What is the HCG diet consist of? The HCG diet consists of three phases. The first phase lasts only 2 days and is called the ‘loading phase’ because that’s exactly what you are required to do. The second phase lasts from 40 to 58 days and is called the ‘weight loss phase’ because that’s when you lose up to 2 lbs per day. And the third phase, which is the final phase, lasts about 23 days and is called the ‘maintenance’ phase because you are required to restore your mechanism in this phase.
Obviously, the first phase is the easiest and arguably the most enjoyable because you get to eat your favorite foods. The purpose of this phase is to add abnormal fat – the fat that causes obesity – in preparation for the second phase when you are required to almost starve yourself. During the two days it lasts, you are required to eat as much food with fats and high calorie as you can.
The following paragraphs describe the foods you can eat and how fat is stored in the first part of the HCG diet. The foods you can eat: Along with HCG drops, the foods you can eat in the first phase of the HCG diet are chicken, hamburger, pizza, donuts, cheese, butter and any other high-fat and high calorie food you can lay your hands on.
It seems a strange way to start a weight loss program with binging, but the idea is to build as much abnormal fat as possible in the first two days of the diet to last through the second phase. However, you should also eat foods with fiber to avoid digestive problems.
Salads, fruit and whole meal wheat are good sources of fiber. Most people with normal and good appetite have no problem with increasing their food intake. But people who have small appetite cannot eat large quantities; therefore they should concentrate on eating dense food with high calories. How does it work? The human body has 3 types of fats: (1) structural, (2) reserve, and (3) abnormal. The first two types of fats are very important for the body as they keep the body healthy and young. Structural fat firms the skin and keeps it smooth, fills the cavities in the body, and wraps and protects the organs.
The reserve fat stores energy to be used in times of starvation. The abnormal fat is excess fat that the body can do without and causes obesity. The food eaten in the first phase of the HCG diet age is stored in the body as abnormal fat. During the second phase, this fat is gradually burned along with the abnormal fat already stored in the body. You may wonder why add this fat when it is to be burned. The answer is that the second phase is very tough and lasts many days, and to go through it you must have as much reserve energy as you can get.