After having managed Phase 1 (the „loading“-phase) you should be feeling so full that dieting doesn’t sound too hard anymore. However, the first days of Phase 2 were the toughest for me. I was hungry and I felt like I literally had no energy left. After you got through the struggle of the first few days, though, it only gets better and better! Anyways, let me explain how Phase 2 works.
Essentially, in Phase 2 you only eat 500 calories per day and drink lots and lots of water. It’s very important to observe the exact amount of calories you eat, so make sure to weigh your food and keep a diary. Also don’t forget to take your sublingual hCG drops.
There are a lot of foods that are not allowed during Phase 2. I’m not going to provide you with a huge list (most likely you get that list with the HCG drops you purchased anyways), however, I’m going to give you some guidelines for each meal of the day.
We start with breakfast. To get to the point: there is no breakfast. You are allowed to drink herbal tea or coffee, though. You can use sweeteners; however stay away from sugar, honey and milk.
For lunch you are going to have your first bites of food. You are allowed to eat one type of vegetable and one fruit. When I was in phase 2 I ate a big lettuce salad every single day. Not only is it healthy, but lettuce has basically no calories. Dressings usually contain a lot of oil and/or sugar so you have to keep an eye on that. Vinegar is fine. Spices are fine, too. Oil and sugar are not. Simple. Additionally, you have to make sure to eat some protein - 100g of lean meat or fish is perfect – as well as some dried bread, such as a bread stick or melba toast.
Last but not least: dinner. I wish I had more to tell you about dinner. But I have to disappoint you. Dinner is basically the same as lunch. Same amounts too. I suggest you to mix up the types of vegetables, fruits and meat you eat. You don’t want to get bored by the foods you eat since it’s enough that you are eating very little calories on the HCG diet. There are tons of good recipes on the internet for Phase 2. I’ll try to post some here on my blog, too.
Phase 1 of the HCG drops protocol is often also called the „loading“-phase. The name already explains pretty well what you will be doing during that phase. You load your body with as much food as possible for two days. Why would you do that? Well, it’s quite simple: you need to stock up your fat reserves, so that you lose more fat. That may sound counterintuitive but let me explain.
There are different types of fat storages in your body. The “normal” fat reserves are quite easily accessible and your body basically uses them as “emergency energy”. Essentially when you are starving yourself your body is willing to give those up because that’s what they are meant for. However there is also “abnormal fat” which is the fat your body stores beyond what it needs as emergency reserves.
You can now understand why it is so hard to burn those excess pounds. You are dieting, you are suffering, but your body doesn’t even touch the abnormal fat. HCG drops, however, help your body to release and burn exactly those nasty fat storages that are so hard to get rid of.
When “loading” in Phase 1 you fill your normal fat stores, so your body doesn’t get into the “emergency mode”. Since you are taking the HCG drops your body will still burn the abnormal fat though to provide you with enough energy. And those are exactly the pounds that you want to get rid of!
Short answer: yes. If you are a man and you want to take hCG Drops to lose weigth you won’t experience any particular side effects (so, no you won’t get man-boobs). Actually, the hCG hormone is often given to young males who are having difficulty with puberty, and the hormone can jumpstart the process.
So does it work differently for men?
Well besides the typical side effects that some people experience, like for example moderate headaches (mostly in the first few days which is due to the detox process) everything is just fine - for women and men alike. So there’s really no difference in how men and women react to the drops, apart from one fact, that actually makes men the lucky ones!
You guys out there probably will have a much easier time to lose your weight, as men are generally losing more weight when dieting and additionally a lot faster, too! Lucky you!
Of course that doesn’t mean that we can’t lose weight, girls! It just might take a little bit longer, so if you are dieting together with your partner, don’t lose hope if he seems to lose so much weight while you have to wait a little longer to reach your goal. However, eventually you will too!
So to get back to our initial topic:
If you are a man you don’t have to worry about anything in particular. Generally it’s recommended to make sure to buy high quality diet drops. Drops are by the way designed to decrease potential side effects, so they are much safer and thus also allowed to be taken without prescription.
So why wait? If you were pondering about losing weight for a long time now or maybe already tried but failed, just give it a shot! The hCG diet is designed to give you very fast results, so the sooner you start the sooner you will see results!
When you are on the HCG diet you are allowed to consume about 500 calories a day. You are allowed to eat a selection of specific foods in certain amounts. However, you do not count calories! This is a general misconception! You only measure the weight of the food you eat and monitor how you eat of which type of food. Nevertheless, lots of people still count calories.
This diet has worked for thousands of individuals and is a well established weight loss plan, but you must follow the guidelines. So do not attempt to change food or add additional things. Counting calories is not part of the original hcg diet protocol and you should not be distracted by counting calories but rather eat the right TYPES of food and the right amount of it, thus adapting to a healthier lifestyle as well.
The second behaviour I see is that individuals attempt to do too much by adding in exercise. However, exercise is not recommended when taking real hCG drops. The truth is you actually should not be doing the diet all due to the low calorie diet you’re on. You just do not have by working out enough calories to expend. Obviously light activity is not a problem. So instead of heavy exercise opt in for some walks in the park or alternatively some yoga.
The third point I want to stress is that you can always expect fluctuations. Don’t freak out about a few pounds more or less. Because it might mean nothing. Changes take time to establish. Especially women will experience more water retention at the time of the month, for example. Simply stick to the plan, keep calm and you will see results in the long run.