hcg diet and alcohol

HCG Diet and Alcohol

Is the HCG Diet and Alcohol Allowed?

While on the HCG diet, alcohol is prohibited. The reason being is because it will slow your loss or actually cause you to gain weight. Alcohol can contain sugars and starches, which will have adverse reactions to your weight loss. Your HCG has had a few clients that had to entertain business clients or went on a vacation, where they followed the very low calorie diet, and mixed the HCG diet and alcohol. They noticed that their weight loss did stall for at least 3 days, and some even reported a gain in their weight.


HCG Diet and Alcohol Dangers

While there aren’t any immediate dangers combining the HCG diet and alcohol, it can set you back quite a bit when trying to reach your weight loss goal. Dr. Simeons does mention alcohol in his manuscript, Pounds and Inches, ‘If no carbohydrates whatsoever are eaten, fats can be indulged in somewhat more liberally and even small quantities of alcohol, such as a glass of wine with meals, does no harm, but as soon as fats and starch are combined things are very liable to get out of hand. This has to be observed very carefully during the first 3 weeks after the treatment is ended otherwise disappointments are almost sure to occur.’


HCG Diet and Alcohol Risks

While on the HCG diet, if you consume alcohol, expect either a stall for 3-6 days in your weight loss or even a possible gain. The best thing to do is stick with the diet to ensure your HCG weight loss continues. It’s best to wait until the second part of maintenance before re-introducing alcohol into your diet. This will help give you the best weight loss possible while on the HCG diet.

Have you mixed the two on your HCG diet?  If so, what was your experience by combining the HCG diet and alcohol?



  1. By: Shannon

    on: January 20, 2011 . Reply

    Hi , I have a vacation coming up next weekend and Im only on day three of the diet as of today 01/20/2011. I know that there will be drinking involved. I normally have just a few light beers. If I stick to the rest og the diet , i.e. 500 calories per day (other than a few beers) will I be ok ?

    • By: Jesse

      on: January 20, 2011 . Reply

      Sorry Shannon, no beers are allowed. If you do drink you will need to reset your diet when you get back from vacation.


  2. By: Lucy

    on: January 26, 2011 . Reply

    i will be traveling to las vegas during phase 3 of my HCG diet, will drinking a few vodka-waters ruin my progress if i stick to the diet?

  3. By: Britt

    on: January 27, 2011 . Reply

    DON’T DO IT!!! I cheated and had a few beers one night after being on the vlcd for a week and I, almost immediately, got the worst headache ever! Not a normal beer side effect for me, btw. All the advil, tylenol, aspirin in the world didn’t even soothe the ache and it lasted for 24 hours. SO not worth it- my weight loss stalled for 3 days, even a tad bit of gain. I say again, don’t do it. The beer will taste better when you’re skinny.

    • By: ron

      on: February 2, 2011 . Reply

      It depends on the individual i guess. I was on day 5 of the days and i had to entertain some business friends. I had 5 pints of beer, 3 scotch, 3 glasses of wine, breaded pork with mashed pototoes, french bread with pate and I still lost 2 pounds the next morning and continue to lose weight

  4. By: J

    on: July 26, 2011 . Reply

    I knew that abstaining from alcohol would be nearly impossible when I was on the diet last summer. I switched from vodka cranberry or vodka sprite to a vodka soda with lemon. It was the only alcohol that I allowed myself, and because I was still getting used to the lack of sugar I only had two or three the whole night.

    Be aware however: Whether you sneak a few drinks while on the diet or abstain completely, your tolerance will be significantly lower once you add alcohol back into your diet. I got hammered my first time off the wagon because my body weight was so much lower and I hadn’t had a heavy night of drinking in 2 months.

  5. By: cathy

    on: July 26, 2011 . Reply

    I had a glass of red dry wine a few times during the 21 days, and it didn’t affect me much. I also bought my first HCG from CVS, and will tell you not to make that mistake, or waste your money. Then I bought the real thing, and started loosing, even though I used Dr Oz’s recommended higher calorie/protein from a recent tabboid. 500 calories a day is just too restrictive for someone who is also hypoglysemic!

  6. By: Jenna

    on: April 17, 2012 . Reply

    I went to a corporate dinner on P2 and ended up drinking Vodkas with a tiny splash of cranberry, eating off protocol, but moderate portions. I stalled of course the next day, so I did an apple day after that, and lost 5lbs the following morning! I haven’t drank since, but I have stalled again since then for two days. I wonder if the vodka helped me? It was the biggest weight loss on the whole diet in 1 day, and I was on week 2! Hmmm..

