As you may know, dieters need to follow a strict 500-calorie-per-day diet while on the HCG diet. Studies show HCG hormone resets the hypothalamus and increases body metabolism, so the abnormal fat stored in the body could be utilized as a source of energy for daily living. In other words, you can live off of your unwanted fat when taking the daily HCG injections combined with a very low calorie diet.
500 calories per day alone seems to be too little food. Thanks to the HCG hormone, most dieters won’t experience hunger pains or cravings on the HCG diet. Some dieters might feel mildly hungry at the very beginning, but this will subside after the first week.
In order to decrease hunger pains and cravings on the HCG diet, dieters are instructed to complete the two loading days. During the first two days of HCG injections, dieters must “eat to capacity of the most fattening food they can get down” as Dr. Simeons stated in the Pounds and Inches. This will enable the body to stock enough fat reserves that are needed to jump start the body metabolism and decrease possible hungers and cravings when they start the 500-calorie-per-day diet starting from the third HCG injection.
If you feel hungry while on the HCG diet, you might want to check whether your HCG is potent. When mixed, HCG becomes highly unstable and needs to be refrigerated to keep its potency. In addition, check if your HCG dosage is appropriate. Dr. Simeons recommended a daily dose of 125 IU HCG for best weight loss result, while others including Kevin Trudeau suggest taking a 175 to 200 IU HCG injection daily instead. Taking higher dosage of HCG than the recommended amount will make you feel hungrier and even cause the diet to fail.
If you exercise and experience hunger pains or cravings while on the HCG diet, you should stop all types of strenuous exercises. As a matter of fact, Dr. Simeons clearly states NOT to exercise. The reason why you should avoid exercise on the HCG diet is because the average person burns about 3000 calories a day just in normal activity and you are only eating 500 calories a day in food so you can see how you lose the weight. Moderate exercises such as walking are allowed on the HCG diet. However if you feel hungers, you are advised not to take any exercise until your body gets used to the HCG diet protocol.
Last but not least, dieters are recommended drinking green tea in order to deal with the hungers and cravings while on HCG diet. Drink green tea as much as you can to inhibit hungers, because green tea is said to be able to suppress your appetite. You can drink it hot or cold. Stevia is another natural appetite suppressant. You can take stevia drops fifteen to twenty minutes prior to a meal, which will help decreases craving and hunger sensations. You can add Stevia to your tea or water for sweetness if desired.