The first phase on the HCG diet, is known as the “loading” phase. The second phase is known as the “weight loss” phase, and the third phase is all about “maintenance”. Without a doubt the first phase will be the easiest portion of the diet protocol, however it only lasts for two quick days. Often times, because it is so unlike any other diet, many individuals struggle with the idea of determining the correct types of food to eat during phase 1. Here we offer two alternatives, a healthy solution and a not so healthy approach. Here are some HCG diet tips for phase 1.
Why Am I Loading?
Phase 1 of the HCG diet requires that you go into a loading mode and eat as many high-calorie, fatty foods as you feel comfortable eating. While you might deem this an odd request, as it seems highly counter-intuitive, you are attempting to store as much abnormal body fat as possible, in an effort to trigger the fat flushing process during HCG phase 2. The second phase will begin on the third day of your HCG diet.
What Types of Foods Can I Eat?
You can consume foods like pizza, hamburgers, and fried chicken along with a large variety of high-fat desserts including donuts, cheesecake or any other type of goodies. The idea is to eat as much dense food as possible, so now is not the time to hold back on rations of butter and cheese (but only during phase 1).
While cheese is considered the ultimate food to destroy any diet, during phase 1, any kind of cheese is considered to be your friend. It is extremely high in fat calories while being a very dense food. This means each individual slice of cheese you add to your juicy hamburger can add as much as 9 grams or 90 calories of fat to your meal.
Remaining Healthy on Phase 1
While these two days might seem glorious in eating anything fatty that is desired, it is important to eat some types of fiber to ensure that you do not create any digestive problems. Eating a small salad (with loads of dressing) sometime during the middle of the day will give you all the necessary dietary fiber you need to ensure your entire digestive system operates smoothly. Consider eating some whole wheat crackers (with cheese) later in the day to provide even more fiber.
A Healthier Approach
For those that wish to take a healthier avenue during phase 1 to start the process of changing your eating habits, consider foods high in fats but low in processing. While these are only examples of some of the heart healthy fats you can consume while on phase 1, any type of nutrient rich fat would be acceptable. The healthier list of fatty foods would include avocados, avocado oil, tuna, walnuts, olives, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, whole eggs, olives, salmon, sardines, cottage cheese, flaxseed, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, heavy cream, lake trout, natural peanut butter, almonds, sunflower seeds, mackerel and olive oils.
Remember you will most likely be eliminating nearly all of the foods you enjoy over the next 40 or so days. Now is the time to salt your food, or add more sugar to ensure your storing additional body fat for the first two days, and enjoying along the way.