The HCG diet is very involved. You will want to consult with experienced HCGers both before and while you are doing it. It definitely requires some motivation, especially during the diet phase. It will be helpful to hear about the experiences of those who have already done it and lost weight.
There are lots of resources out there where you can get useful tips that prevent HCG diet dangers: forums, websites, and even HCG diet blogs. Choose the method of delivery you like best and find it. You may have to review a few before you find the one that’s right for you. Most support sites are free or come with your purchase of HCG and can help to answer questions to this sometimes tricky diet.
For example, something that is not often known is that you must avoid topical oils during the diet. Oils found in your lotion or makeup can confuse the HCG hormone into targeting them instead of your fat. You may use mineral oil (baby oil), but you’ll pretty much want to stay away from lotions and creams. At most it’s for 40 days—that’s not so bad, right?
Also, since you are supposed to drink 64 ounces of water during the diet (I’m assuming that’s more than you already drink), your skin shouldn’t need lotion as much. I’ve found that drinking water does more for my skin than many of those expensive skin products. That being said, I must confess that I still have my must-have skin products, but healthy skin is one of the things that keeps me sipping away at my water bottle all day.
On the diet, you will be weighing yourself every day. Another tip from the experts around the web is to weigh yourself at the same time every day. Everybody’s body weight fluctuates by a pound or two throughout the day so weighing yourself at different times won’t actually give you an accurate assessment of how you are doing.
It is, however, good to weigh yourself several times each time you check your weight. Try to hold still and wait until the numbers stop moving on a digital scale or the dial stops swinging on an analog scale to get as accurate a reading as possible. It’s also a good idea to use the same scale each time. They all are a little different. Also, keep a journal of your daily weight checks. You won’t remember at the end of the diet how you started out.
Another good tip is to take pictures of yourself before you start the diet and when you end the diet. Because changes happen gradually even in this fast-working diet you may not even notice a big difference. Our brains are built to assimilate subtle changes quickly. Meaning, if something changes very slowly we may not notice it.
The biggest difference between people who are successful with the diet and those who quit is (obviously) motivation. Finding an online support group can help you keep your focus on the important reasons you are doing this diet in the first place. There will be hard times and moments of temptation because this diet requires a lot of discipline to work, so make sure you have someone or something that can help keep you on track.