The HCG Diet: What You Should Know

Losing weight is indeed a real struggle for so many people, especially if they are significantly obese. However, becoming obese is associated with many health problems. Unless you do something about it, these health issues can get worse over time.1 The hCG Diet can help you get healthier!

Jumpstart Your Weight Loss Efforts with the HCG Diet

While most people claim that the key to successful weight loss is diet and exercise, these are not enough. The weight you would lose could be mostly water and muscle mass, and some fat. When you lose muscle it’s bad for your body, shape, and metabolism.2 

The fact is that experts who work in weight loss management are well aware that weight loss is about far more than simply trying to eat fewer calories. 

That’s why our expert doctors from The HCG Institute recommend the hCG diet: a combination of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone injections along with a low-calorie diet to jumpstart your weight loss. Although it is only for the last decade that the hCG diet plan grown in popularity, it is not new at all. In fact, the hCG diet has been around for more than 60 years. 

Understanding the HCG Diet

hcg dietHuman chorionic gonadotropin or HCG is a hormone secreted during pregnancy. It is prescribed by medical professionals as a treatment for fertility problems. However, its usage is not limited to that. Dr. ATW Simeons conducted an experimental treatment involving HCG injections, obese patients, and a special diet. It was found out that with its effect to reset your metabolism, HCG can be taken in to aid weight loss.3 

Dr. Simeons theorized that the HCG burned approximately 1000 to 1,500 calories per day solely from the abnormally stored fat, and that keeping caloric intake to 500 calories would cause dieters to lose weight quickly with little to no hunger or weakness. By combining these two, you can develop a stronger metabolism, shed as much as one pound per day, and allow your body to maintain your new weight as the hCG diet resets your hypothalamus.4 

Phases of the HCG Diet

The typical hCG diet plan is divided into three phases: a loading phase, a weight loss phase, and a maintenance phase. 

Phase 1 (Loading Phase-not recommended by The HCG Institute)

During this phase, you are allowed to eat extremely high fat, high-calorie foods to prepare your body for the caloric restriction it will enter during the weight loss phase. But this is not recommended by the physicians of The HCG Institute due to the dieter’s difficulty to overcome carb withdrawal.  You might experience headaches, fatigue, mental fogginess, or muscle aches. Plus if you load with foods high in sugars or other carbohydrates, this can cause cravings and can be especially difficult to control because it can fire off feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and other relaxing endorphins in the brain. The effects of these chemicals may make a person more likely to seek them out repeatedly.5 

Phase 2 (Weight Loss Phase)

During this phase, you continue to take your HCG supplements while consuming 500 calories per day. The weight loss phase may last from 20 days to 40 days, depending on your weight loss goals. 

Phase 3 (Maintenance Phase)

The goal of Phase 3 of the HCG Diet is to maintain your weight loss and to slowly increase your caloric intake from the 500 you were eating in Phase 2 up to 1200-1500. This phase lasts 3 weeks and it allows your body a good adjustment period and you’ll have an easier time maintaining your weight loss long-term. This is critical to your success, so do not skip it! 

What to Eat

Remember, HCG injections do not make you lose weight, they change how you lose weight. It is the diet that makes you lose weight! The total weight loss would completely depend on your current weight and target weight. It will also depend on your body’s fat mass and muscle mass. The low-calorie diet is also very well-defined and should be followed accordingly to get the results faster.

HCG Diet Protocol

Here are some basic tips that will be useful to help you achieve your weight goal.

  1. Limit your calorie intake on this diet to about 500 calories each day. 
  2. The juice of one lemon daily is allowed ( in tea, or a lemonade drink) without additives of any kind.
  3. Due to the caffeinated nature of coffee, it is suggested to limit intake to no more than three cups per day. However, for the purposes of measuring calories, it is not necessary to limit coffee intake.
  4. Drink about 2 liters of water per day. 
  5. Certain spices and seasonings may be used but no oil, butter or dressing.
  6. hcg diet injectionsIt is recommended to limit one type of vegetable per meal, but not required.
  7. It is suggested to eat lean protein as it increases the levels of satiety hormones and reduces the hunger hormone ghrelin.6 
  8. Exercise is not required on the diet. In fact, it is discouraged unless you have been on an exercise routine for 6 weeks or longer before starting the program. Just make sure to avoid any heavy weight lifting or strenuous activity. If you have not been exercising but would like to start, you can take daily walks for at least 30 minutes. 

What to Do When Your Metabolism Crashes?

Weight loss on the HCG Diet is usually fast until you hit a plateau. To get your metabolism on track, you can follow this Apple-day break the HCG Diet Stalling. 

The Apple day starts from lunchtime to the next lunchtime the next day. Whenever you feel like you want to eat you should eat one apple, but you should consume no more than 6 apples during this timeframe. You are also instructed that, aside from water, apple is the only food you can eat.  


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To see if hCG injections can help fire up your metabolism and help you reach your weight loss goals, book an appointment online or call us at 877.228.2158 to know which cycle is best suited for your weight loss goals! 


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