What happens if you cheat on the hCG diet?

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Cheating on the hcg diet can have dramatic effects on the amount of weight you lose. Most people who have done the diet will tell you that the diet is very sensitive to even small instances of cheating. We found a good article on this from Denise Mitchel on this topic.

hCG, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is the hormone present in high quantities in a woman’s blood when she is pregnant.  The “job” of the hCG is to make available the necessary nutrients to grow the developing fetus during pregnancy.  During a 23 or 40 day hCG Diet Protocol, the “job” of the hCG is to mobilize stored fat to supply the body with its necessary nutrients while restricting the calories you are eating.

So why does one little cheat, just a bite of this food or a little more of that food affect the scale so dramatically, 3+ lbs overnight, while on this diet?  It is very simple.

If the hCG finds enough fat in the bloodstream, as a result of the food you are consuming throughout the day, it will not mobilize the stored fat in your body.  If the hCG is not actively mobilizing stored fat, you will stop losing weight, you will be extremely hungry, as you are living on the restricted 500 calorie diet, and you may experience extreme fatigue instead of the energetic euphoria that most patients experience during their hCG Diet.

In a nutshell, cheating on the hCG diet is the only reason it will not work.  In the first 4-5 days of the hCG diet, you must eat ONLY the foods allowed on the diet plan, to the letter, NO EXCEPTIONS.  This strict adherence to the foods on the plan will allow the hCG to start the release of the stored fat, the ball in motion essentially, and set you up for amazing success during the remaining days of your journey.  If you are hungry on the hCG diet, first ask yourself, am I in ANY way cheating?

Ways you may be cheating and not even realize you are…


* Using a lesser quality of meat than is required on the diet
* Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
* Drinking Diet Soda or any beverage with artificial sweeteners
* Taking any over the counter medications
* Not taking 30 minutes per day to relax and clear your mind of the stresses of the day

As you can see, there are also some very easy ways to cheat on this diet and not even know it. Diet soda and lesser quality meats being the most abused. When you start the diet, be sure to read the instruction manual and stick to it for the best results. Questions or comments? Be sure to leave them below.

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April 6, 2011

Lisa @ 6:41 pm #

I am not sure what really qualifies as “cheating” on the diet. I have tried really hard to stick to what I am allowed to have. We just ate dinner out and I am afraid that the chopped sirloin that I ate may not have been 93% lean. I have been adding a teaspoon of carnation sugar free french vanilla in my cup of coffee each morning as well. I have lost 12 lbs and starting week 2. I use truvia for sweetner as well. I really need to lose 20-25 lbs over the next 4 reamining weeks. Please forward me recipes that work as well. I have found that salsa works great on most foods! :-)

April 23, 2011

Deborah @ 10:46 am #

I have a question about the diet?

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