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Tips to Keep you Motivated and Successful on the HCG Diet Program

October 6, 2019 By , , , , ,

Staying Inspired on the HCG Diet Protocol

I love reaching out to my HCG Diet patients every week that they are under my care on the program to check in and see how things are going.  The HCG Diet is a challenge but, I promise it is the good kind of human challenge.  This challenge is helping patients to let go of habits and patterns that have been created in life around food so that they can “undo” them and create new ones that will serve them even better into the future!

A Few Tips for an Inspired HCG Diet Weight Loss Journey

I am proud of everyone of my patients for taking this on and happy to be their guide along the way.  There are a few things I find important to think about as they take this journey!

  1. Determine WHY you want to lose weight — Get clear with the reasons you want to lose weight and write them down. This will help you stay committed and motivated to reach your weight loss goals.  If you can read through your goals every day and let them be a reminder when tempted to stray from your the HCG Diet phase 2 protocol.  Many common reasons include preventing diabetes, keeping up with children/grandchildren, looking your best for an event, improving your self-confidence or fitting into a certain pair of jeans.
  2. 2. Keep Your Expectations Realistic

It is not uncommon to read on the internet that you can lose 1 lb per day on the HCG Diet.  I am here to remind you that the most common trend that I see after leading over 3000 people through this process over the past 14 years is  — .5 lbs average weight loss per day.  Some may have more and some may have less.  2-4 lbs per week is simply perfect!  Weight loss is never linear and plateau’s and stalls are normal and often happen several times through the process. 

Setting unattainable goals can lead to feelings of frustration and cause you to give up. On the contrary, setting and accomplishing achievable goals leads to feelings of accomplishment.

The good news is that you are doing so much more than losing weight on this process — cleansing, detoxifying and resetting habits and patterns to name a few.  Even a small amount of weight loss such as 5–10% of your body weight can have a large impact on your health. 

3. Focus on Process Goals

Many people trying to lose weight only set outcome goals, or goals they want to accomplish at the end.  Typically, an outcome goal will be your final target weight.  However, focusing only on outcome goals can derail your motivation. They can often feel too distant and leave you feeling overwhelmed.  Think about process goals, or what actions you’re going to take to reach your desired outcome. An example of a process goal is following through with the HCG Diet protocol food plan every day and also adding in gentle exercise 3-4 x/week.  Another might be consuming 2-4 liters of water daily.  Celebrate these little goals that are going to pave the way for the big goal.

4. Keep a Weight Loss Journal or Tracker

Self-monitoring is crucial to weight loss motivation and success.  There is something that happens when we write things down and bring 100% mindfulness to our process. Research has found that people who track their food intake are more likely to lose weight and maintain their weight loss.  Keep a food journal (only if it speaks to you) and record your emotions as well.  This can help you to identify food emotions and food triggers and therefore lead to better methods of coping.

5. Celebrate Your Successes

Losing weight is hard, so celebrate all your successes to keep yourself motivated.  The hardest work we do as humans is to change our habits and patterns.  You are doing it. This is hard work and you are making it happen. Give yourself some credit when you accomplish a goal. When you feel pride in yourself, you will increase your motivation.  Moreover, remember to celebrate behavior changes and not just reaching a certain number on the scale.  Enjoy some non=food rewards such as going to a movie, getting a pedicure, buying a new article of clothing or going somewhere special.

6. Plan for Challenges and Setbacks

Little (or even big) moments of stress will always pop up. Finding ways to plan for them and developing proper coping skills will help you stay motivated no matter what life throws your way.  There will always be holidays, birthdays or parties to attend and stress can always arise within a family or at work. We all know that people turn to food for comfort. This can quickly lead to them abandoning their weight loss goals. Have a plan in place to stay on track when times get tough. You could consider going for a walk, taking a bath/shower, breathe deep or call a friend.  There are also parties and dinners out that might get in the way. Have a plan in place and you will be fine!

7. Don’t Aim for Perfection and Forgive Yourself

Having a goal of being a healthier version of you is perfect.  If you happen to “mess up” … forgive yourself and move on.  Tomorrow is always a new day and you can hit the “reset” button! Avoid beating yourself up when you make a mistake as self-defeating thoughts will just hinder your motivation.  Instead, forgive yourself. Remember that one mistake is not going to ruin your progress.

7. Learn to Love and Appreciate Your Body

Celebrate your body and all of the amazing things it does for you each and every day. Bless your body and try to thank it multiple times daily for at least 5 things it does for you! Walking you around, breathing air into your lungs, smelling flowers, seeing the beautiful sky, feeling the sun on your skin, tasting your food, the ability to swim in water, being able to dance and move and the list goes on.

 

Stay motivated! Stay inspired! Stay prepared! 

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