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    Common P2 Physical Issues

    During the low calorie phase of the HCG protocol (P2), you may come up against some common adjustment issues. In this post, I'll seek to outline the usual ones. You man not experience any of these, but if you do, you will know its not anything strange and will have some low-cost suggestions on how to deal with it.

    Headaches
    You may experience headaches during the first few days to a week on P2. This can be caused by sugar detox, caffeine withdrawal, or just the big shift in water stores that is going on in your body. It will pass on its own, but you can take anagesics like aspirin or ibuprophen. You may also get some relief from peppermint tea, or even smelling peppermint essential oil.

    Faintness or light-headedness
    This can be caused by a drop in blood pressure (blood pressure is often lowered in P2). The remedy is to get some salt into you immediately. (You can add 1/4 - 1/2 tsp to your water a couple of times a day.) Preferably mineral or sea salt. But if you don't have that on hand, any kind of salt will help, even a dill pickle or a cup of hot bouillon.

    Weakness or extreme fatigue It is similar to the the muscle fatigue you have with the flu. It also might feel like the lactic acid build up you get in your muscles when exercising past your endurance level, as if your legs are made of lead. This is generally caused by an electrolyte imbalance. The remedy is to supplement with magnesium and potassium. (These minerals will also help banish leg cramps.) Regularly adding mineral salt to your water and foods during P2 will help prevent this from happening to you.

    Constipation
    Dr. Simeons mentions this as an expected side effect of the HCG protocol and minimizes it as a problem. However it is uncomfortable to be in this condition, you want to keep things moving for your health and comfort. A safe way to do that is to supplement with magnesium. It causes your body to send water to the intestines and promotes elimination in a gentle way. It's a good choice because most of us are magnesium deficient anyway. It will usually work overnight. Start with the dose on the bottle and increase daily if needed until you get a result. Big doses of vitaminC will do a similar thing, although its not as gentle. Many choose magnesium citrate (Natural Calm drink is an option.), but any form of magnesium will work.

    Caution: If you are already bound up, the worst thing you can do is take fiber supplements. It will form a plug behind the current stoppage and you will be in worse condition than before. You can add fiber supplements after things are moving again if you think you need them. Also, though you will see recommendations for laxative formulas like Smooth Move tea (which for me is anything but smooth), even natural laxatives are hard on your system. A better idea is to use a suppository or even an enema. Both will give you quick relief, and then you can start a daily regimen of magnesium and/or VitaminC to maintain.

    Cravings
    We know to pay attention to hunger and/or poor losses as an indicator of the correctness of your dose, however, many are not aware that cravings can also signal that a dose is "off". If you find yourself having regular cravings, even if not hungry, please start a topic so that someone can help you assess your dose. If you just have an occasional craving, a small amount of glutamine powder dissolved under the tongue can help banish those.

    Insomnia
    This is both dreaded and expected in P2. Its just harder to stay asleep during P2, likely because the liver isn't getting enough glycogen during this time. I've written a blog post with some ways you may be able to have better sleep. Some may work for you. https://hcgdietinfo.com/hcgdietforum...dies-p2-22829/

    Meat Aversion
    It is quite common to hit a wall after a couple weeks of P2 where you just don't want to eat meat anymore. No one knows why this happens, but there are a couple things you can try if it comes upon you.
    1. Try blending your protein and veggies together into a puree for soup.
    2. Utilize the optional protocol proteins: 1 egg plus 3 eggwhites, or non-fat cottage cheese.
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    3. Try a Jay Robb whey or eggwhite protein shake (this works for vegetarians on protocol, so I think it is a viable option.)
    4. Use a fat-free bone broth , or make gelatin to meet protein needs.
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    Thanks for this, Leez! I would add for Insomnia that a heating pad on the neck/back/shoulders feels wonderful while lying in bed getting sleepy. Especially with that cold feeling hcg can produce, this warms and calms me (and gets me sleepy). It's a good alternative for those that don't have a bathtub or don't want to take a bath. I also put on some "brown noise" at a reasonable level and sometimes put in ear plugs too (i know, weird) and this seems to help with sleep.

    Thanks again. This is such helpful information everyone should read.

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    The Jay Robb protein (whey) has xanthan gum, is this safe to have? Also EVERY single fat free cottage cheese I have checked out has additives in it: carrageenan, gellan gum etc. are these ok? The 2% super Kalona cottage cheese doesn't have these and neither do some other organic brands but it's also not fat free. My losses have been terrible so far (9#~25days-6day stall-2days of loss and now another 6day stall) and I don't want to make things worse but truth be told beef is leaving me um....backed up all of a sudden and I don't like fish so chicken is my only option and I'm getting sick of it. I'm trying to stick it out and wait for the stall to end but my patience wears thin.

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    As I mentioned, the Jay Robb shakes have been used successfully as a protein replacement. For me, xanthan gum would not be safe, because I have a corn allergy (xanthan is made from a bacteria that is cultured on corn). But chances are you will be fine with it in the amounts used in the shake.

    I think you could try a cottage cheese at 1-2% fat. Even the leanest chicken breast has a bit of fat in it. And so does an egg yolk--and 1 whole egg + 3 whites is an approved protein substitute in the protocol. Any variation is an experiment, of course, but I think this one would be safer than a lot of other options.
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    Thank you Leez! I'm hoping things get going again soon. Tried cottage cheese today.....hoping my body will wake up soon.

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    Do you like shrimp or crab? I use them in P2 when I get tired of chicken and fish.

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    I can choke down shrimp on occasion but I'm not a fan of the flavor of crab. In general I'm not much of a fish or seafood kind of person. I like salmon but that's not allowed righ now I'm getting by on chicken and cottage cheese lol

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    How much non-fat cottage cheese would’ve a meal? I like to blend the strawberries with it and add 1 T of Isopure whey protein powder. Hope to be able to do this on P2.

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    Its the same as your meat protein:

    Quote Originally Posted by original manuscript
    In countries where cottage cheese made from skimmed milk is available 100 grams may occasionally be used instead of the meat...
    At goal since 2015. \(ᵔᴥᵔ)/ Total HCG loss: 77# [5'5" 210-133] Maintenance strategies overview
    Please note that any suggestions I make are based on the Original Protocol.

    My recent HCG round was with DietDoc. Our site owner has generously arranged for me to earn a small fee if you use my DietDoc or Nu Image Medical link to order your Hcg and supplies. (All HDI site discounts and coupons apply.) A full review of my experience and how the round progressed: my Diet Doc review and my Hcg coaching blog here

    Medical Disclaimer: My statements are not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any medical condition.

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