Constipation While on the HCG Diet

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The low-calorie intake during the HCG Diet affects the bowel movements in your body. It can reduce the body’s waste from lower food intake. Nonetheless, slowing down or zero bowel movement is not a thing to worry about during the VLCD. It is typical for some dieters but has no alarming health concerns.

Causes of Constipation During the HCG Diet

Constipation is expected during the low-calorie phase due to eating fewer foods. The HCG diet restricts the intake of carbohydrates, fiber, and fats, which can cause constipation. Fiber is essential for maintaining regular bowel movements, and its deficiency can lead to constipation. Additionally, the HCG hormone may slow down bowel movements, leading to constipation.

Preventing Constipation When Starting the HCG Diet

  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially during the loading phase and VLCD
  2. Incorporate a light exercise such as walking for 20 to 30 minutes daily.
  3. Do not skip the vegetables or fruit you get at each of the 2 meals daily.
  4. Eat the vegetables and fruit raw or half-cooked rather than thoroughly cooking them.
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Relieving Constipation While on the HCG Diet

  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and incorporate exercise. 
  2. Choose an allowable vegetable that contains fiber to relieve constipation. You can eat cucumber, cabbage, fennel, and red radishes.
  3. Fruits such as strawberries, grapefruit, and oranges are also helpful in relieving constipation.
  4. Make lemon water by mixing the juice of half a lemon into a glass of warm water. Drink this mixture at night and first thing in the morning.
  5. You can also drink a cup of tea to relieve occasional constipation without negatively affecting your rate of weight loss.
  6. Laxatives are also permissible but ensure they are not flavored. 

Foods to Help with Constipation on the HCG Diet

Try and stick to fiber-rich foods on a diet, such as spinach, cabbage, or apples. Try mixing up your nutrition a little bit more. One of the most important things you can do is increase your water intake. The more water you drink, the better it will help flush your system. Inform your doctor if you have digestive problems before you start the HCG diet.

Constipation can be an uncomfortable and unpleasant side effect of the HCG diet. However, it is preventable and treatable. By consuming adequate amounts of fiber and water, exercising regularly, and using herbal remedies or over-the-counter laxatives, you can relieve constipation while on the HCG diet. If your constipation persists, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

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Constipation While on the HCG Diet