HCG Diet: What is a Stall?

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A weight loss stall while on phase 2 of the hCG diet can occur even when you have followed the diet strict and have been perfect on protocol days before. You rush to the scale in the morning, so excited to see how much weight you have lost... and to your surprise, the scale has not moved. Everyone will experience their first stall somewhere between day 8 and day 11.


Why does a stall occur when you have been so strict and staying on protocol? After the first week on Phase 2, it is common for the body to fight you in dropping more weight. Your body is catching up with the rapid weight loss from the first 7-10 days which is where you will lose the most weight. Ignore this stall and move forward by staying POP (perfect on protocol) and the losses will come. They always do. Keep in mind that what you don’t see on the scale, you are losing in inches so it is best to keep accurate recorded measurements at least every 3 days.


Stalls can last anywhere from 1 day up to 5 days of no weight loss. A stall beyond 5 days is usually an indicator of another issue such as excess salt -induced water retention, constipation, lactose intolerance, menses, illness, prescription medications or eating off protocol.


If your stall does not break after 3 days of staying POP, you may try one of my stall breakers. Here is a link to my article on 16 Plateau Breaking Tips.http://www.articlesbase.com/nutrition-articles/hcg-diet-plateau-breaker-tips-4900833.html

The challenges of losing weight are definitely frustrating at times. We all go through the highs and lows and try to accept what we see on the scale, even if it not in our favor. A stall is expected and is part of the program. Also, It is very important to remain positive about your weight loss .Studies have shown that dieters who maintain a positive attitude about their weight loss actually lose more weight. Dieters that have a good coaching support system will also lose more weight and obtain their weight loss goals.  A weight loss stall is expected so keep your chin up, move forward and then downward.


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1) HCG is not an FDA approved method of weight-loss therapy. 2) HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or "normal" distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.