The original phase of the HCG diet does not require you to do exercise. It’s because exercising could complicate your metabolic response and can and slow down your weight loss. Your body during the VLCD will respond by preserving your blood sugar and degrades metabolic rate. Exercising during VLCD can also result in other health issues.
The original protocol of Phase 2 of the HCG diet and exercise
Phase 2 of the HCG diet is designed to lock your metabolism at a higher rate. It enables you to burn fats steadily without dropping metabolism through the HCG shots. The rapid fat burning happens when your hypothalamus gland is set to control your appetite and metabolism.
Exercising will disrupt this balance during the VLCD. It increases high-stress levels and stimulates your appetite. That’s why it is important to successfully implement exercise during Phase 2 of the HCG diet. However, you are still permitted to have light exercises during this phase.
When is exercising allowed during the HCG diet Phase 2?
#1- It is allowed when you are not hungry or tired
Exercising even when you are hungry or tired consumes all your energy. It will lead your body to be in starvation mode. Losing energy triggers cravings and hunger pains. Thus, makes you eat too much during mealtime. Hunger or tiredness also releases hormones that can cause you to gain weight naturally. Only exercise when you are free from heavy activities.
#2- It is allowed when you want to develop your muscle mass
Exercising makes bone and muscle stronger. It maintains the strength of your bones as well as your ligaments. It also improves the health and firmness of your muscle during the HCG diet.
#3- It is allowed if you want to improve your mood
Exercising improves brain health and focus. It can improve your mood and sleep. This helps in reducing the chemicals that cause depression or anxiety. Exercise helps by getting your sleep patterns back to normal and improves your focus.
Can you exercise on the modern protocol of HCG diet Phase 2?
Exercising is allowed in the modern HCG diet program. This includes things 30 minutes of moderately weight training and cardiovascular program. Adding exercise on the modern HCG diet program can improve the result of the HCG diet. However, you have to make sure that you still have enough energy for extra activities.
What are the allowed exercises during Phase 2 of the HCG diet?
- Yoga- Yoga helps develop your muscle tone. It can improve your flexibility and balance. Yoga is effective in burning extra calories from the foods that you eat. Thus, improves metabolism and digestion.
- Walking– This is one of the simplest cardio exercises. Walking improves the circulation of blood in your body. It can also strengthen your muscle and supports your joint. Walking is allowed for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Jogging– You are allowed to jog for 10 minutes after your breakfast tea or coffee. Jogging builds strong bones and helps you maintain your weight loss.
- Swimming– It keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body. Swimming helps you maintain a healthy heart rate and lungs.