Exercises And Working Out While On HCG Diet
Following an HCG diet requires discipline when it comes to food intake, mainly because dieters will be consuming 500 to 800 calories per day on the course of the weight loss program. Given the very low calorie count, it can be difficult to perform stressful exercises and workouts as the body is deprived of energy from fat and carbohydrates. Hence, which exercise routines and workouts are allowed to support the HCG diet?
Working Out – General Rules
When on the course of the HCG diet, followers are generally not allowed to perform high-intensity workouts and aerobic exercise. For one, they do not have enough energy to keep up with such workout requirements; and two, they will only incur greater muscle pain.
During the first few days of the HCG diet, followers will definitely experience dizziness, weakness and fatigue. The main reason for this is that the body system is suddenly deprived of carbohydrates, sugar and fats which all contribute to the person’s energy levels. With these nutrients absent, the body turns to energy reserves such as stored fat which take more time to break down before it can be used.
HCG Diet Phase 1 Exercise Routine
During the first phase of the HCG diet, followers are not allowed to perform any type of medium to high intensity exercise, as they will only suffer from fatigue. Those who perform such exercises (and related activities such as physical sports) may incur intense muscle ache and require a number of days to recover.
The only recommended exercise during this phase is walking. Walking an hour in the morning is enough to keep the body upbeat all day. Vitamin D from the sun gives the body energy in the absence of carbohydrates, fats and sugar, while the walking exercise wakes up the muscles without stressing them out.
HCG Diet Phase 2 Exercise Routine
In the second phase of the HCG diet, followers are still not allowed to perform strenuous exercise routines, but they are already able to doing lightweight exercises such as yoga. Stretching routines are essential to keep the bones and muscles flexible and resistant to tearing.
Cardiovascular exercises are likewise recommended in this phase. The heart gets to work out and in turn strengthens its capacities, while the stress incurred during the past days are released. Dieters would then feel lighter, more refreshed and relaxed.
HCG Diet Phase 3 Exercise Routine
In the maintenance phase of the HCG diet, followers are now allowed to perform light aerobic exercises as they are already consuming small amounts of starch. However, strength training exercises are strictly prohibited as they require more energy, not to mention build up muscle which HCG is not able to break down.