hCG Side Effects

Making the decision to determine whether the hCG diet is for you or not, one of the questions you will ponder is “What are the side effects?” The main side effect that all our patients experience is WEIGHT LOSS! The hCG diet targets visceral fat, which may help to lower cardiovascular disease and diabetes risks.  Other health benefits of the hCG may include decreased headaches and increased energy and metabolism.

On the first day of the very low calorie diet (VLCD), the body begins to cleanse itself. During the first few days on the hCG diet, it can be common to experience light headaches.  Since the VLCD restricts carbohydrate and sugar intake, the body may go through a withdrawal period; but rest assured, this will only last a few days.

Constipation is another symptom that become apparent during the VLCD phase of the hCG diet. Cutting out extra fat and a reduction in food consumption may play a role in this. Not to worry… the medical staff at Skinny Me will be available to offer tips on how to lessen symptoms of constipation.

Skinny Me would love to help you embark on your weight loss journey and provide you all the information and support to get started.  Please call us at 803-980-8446 or email us at skinnymerockhill@gmail.com or even stop by TODAY at our new building located at 850 Cherry Road Rock Hill, SC 29732 for additional information.

Meal Planning

Are the foods permitted on the hCG protocol deterring you from considering or continuing the hCG diet?  During your time on the hCG diet, you may find it helpful to plan and prep your meals.  The staff at Skinny Me is always available to help with your meal planning.  Please remember we will provide you access to our exclusive patient portal, where you can obtain food lists, dining out guides, sample menus and even recipes.  Skinny Me also offers a cookbook at an additional charge – having a good hCG diet recipe book will help you learn how to work with the foods on your food list and learn to cook using healthier options.

It would be very helpful if you could set aside one day a week to meal prep for the week.  We recommend separating meals into individual portions into Tupperware or freezer bags so that you have them available for lunch and dinner every day.  This is also a great time saver.  This helps you to avoid cooking separate meals for you and others for whom you may be cooking and it takes away some of the stress of deciding what you will have ready to eat.  One helpful product you can use in planning and prepping hCG diet meals is a George Foreman Grill, in which meat cooks quickly and discards additional oils.  In addition, parchment paper is helpful to quickly sear meats in a pan, without having to deal with a mess afterwards.  Making large batches of foods, such as soups, sauces and one-dish recipes helps you to keep variety in your diet.

When cooking your hCG foods, always make sure you have all of the ingredients before getting started.  It is always best to make your own spice blends, since you will have control over the sodium content and will be able to ensure there is no sugar in the mix.  You will also need to purchase different spices, which will help you make your food taste interesting and less bland – so make sure to stock up!   Some of the best spices to get include garlic, paprika, cinnamon, onion powder, cilantro, and curry.  If you like Worcestershire sauce, you can purchase a sugar free version.

The first few days during the hCG diet are usually the most difficult; but you will soon find that you may actually feel better than you did before starting the diet.  Taking the time to cook and plan your meals is very important for your success while on the hCG diet.  YOU CAN DO IT and we are here to help!!

If you have any additional questions about hCG meal planning or getting started, please call us at 803-980-8446, email us at skinnymerockhill@gmail.com or please stop by our new building located at 850 Cherry Road Rock Hill, SC 29732.