So we talked about what the loading phase on the hCG protocol is and how to do it in this post already.
But why? Why are we trying to eat more than normal for 2 days prior to losing weight?
Why Do This
The purpose of the loading phase:
There is a two fold goal here, and a reason I recommend loading low carb instead of the traditional way that allows sugars.
a. It takes a couple days for the hCG to be in full effect in your system. You need to build up a store of easily accessible fats in your system to make your first couple days on the VLCD (very low calorie diet) easier. This will happen whether you load low carb or with donuts.
b. Supposedly by eating high fats while the hCG is getting into your system helps the hormone to recognize where your fat stores lie so that it can then access them and use them for fuel. I cannot vouch for this, but it hasn’t hurt me so why not? I certainly did experience amazing body re-shaping.
c. Loading low carb as opposed to the traditional way will make your first days on the VLCD much more easy as you won’t be having a sudden drop in carbs to your system that would could easily cause intense sensations of hunger, low blood sugar, and cravings.
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More In Depth on the “WHY” for the Loading Phase of hCG
What the purpose is NOT:
I’m quoting a section from an hCG site here (we’ll keep them anonymous so they won’t feel embarrassed): loading ” also makes you get your fill of those foods you can’t have while on the VLCD (very low calorie diet) portion of the diet. It really makes you not want those foods for a while and keep you from wanting to cheat.”
I’m sorry- that’s total BALONEY.
Think about it – for how many years have you been eating fast food and chocolate cake, or whatever your food vice of choice is? Obviously if you had gotten sick of those foods after eating them for a period of time, you would have stopped eating them a long time ago!
When I have loaded with sugars and carbs as part of the picture, I am only turned off to those foods for about 15 hours while I’m still stuffed. As soon as 3pm on the very first very low calorie day hits, I’m reading to stick my face right back into a cake again.
If I get 10 people to email me and tell me they have experienced otherwise, I’ll remove this section. Otherwise, I think it’s foolish to think that binging will cause you to not want to binge.
That never happened to me in over a year of having a binge eating disorder. As soon as the food was digested, I was ready for more. Anyone else? Okay moving on.
What If You Are A Normal Person Who Occasionally Enjoys A Slice of Pecan Pie Now and Then?
okay, so in that case, I can see where loading on whatever you feel like eating could turn out fine. It sounds like you are an average healthy eater and the excess weight you are carrying is more due to hormone imbalances and slow metabolism than because of poor eating habits. If that’s you, perhaps having one last slice of cheesecake before you start the hCG protocol really would make you feel satisfied and ready to start the diet with a fresh outlook.
What is the true purpose of loading for the hCG Diet?
Sometimes referred to as “fat loading” or gorging, loading has to do with eating a high amount of fat for some reason while taking the hCG hormone.
To be honest I still haven’t read a totally clear 100% “this-is-exactly-what-is-happening-when-you-load-on-hCG” reason.
But it’s worth noting what 2 actual authorities on the hCG Diet have stated regarding this topic.
The first is Dr. Simeons himself. Here is what he stated in his book Pounds and Inches about loading on the hCG Diet:
“One cannot keep a patient comfortably on 500 Calories unless his normal fat reserves are reasonably well stocked. It is for this reason also that every case, even those that are actually gaining must eat to capacity of the most fattening food they can get down until they have had the third injection. It is a fundamental mistake to put a patient on 500 Calories as soon as the injections are started, as it seems to take about three injections before abnormally deposited fat begins to circulate and thus become available. We distinguish between the first three injections, which we call “non-effective” as far as the loss of weight is concerned, and the subsequent injections given while the patient is dieting, which we call “effective”.”
The second is Robin Woodall, author of Weight-Loss Apocalypse: Emotional Eating Rehab Through the hCG Protocol. In her book she states regarding fat loading, “the relationship between the small dose of hCG and fat’s stimulation of leptin requires three days of forced-feeding. Eating high fat foods to full capacity during those days acts as a catalyst, ensuring sufficient blood leptin is stimulated by the fourth days that warrants the drastic drop to the 500-calorie protocol.”
Please note Robin advocates a 3 day load, whereas Dr. Simeons recommended only 2 days for the average healthy non-dieting adult. This leaves it up to you as to what you want to do. I loaded for 3 days one of my rounds, but I have found 2 days to be sufficient for me. One way to figure it is see how much weight you gain loading the first 2 days- if it seems like enough, you’re probably good. If you haven’t gained much at all and don’t feel like you really packed those fats in there, a 3rd day may be warranted. I actually discuss this in a lot more detail here: Should You Load 3 Days for hCG?
What Does This Really Mean??
None of this making sense? Don’t worry. It doesn’t really make sense to me either. I think I need some more science classes or something.
But the point is, loading appears to be important, even if you don’t understand the entire concept behind it fully. Enough people have done this protocol now to see that it works as it’s been written. As Robin puts it, “Loading is a fundamental necessity for the entire protocol to work. Without loading, participants can experience symptoms of starvation for longer than two weeks.”
If you want to be one the first to experiment with hCG without loading and then get a body fat test afterwards to see what your ratio of body fat loss to muscle loss is, be my guest- then report back to me and let me know how it went!
Since I only have one body, I’ve decided to in this case to stick with what appears to work best since it wouldn’t hurt me to do so, and not loading could potentially hurt me. That’s how I decided that.
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