This is one of those questions that is probably up there in the “five most frequently asked questions hcgchica gets”.
So I thought hey a BLOGPOST is in order! Why didn’t I think of this sooner? Maybe because it’s about….a woman’s PERIOD!
Gasp! There I said it. Look both ways- is anyone listening? Hush now, this could be considered a kind of TMI type of subject. Perhaps in our effort to make it seem less icky, in the hCG diet community we call it “TOM” aka Time of Month, but really it’s just your menstrual cycle or period.
Whatever the case, it’s important to discuss all these topics because they really do matter. It’s like when you go into labor- do you start worrying about the hospital gown being open in the back? Nope! You just want to get that baby out and have everything turn out alright! At least that’s how I felt.
This is really no different, because just like having a baby, doing the hCG diet plan and doing it right can literally change your life.
As always, when I answer a question like this I try to just present to you the different factors to consider, so that you can make the best decision in your situation.
Why Did Dr. Simeons Recommend Starting the hCG Diet After a Woman’s Period Ended?
I don’t know honestly. He didn’t really say and sadly he’s not around to ask. But I’m not going to leave you hanging.
2 Reasons To Consider Starting hCG Right After Your Period
There are 2 reasons why I see wisdom in following this advice when possible.
1. Save All the PMS Symptoms For When You’re Already USED to the Strictness of the hCG Diet
I think we ALL agree that the whole pms thing is almost always accompanied by cravings, more hunger than normal, weight gain/water retention, grouchy or weepy/emotional mood swings, etc right? Husbands tend to lay low or grin and bear it till it’s over.
Being on hCG does not make you immune to those same PMS symptoms- in fact, sometimes they might even be worse. Because there’s no chocolate to comfort you.
You can experience cravings for what you might normally indulge in when you’re pmsing, which I’m pretty sure isn’t 100 grams of chicken or 1/2 a grapefruit.
Concsiously knowing that being on TOM during hCG will be a difficult time, I feel it may be easier to get through if you save it for when you’re vlcd-adapted. Meaning you’ve already gone through whatever carb withdrawals you might experience the first several days of the diet, you’ve gotten into a groove with your meals, it’s been awhile since your last hot dog so you’re no longer thinking about it every hour, and you’ve adjusted to this different temporary “lifestyle.”
2. You can retain water on the hCG diet and not lose weight for a few days or even GAIN.
While you can never really expect weight loss every stinking day on hCG anyways, despite claims (see my article on the #1 reason for stalls on the hCG Diet), PMS and your menstrual cycle is one factor that often causes a temporary stall in weight loss on hCG.
The number one thing that people expect out of hCG in return for following it’s strict rules and resulting mental suffering are good results. When you’re weight loss is stalling for a few days or gasp, even goes UP, while you are eating just 500 calories a day, and then on top of that you feel like ALL you want in the world is a huge piece of chocolate cake and all you can have is cucumber with salt, well, you can see where this is going right?
Frustration, disappointment, discouragement, your whole body just crying out to quit.
These are the types of feeling and emotions that you might experience if you were to time your hCG round so that your period (or TOM) came during the first week or two of hCG.
It’s honestly never going to feel EASY experiencing all this, but there are certainly times it will be easier than others, so choosing those times is smart.
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 If You Ain’t No Newbie to hCG?
Not even just for newbies, each time one of us starts a new round of hCG, I feel that there is an adjustment period where you re-acclimate to the diet. You have a fresh reminder in your head as you go through those first days that yes, this protocol is NOT easy, yet it is so worth it because you are losing so well.
My basic feeling is that experiencing any of this towards the beginning of an hCG journey, only 1-2 weeks in, could cause a higher “failure” rate at sticking to the protocol.
It takes awhile to adjust to hCG each round (for me anyway) and it starts to feel easier after awhile, and that’s when I feel it’s best to deal with PMS- once you’re already in the groove of P2- less likely to cheat or give up when you see the scale stop for a few days or start wishing for chocolate cake- if you experience that 1 week into hCG I think it’s a lot easier to give up.
When You Might Consider Starting hCG At a Different Time
Because of everything discussed above, I think IDEALLY you want to start hCG after your period ends.
But there are also lots of other things going on in life that can also create problems for being on hCG successfully – like family get togethers and vacations.
So in cases like these where you’re looking at your calendar and trying to see where hCG fits in best, you basically want to pick the slot of time that you will have to go through the LEAST temptations.
So if it comes down to a choice of doing your round of hCG while on a 10 vacation to disney world with the fam or starting hCG a few days before your period starts, well, probably the latter will end being the lesser-challenging time.
Remember – pick the LEAST challenging time to do your round of hCG. This is important. More on that topic here: Plan Your Round of HCG in Advance
Now it’s your turn – what has been your own personal experience, good or bad, with the hCG Diet and TOM?
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