After you have completed the loading phase it is time to move on to the arguably less enjoyable phase 2. The very low calorie diet. This is where you will experience the rapid weight loss that has made the HCG diet so popular. You are now limiting yourself to only 500 calories a day. Which, particularly after the loading days will seem like an absolutely tiny amount of food. Hunger should not be an issue due to the HCG topping up your calorie intake by burning the excess fat around your body.
You may still feel small cravings. You do not need as much food now, and your body will not ‘ask’ you to eat more. But your mind is used to the sensation of eating a large amount of food regularly. Part of the HCG diet is to help to train you to need less food. It will happen. After a few days you will be amazed to find that in spite of only eating a tiny 500 calories that it is enough for you.
What can you eat during the low calorie phase? Obviously whatever you do eat, you can only afford to enjoy a small amount of it. But fruits, vegetables and protein are all good choices. Aim for the nutritious foods to try and ensure that you are still getting plenty of vitamins and protein in spite of your low calorie diet. Very important is to get plenty of water. Your body is very reliant on water and during the low calorie phase of the HCG diet is no exception. Drink plenty of water with all of your meals. Water will also help to satisfy your mind for the first few days of the diet whilst you may still have some cravings for food.
Finally, the end of phase 2. Phase 2 will have lasted anywhere from 21 to 41 days and now you are ready to ease out of the diet. For at least 72 hours/3 days you will stay on the 500 calorie diet, with the exception that you will no longer be taking the HCG. This is an essential part of the HCG diet and missing out this phase can very easily lead you to end up back where you were. You body needs time to ‘reset’.
During phase 2 you will have lost the majority of your abnormal fat. Abnormal fat tends to gather around your waist, thighs, buttocks and stomach. You will want to make sure that you have adopted eating habits from phase 2. Although you won’t be required to eat this strict of a diet your whole life, it is important to learn to only consume sugars and carbs in moderation.