  7. By: patti

    on: June 30, 2012 . Reply

    Can I have alcohol during the first two days? The loading up days?

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: July 2, 2012 . Reply

      Hi Patti – Yes, you may have alcohol during your loading days, but not during the low calorie diet.

  8. By: Christie O'Connor

    on: July 9, 2012 . Reply

    Can I have my glass of wine at night if I deduct the 120 calories from my daily allotment and only eat 380?

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: July 12, 2012 . Reply

      Alcohol is not allowed while on the HCG diet. With wine, the sugars will slow or stall your weight loss.

  9. By: lisa

    on: July 19, 2012 . Reply

    i will be starting the hcg tomorrow being mindful going into the weekend. Like most people in alaska, you take advantage of the summy days, and drinking is often involved. I was told that if I am going to drink, I should have gin and tonic. I’ve heard of someone doing that before and as long as they didn’t eat that night, they didn’t lose the following day, but didn’t gain. the following day, things went back to normal.

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: July 23, 2012 . Reply

      HI Lisa – Alcohol is not allowed while on the HCG diet because it can slow or stall your loss. Also you will want to follow the diet 100% in order to be successful. I’d recommend that you contact the company you purchased your HCG from to see exactly what they recommend. On the Your HCG Diet Protocol, alcohol is not allowed.

  10. By: Anne

    on: September 15, 2012 . Reply

    Does anyone have a good schedule for taking the drops in a day? Time in between etc? Also I understand no food for 30min, but what about water? I have searched every word of the website and found answers to my questions! Also, are fresh garlic and onion allowed to flavor meals?

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: September 17, 2012 . Reply

      Hi Anne – We recommend taking 6 drops, 6 times per day. You’ll start the drops in the morning and spread them out every 2-3 hours during your waking hours. After you take the drops, you want to wait 20-30 minutes before eating and drinking anything, including water. You can use garlic, however we’ve seen better results when you use garlic powder. If onion is used, it will be considered your vegetable and you are only allowed one vegetable per meal. Feel free to call us at 877-748-2709 or chat with us at if you have any questions. ~ Sadie

  11. By: TR

    on: December 13, 2012 . Reply

    I am entering my last week on the 43day P2 and I have only lost 20 lbs. I really expected to lose around 30. I stalled a lot of days through out the program. This week I’ve been really great and I have only lost 1 lb. From all the recommended foods what do you suggest I eat this last week to see a more significant loss?

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: December 14, 2012 . Reply

      Hi TR – Did you order your drops from Your HCG? If so, give us a call at 877-748-2709 or chat with us at, and we can review what foods you’re eating, how much water you’re drinking, etc. to see how we can maximize your weight loss.

  12. By: TR

    on: December 13, 2012 . Reply

    How about having a couple glasses of wine with dinner during P3? How would that affect my stabilization?

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: December 14, 2012 . Reply

      We wouldn’t recommend any alcohol until you start to reintroduce sugars and starches back into your diet. This will be the best thing for weight stabilization.

  13. By: Sarah

    on: January 24, 2013 . Reply

    Hi! I was doing some more research today on hcg and I realized I was suppose to take the drops when I was in the loading phase. Today is my fourth day, so I wanted to know should I wait a week and start over and do it the right way?

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: January 25, 2013 . Reply

      Hi Sarah – It does take 48 hours for the HCG drops to take full effect in your system. You can either stop and do the loading days with the drops, or continue on with the diet. If you continue on with the diet, you may experience hunger during the first 7 days because the drops were not taken during the loading days. It can be different depending on what drops you are taking though, so make sure you ask the company you purchased the drops from. I wasn’t able to find an account in our system under your name or email address. If you need anything else, let us know.

  14. By: Greg

    on: January 30, 2013 . Reply

    Should drops be taken when you know you are going to have a splurge weekend (Ex. Super Bowl)? I will be drinking but am going to stay away from most food type carbs since beer is going to be consumed. Also, would steak day on Monday the day after Super Bowl help me get back on track?

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: January 31, 2013 . Reply

      Hi Greg – With the Your HCG drops, we would recommend not straying from the diet. Anytime you stray from the diet, you can slow or stall your loss for 3-6 days, or even possibly gain. A steak day should only be done during maintenance, not during the low calorie diet, and could cause a stall to be longer if you do it at the incorrect time. I would recommend that you contact the company you purchased from to see what they recommend, as protocols can vary. If you did order from Your HCG, you can contact us at 877-748-2709 or

  15. By: Greg

    on: February 1, 2013 . Reply

    Didn’t answer question. Going to stray is not an option. It is going to happen. Thanks for advice anyway.



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