NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's hard to imagine beginning a diet during the big game amongst the hot wings, nachos and other tailgate delicacies, but that's exactly what is recommended in the new book HCG 2.0 – A Modern Adaptation of the Traditional HCG Diet, by Dr Zach LaBoube. "The human body is a lot smarter than what we give it credit. If you suddenly cut calories as you do with most diet plans, it can be alarming to the system. Your body will actually become more efficient with its calories because it is anticipating a decrease in food supply, so you begin to retain more fat, which is counter-productive. The loading phase of the HCG diet allows you to bypass this," says Dr. Zach.
To elaborate, it's important to keep in mind that human physiology exists for our long term survival and only in the last 100 years of human evolution have we had to deal with an excess of available calories. Prior to this, our physiology developed to accommodate an absence of calories that was commonly experienced in the form of long winters or famine, conditions that rarely exist today. As a result, the body becomes defensive when we suddenly decrease calories as we do with dieting. This sudden decrease in calories can alarm the body into "starvation mode." During starvation mode, your body actually becomes more efficient with its calories and more determined to store away fat, assuming that there is a scarcity in food supply. This is why dieting is so difficult. Not only are we battling our own poor eating habits, but a physiological pre-disposition to retain fat. Loading on fats for two days causes liver enzymes to spike which is theorized to prevent the body from entering this starvation mode. By the time your liver enzymes return to normal levels, the HCG has already tapped into your fat reserves and is providing you with supplemental calories from your stored fat, thus bypassing starvation mode, and facilitating rapid, yet healthy weight loss.
What does all of this mean? It means you have the green light to eat all of your fatty favorites during the first two days that you begin taking your HCG supplement. "Not only does this jumpstart the diet, it provides incentive to begin. Many like to schedule their diet to begin on holidays or vacations. Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday are two of the most popular. Might as well eat with a purpose," says Dr. Zach
In addition to bypassing starvation mode, the loading days of the HCG 2.0 diet also alert the liver to begin attacking and oxidizing fats, rapidly removing them from the system. In addition, the excess fat consumed during the loading phase, sometimes called P3, provides an immediate calorie reserve to mediate your hunger during the early stages of the low calorie phase of the HCG 2.0 diet.
The loading phase of HCG 2.0 is quite similar to that of the traditional HCG diet developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in his manuscript Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity, although HCG 2.0 recommends an equal ratio of Omega 3 fats to Omega 6 fats. So what then is the difference between HCG 2.0 and the traditional HCG diet? HCG 2.0 uses a BMR calculation to determine the amount of calories on your individualized HCG diet. It encourages 15 – 20 grams of lean protein for breakfast. It suggests a lean protein, low-carb snack before bed, improving sleep and providing necessary protein for cellular regeneration. HCG 2.0 recommends exercise. It provides a wider variety of protein options and larger portion sizes of leaner items higher in nutritional value, but void of empty calories that only contribute to weight gain. It also recommends a wider variety of vegetables and discourages root vegetables such as onions which are significantly higher in carbs than peppers, broccoli and many other veggies that are not allowed on the traditional HCG diet.
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