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The HCG Diet Details

HCG Diet Details

Your HCG answers questions as to what the HCG diet is in response to the overwhelming amount of questions being asked on various HCG diet forums. The HCG diet was created in the 1950s, by endocrinologist, A.T.W. Simeons, M.D. When creating the HCG diet protocol, Dr. Simeons thoroughly researched the nature & history of obesity, the root causes of obesity, along with the underlying psychological aspects of obesity.

What is the HCG Diet?

One of the most common questions being asked on HCG diet forums is ‘What is HCG?’ HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. HCG is a natural hormone, that when coupled with a low calorie diet can aid in weight loss. The HCG will go into the dieters body and ‘unlock’ the abnormal fat. The body uses that abnormal fat as fuel when ones uses the HCG and follows the low calorie diet. With the protocol, the body doesn’t strictly exist on 500 calories that is consumed. The HCG forces the dieters body to unlock the fat stored in the mid-section (hips, belly, bottom and thighs) as well as the upper arms. The dieters body then consumes between 1500 and 4000 calories from the stored fat being released back into the body IN ADDITION to the 500 calories that are being eaten. This compensates for any hunger that one may experience during the HCG diet.

One thing that the HCG diet does that no other weight loss product can achieve is that it completely resets the hypothalamus gland. The hypothalamus gland controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep and circadian cycles. By doing the HCG diet for a minimum of 23 days, along with six weeks of maintenance afterwards, the hypothalamus gland will be reset to the new lower weight, making it harder to gain weight back.

In Pounds and Inches, Dr. Simeons said ‘Every item in the list is gone over carefully, continually stressing the point that no variations other than those listed may be introduced. All things not listed are forbidden, and the patient is assured that nothing permissible has been left out.’

A Summary of the HCG Diet

During the first 2 days of treatment, one will take the recommended dosage of the HCG hormone on the HCG diet, however they will also eat as much fatty food as possible. This will include butter-soaked eggs, bacon, whipping cream, etc. During these 2 days, it’s not unlikely to gain weight or even stay the same weight. Dr. Simeons said ‘In any case, the whole gain is usually lost in the first 48 hours of dieting. It is necessary to proceed in this manner because the gain re-stocks the depleted normal reserves, whereas the subsequent loss is from the abnormal deposits only.’

Commencing on day 3 on the HCG drops diet, the dieter will then start the VLCD, also known as the Very Low Calorie Diet. This phase will last a minimum of 21 days up to 45 days. However, with the homeopathic drops, one can take them up to 60 days if they are consistently losing weight. During this phase, they will follow the low calorie diet protocol. This includes 2 lean proteins, 2 fruit servings, 2 vegetable servings along with 2 servings of either Melba toast or Grissini breadsticks. While on this phase, they will consume approximately 500 calories per day, but they won’t be starving or hungry. The body is using the abnormal fat for fuel, and the dieter is not strictly surviving off the caloric intake they are consuming.

Maintenance while on the HCG diet

Once phase two of the HCG diet is complete, the dieter will discontinue using the drops and continue the low calorie diet for 72 hours. This time frame allows all of the HCG to leave the body. After these 72 hours have transpired, the dieter will then move onto the maintenance phase. This phase completes the reset of the hypothalamus gland and will last a minimum of 6 weeks. During the first 3 weeks of maintenance, all foods are allowed except sugars, starches and artificial sweeteners. The dieter will then increase their calorie intake. It’s very important to increase the calorie intake and not continue on with the VLCD while not taking HCG. During the first week of maintenance, one will want to eat a lean protein snack every 2-3 hours. This helps ensure they are not protein deficient during the first week. After the first week of the HCG diet, the HCG user will start eating 2-3 sensible meals with healthy snacks in between. During this phase, it’s a good idea to focus on eating non-processed, whole foods. This is a great time to get in the habit of eating healthy to help maintain weight loss for life. During the second 3 weeks of maintenance, one will start to slowly work in sugars and starches. It’s best to start off with unrefined foods such as brown rice, raw sugar, whole-wheat flour, etc. During maintenance, it’s crucial to maintain the weight within 2 pounds of the last dose weight. If more than 2 pounds are lost, the hcg dieter will want to increase their caloric intake. If there is no hunger, they can eat healthier, higher fat foods such as avocados or nuts. If more than 2 pounds is gained from the last dose, they will want to do a steak day. A steak day is done the same day that you notice the gain and nothing else is eaten for the remainder of the day. Then in the evening one can eat a huge steak with only an apple or a raw tomato. They can season the steak with salt and pepper, and cook to their liking. This will lower the weight back down within 2 pounds of the last dose weight.  Following the steak day, one resumes your previous food intake.

Life after the HCG Diet

After the 6 weeks of maintenance, one can eat what they would like in moderation. If they resort back to old eating habits, the odds are high it will put them in the same predicament they were in before, causing one to do the HCG diet in the first place.  Your HCG owner Jaime Edmund said, ‘The HCG diet can be a bit confusing at first. We provide all the reading material that you will need to feel fully educated on the diet and process. We also offer unlimited support with every order along with recipes, diet tips and meal planners. We want our customers to succeed on the and become a healthier version of their current self and we are confident they can achieve this on the HCG diet.’



  1. By: Jennifer Wray

    on: May 27, 2011 . Reply

    I have a question!!! What if you do not eat vegetables? That is my problem, I do not eat them!!!

  2. By: Gmtow_andrea

    on: July 15, 2011 . Reply

    Can kids use it?

  3. By: Anonymous

    on: July 19, 2011 . Reply

    When it says 2 lean proteins and 2 fruit servings – Can you use the protein powder and a fresh fruit blended together? Also is the same true as fresh vegetable and the protein powder?

  4. By: Your HCG Team

    on: July 27, 2011 . Reply

    Jennifer – There is a list of veggies that are allowed, and it is recommended to eat them. If you choose to omit a veggie, it cannot be replaced by another food item.

    Gmtow_andrea – We don’t recommend this diet for anyone under the age of 18.

    Anonymous – You can use the protein powder and fruit together. It will just count as one protein serving and one fruit serving. You could also use your veggier serving along with the protein powder.

    Let us know if you have any other questions 🙂

  5. By: Angie

    on: August 20, 2011 . Reply

    Can I do this diet if Iam diabetic 2, please help
    Thank You

  6. By: Lisa

    on: August 21, 2011 . Reply

    i lost 8 lbs in 8 days…but i am tired of the same foods/veggies. I don’t like broccoli, I can’t eat the veggies I like (peas-carrots) I’m tired of fish….I am following the diet, but it is getting boring…any suggestions? (Can I have eggplant/squash?…I LOVE milk products….cottage cheese? eggs?

  7. By: Rebecca

    on: August 30, 2011 . Reply

    Does it matter what time you start the gorging phase 1?
    starting in the evening? eg..


    on: October 24, 2011 . Reply


  9. By: Mary Kato

    on: October 26, 2011 . Reply

    What if in the first 23 days I did not lose as much as I wanted to. Do I continue with the drops or do I stop. What do I do?

    • By: Jesse

      on: November 2, 2011 . Reply

      You should begin a new cycle of drops.

  10. By: shanna

    on: September 5, 2012 . Reply

    Can I exercise? I love to run and I love a weight lift class I do.

    • By: Sadie Salazar

      on: September 6, 2012 . Reply

      While on the HCG diet, we recommend only low impact exercises, if you exercise at all. Walking, yoga, or swimming are okay while on the HCG diet.



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