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How to Curb Your Appetite on the HCG Diet

By Juliet Wilkinson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Avoiding hunger pangs on the HCG diet may help you stick to this very-low-calorie diet. The human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, diet pairs a challenging 500 calorie-per-day restriction with use of the HCG hormone either by injection or oral drops for weight loss. Keep your food and calorie allowances in mind while employing tips to curb your appetite on the HCG diet.

Plan your daily meals and snacks ahead of time, cutting up fruits, vegetables and preparing lean proteins so they are ready to eat. If you have low-calorie snacks on hand, like pre-cut vegetables, you may be less likely to reach for a more calorie-dense food, such as nuts.

Eat frequent, small meals throughout the day. Break up your 500-calorie allowance into five meals with allowances for low-calorie snacks between meal times. You may feel like you are grazing all day, but it can curb your appetite.

Drink a large glass of water to trick your stomach and brain. Initially, the nerves in your stomach cannot differentiate between food and water, and your brain will think you are full and cease the hunger pangs.

Brew up a mug of hot tea or low-sodium broth. Sip on it between meals or use the broth as a snack. You can even use a spoon and enjoy it like soup.

Eat fibrous foods such as vegetables or whole grains. Like protein, the fiber will bring a sense of fullness and help curb your hunger.

Snack smart. You could use up half your daily calorie allowance on a couple handfuls of nuts or you could eat 1 and 3/4 cups of air-popped popcorn for 50 calories.

Brush your teeth after every meal or snack. Brushing your teeth will change the flavor in your mouth and may help curb your snack desire.

Tips

Keep plenty of no-calorie hard candies on hand to keep your mouth busy in between meals and snacks.

Warnings

A 500-calorie diet is severly restrictive and should not be attempted without medical supervision.

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