You might have come here from Part 1 on HCG and Exercise– now lets get to the meat of this info on HCG and Exercise- how can you tell if it’s a good combo for you? You can also head over to Part 3 when you’re done where I talk about how to know if it’s not such a good idea for you.
What to Consider When It Comes to HCG and Exercise
Basically I think it comes down to this-
1. When you do exercise on the protocol, how do you feel? Do you feel fine? Good even? That’s probably a pretty good indicator that for you, adding exercise to the diet plan is a good thing, beneficial even.
2. If you exercise on the diet, do you feel crappy afterwards? Do you get bad food cravings, feel extremely fatigued or depressed? This is an indicator that exercising while on the protocol is not in your best interests.
Why Exercise on HCG Can Be Beneficial If Your Health Allows It
It appears that some people really can exercise on this diet plan and do quite well. If your body is in sound enough health to handle it, meaning, you’re overweight but that’s really all that’s wrong with you, exercising while on HCG Injections can actually be better for you than just the diet alone- it can help preserve more lean muscle, if not increase it (the latter part more if you’re a guy). In general there is very little lean muscle loss anyway, but exercising could eliminate even the small amount that happens.
One little word of caution though- you could also potentially cause excess muscle loss by exercising too much when you don’t have enough calorie or protein intake to rebuild torn muscles….so keep that in mind.
Aside from this, exercise may increase your feeling of well-being while on human chorionic gonadotropin as well.
Before we get too far along, IF you are looking for something that has all the hCG info you need in one place, AND a place to daily/weekly track your progress, that’s printable and fillable on your device and reusable, you might want to check out my digital hCG workbook.
What You Can Expect if You Combine HCG and Exercise
If you choose to do this, do keep a few things in mind so you won’t inadvertently get discouraged okay?
1. Expect Slower Losses
You might experience some water retention from the exercise, which may translate into what appears to be slower losses on the scale or more frequent “zeros” or “gains”- just keep in mind that your actual fat loss is not really being affected here. Please, if you are exercising and losing hardly anything on this diet and feeling crappy, do not email me asking if the hormone is bad okay?
2. You May Need to Eat A Little More
I’ve seen it recommended and it really seems to make sense, that if you do choose to exercise while on this protocol, you may need to increase your calorie intake a little bit. Think an extra protein portion either in the morning, or before or after your workout. Some ideas might be some egg whites, or perhaps whey protein powder. I can’t exactly how much extra calories you might need, but I’m guessing somewhere between 100-250 extra calories over the 500 may be in order, depending on the length and intensity of your workout.
3. You’ll Likely Need to Decrease the Intensity of Your Usual Workout
While you may be able to continue your previous workout program on hCG, you may find that you still have to turn down the intensity of it. In fact, one woman on this hCG forum thread put it nicely- she said, “It’s that your body has no sugar to work out – and the using of the fat for fuel is not as immediate. Before this protocol, for example, I could do 35 min on the EFX machine with no problem. Today I did only 7. It’s still a benefit to me. I feel better, and I still get the endorphins.”
So she didn’t really lose actual strength in her workouts- it was temporary while being on the protocol, but for her, even doing the little exercise she could manage was beneficial and worth it to her.
4. Make Sure to Replace Electrolytes
A lot of emphasis is placed on drinking a lot of water on the diet protocol, but you can actually drink too much water believe it or not, and you can seriously screw up your electrolyte balance if you’re exercising, drinking tons of water, and not replacing lost electrolytes.
A simple way to keep your electrolytes in balance while sticking to the protocol is just to add a little fresh squeezed lemon or orange and a dash of salt to a glass or two of your water.
Others Experiences with hCG and Exercise
Here are some great forum threads regarding the Protocol and Exercise I found useful (hearing the experiences of others is always helpful to me). The individuals who gave their input on these threads were running, jogging, lifting weights, doing workout videos and programs at home or in the gym, doing pilates, etc- there’s a wide variety of perspectives.
I hope you guys found this helpful! Head on over to Part 3 in the Exercise and hCG series, where I discuss when it’s not such a hot idea.
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