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Why You Must Avoid Alcohol on HCG Diet

The question of whether or not to consume alcohol on HCG Diet programs is a confusing one. You may hear from your weight loss doctor that you must avoid alcohol during Phase 2. However, some websites post options for people for responsible drinking. Which is right? Any legitimate HCG weight loss doctor will tell you that your body will not have enough caloric intake to support alcohol consumption.

First and foremost, you must remember that the HCG Diet requires doctor supervision. You cannot and should not embark on such a calorie-restrictive diet without proper medical support. Here at Weight Loss Medical Center, we caution against beginning the HCG Diet without doctor approval and supervision.

Let us provide you with a straightforward answer to the question: can I drink alcohol on HCG Diet – NO! You may hear that red wine has heart-protective benefits – that is true. You will have plenty of time to protect your heart once you complete Phase 2 of the HCG Diet six weeks from now. By the way, losing weight will also protect your heart.

Some websites are extremely confusing when they speak about alcohol. They offer suggestions up front as to what are the best beverages to drink while on the low-calorie phase of the HCG Diet. Then, a few paragraphs down they say not to consume alcohol during this time.

You must avoid the effects of alcohol on HCG Diet for two reasons:

  1. To avoid the weight gain that will come from consuming these excess calories. You are trying hard to lose weight, injecting daily HCG shots and sticking to a 500 calorie a day diet. You cannot replace your required foods with alcohol. Those empty calories will not provide your body with the sustenance it needs. The extra calories from alcohol will likely cause the scale to climb.
  2. Your liver is working to help remove fat from your body. If you consume alcohol, your liver will change course and work to purge that instead. Alcohol is toxic to the liver.

One small glass of wine on HCG Diet can come in with approximately 100 calories. Where does that fit into your weight loss goals? Think about how you will feel the next morning when you step on the scale and see a higher number. Will it be worth the risk? Six weeks is a very short time in the scheme of things. Your weight loss is worth the wait.

What to Drink Instead of Alcohol on HCG Diet

We know that life continues while you are working hard at losing weight. Parties, celebrations, and even after-work happy hours can make it hard to avoid consuming any alcohol on HCG Diet.

We can help provide you with options that can keep you out and having fun without sacrificing your weight loss goals.

The first thing you can do is order up one of our amazing “mocktails” from our recipe book. Any bartender will be happy to prepare one of these for you. These drinks are also easy to make at home.

Here are some excellent options to use as alcohol replacements during Phase 2 of the HCG Diet:

  • Virgin Sparkling Mojito

    Crush mint leaves in the bottom of a glass to release their flavor. Add liquid or powdered peppermint or plain stevia to taste along with the juice of half of a lime or lemon. Fill glass with 6 ounces sparkling mineral water and crushed ice. Top with a mint sprig and enjoy.
  • Refreshing Grapefruit Virgin Martini

    Combine the juice of half a grapefruit, vanilla stevia to taste, 5 ounces sparkling mineral water, and ice in a glass and enjoy.

Carrying around packets of powdered stevia or tossing a small bottle in your purse or briefcase can help keep you prepared for the unexpected.

For those who just cannot do without, the best alcohol on HCG Diet is dry red or white wine. Combining a small amount of wine with sparkling mineral water not only cuts the calories but also makes it easier for the liver to process. Again, this is not recommended during Phase 2, but moderate alcohol consumption is ok when you reach Phase 3.

What to Do if You Drink Alcohol on HCG Diet

If you find yourself cheating with alcohol on HCG Diet, do not despair. You can easily get yourself back on the weight loss track the next day. Wake up and drink a large glass of room temperature water to help flush out your system. Have half a grapefruit for your breakfast. Follow your HCG Diet meal plan exactly as directed, consuming only 500 calories during the day.

Most importantly, keep drinking water and choose apples as your other fruits with meals. Avoid having between meal snacks so that your body can process the food you eat. You should have no problem restarting your weight loss.

Of course, if you can avoid the alcohol cheat, HCG Diet concerns will not occur. Always contact your HCG Diet medical advisor with any questions about your weight loss program. Here at Weight Loss Medical Center, we want to see you succeed. Help is just a complimentary phone call away.