While everyone loses weight at a different rate, the following are a few areas to look for some answers to your hCG weight loss plateau:
1. Medical conditions can interfere with weight loss. Thyroid and hormonal issues are common medical conditions that sometimes take a few days, even a week, to show up and cause an issue.
2. Medications can slow weight loss. Thyroid, hormone replacement, anti-depression, anti-anxiety, and insulin are common medications that can slow weight loss.
3. Menstruation can cause problems with weight loss. Your menstrual cycle could be causing the weight loss plateau. Even the week before or after menstruation can result in water weight gain.
Unfortunately, there is not a lot that can be done to alleviate these problems. Of course, you should not stop taking any prescription medications without consulting your doctor. Your weight loss may fluctuate throughout your weight loss journey but it should continue to drop.
Another area to look at is your vitamin or supplement consumption. High doses of vitamins/supplements tend to stall weight loss on hCG, especially, vitamins B, C, and E. There is also the possibility that oils in lotions, body washes, sunscreens, etc. are causing the problem. This is rarely the case, but, these products do tend to have a cumulative effect.
The following are some suggestions to get the scale moving again:
1. Make sure you are making different selections from the veggie, fruit, and protein categories at each meal. Eating too much of the same thing each day will cause a stall.
2. Too much red meat (especially steak) could be prompting your body to retain water; women have a real problem with red meat. The digestion process for red meat is often difficult and extra water is needed in the intestinal tract for processing this type of food.
3. Try incorporating Green Tea. This may help with metabolism and promote weight loss.
4. Try to avoid eating too many tomatoes, oranges, or shrimp. These foods have been known to cause stalls.
5. If you’re taking ten drops each dose, try increasing your consumption to thirteen drops per dose. To help with hunger, you can incorporate 2 cups of broth into your daily food intake (organic is best…no sugar or starch in the blend).
6. Try an Apple Day. An Apple Day consists of 6 apples for the entire day while continuing to drink plenty of water only throughout the day. This usually helps to “jump-starts” your weight loss. Be cautious doing this too much…it will become less effective the more you do it.
7. Keep a food journal. You might find patterns of foods that cause you to stop losing weight. Everyone is different and you need to monitor your own body and to see what works and doesn’t work for you.
8. Make sure you are drinking enough water (at least 2 liters a day).
9. Take your measurements; you may be losing inches instead of pounds.
10. Lower your salt intake. Large amounts of salt will cause water retention.