5 Things You Can Do if You’re Hungry on the HCG Diet
Occasionally, a customer will contact us at DIYHCG and tell us that their friend or family member did the diet touting the fact that they were not hungry. The customer then goes on to sadly say, “But I am hungry, so is there anything that I can do?” The answer is YES! Here are 5 things you can do if you're hungry on the HCG Diet.
- Increase the Amount of HCG
If you are taking .5 three times a day, increase to .6 three times a day. You should normally notice a decrease in your hunger level in 24 to 48 hours.
- Take HCG More Frequently
We’ve had clients who work overnight or work long shifts, i.e., nurses who work from 7pm to 7am and delivery personnel who work from midnight to noon, complain of hunger. Increasing the frequency of taking HCG, even though the total amount taken in a 24-hour period is about the same, helped them. Instead of taking the usual .5ml three times per day at around 8am, 2pm and 8pm (.5 x 3 = 1.5 ml), the person took .4ml four times per day (.4 x 4 = 1.6 ml) spread out over their awake time. The nurse who was awake each day from 5pm to 9am the next morning took her HCG at 6pm, 10pm, 4am and 8am.
- Make Sure to Drink Plenty of Water
Your weight loss efforts will be much more effective if you drink plenty of water, usually .5 to 1 ounce for each pound that you weigh. If you weigh 160 lbs., 80 ounces (10 cups) to 160 ounces (20 cups) of water per day. This is a pretty big range but the optimum amount to drink depends on your environment and activity level. Start out drinking the lower amount and increase until the color of your urine is pale to clear. You’ll also want to spread out the water-drinking during the course of the day versus going to the kitchen and guzzling several cups at a time since this is hard on your kidneys.
- Eat Your Vegetables
Although mixing vegetables (eating more than one vegetable type at a meal) is not allowed, Dr. Simeons permitted dieters to eat green vegetables in an unlimited quantity while eating the protein at mealtime. (However, you may want to limit tomatoes and onions as they do cause some people to stall.)
- Break Up Your Fruit Intake
While Dr. Simeons allowed dieters to eat unlimited green vegetables at mealtime, fruit is a naturally limited quantity, 1 apple, 1 orange, ½ grapefruit or “your handful” of strawberries so eating it over time would be permitted. For example, if you have always been a breakfast person (and there really is no breakfast on this protocol), you could eat ½ of your fruit in the morning and the other half at lunch or if you are always hungry mid-afternoon, eat ½ of your fruit at lunchtime and the other half at 3:30pm.
We’re here to support our customers five days a week via phone, chat and email; if you try all of these tips and are STILL hungry, give us a holler!