The HCG diet has three phases. Phase one is a preparatory phases that lasts only for two days. Phase 2 and phase 3 cover a total of 42 days, 21 days for each. Short as it is the preliminary diet is as important as the other two.
There are few diets as low calorie as the HCG diet. It permits just 500 calories. Expect hunger pangs and other side effects caused by the spectacular cutback calorie intake. Preventing debilitating side effects and powerful hunger pangs, this is what is phase 1 is intended for.
There is nothing special in what you eat during phase 1. There are no recommended foods. In fact, the results would be better if you just eat the foods you normally eat. Those would be the foods that made you fat. How could this prepare you for the phase 2, the very low calorie phase? The 500 calorie diet is hard to deal with any day. It is even more difficult when you jump directly into it. The two days of calorie loading, which coincides with the start of HCG intake, makes it easier for you to adjust to the low calorie diet.
The HCG hormone has powers to make the HCG diet not as difficult as it normally would. By ingesting 125 to 200 IUs of the hormone daily, your metabolism becomes more efficient and it induces the release of great amounts of calories as well. The two day calorie loading means you have two days worth of HCG in your system when phase two starts. This means the effects of the sudden drop in calorie consumption won’t be as severe as you should expect.
Most dieters question phase 1 fearing they would gain weight. This is understandable. They want to lose weight and not to gain weight. The gained weight is not a problem really since within two days of phase 2 they will be lost including a bit more.
Some dieters who have completed the weight loss problem but have not bothered with the two days calorie loading period could tell you how they had to deal with many HCG diet side effects including severe food cravings. On the other hand those who followed phase dealt with phase two a lot better. The hunger did not give them a lot of trouble.
Although workouts are not strictly required to lose weight, it’s wise to do light exercises from the first day of the calorie load-up period and right up until the last day of the diet. You can do leisurely walks for at least one hour each day. This helps you establish a daily routine which would come handy when you move into the maintenance phase requiring more serious exercises as part of preventing the weight problem from coming back.
Over-all, in order to ensure weight loss without having to suffer from a lot of discomforts, you have to follow all of the protocols of the program. Phase 1 may appear illogical to you initially, but it is really plays a crucial role in making the diet successful.