Ah so you are debating the 2 day vs. 3 day load question huh?
I think there are just 2 questions to ask yourself when it comes to this:
- Are you considering a 3 day load because you feel you truly need it, or because you want an excuse to buy another cake?
- How do you feel the morning after your 2nd load day?
#1 Do You Need It or Do You Just Want More Cake?
This is a valid question! I only loaded for 3 days on one round, and it was the round that totally flopped and you know what? It was my sugary load that set off my sugar bingeing again.
In reality, when I was debating on a 3rd loading day, my TRUE reason for doing so had nothing to do with thinking my body needed it to have better fat loss for the coming round. The real reason was that I wanted one more free, “legal” day to gorge on sugary foods in a way that wouldn’t be considered normal if I were not loading.
This is a protocol, not a true “diet.” The mind change that you will be going through needs to start NOW, with even these first types of decisions on the protocol. Doing this will help the diet plan not become a crutch that you return to where you want to do another round just so you can load without feeling guilty etc. (oh yes indeedy, I have thought this to myself before, so I know some of you have as well).
This is a life change. You are changing how you think about food and eating. It’s going to take time. But you want to start off on the RIGHT foot by letting these changes effect every part of the decisions you make on this protocol.
Don’t allow yourself to trick you. You’re only hurting you when you do this.
#2 How Do You Feel the Morning After Your 2nd Load Day?
There will be most likely one of two possible answers.
- If you wake up that third morning and feel just about as stuffed as when you went to bed, I feel you can probably call the loading phase good and start VLCD. That’s how I felt my final round, so I stopped at 2 days of loading. If you load well on FATS this will most likely happen.
- If you wake up that third morning and feel hungry or like you have a totally empty stomach, I could see that doing a 3rd load day may be a reasonable thing to do. This might be the case if you didn’t realize how important taking in enough fat is on your load and ended up inadvertently skimping on this the first two days. You can use that third day to really eat high fat stuff. Here you can see a rundown of what I ate loading for my final round of hCG.
Lastly, remember the #1 downfall when it comes to not loading well is not getting enough fats in on your load. FAT is the whole point of loading. You may end up eating carbs and sugar etc as well, but the biggest problem for hunger at the start of the Diet is because the load ended up being mostly carbs and not much fat.
For instance, a previous help email from someone very hungry at the start of the protocol, when I asked about loading on fats etc, she mentioned she felt like she ate a lot, but realized in retrospect that it was mostly things like crackers.
the Short Answer
So in short, you don’t have to plan in advance if you will load 2 or 3 days – you can just gauge how you are feeling when you wake up that 3rd day – if you are feeling quite full and “so ready to start VLCD” – it’s probably time to start VLCD! And if you wake up and feel like you could still easily eat a horse, a 3rd day of HIGH FAT loading may totally be in order.
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