Before you begin any diet, it’s important to adequately prepare yourself for it. With the HCG diet, you will need the proper supplements and will have to research what foods are and aren’t allowed. You will also want to decide on an exercise regime if you decide to add that to your diet. If you have any health problems, you will need to consult your physician before embarking on the HCG diet program. Here are a few things you need to do before you get started:
A major part of the diet involves taking HCG supplements, so you will need to stock up on this before you begin the program. You can find HCG in both oral and injection forms and can purchase them either online or from the local pharmacy. Keep in mind, however, that you will likely need a prescription if you go to the pharmacy. Make sure you get enough to see you through to the end of your diet.
It is vital to take your measurements and weight before, during and after the diet. This way you will be able to track the progress and keep motivated. In order to do this you will need to buy a good bathroom scale. When weighing yourself, remember to do so in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink. It is also important to have a measuring tape so that you can take down your basic measurements such as your bust, waist, hips, thighs and arms. Finally, buy a plain notebook to jot down the numbers everyday. You can also use this journal to record your meals so that you can review it if you start to have trouble dropping weight. A food scale is also necessary in order to measure out your food portions. You can find these from any department store or specialty kitchen shop.
In addition to the HCG, you may also want to start taking supplements to go with your diet. To strengthen your immune system, buy a good multivitamin and take as instructed. You may also want to get a calcium supplement as dairy is restricted on the diet. Other supplements to consider include vitamin B-12, fiber and vitamin C.
Diets can get tough at times, making it hard to keep going and seeing it through to the end. Before you begin your diet, arm yourself with the tools to keep your motivated before you even begin to flag. One way to do this is to take “before” pictures of your body and paste them in your journal or in the kitchen. This way you can look at it when you are feeling low and remember what you are seeking to achieve. With the proper preparation you will be amazed at what you can achieve on the HCG diet.