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  • HCG Diet and Exercise

    One of the most common questions asked by new HCG Dieters is… should I be exercising on the hCG Diet?  The answer is “YES, absolutely!”  Exercise is always a good idea, and more important than ever if you intend to adapt to a healthier lifestyle and keep that weight off.  Even better, the benefits of exercise stem well beyond weight loss; your overall health and longevity is improved with even 5 minutes of increased circulation a day.  Now that’s amazing!

    Inherited your mother’s slacker metabolism? Maybe… but guess what? You’re far from stuck with it! Research now shows that strength training just 3 times a week, reverses 50% of the metabolism decline that comes with genetics and age.  – Source, Dr. Gary Hunter, PhD.

    Getting Your Exercise on with the HCG Diet Plan:

    No matter what shape you’re in and how active you have been, it’s important to discuss the topic of exercise with your HCG Diet support team (doctor, nurse, coach… mysterious chieftain with the feather hat.).  In some cases, those who were active prior to starting the diet, can safely continue their workout regime without worry.  In most cases however, you may be advised to implement a low impact, lower intensity workout. This is particularly common during the first week of being on the HCG Diet.

    Beginner’s Workout on the HCG Diet…

    Recommended Exercise Course for beginners:  Healthy Moving

    For those dieters that are new to the world of moving (aka exercise. It sounds easier when we call it “movement” doesn’t it?) introducing exercise simultaneously with the diet may be a bit too much. It is suggested that you wait a week or two until you fully adapt to your new calorie intake and food restrictions and refrain from anything too rigorous. Particularly considering the increase in protein on the NEW HCG Dietexercise is suggested but if you’re thinking high intensity cardio – now may not be the best time to start.  However, this would be a great time to implement a low impact movement routine.  Think, yoga, walking, and even stretching.  This is a great way to increase circulation and carefully raise that metabolism as well as getting those endorphins going (which, btw, have been proven to have impressive weight loss benefits!)

    Intense cardiovascular exercise increases your heart rate significantly and as a result your body begins to store calories as fat. Based on the example of our ancestors who had to make considerably bigger efforts than we do today to eat, when our bodies sense danger (strenuous activity), they begin preserving calories as fat deposits. Of course, this is the opposite of what you need if your aim is weight loss and fat burning. This means that the ideal exercise for your HCG diet is something less intense like walking at a brisk pace. A brisk pace could be classified as a pace in which talking becomes a bit difficult. 30 to 60 minutes of such exercise, preferably before your first protein meal of the day would be most beneficial. But what other activities can you include in your daily routine while on the HCG Diet?

    This is also a great opportunity to learn something that will serve you well during your maintenance and reintroduction phases: How to listen to your body.  If, during the start of your diet, you don’t quite feel yourself, you may want to skip the jog and try yoga for the first few days while your body adjusts.

    Yoga as Exercise on the HCG Diet

    Gaiam Yoga offers online courses for all experience levels.

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    Yoga is an excellent, and highly recommended form of exercise that is perfect for all HCG Dieters.  A low impact workout, with incredible benefits, Yoga is now known to burn the same percentage of fat as jogging.  In addition, it has added perks from helping with various health concerns.

    It is important to remember some forms of yoga can be intense. Stick to short and easy sessions. Light yoga will increase the blood circulation in your body and help improve range of motion while promoting a sense of well being.  Do this for around 20-30 minutes daily. It will improve your mood and health; but remember not to strain yourself. Research has shown that the most successful weight loss on the HCG diet occurred in conjunction with yoga!

    Strength Training Exercise Plans on the HCG Diet

    It is generally not advised to lift weights or do intense resistance training during the initial phases of the protocol if you were not doing so before starting the diet. If and when your HCG doctor or medical professional has approved you for strength training, you may want to consider picking up a resistance band before hitting those weights.

    Also, resistance training builds lean muscle mass which weighs more than fat and may be misleading as to your weight loss on the scale. It is however beneficial to include resistance training in Phases 3 and 4. If you’re just starting out go easy and make sure you feel comfortable and drink plenty of water. This will help you achieve a leaner more athletic look.

    Swimming Exercise Plans on the HCG Diet

    Swimming is an excellent and safe activity for everyone as it reduces impact on bones and joints. Moreover it improves levels of fitness and is very relaxing. It’s great for stress and sore back especially for those with a sedentary lifestyle.  Additionally, it helps people recover from accidents, injuries and combats the aging process.

    Whatever activity you choose to pair up with your HCG Protocol, please remember to be careful and take all the necessary measures to avoid injury. And of course, enjoy!