Should You Exercise While On The HCG Diet?

When people start the HCG diet they tend to ask me several questions that everyone else asks me when starting.

And one of those questions is “Can I or should I exercise while on the HCG diet?”

This is a great question and must be addressed if you want to do the HCG diet safely and have success.

And the answer to that question varies depending on which stage you are on. Most people are asking if they should exercise while on the low calorie diet (LCD) phase of the diet.

And during the low calorie phase you should NOT be exercising. You can do some exercise which I’ll get to in a minute, but first lets cover rigorous exercise.

You shouldn’t be doing very hard workouts where you are sweating and exerting a lot of energy because your body is using calories to fuel your workouts. But since you are on a low calorie diet you don’t have enough calories to fuel a hard workout. And you will be hungry and very weak if you try to exercise while on the LCD portion of the HCG diet.

Also, it’s just not necessary to exercise to lose weight on the HCG diet. That’s what’s so nice about it! So even though I’m sure most people don’t like to stop their workouts, they should during the LCD phase of the HCG diet. Consider it a break and you’ll get back to your workouts soon.

Of course you can and should be walking. Some people recommend walking a mile a day while on the low calorie phase but I don’t like to give an exact answer because it’s different depending on your level of needed weight loss, age, sex, etc. But do try and get out and walk.

Some people though have to physically exert themselves during the diet. Some people work hard physical labor jobs or even light physical labor jobs where they are lifting or walking long distances. In these cases the dieter should see how they feel the first week. If they feel weak or overly hungry they should consider adding in more protein to the diet. So instead of 3.5 ounces they should try 4 ounces and see how that helps. They should still be losing the weight quickly because they are burning off the extra protein with the extra physicality of their daily routine.

So that covers the low calorie phase so what about maintenance?

While on maintenance you SHOULD be working out. Because while on maintenance you can have more calories and eat larger meals that can supply your body with enough calories to work out. You just need to avoid sugar and starches.

Also, working out on maintenance helps implant new behaviors into your life that will help you keep the weight off forever. You will be toning and shaping your new trim figure and will also build muscle that will help you burn fat even when you aren’t working out.

All good things!

So avoid workouts if you can during the low calorie diet phase but start or resume your workout once you are on maintenance.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole

does it matter when in the day you walk?

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Susan

Nope, but I find later in the day is easier since in the morning you are just having your coffee or tea.

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James

I dont see why you cant just increase your calorie intake if you are on the diet and working out? Makes sense to me.

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Susan

You can but you aren’t increasing calories but just counting calories. You don’t count calories on the diet. Ask who you are working with and they should be able to help if they are good. The people I got my HCG from have coaching and I know they can help you if you do workout. But the diet as it is you shouldn’t workout unless you get help making changes.

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ProjectMe

I’ve been reading up on the ‘no exercise’ rule while on HCG, which I discuss thoroughly in an article on my site. What I found was that (1) Dr. A.T.W. Simeon didn’t seem to have such a prohibition; (2) his warnings are limited to strenuous exercise of long duration; (3) he only warns against water gain, not weight gain or loss stall; and, (4) there is some valid debate on whether the “starvation mode” theory rightly applies. Have a look at the article and leave a comment. Is the exercise prohibition really time-tested no-no, or an overreach in theory that doesn’t stand up to facts? If you have any thoughts or experiences, I’d love to hear them!

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Susan

Putting the whole “starvation mode” aside, you shouldn’t do rigorous exercise because you will burn through all your food and feel extremely light headed. So it can be dangerous because you can faint. So light exercise like walking or light jogging is great, but beyond that you should cut back, or get the help of who you are working with and they can help add more protein in.

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vada

I just started the Today’s HCG Diet, and I am use to walking 30 min. and 20min weight training is that too much for excersicing?

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Susan

You can keep going that, just make sure to drink more than the required water and take some fruit with you. If you happen to get light headed then you are overdoing it and need to cut back. But that should be fine.

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nette

I like doing yoga and Pilates is that OK to do for an hour twice a week.

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Susan

Probably. Start slow and see how you feel. If you feel light headed or dizzy you are doing too much. Talk with your provider and they can help you make changes if necessary.

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randi

I just started HCG a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t reduced my activity level. Actually, I’ve increased it-I do zumba classes, sometimes 2 classes in one day, afternoon at the gym (30 minutes on the arc trainer plus circuit training) as well as morning home workouts with a DVD or my xbox kinect. I have never felt light headed or anything. I drink lots of water, and sip home-made juice throughout the day and snack on fresh/fruits and veggies…no meat, dairy…I haven’t had any problems and I have to remind myself to eat.

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Susan

Well do be careful. Also, are you following the eating plan? You said you drink juice, so make sure you aren’t off protocol or your results will really suffer.

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Rudy

Susan,
Thanks for your advice, I think it’s so rude to come here for advice and then argue with you after you give it… So thank you in spite of the arguers.

My question is this….are there ANY reported negative and long term side effects of the HCG protocol?

Thank you!

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Susan

Thank you Rudy! And to answer your question, I’ve been working with these dieters for over 5 years and have yet to see anything. And I’ve talked to people who did the diet decades ago and they are doing great. No issues.

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