Top 3 Dangerous Behaviors During The HCG Diet

OK, I’ve been working with people who are on the HCG diet for a long time now. And I’ve noticed a few dangerous behaviors while on the diet.

This isn’t so much dangers to your health but more dangerous to your weight loss. If you are looking for more of the health side then read this article here: HCG Diet Dangers

So let’s begin.

The first behavior I notice that some people get into is the one of “counting calories”. It’s true that the HCG diet is roughly 500 calories a day. But that means NOTHING!

You don’t count calories while on the diet, you follow a list of specific foods you eat in certain quantities. And you measure your food by weighing it or using typical measuring tools like cups or tablespoons.

But some people try and make it more complicated. They say things like “well if I skip my chicken for dinner that leaves me an extra 125 calories, so can I add in some chili which only has 50 calories and then have a dinner roll which has only 60 calories, because then I’m even eating fewer calories!?”

Listen to me carefully…NO!

It’s not about counting calories, it’s not about swapping this for that and making “deals”. The diet is proven and has worked for thousands of people, but you must stick to the guidelines. So don’t try to switch food out or add extra things by counting calories. Counting calories is a bore and not effective so just stick to the plan.

The second behavior I notice is that people try to do too much by adding in exercise. And exercise is NOT needed while on this diet. In fact you really shouldn’t be doing it at all because of the low calorie diet you are on. You simply don’t have enough calories to expend by working out.

Of course you can walk and that’s highly recommended and helpful but don’t overdo it. You don’t need to exercise while on the diet. Just stick to the plan and exercise as soon as you hit the maintenance phase.

The third dangerous behavior while on the HCG diet is not recognizing your success.

This is a biggie!

I know clients who have lost 30+ pounds in less than 30 day, but if they have one or two bad days they are about ready to give up or they freak out and try to make changes to the diet.

Don’t do that!

The weight loss will fluctuate and our bodies are not machines. Our bodies are constantly changing and some variation is to be expected. Especially for us women, our weight loss is far more inconsistent than men. But just stick to the program and you’ll do fine.

It’s about taking these small steps everyday and soon you’ll look back and wonder how you lost 50 pounds.

So those are my top 3 dangerous behaviors while on the HCG diet. I could add more but that’s enough for now.

Leave your comments below for your own ideas!

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Karen

Did you do the cleanse in Phase 1 when you did the diet? I know it’s not necessary but it sounds like it could really help jump start the diet.

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Susan

No I never did and most people don’t. The amount of water you will be drinking on the diet will be a good cleanse anyway so I think cleansing before is a waste. But that’s just me and you can do it.

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Vanessa

Honestly do you really lose weight? My friend told me about the drops but idk what if I should take the pills or drops. What you do think would really work?? I only need to lose like 20 lbs..

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Susan

I’ve always used the drops which I recommend on the homepage. And yes, if you simply follow the instructions you get you will lose the weight. You won’t believe how much better you’ll look and feel after losing 20 pounds. It doesn’t sound like much but if you carry around a 20 pound weight you’ll be surprised at how heavy it is.

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Jessika

Can you smoke on the hcg drops?

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Susan

There isn’t any issues with smoking so you’ll be fine. It’s always nice to quit as you’re health will improve, but one thing at a time ; )

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Laura

This is an excellent article, and soo true – thanks for writing it! I used the drops too and they worked for me. I wanted to add another mistake: MISTAKE #4 is not taking the stabilization phase seriously…. Dr. Simeons explains that this is an extremely important phase where the metabolism is reset to prevent future storage of abnormal fat. (I haven’t read the diet dangers, though — perhaps it’s in that article. I’m going to read it now)

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Susan

Hi Laura. Great tip! I too see people not taking that phase seriously and they think they’re “done” already and then get into trouble. The sad part is it’s the easiest step to do right. Thanks for your comment!

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jackie

had gastric by-pass in 2000. lost over 153lbs. and now i’ve gained 40 lbs.back. I’m 163lbs now. how do the hcg diet work for me. with 500 calories a day I’m not sure if i really absorb 500 calories when i eat, that’s one of the effects of gastric by-pass, not absorbing all the calories from food. i don’t know how much i really should be eating on this diet. should i eat more?

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Susan

Hi Jackie. I’ve known several who have had gastric and they have done wonderful on the diet. You have to cut way back on loading but that’s OK. Always ask your doc but I have seen excellent results from people just like yourself.

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Chiquetta Clark

What are the long term effects of this diet? i want to do this diet so bad but i am worried that in the future it will come back on my health. Should i be worried about this?

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Susan

Hi Chiquetta. Long term I haven’t seen any. The diet has been around for about 60 years so if there was any we’d know by now. So I haven’t seen any and I wouldn’t worry about it. You should also consider the long term side effects of the extra weight. I find a lot of people worry about the diet but they haven’t given much thought to where they are now and how they need to change where they are.

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Teri

Hi Susan,
The only issue physically I would be worried about is my glaucoma. It does not seem to affect pressure from what I am reading. My weight gain started about 2 years ago, I am in my 50′s and no matter what I do I gain. I can look at food and gain. I just started on the 21 day plan and notice in the first day I am not hungry and am forcing myself to eat all I can. Per the plan. How does it work if your full capacity is low?

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Susan

That’s good you aren’t hungry, the HCG is helping with that. Just make sure to get all your meals in. And I wouldn’t see any problem with glaucoma. If you can’t get all your food in then get a bit of exercise and that will boost your desire to eat.

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Chris

Is HCG safe for someone who takes a daily pill for “controlled” high blood pressure?

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Susan

Always ask your doc but the diet is healthy food so it will end up lowering your blood pressure. You’ll be surprised at how much healthier you are once you start losing weight on this plan.

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Jan

What is this new FDA commentary on HCG? Are we still going to be able to get these products. I went on the HCG last January and did well. I wanted to do it again but was unhappy to hear about the FDA.
Can you comment on this?
Thanks

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Susan

Read my article about the diet and the FDA here: FDA and the HCG diet

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Karen

I have to say it works I am on day 15 and have lost 15 pounds! Wow blows me away. My goal is to lose about 20 pounds, I am not obese, but wanted to get my weight under control. It really does work.

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Susan

Great job Karen and thanks for sharing!

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