Listed here are several mistakes that hCG dieters commonly make. Although some of the rules of the diet may seem arbitrary, they are based on extensive research by Dr. Simeons and others and mistakes such as these will have a noticeable impact on the efficacy of the diet.
Not Enough Fat Loading Not loading enough fat during the initial 2 days of Fat Loading leads to greater hunger and crankiness. Not Drinking Enough Water Drink
at least two quarts of water per day. A good rule of thumb is to
divide your weight in half and drink that number in ounces. Mixing Vegetables at Meals Dr. Simeons states that you must eat only one vegetable per meal, Lettuce is not considered a vegetable. Chewing Gum or Mints Chewing gum or sucking on mints during the VLCD phase sends the wrong signal to your system. Eating Fatty Beef Fatty beef consumption is not in keeping with the diet. Select lean cuts of meat. Bison is the better choice.
More Than 3.5 oz of Protein Eating more than 3.5 oz of protein per meal will jeopardize your plan. 3.5 oz of protein is "pre-cooked" weight (3 oz cooked). Drinking Diet Drinks Diet drinks such as Crystal Light, sodas, or other diet drinks are not compatible with the program. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) or Splenda are not acceptable. Only drinks sweetened with either xylitol or stevia (Truvia) are allowed.
Not Varying Protein You must vary the protein you eat from meal to meal. If you must eat the same meat two meals in a row, don't make it a habit!
Eating Out You can't always control how meals are prepared in a restaurant, so avoid eating out. If you must eat at a restaurant ask the chef to prepare your protein with water rather than oil. Ask for a lemon to replace salad dressings for your greens. While traveling, book hotels with a kitchenette and prepare your own meals. Take ice chests while traveling.
Different Weighing Patterns Be consistent in your weighing habits. Try to weight yourself at the same time each morning before breakfast. Weigh without clothes, or use similar clothing to control as many variables as possible.