The HCG hormone is usually thought of as a pregnancy hormone. Conversely, the hormone is also used as part of the HCG diet. This extremely low-calorie diet plan combined with HCG injections can yield rapid weight loss results. It is important for those taking HCG to practice extreme caution when it comes to exercise.
While on the HCG diet, it is highly recommended that you refrain from strenuous exercise. A 500-calorie diet requires very little food consumption. Your body will not be able to sustain a workout if you are consuming such small amounts of food. HCG diet does not allow you to burn lean muscle. For that reason, strength-building exercises are strongly discouraged.
The HCG hormone is only able to burn fat. While on the diet, you may engage in light cardiovascular activity, such as walking and jogging are permitted. However, these activities should not carry on for a long period. Burning too many calories can lead to exhaustion or a drop in blood sugar.
During phase 2, when you have just started the HCG diet, it is best not to overdo it. Cycling around the neighborhood and going for a long walk are two recommended activities during phase 2. You could also try a series of yoga exercises that end with a long stay in the pose.
Yoga exercise will help you calm and relax your mind. In phase 2 since you’re eating a very low-calorie diet and your body is undergoing big changes, it is important to incorporate activities that let your body and mind feel relaxed and refreshed.
When you’ve moved into phase 3 which is the stabilization phase you can increase the amount and intensity of exercise. Exercise is a great way to release stress, increase your stamina, and will help you become more self-confident. Give your body time to adjust and don’t overdo your exercise with any sort of high-intensity training. In other words, focus on exercises that don’t bring your heart rate up to its maximum level.
You’ve accomplished your weight loss goals and now is the time to create a lifestyle built around healthy habits. Eating a variety of nutritious foods and exercising regularly are important parts of accomplishing this. During Phase 4, or the maintenance phase of the HCG diet, you can begin to incorporate high-intensity workouts into your exercise routine such as running, weightlifting, or any other vigorous exercise you are interested in is well suited to this phase.
Even though there are technically no real limitations on what you can do, keep in mind that your body has undergone some major stress while you were losing weight in phase 2 of the HCG diet. Moderation is the key. Don’t go from zero to hero in a week. Start slowly and increase slowly the intensity of your workouts as you feel healthier and stronger.