Should I exercise on the HCG Diet?
Should I exercise on the HCG Diet? Exercise is a requirement for many weight-loss programs. In fact, it is often the reason people give up on a diet program. Why? It’s already difficult to change eating/dietary habits, and then to add a workout routine, when you’re already at low energy from eating less, is especially difficult.
While everyone can agree that exercise can be a great aid in losing weight and staying healthy, being very overweight, I decided that I wanted to lose a few pounds before I started an exercise routine. I reasoned that it would be much easier to work out after losing 20 pounds with less pressure on my joints, especially my knees, and I was right!
Which weight-loss program doesn’t require exercise? You guessed it, the HCG Diet Protocol!
We all know that the HCG Diet is not like any other diet. By following Dr. Simeons’ eating plan and taking HCG, you can expect to lose 20 – 30 pounds in 30 to 40 days. Weight loss occurs from all the places on your body where abnormal fat is stored and it does so quickly and effortlessly, without exercise.
How can this be? When you take the drops, the HCG tells your body to release the stored abnormal fat. Your body uses the released fat as an energy source to fuel itself. Exercise is not needed to release this abnormal fat.
You may be thinking, “If I exercise while taking the HCG drops, I’ll burn more fat and lose even more weight.” But you’ll be surprised to find out that if you didn’t exercise regularly before the diet, you may gain weight by working out while on HCG!
If you want to do some sort of exercise while on the low-calorie phase of the HCG Diet, our recommendations are below.
- If you have been working out at least 2 months prior to starting the protocol, then it is okay to continue your workout routine. However, you should listen to your body and not push yourself. Once you finish the low-calorie phase, you’re free to do any kind of exercise.
- If you have not been working out for 2 months prior to starting the protocol, then do not start a new routine until you get to maintenance. If you really want to do something, try going for a 20-30 minute walk every day or every other day. This type of exercise is low impact, but it can raise your heart rate and walking at a slow and steady pace may help you feel better, both physically and mentally.
To summarize, exercise is not required on the low-calorie phase of the HCG Diet (3-6 weeks), but once you reach the maintenance phase, you’ll want to incorporate some sort of exercise routine. Exercise reduces the risk of developing disease, has immediate and long-term health benefits and improves the quality of your life. Since you’ll likely have a lot more energy than before you started the diet, and you’ll feel more like exercising, now is the time!