Stalls and Plateau’s on the HCG DIET
I am so sorry you are experiencing a STALL on the HCG DIET. They are more annoying mentally than anything. Yet, they are so NORMAL and happen to almost everyone here and there on the journey. Weight loss is just not linear. If you have not “cheated” or “treated” with anything off of the program – the stall is most likely due to water play, and fat will still be burning. We can not always predict when or why we will be holding water. If you’ve had anything off the program or any food sensitivity, water retention can last for four days or so. I remind my patients of these things on the HCG DIET at The Natural Path quite often.
Common Reasons for HCG DIET Stalls and Plateau’s
+ Having anything off the program can cause a stall very easily. If you have any “inflammatory” foods, you can gain 2-3 lbs of water. It will shift over 2-4 days. +Constipation – if bowels are not moving, you have mass in your intestines showing up on the scale with you.
+Set point stalls – being at a weight you have been at for any length – usually 1 year plus. It is easy for the body to sit in these places for 5-6 day
+Sore muscles – easy to gain 1-3 lbs if muscles are sore. Sore muscles retain LOTS of water.
+ Menses – usually 3-4 days BEFORE the menses begin – progesterone elevates and programs all of your cells to hold water. This can last 2-5 days, depending upon the person. Again, it’s just water and still burning fat.
Foods that could Create a Stall or Plateau on the HCG DIET
+If doing fruit – the recommended is just one serving daily; if weight loss seems slow try omitting the fruit. The sugar can cause insulin to be released and slow weight loss down for some.
+Make sure chicken breast is boneless/skinless and not from rotisserie chicken or thigh meat, etc. Make sure if you buy it prepared it is low in sodium. For example, Trader Joe’s has prepared chicken breast, but it is very high in sodium. Best to cook for yourself.
+Be sure beef and ground turkey are the leanest out there.
+No salmon – white fish only
+ Read labels for all sauces/spices to be sure sodium is not sneaking in. Sodium is sneaky and will make you hold water.
+Stevia is the ONLY sweetener – others will slow things down
+Keep tomato to 1/2 cup max as a vegetable serving.
+Use caution with Boca and Morningstar products processed with a decent sodium content – be sure the ones you are consuming are on the shopping list (manual attached and shopping list towards the end).
+Careful of pickles – they seem like cucumbers but have lots of sodium
+Be sure fats are not sneaking in
+ If you have more protein that your body is utilizing – there is a gluconeogenesis or sugar-making pathway with protein.
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Sometimes, stalls are just a normal thing.
This will shift.
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