food items.
- Proteins/Meat: chicken breast, white fish, lean ground beef
- Vegetables: asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, broccoli
- Fruit: strawberries, apples, grapefruit, oranges
What kind of oils can I use?
You’ll want to use a medium chain triglyceride fat (MCT) that has many health benefits for the body. Most people on the HCG diet prefer coconut oil as their oil of choice for the health and weight loss benefits it provides.
Can I use salt during the HCG diet?
Yes, you can use salt during the diet, but it’s extremely important to remember that salt can increase water retention causing your weight to fluctuate.
What are some side effects that I might experience during Phase 2?
When following the protocol for the low-calorie diet to a “T”, you can experience an increase in energy, full appetite, and even a state of euphoria as your body productively uses the fat for fuel. If you didn’t follow Phase 1 properly, you can experience headaches, weakness, nausea, and irritability.
I’m struggling with staying motivated, what can I do?
Utilize online HCG support forums to get some fresh ideas on HCG approved recipes and meal combinations. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family that can help you to see the “slimmer” picture as you work towards your weight loss goals.
What else should I be doing during the low-calorie diet?
These tips will help you keep up motivation, accountability, and positivity.
- Weigh yourself daily
- Keep a food journal
- Take body photos i.e. before, during, and after pics
- Take body measurements before, during, and after
Can I exercise during Phase 2?
AYes, in most cases. It’s not required to exercise to lose the weight, but most people can do light to moderate exercise during the low-calorie diet. It’s important to remember to not over-exert yourself and to check with your HCG doctor if you have any other medical conditions that may impact your ability to exercise while dieting.
What should I do when I’ve hit a weight plateau?
You can implement one of two options to be able to boost your body back into losing weight. You can try the Apple Day where you consume six apples in one day in addition to your regular HCG meal plan. The other option is the Steak Day where you consume only your vegetable portion throughout the day and then include one large steak at your dinner meal.
What should I do when weight loss has slowed down and I’m nearly done with Phase 2?
If you’re nearing the end of Phase 2 and your weight loss has slowed down or stopped, you can try the Apple or Steak Day to kick-start weight loss again.
It could also be a sign that your metabolism has reset itself to its new weight and rate and you don’t want to accidentally put your body into starvation mode compromising all the hard work you’ve done so far.
It is time to connect with your HCG doctor for a recommendation. Many people are advised to finish to the end of the six weeks and start the Diet Break in Phase 3 and then re-start Phase 2 if you want to continue to lose weight to achieve your goals.
What can I drink during the low-calorie diet?
Water is the best beverage for a healthy and slim body. Follow the standard eight ounces, eight times a day. Avoid drinking tap water since it contains chlorine which can affect thyroid activity. You can also treat yourself to black tea and coffee. If you prefer, you can use almond milk and Stevia to sweeten your beverages.
What diet adjustments should I make if I’m diabetic or suffer from some other health problem?
Most people with health issues can still successfully complete the HCG diet program. However, it’s highly recommended that you discuss this with your HCG doctor to come up with the best and safest adjustments to be able to follow the diet plan.
You may have to adjust medications as necessary or switch and increase some of the approved foods to accommodate your health problem to still be able to lose weight effectively and safely.
Isn’t 800 calories a day too low?
No. With intact healthy fat reserves, your body is able to efficiently burn up excess and abnormal fat stores equal to about one pound a day or more because HCG stimulates the release of biological processes to allow this fat to be let go.
This one pound is equal to approximately 3500 calories and when combined with the 800 daily calories, your body is able to efficiently run on the energy produced from food and from fat that’s being burned up.
If I get really hungry can I use an appetite suppressant?
Some HCG doctors will recommend an appetite suppressant, others will not. It is best to follow the recommendations of your doctor. If an appetite suppressant is not advised during Phase 2, an option would be to consume approved vegetables that are listed as “unlimited” to beat hunger pangs throughout the day.
Throughout Phase 2, use your positivity and energy to support others while on the HCG diet. If you’re one who could use some positive motivation and support, turn to allies and forums for encouragement.
The low-calorie diet requires a hands-on effort and can be best approached and completed when you’ve got lots of support behind you.
Although the low-calorie diet consists of much preparation, concentration, and dedication, it’s relatively simple: take your HCG, eat what’s approved, and sit back and watch what happens. It’s the best recipe for weight loss. Enjoy!