The design of the HCG diet is to help you lose weight in a short period. It suppresses hunger and appetite. During the weight loss program, you cannot eat foods containing sugar and carbs. Sugar is one of the known causes of obesity. It doubles the rate of overweight individuals in the US by ninety percent.
Eating sugar causes heart disease and diabetes. Avoid getting calories from sugar. Opt for natural and organic food sources. The HCG diet offers more food options to lower sugar intake.
Sugar cravings and VLCD
The VLCD can cause cravings during the HCG diet. Improve your meals by adding protein-rich items. It controls blood sugar levels and reduces your cravings. Create a healthy routine for the rest of the diet program.
Why do you need to cut down sugar during the HCG diet?
- It causes liver disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one of the effects of sugar. Too much sugar and fructose build up fats in your liver. It damages your liver even when you are not an alcoholic. Most of the foods that destroy your liver are pastries and sodas.
- Increases cholesterol levels. Your liver lowers insulin response. It results in weight gain and, high cholesterol levels result in metabolic disorders. It also leads to heart disease and a shorter lifespan.
- Sugar is addictive. Dopamine is a hormone that triggers the reward center of your brain. It and activates your appetite and occurrences of cravings. Dopamine release makes it harder for you to control sugar addiction.
How to deal with sugar cravings during the HCG diet?
Take your HCG shots daily. It suppresses your appetite for comfort foods like sugar. When a craving strikes, you can eat HCG diet-approved fruits. It eliminates the feeling of deprivation. You can also drink a glass of water to improve satiety. There are cases that thirsts misleads you to overeat.
Sugar has zero calories. Eating sugar has nothing to do with reaching your weight loss goal. Empty calories mean they have no nutritional benefits in the body. These are calories that your body converts into stubborn fats. Eating a lot of zero calorie-foods causes nutritional deficiency. Avoid eating:
- Ice cream
- Baked goods
- Sugar syrups
- Corn syrups
- Fruit juices
- Sports drink
- Chocolate drinks
Cut down sugar intake slowly to prevent crushing your body. Increase your HCG dosage when the regular shot is not working. Avoid prolonging hunger because starvation triggers sugar cravings. Prepare a light snack to prevent prolonging hunger. Replace sugary foods with HCG diet-approved items.
For protein options:
- lean beef
- Chicken breast
For vegetable items:
- Red radish
- Mixed greens
- Green salad
The HCG limits permissible fruits to avoid stimulating your appetite. The fruit options are:
Other approved items/condiments are:
- Black coffee
- Melba toast