Phase 2 is the portion of the HCG diet where you begin to use the 500 calories strategy. (Phase 1 is a 2 day binge of whatever fatty foods you want). Though HCG is meant to help you reduce your cravings, some people still experience them because medicine always impacts people differently. If you’re experiencing cravings, don’t worry! This phase doesn’t have to be hard if you follow simple tips.
Variety is your friend
Plan ahead so you can create lots of fresh, tasty, interesting meals. An HCG diet recipe book can be exceptionally helpful. These books provide dozens of ideas while offering accuracy—you won’t have to guess whether or not you are eating the right number of calories. All of the recipes will be from your list of approved foods. Shop ahead of time, when you’re not hungry. Use lots of spices for taste—nobody likes eating bland, boring food. Chicken is a totally different dish with tarragon than it is with paprika.
Find a stevia-sweetened chewing gum (not aspartame). Use it when you are experiencing cravings or hunger. Stevia is an all-natural sweetener that adds zero calories. The act of chewing and stimulating your taste buds can be all that you need to push away a pesky hunger pang. Combine chewing gum with some other activity to distract yourself and you’ll soon find that you’ve forgotten your craving.
Often we experience hunger pangs when we are dehydrated. Drink water first, just to be sure. Hydration is a powerful weight loss tool in its own right.
Brush Your Teeth
Brush your teeth after every meal. This will reduce your desire to eat more. Everyone knows toothpaste makes everything you taste yucky! This can also be a signal to your body that eating time has passed. Make it into a ritual, forming a powerful habit for your body will train it to react in helpful ways, shutting down cravings.
Pause Vitamins and Supplements
Taking vitamins and supplements can actually stall your weight loss success while on Phase 2 of the HCG diet. Instead, focus on getting your nutrition from high-quality healthy, organic, non-processed foods. Remember, HCG actually helps you get more nutrition from foods than you normally get. That is, if you eat an apple you get more nutrients out of that apple with HCG than you get by eating the apple alone. This is why HCG is such an effective appetite suppressant—it helps your body get what it needs on less.
Reach for Support
If you’re struggling it’s important to know that you don’t have to do this alone. Find other people who are using the HCG diet. There are lots of forums where you can connect with others who understand and appreciate your journey. They may be able to talk you through your emotional struggle, or they may be able to provide you with some tips and tricks that have worked for them. They will also encourage you to stay the course! You’ll soon be enjoying the rapid weight loss of the HCG diet.