First and foremost, I want to let you all know that cheating on the HCG diet is absolutely prohibited. If you have cheated, then getting back on track is imperative.
For those who are new to this plan, it can be quite challenging, but don’t let this be a roadblock to your success. Habit takes time to develop, so you have to get used to it. If you want maximum weight loss, then you have to follow the protocol properly. However, there may be times you fall short, and it’s unavoidable. There will come a time that you would cheat, and it will happen. Then cheat smartly, but how often?
How often can I cheat?
Generally, there are no specific guidelines to follow for how frequently you can cheat while on HCG injection. Cheat meals or cheat days can occur as frequently as you want, depending on your weight loss and health goals. It is perhaps for this reason that many find that cheat meals and cheat days are appealing options, as they can be combined with different healthy eating plans. If you can’t help but cheat, try not to cheat more than a couple of times in your short-term plan. When you have to cheat, here are some better ways to do it:
- Cheat more on phase 2 proteins and vegetables. Although you may end up eating more calories, you are still avoiding fat.
- Keep some fruits and vegetables handy all the time. Apples, cherry tomatoes, oranges can make a great simple snack to grab in case you need them.
What may happen when I cheat?
Hopefully, you won’t get caught if you do slip up and cheat. If you happen to binge on something not permitted on the list, hope it doesn’t show up. Chances are, you won’t be gaining any weight, nor will you be seeing any losses. You can chalk this up to experience and get back on track.
In the aftermath of cheating, you may see a small spike in your weight. You may lose weight the day after you cheat, but you will gain some weight a few days later. You may or may not be able to lose weight for a few days. Eventually, you will be able to continue with your weight loss journey after a few days. So, think twice before you cheat, especially if you are following the short-term plan.
Is it good to have a cheat day if you’re trying to lose weight?
Cheat meals and cheat days are not always beneficial, as they can lead to a pattern of indulging far more than you usually do. It can set you up a nasty cycle of yo-yo dieting and binge-eating.
That raises the question whether cheat days boost metabolism enough to negate the calories you burn. Furthermore, do you think the foods you consumed while cheating would prevent you from falling into vicious, unhealthy eating habits?