So before the more rewarding Phase 2 losing-weight part, you need to go through the Phase 1 loading portion of the hCG Diet Plan, lasting typically 2-3 days. Also sometimes called gorging, it involves eating more than normal of high fat foods – yes the idea is to actually gain weight during this phase. Don’t panic, it will come off quickly.
So lets talk about how to do it, and then discuss why we do it since it sounds like lunacy to do this on purpose.
Then after you have the basics, you’ll want to get more details on loading properly for you here.
Phase 1: Loading for the hCG Diet: 2 days
Loading is typically done for 2 days, but on occasion there might be reason to load for 3 days or more.
In a nutshell:
Eat larger than normal amounts of high fat foods with the purpose of gaining weight, for 2 days, while taking hCG.
What to do
a. Take hCG injections
(please see my article on finding the best dose of hCG for you) Most feel the least hunger on 125iu or 150iu- this will be 12.5 units or 15 units on the injection syringe if you mix hCG in 1:1 ratio)
b. Eat high fat foods / higher calorie intake than usual
c. Eat low carb* (optional – see below)
Food choices would be the same as the 1 week pre-hCG diet phase (another optional thing I just kind of made up), just focus on eating a higher fat and higher calorie count than usual for these 2 days. You are trying to purposefully gain weight. Shocker! I know.
* Loading low carb is optional– you can load the traditional way and eat whatever you want- cake, donuts etc.- see why I believe in low carb / clean loading for some. If you are not addicted to sugar, you can probably get away with eating pecan pie and cheesecake while loading without too many repercussions on hCG.
d. Weigh yourself daily
How Much Should I Eat Exactly?
Some people say you should stuff yourself till you feel sick. Personally, I do not believe in this. I have a binge eating history, and I have come to realize that there is never a good reason or excuse to get that full on purpose. It is not a healthy positive way to interact with food, so it’s not something I would ever feel is needed.
I have found that sometimes when loading the hCG can make you already feel like not eating almost right away- that kind of happened my first round of hCG when the smell of Dim Sum we went to and all the fatty foods was making me sick and nauseous! And other rounds I found I was able to load and eat a fair amount pretty easily.
My advice, if it were me, would be just eat with purpose but not to the point of making yourself sick.
Also if you note my Clean Loading option, that too can help you to properly load even if you struggle to eat a lot, so that you are not wasting calories getting full on the ingredients that you don’t need for loading (I’m talking to YOU sugar and wheat).
Dealing with Aversion to Most/All Eating During Loading
If you feel too “full” already to feel like you can eat hardly anything, you might try to see if there are any foods that feel less averse to you than others. For instance, sometimes cold foods, or foods with no smell, seem to be able to go down much easier than say…..pungent Dim Sum. So for instance, you could mix some coconut cream and stevia and swerve together and stick it in the freezer for awhile to make a super high fat treat that might be palatable for you. If you can tolerate cold yogurt you can add melted butter or full fat sour cream to it to make a higher fat food.
Remember the main loading principles:
- High fat foods
- Eat with purpose – don’t absentmindedly not eat
- Don’t go to point of being sick to your stomach
- Try to find higher fat foods you can tolerate if you are having aversion to consuming even normal amounts of foods.
My Loading Days Example:
I’ll just give you an example of what I consumed my final round of hCG – I loaded for 2 days, and during that two days combined, I ate a total of 8,000 calories and about 600 grams of fat. This does not mean you have to eat this much on your loading days! I do seem to have a particularly big appetite for a little lady of my height if I make any comparisons in how much I eat in general with my 6′ husband (I eat more than him, at least that’s how it seems to me), so I may have a larger appetite and tolerance for more food than you.
You can see what foods that was comprised of here:
And remember, this is just the very basics of loading – check out all my Phase 1 Loading posts to get really informed.
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