When you are on the HCG diet plan, you will experience times when you stall or gain weight, even when you are sticking to the diet’s protocol. You will also experience plateaus or stalls where no matter what you do, you just don’t seem to be losing any pounds. Part of overcoming these dieting obstacles has everything to do with the way your track your calories. If you don’t count calories and document the foods you are eating, you won’t know what foods are causing you to stall, plateau or to gain weight when you are doing everything else correctly.
During the second phase of the HCG diet, you should begin documenting the foods you consume and their caloric value in a journal. You can choose a blank book to write in, a notebook, a small diary, a memo pad, or you can use your computer to track your caloric intake if you desire. You will want to have the proper tools to measure your foods too. It is a good idea to buy a food scale and to get measuring spoons and cups. Your food measurements need to be precise and accurate if your calorie counting is going to be of any use to you. You will also want to get your hands on a calorie counter; you can get one at the local bookstore or you can access free calorie counters online. When in phase too you will want to eat as close to five hundred calories a day without going over than amount.
As you continue to monitor your food intake and your calorie intake, there are some foods that you will have to compare in terms of their size before you consume them. For example, the difference in calories between a small apple and a large apple is pretty dramatic; a small apple can contain roughly fifty-five calories while a large apple can be two times that amount at 110 calories. Meanwhile, the type of orange you choose can change the amount of calories you consume; a navel orange can have sixty-nine calories, a Florida orange has roughly sixty-five calories, and a California orange has roughly 59 calories. Further, if you choose a food like strawberries, you can eat twelve large strawberries with a calorie content of 72 calories or you can eat twenty medium strawberries for a few more calories: eighty in all. As you plan your meals, you have to consider size and the food type, so you can have the ability to devise a menu where you get the most food satisfaction possible.
When you are in the third phase of the HCG diet, you will definitely be recording every single thing you consume. During this phase, you are actually stabilizing and you will find that this is the time to identify any types of foods that may cause you problems or sudden weight gain. If you are tracking everything you eat, it is far easier to identify foods that prove problematic. During the third phase of the diet, you are instructed to integrate new foods one at a time. As you do so, you may find foods that trigger allergic reactions, sudden weight gain, or other unwanted health effects. While tracking your foods and calories closely you will have the chance to eliminate the foods that are causing you difficulties.
When you enter into the final phase of the HCG diet plan, you will still need to track the calories you consume: calorie counting will be a lifelong process. If you continue to monitor your caloric intake, you will know precisely where you stand: if you start to get out of control with your eating habits, you will be able to adjust your habits to maintain the weight lost in the early phases of the diet. What’s more, by counting calories, you get to see an entire picture of your health and your practices.
Don’t become lackadaisical when it comes to counting every single calorie on the HCG diet plan. You will find that you benefit greatly from tracking the foods you consume. You will be able to make flexible menus when you are on a super low calorie diet because as you track calories you will be making every calorie count. You will also begin to know by heart what calories specific food selections contain; this makes for easier food choices in the future. The only way you will be truly successful in shedding the unwanted pounds that you so desperately want to lose is if you stick to your commitments: this includes calorie tracking. When you monitor your calorie intake, you can see precisely what foods you have been eating, how certain foods affect your metabolic and bodily processes, and you can fine tune your eating habits for the better.