Patients are usually hard to convince that the amount of water they retain has nothing to do with the amount of water they drink. When the body is forced to retain water, it will do this at all costs. If the fluid intake is insufficient to provide all the water required, the body withholds water from the kidneys and the urine becomes scanty and highly concentrated, imposing a certain strain on the kidneys. If that is insufficient, excessive water will be withdrawn from the intestinal tract, with the result that the feces become hard and dry. On the other hand if a patient drinks more than his body requires, the surplus is promptly and easily eliminated. Trying to prevent the body from retaining water by drinking less is therefore not only futile but even harmful.
Water-intake During the Hcg Diet Protocol
Modern clarification: Sufficient water intake is essential during the Hcg weight loss protocol.
Dehydration on the diet, results in weight loss stalls, increased water retention, and the body’s inability to function efficiently.
How much water should you drink on the Hcg Diet?
Can you drink too much water on the diet?
As Dr. Simeons explains, excessive amounts of water are eliminated by the body without issue.
Does the type of water matter?
All types of water are acceptable, however some may require moderation. Options are:
- Everyday still water: the best option, and the intake amount should always outweigh that of any other beverage you drink. This holds true during and after the protocol.
- Sparkling water: in moderation if ingredients include sodium, sweeteners, etc., as this can cause weight loss stalling.
- Tea: sugar free only. If the tea includes sweeteners, etc., drink in moderation and watch for stalling and food sensitivities.
- Coffee: Unlimited coffee is permitted, however it may be wise to minimize the amount of caffeine taken in each day. This can influence weight loss, hormone balances, sleep and more.