Can I INCREASE My Calories?

This is such a frequently recurring question that we will now address it here for all to see our answer.    
 
  As you by now know, the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Weight Loss Plan calls for a low calorie diet during Phase 2, the only phase when you will be taking the HCG drops.   BodySleek defines “low calorie” the same as did Dr. ATW Simeons in his Pounds and Inches manuscript—500 calories per day.   However, we know of physicians and licensed health practitioners who allow up to 800 calories per day for their patients.  And a few are even experimenting with up to 1,000 calories per day while increasing the dosage, frequency and cost of HCG injections (before you go the injection route, you might want to read:  Shots or Drops?  
 
Can you use a higher caloric eating plan on the HCG Weight Loss Plan—and still lose weight?  Absolutely.   Can you still lose the maximum body weight of 1-2 pounds a day.  Very unlikely.  In thousands of his own clinical studies, Dr. Simeons found that 500 calories tended to net the maximum result in the shortest amount of time (21 days).    
 
At 800 calories, practitioners are reporting a decreased loss rate of about half a pound a day. Those experimenting with 1,000 calories or higher and using higher dosages of HCG are…well…the results have not been tallied yet.  But without an increase in HCG dosage, it is safe to assume that the rate of weight loss is significantly slower thus requiring a much longer period of dieting (more on that later). 
 
We constantly receive the same questions asking: “Can I just eat an extra fruit or two? Or have an extra portion of chicken?”  Or; “May I have a protein shake in the mornings to tie me over until lunch…yeah…I know, it’s an extra 250 calories.”  
 
Our standard response?    “Yes, you may—BUT—be sure to get on the scale the following morning to see how it affects your weight loss rate.”  We gently remind them that we recommend the original Simeons’ HCG Weight Loss Protocol because he found certain foods in certain portions to be highly synergistic with Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG).  The list of foods and their portions are very simple—but very precise.”  How precise you remain throughout your 21 days will determine your net results in loss of pounds and inches.
 
For this reason we want to also say here that the HCG Weight Loss Plan is not about calorie-counting.   If you will take careful note of the eating plan, you will notice there is a emphasis upon food portions and food combinations rather than the calories of those particular foods.   So, yes, if a particular portion of a HCG-friendly food happens to be larger than the recommended portion it is probably O.K. to consume, thus inadvertently increasing your calories.  All that we really care about is how it affects your rate of weight loss—which will make itself apparently immediately the next morning! (weighing yourself early in the morning for each of the 21 days you are on the plan is very important to track your progress).
 
The solution if that particular portion of food slowed or stopped your usual rate of weight loss?   Adjust it to the smaller portion. 
 
The same concept applies to choices of foods.  Yes, you may occasionally eat a food type that is not considered to be “HCG-friendly” according to Simeons’ protocol.   But, watch carefully how it affects your rate of weight loss and then go back to your HCG friendly foods if you don’t like the results.  
 
…Simple—but very precise… 
 
It helps to understand how and why your body reacts to caloric intake (in the form of whole food) to truly appreciate the role HCG plays in weight and inche loss. 
 
First, the human body is hard-wired to economize on its rate of fat burning for fuel.  This is an evolutionary design for survival during times of famine or inadequate food supplies.  This is why the body developed a very special reserve of fat called adipose—or “famine fat” which it zealously preserves even as muscle tissue and other fats vital for warmth, vision, organs and brain may be wasting away. 
 
Second, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) has also evolved in the human species to instruct the body to specifically release—and burn for fuel—the highly prized adipose fat stores.  When this high caloric fat is released and burned for fuel, muscle tissue and the other vital fats are spared from being cannibalized. 
 
The body will remain highly selective, however, choosing to burn whole food for caloric fuel rather than its prized adipose fat.  This means that under the influence of HCG, the body will—first—consume whole food intake to meet its daily caloric needs.  The balance of its caloric needs not satisified by whole food intake is taken from the adipose stores. 
 
This is why increased caloric intake from larger food portions will decrease the amount of adipose fat the body will burn for fuel.  In other words, if your body requires 2,000 calories per day and your low calorie diet consists of only 500 calories, then HCG will cause the balance, or 1,500 calories, to be burned to covered the balance needed.  Increasing the whole food intake to 800 calories will result in a 1,200 calorie deficit and therefore HCG will cause the body to release just enough adipose fat to cover that balance. 
 
With this one can easily see how increasing your caloric intake will slow the rate of weight/inch loss created by HCG. 
 
If you know you can lose 20 pounds of that pesky Adipose Fat in 21 days (just how long is 21 days, anyway?) how long is simply by adhering to a 500 calorie diet—is it worth it to you?      
 
 
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