The HCG DIET Program consists of HCG injections for the first 23 days with a high-fat high calorie diet for the first 2 days, then a very low calorie diet for days 3-26. After the HCG diet, you will do a Maintenance Diet for three weeks.
For women, the diet works best if started at the end of a period.
We will take your measurements before, during and after the diet. No matter how strange or insignificant some of the dietary restrictions and instructions may sound, they must all be followed strictly in order to get the results you seek.
WARNING: This diet is not suitable for anyone with diabetes, gallstones or gallbladder disease, heart disease, gout, pregnant or breastfeeding, or with a history of blood clots, or a history of cancer, or allergies to certain foods. This diet is not recommended without a preliminary medical evaluation.
The HCG Diet starts with a huge 2-day feast!
Days 1 and 2 of the HCG Diet consist of taking a daily HCG dose and eating 3000 to 4000 calories of food per day. This is not a typo. The only requirement is that this two-day feast should contain as much high-fat food as possible.
Examples of foods that are high in fat are whole-milk dairy products, fried foods, oils, and nuts. Do a Google search for foods that are high in fat for more ideas.
DO NOT hold back on eating during these 2 days. If you hold back, you will have severe cravings and fatigue by the end of the first week.
The Very Low Calorie phase starts on the 3rd day.
From Day 3 to Day 26 you will be on a strict 500-calorie-per-day diet. On Days 3 through Day 23 you will take a daily HCG shot. You do not need to count calories. You simply need to measure your food portions on a food scale and the calories will fall into place automatically. You must also drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. This is essential for your health.
Each day you will have two scheduled meals – lunch and dinner, and two scheduled snacks. The snacks consist of one breadstick (or melba toast) and one fruit. The snacks can be taken with the meals or in between meals, but they cannot be taken together at the same time (a double snack is not allowed). Many people take one of their snacks at breakfast time.
From Day 3 to Day 26 you must take a potassium supplement and a vitamin D supplement to support your system. This is not optional.
From Day 3 to Day 10 you must take one 325mg aspirin tablet daily unless you are allergic. It must be a tablet. Capsules or caplets are not allowed.
The DIET Details
Drinks — You must drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. That’s eight 8-ounce glasses. You may also drink mineral water, sparkling water, black or green tea or black coffee in any quantity at any time. Sugar or creamer is not allowed. Only one tablespoonful of milk (skim only) is allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin (brand name Sweet ‘n’ Low) or stevia (pure without additives) may be used. You may not drink anything else.
Vitamins — You should take a potassium supplement containing 99 mg of potassium three times daily, and a Vitamin D supplement containing 1000 units once daily. Do not take multivitamin supplements or fish oil during the very low calorie diet because they contain sugars, starches and fats that will stall your progress. Don’t worry about developing a vitamin deficiency. You will not develop a vitamin deficiency in three weeks.
Breakfast — There is no scheduled breakfast meal on the HCG diet. However, the fruit or the bread portions of your lunch or dinner (see below) may be eaten at this time or as a snack between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but they must come out of your meal serving. You may NOT eat TWO portions of any item at the same meal.
THE HCG LUNCH
Meat | Vegetable | Bread | Fruit
The Meat Portion
Meat Portion Size: 100 grams (3.5 ounces) weighed raw without bones or fat.
Veal, lean beef (96% lean only), skinless chicken breast, turkey, buffalo, fresh white fish (halibut, cod, haddock, tilapia, flounder), lobster, crab, or shrimp.
Meat Preparation Options:
Meats may be grilled or boiled, but no oil, fat or butter may be used.
Seasonings may include salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram, etc., but no oil, butter or dressing.
Meats that are NOT allowed:
Deli meats (cold cuts), salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish. Regular (non-lean) beef cuts or ground of 80/20, 90/10, 93/7 are not allowed.
The Vegetable Portion
Vegetable Portion Size: Depends on the vegetable. Weighed fresh/ raw.
Raw spinach (3 cups), chard (3 cups), chicory (3/4 cup), beet-greens (3 cups), green salad (3 cups), tomato (1 medium), celery (1.5 cups), fennel (1 cup), onions (1/2 cup), red radishes (1 cup sliced), cucumber (1 small), asparagus (6 medium spears), or cabbage (1 cup). You may only eat one type of vegetable with each meal.
Vegetable Preparation Options:
Vegetables may be grilled, boiled or raw. Vegetables in broth can be used for a soup. Seasoning options are the same as for meats. No oil, butter or dressing is allowed.
Canned vegetables are NOT allowed.
The Bread Portion
The bread portion is a choice of one of the items below. There is one bread portion with lunch and one bread portion with dinner. They may be eaten along with the meat and vegetable portions at lunch time or dinner time or as a separate snack at breakfast time and between meals. However, your two bread portions for the day cannot be eaten at the same time.
Bread Portion Options:
1 Grissini breadstick (pencil sized), or 1 Melba toast, or 2 Melba “snacks” (original, garlic, whole grain, or sea salt).
The Fruit Portion
The fruit portion is a choice of one of the items below. There is one fruit portion with lunch and one fruit portion with dinner. They may be eaten along with the meat and vegetable portions at lunch time or dinner time or as a separate snack at breakfast time and between meals. However, your two fruit portions for the day cannot be eaten at the same time. It is perfectly acceptable to eat your fruit portion along with your bread portion as a separate snack.
Fruit Portion Options:
1 medium apple, 1 handful of strawberries, one half grapefruit, 1 medium orange.
THE HCG DINNER
Meat | Vegetable | Bread | Fruit
Same choices and portions as HCG Lunch.
Lifestyle Modifications during the HCG Diet Days 3-26:
- For women, the best time to start the HGC Diet is just after your period has ended.
- Be careful of everything that touches your skin as fats can be absorbed into your skin and interfere with HCG weight loss. Think lotion, lip balm, hand soap, etc. There are very few brands that offer completely oil-free options.
You should not exercise or engage in any heavy lifting or strenuous activity during the diet. You can take short daily walks (20 minutes or less) if desired.
- Tanning is discouraged as it can cause water retention and affect weight loss.
- Massage and other spa treatments are also discouraged because they can interfere with weight loss.
- In the first few days of the HCG Diet, you may experience slight headaches, but taking daily aspirin tablets during the first week should prevent them. This is normal and is caused from your body detoxing from all the sugar, preservatives, etc. Aspirin or Ibuprofen are allowed as long as they are tablets and not gel caps or sugar-coated.
The Last 3 Days
On days 24 through 26, you stop taking your HCG, but continue the 500 calorie diet to let the HCG exit your system. If you do NOT do these last three days as described, YOU WILL GAIN WEIGHT.
After the HCG Diet
You will start the Maintenance Diet immediately after the HCG diet for three weeks. To see the Maintenance Diet, click here.