Mindful eating is a healthy practice of being responsible for your very low-calorie diet. It is done by eating slowly with awareness. You have to be aware of the amount of food and calories you have to avoid fails on VLCD. This is also a good way of practicing habits on when to start eating, what you should eat, and when would you stop. This is also a way of managing your food intake while avoiding hunger and cravings.
Your body can sense if you are already full or hungry. By eating slowly, you can control your intake and end up eating fewer than what is too much. This means that your calorie intake is lowered. Eating slowly and mindfully will help the HCG in reaching greater weight loss results. This is an easy way to stay on the protocol. You can avoid failures to comply with the dietary rules as well.
What is Phase 2 of the HCG diet?
Phase 2 starts on the third day of maintaining your HCG shot. This is done when you wake up on the third day with no hunger because of the 2 consecutive days of the loading phase. This is known as the very low-calorie phase where you are only allowed to have 500 calories per day. This is usually done for a period of 3 to 6 weeks depending on your weight loss goal.
The importance of mindful eating on VLCD of the HCG diet
This will control your desire on eating unhealthy foods. This means that your body will be having a break from industrial food ingredients. Mindful eating is up in your brain. This is more on focus and being aware of every act you do especially when you eat. It is one of the important ways to monitor the foods that you are eating and about to eat. You will also determine the cause of cravings and hunger once you eat with the presence of the mind.
What will happen if you eat mindlessly during the VLCD?
Eating quickly and mindlessly will destroy the proper communication of your brain and gut. This will lead to bloating, stomach pain, and constipation. This can also cause weight gain not only because of the way you eat. Weight gain is also caused by your failure to balance your calorie intake.
This also leads to overeating. It is a way of finding comfort in foods to be able to alleviate the high-stress level of just to satisfy your cravings. The reason why you overeat is that you are not aware of what you are doing. To avoid such consequences you have to come up with a meal plan that is according to the protocol of the HCG diet.
What are the ways to avoid eating mindlessly during the VLCD?
- Be familiar with the diet protocol to be able to guide you in eating and meal planning. The protocol of the HCG diet must be strictly followed for greater success.
- Use smaller dining plates to get the right portion of foods. Smaller plates mean less food intake. It only accommodates the needed food for your VLCD.
- Cut down food choices such as junk foods and highly processed meat products. You are also not allowed to have sugar, carbs, oily foods, food preservatives. Unhealthy food choices have no nutritional benefits at all.
- Weight your foods before cooking especially the lean meat portion. Weigh it raw and avoid cooking them with oil. You also have to weigh fruits and vegetables and avoid mixing them in a single serving.
- Keep foods out of your sight especially when you are on the VLCD. Stay away from being surrounded by foods. This means that you are not allowed to stay in the grocery store, food stalls, and restaurants to avoid food temptation.
How to portion the 500 calories to avoid mindless loading?
The 500 calories are done by eating nothing during breakfast. You are only allowed to have coffee or tea to start the digestion. The major meal happens during lunch and dinner which is you are allowed to eat solid foods. Have at least 100 grams of lean meat portion, vegetable, and fruits. The number of foods you have at lunch must be the same as your dinner. You can also portion it by dividing the 500 calorie meal to come up with 5 equal portions which you can have for your entire day.
Simple ways to practice mindful eating on the HCG diet
- Eat at home
Your home is the safest place especially today. It is also the safest place when you are on the VLCD. It is because it is away from all the unhealthy foods outside. You have to cook or prepare your meals at home where most of the HCG diet-friendly foods are found. You also have to eat on time and in the right place. Do not play games or watch TV so that you can focus on what you are doing.
- Be aware of your emotions
Your emotions can affect your way of eating. If you have been stressed there is a big possibility that you will eat too much. This is because stress can cause emotional cravings. This is a type of hunger that can only be satisfied when you find comfort in foods. If you respond to emotional cravings you are likely to gain weight.
- Choose the food you are going to eat
You have multiple choices on the diet food list. Cook and prepare the exact food that is enough for your 500 calorie diet. The foods allowed during the VLCD are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and have low-calorie content.
- Create your own recipe
You can create your recipe or menu as long as it is based on the diet guide. Plan a healthy recipe to avoid getting bored with the usual foods that you have. You can also include the seasonings and condiments that you can use healthily during the HCG diet.