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After having been in existence for the past 50 year or so years, the HCG diet has proven to be among the most important and efficient protocols that people can use when they are looking to lose weight. However, for those that might not have had the best of success with this protocol, much of the blame is laid on their lack of knowledge about the phases of the diet and what is required in these phases. One of the most important of these phases that is estimated to help people lose anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds is phase 2 and it is also among the more sensitive phases.
After Phase 1 which is a detox period in which one seeks to prepare their body for the HCG diet protocol, Phase 2 kicks in in a rather but equally important fashion.
The loading period is usually the first two days of the phase. Here, one is expected to load on fatty foods for the two days before they can start dosing on the HCG. These fats are vital in a variety of ways and one of these ways is to help you stave off hunger once you get started on the very low calorie diet which is about 500 calories per day. After this, the rather challenging part starts.
After the 3 days of loading or gorging as it is also known, you now start on the VLCD (very low calorie diet) that is usually clocked at 500 calories at most and at the same time continuing with your HCG diet. Keep in mind that during this period that can take a maximum of 40 days, you will be required to drink a lot and it is also recommended that one takes potassium which is vital in helping reduce cramps, hunger pangs and can also help with sleep. This is also encouraged because all the potassium in the body is excreted together with the water hence this helps to replenish the system. The number of doses of HCG that one should take on this phase depend on the amount of weight that you would like to shed. Those seeking to shed about 15 pounds should take about 23 effective doses after the loading period is over and those that are seeking to lose about 30 pounds should take 40 doses.
After successfully completing the dosages, this is when the third stage of phase 2 should kick in. After you have taken your last HCG dose, you should make sure that you stick to the VLCD for the next 72 hours. This helps your body to get rid of the remaining HCG traces in your body.
It is important to note that the recommended period that one should stay on this phase is 40 days. This is so that one does not become immune to the HCG which can be characterized by some very uncomfortable symptoms like severe hunger, weakness and fatigue. It is also vital for women to know that they should not take the HCG dose during their menstruation period and much emphasis is placed on one following the diet strictly pound for pound without supplementing. This is so that the protocol is able to work properly and efficiently.