Cheating while on the HCG diet plan is never recommended. Only if you stick to the strict 500-calories-per-day diet and eat from the approved foods list, you will successfully lose an average of 0.5 to 1 pound every day on this diet. Nevertheless, we are human and there is a chance that you might cheat while you are on the HCG diet. It is very important for you to learn how to minimize the negative impact of cheating if you must cheat on the HCG diet.
When cheating on the HCG diet plan becomes necessary, it is time to assess what is going on with you at the moment you desire certain foods. You need to consider whether you are really hungry, or you just seek emotional comfort from the foods you are craving. Ask yourself how you are feeling at that moment. You can use a food journal to track any cravings you have to identify bad habits and patterns too.
If you make the decision to cheat on the HCG diet plan, remember that you are thwarting your weight loss efforts for the next three days! Having this thought in the back of your mind will help you stick to the diet plan. You don’t want to cheat often on the HCG diet plan because it will be days before you begin losing weight again.
Think about how you will feel after you have cheated too. You know you will be immediately satisfied, but don’t forget about the guilt you will face later on. This will help you to turn inappropriate food selections down.
If you make the decision to cheat on the HCG diet, try to make sure the foods have no starch and no sugar. You shouldn’t consume these kinds of foods at all while on the HCG diet plan. If you simply must have something to snack on, only consume foods that are approved for the HCG diet plan.
If you crave for sugar, eat fresh fruits such as watermelon instead of candy bars. Eating sugary foods will definitely hinder your weight loss efforts since sugar causes insulin production and insulin can later turn into fat. Roll some left over chicken into a leaf of lettuce and eat it as a snack between the meals. Drink plenty of green teas. Or make yourself ice coffee and add Stevia for the sweetness. These are not counted as “cheating,” but will help decrease your hungers or food cravings on the very low calories diet.
Consider the investment you have made into the HCG diet plan too. You have the investment in HCG supplies and investment in all your hard work, which can be destroyed from a single binge eating session. What’s more, you are investing in yourself with the HCG weight loss. Reflection on what you are doing to yourself and your success can help keep the idea of cheating on your diet at bay.
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