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Ketosis and hCG Diet: Facts that you need to Know

Many forms of diet have their own perks, but they all have one common goal: for you to lose weight. hCG dieting is quite popular nowadays and people can attest to its effectiveness.

But, there’s a certain term that’s been tied to the hCG diet, and that is Ketosis. What is Ketosis? Ketosis is the process of burning stored fat to be used as energy by the body.

How do you activate Ketosis? Well, for Ketosis to start, you need to be depriving yourself of carbohydrates in a given time frame. Usually, it takes 48 hours for the body to turn Ketosis on. This is because, when you are taking a low-carbohydrate diet, you will be having low glycogen stores. This will then start the process of Ketosis.

Now, why is Ketosis tied to the hCG diet? The principle of the hCG diet is for people to eat only a maximum of 500 calories a day for 6 weeks. Carbohydrates are severely lessened, and lean protein, vegetables and fruits are preferred.

But, some hCG diet critics not only criticized this form of calorie restriction, but it can have very harmful effects on the body because you’re not supplying your body with enough carbohydrates.

Here’s what hCG diet advocates have to say. The common fear of people is that if a person has low glycogen stores, it can actually have a detrimental effect on the body. But, research proves otherwise. You see, if a person lacks glycogen due to low-carbohydrate diets, the body gets its glycogen from proteins. And since the hCG diet encourages the consumption of lean protein, there will be no problem in that regard.

Due to that fact, the hCG diet is also dubbed as a Ketogenic diet due to the severe caloric and carbohydrate restrictions.

If you do undergo hCG diet, you may experience some symptoms that are associated with Ketosis:

  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Leg Cramps
  • Headache
  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Bad breath
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomachache
  • Sleep problems

Now, how do you actually combat or at least lessen these symptoms? Here are the steps you can take:

  1. Drink Lots of Water- Ever heard of the saying, “drink at least 8 glasses of water per day?” This advice is especially helpful for people who are on hCG diets. Water has no calories at all and you can drink copious amounts of it without any major problems. The principle behind this advice is that when you pee a lot, you will release useless ketones from your body. Thus, there will be no ketone-buildup.
  2. Eat when you’re Hungry- This might be common knowledge, but when you are hungry, you have to eat something. Just take note of the daily 500-calorie count.
  3. Supplement when it is needed- It is not recommended to be taking supplements while you’re still on the hCG diet. However, if you severely lack nutrition, taking supplements is okay.

That should clear up the confusion and misinformation about Ketosis and the hCG diet.