One of the things that aren’t really tackled on other HCG articles is hydration. But hydration is just as important as other components of the diet – calorie counting, exercise, and even HCG supplementation.
Why is that so?
Well, being hydrated is important for the following reasons: [source]
- Water helps dissolve nutrients and convert food to energy
- It is a large part of joint fluid and blood
- Thus it helps bring nutrients all over the body
So what’s the best way to stay Hydrated on the HCG Diet?
Well, you can guess by the name of this article: water.
You can’t go wrong with the water, especially on a calorie-restricting diet.
In this article, we’re going to discuss: Recommended water intake per phase of the HCG diet and Tips on how to stay hydrated
Recommended Water Intake
According to the original HCG protocol by Dr. Simeons, the required water intake for the very low-calorie phase is at least 2 liters per day.
However, if you want to lose more weight you can manipulate your water intake.
Here’s a table to help you:
|Very Low-Calorie Phase||
Won’t this mean that I won’t lose weight?
Actually, plenty of water intake is actually recommended. When there is not enough water intake, the body retains water by reabsorbing it from urine or feces before it’s passed out. This leads to very little urine or constipation.
On the other hand, extra water is flushed out by the body. So it’s better to take just a little more than the recommended water than too little of the needed amount.
In other words, no, that extra few glasses of water won’t stop you from losing weight.
What else should I consider in hydration?
Some HCG diet protocols allow unlimited amounts of black coffee or pure tea (no cream or milk at all), because each cup is just 2 to 5 calories. If you take tea or coffee in large amounts, you can be at risk for dehydration because both drinks are diuretics. Diuretics flush out water from the body.
A good tip is to drink water to coffee/tea on a 1:1 basis. This means for every serving of tea or coffee, you should also take in 1 cup of water.
So now that we’ve covered how much water you should be drinking, let’s move on to some ways on how you can increase fluid intake in your diet:
Wait, there’s more:
It’s not enough to just know about how much water you should drink or how to keep hydrated. You should also learn how to regulate your water intake.
How do I know if I’m drinking TOO LITTLE water?
The best indicators of dehydration are thirst and the color of your urine. Having a dry mouth, dark-colored poop, and strong-smelling urine are usually the first to show when you lack water in your system.
Later signs include: feeling lightheaded or tired, not urinating as often as normal, having pale and sunken eyes, and dry non-elastic skin. However, these signs appear after a long while of being dehydrated.
How do I know if I’m drinking TOO MUCH water?
What if I drank half a litter more than the recommended amount? [source]
Well, if you drank half a liter more or even one litter more, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. If you still get thirsty after the required two liters per day, then it’s fine to add just a bit more.
Each body’s required water intake is different. If you’re a large person and started large, you may still need to drink a bit more water before your body adjusts to its new size.
However, there is a danger in drinking excessive amounts of water. If you’ve done anything close to a marathon, worked out for four hours, or traveled to a tropical country and have been walking nonstop then chances are you already know what I’m talking about – Hyponatremia.
Hyponatremia means extremely low sodium levels in the body (135 mEq/L). Being on the HCG diet, with a restricted to almost no salt intake, users can be at greater risk for hyponatremia.
The best way to prevent this is to drink in moderation and not in large gulps.
So at the end of the day, the most important part is getting enough water. Getting sufficient hydration helps you lose weight and helps your body function.