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The HCG Diet Plan

Weekly Overview

The following is a basic breakdown of the HCG Diet Plan and its four phases. More specific information is available for each phase, including:

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The HCG Diet Plan is made up of 4 Phases


HCG Diet Phase  1  "Load" ( 2 days )

For two days, you load up on fatty foods (not just high calorie), to trick your metabolisms (and your psyche), while you begin taking the HCG Hormone to “unlock” fat. There are no specific diet requirements, during this phase, except to load up on fat. (Believe me, though it sounds fun at first, ultimately you look forward to eating less in Phase 2).

The combo of these two gives you a great setting for the next Phase.

HCG Diet Phase  2  "Lose" ( 2- 6 Weeks )

You now drop to a specific diet of 500 calories a day. However, you don’t need to worry about calorie counting, as the portions and foods included in this phase are designed to give us maximum nutrients with minimum calories.

  • Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar.
  • Saccharin or Stevia may be used.
  • Only one tablespoon full of milk allowed in 24 hours.
  • 100 grams (3.5oz) of a LEAN PROTEIN SOURCE (veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, shrimp, 1egg+3egg whites, or tofu. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken breast must be removed from the bird.)
  • One type of vegetable to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage. Other low sugar vegetables may be tried, one at a time, however, if any gains or stalls in weight-loss occur, don’t include these vegetables during this phase.
  • An apple, orange, one-half grapefruit, or a handful of strawberries.
  • One grissini-breadstick or one Melba toast.

The same as Lunch

  • 100 grams (3.5oz) of a LEAN PROTEIN SOURCE (veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, shrimp, 1egg+3egg whites, or tofu. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken breast must be removed from the bird.)
  • One type of vegetable to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage. Other low sugar vegetables may be tried, one at a time, however, if any gains or stalls in weight-loss occur, don’t include these vegetables during this phase.
  • An apple, orange, one-half grapefruit, or a handful of strawberries.
  • One grissini-breadstick or one Melba toast.

As much as you want

  • Broth (fat-free chicken, beef or vegetable)
  • Shiritaki Noodles
  • Tea or Coffee (without cream or sugar)
  • Herbal teas & sparkling water
  • Stevia

You will continue taking the hCG during Phase 2 – hCG Injections, pharmaceutical hCG drop or hCG pellets taken Sublingually (under the tongue). Because it is so common, it is important to note, here, that so-called "homeopathic drops", hCG releasers and hCG peptides are not real hCG. If you (or someone you know) are considering taking these drops, please read our Injections vs. Drops page before wasting your money on these! It is one of the most common mistakes we see people make.

Vigorous exercise is not allowed during this phase, as it actually hinders your results. But don’t confuse this with being sedentary; movement is still important to general health, as well as ridding the body of fat and toxins. Doctors and clinics, working with the HCG Diet, commonly encourage walking a
mile a day during Phase 2.

After you reach your fat loss goals or the end of your 6 weeks (whichever comes first), it’s time to stabilize your body – to make it accept your new weight as the new standard. (Note - Phase 2 can be repeated again in another 3 weeks, if more fat loss is desired, however, Phase 3 is still an extremely important part of this process.)

You Now:

  • Stop taking the HCG hormone
  • Slowly reintroduce fats and dairy products
  • Continue to avoid starches and sugars
  • Focus on portion control instead of specific portion sizes

Steak Day

Phase 3 also introduces the “steak day”, which is used if you ever exceeded the lowest weight, achieved during Phase 2, by more than 2 pounds. This 2 pounds allows for variations that you will see based on hormonal cycle fluctuations and the foods that you may still have in your system. Gaining any more than 2 pounds and you either:

  • Ate something your body reacted badly to (causing water retention),
  • Ate a food that was outside the dietary guidelines (starches or sugars), or
  • Perhaps you need to re-evaluate your portion sizes.

Either way, a “steak day” will give you a reset and allow you to get back on-track again.

Steak Day Specifics

  • Eat nothing during the day.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Evening meal – eat a large lean steak (as much as you want), but nothing else.
  • Later in the evening, eat either 1 tomato or 1 apple.

Check out more information on Steak Day Specifics.

Phase 3 is about transitioning from the “aid” of the hCG and stabilizing your body, your choices, your habits, your thinking, and your actions – so that you are ready to go into the next phase of maintaining – all of those - for life!!!

Your final phase is about maintaining all that you’ve earned and learned, and making “Healthy, lifestyle eating choices”. There are no forbidden foods in this phase – sugars and carbs are reintroduced, but you are encouraged to keep them low. As you’ve learned during the last two phases, with a few adjustments to your habits and meals, you can easily maintenance of your new, leaner body.

And remember, if you ever tip the scales more than 2 pounds above the lowest weight you've reached, it’s time to do a “steak day” to reset and get back on track!

Also, if you want to do some body shaping during Phase 4, read a few thoughts that we jotted down from our's and other's experiences here. We are in this for life, but Maintaining doesn't have to mean being skinny, or eating like a bird. We are "foodies"-we love gourmet cooking and searching for special ingredients and dishes. We are also in great shape, having lost fat with hCG, we have found ways to incorporate great tasting healthy food and healthy habits into a lifestyle that we know will keep us healthy, fit and easy-going-happy for life.

So that’s the basics of the HCG Diet Plan.

When you’re ready to understand each Phase more fully, just click on one of the links, within this page, use the navigation menu on the upper left corner of every page, or click on "Learn More" for a list of all our HCG Diet pages. Please feel free to explore the HCG Recipes section for a preview of what you get to enjoy.


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