HCG Diet Loading Days: How to Lose Weight by Overeating
The HCG loading days generally makes up the first two days of the HCG diet. Some people call them the "binge" or "gorge" days. During these two days, you begin taking daily doses of HCG diet drops while eating to capacity the most fattening food you can. It's an integral part of the HCG drops diet plan.
Most people think it's pretty strange to attempt losing weight by first overeating for several days, although few really complain. After all, this is the only time you will ever be told that pigging out is a legitimate part of your diet! Overeating is not only allowed, it's required! The first day of the HCG loading phase is often unbelievable, but by the second day most people start to feel sick of all the eating and just want to get on with the HCG diet and start losing weight.
Yet the HCG loading phase is an absolutely essential part of the HCG diet. There are three important reasons:
Your Reserve Fat Needs to Be Restocked
The HCG loading days help restock low fat reserves, a very important step that needs to occur before HCG diet drops will have their best effect. Dr. Simeons explained that many people trying the HCG diet have low levels of reserve fat despite having too much abnormal fat. Fat reserves are normal and necessary fat stores that are normally used to fill your energy needs when you're low on calories. They are very different from the abnormal, fixed fat deposits you're trying to get rid of.
Your good fat reserves are an important part of your body, but if you've done any dieting before, they have probably been used up already. Many overweight and obese people have chronically low fat reserves due to years of repeated or constant dieting. If your good fat reserves are already low, you will have a very difficult time during the low-calorie diet phase of the HCG diet. Even if you think your fat reserves are OK, it's best to follow the HCG loading phase to make sure.
HCG Diet Drops Take Several Days to Start Working
It takes HCG diet drops several days to begin releasing enough of your abnormal fat stores to supply your energy needs for the 500-calorie portion of the HCG diet. If you fail to follow the HCG loading phase properly, you will miss out on the feeling of euphoria many HCG dieters experience during the first week. Not only that, but you'll also feel hungrier, be more irritable, and have more headaches the first week.
Whatever you do, don't start the 500-calorie diet on the first day of taking HCG diet drops. Follow your HCG diet drops instructions to make sure they will reach full potency when you are done with loading.
HCG Loading Days Will Maximize Your Weight Loss Potential
Some informal studies have shown that those who follow the HCG loading days correctly lose more weight overall. Dr. Simeons never mentioned this benefit, but there are several reasons why this might be so.
So what happens to your weight during the HCG loading phase? Most people gain weight fairly quickly, sometimes as much as four to six pounds in the first day. The next day you'll likely gain less. Regardless, the whole amount is usually lost within the first two days of the 500-calorie diet. If you load properly, you could lose as much as 10 or 12 pounds the first week. When calculating your total weight lost at the end of the HCG diet, you should start from the first day of the 500-calorie diet (don't count the loading days).
Some people are surprised to find that they don't gain any weight at all during the HCG loading phase, and some even lose weight. This seems to happen to about 15% of HCG dieters. Often this is caused by a loss of water weight, especially for those who haven't been getting enough protein.
The HCG loading phase is so important to your success on the HCG diet. We discussed three reasons: