Lose one pound per day with the HCG Diet

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40 Day Diet with HCG Treatment

This is an overview of the HCG Diet and explains how to use the HCG and 500 calorie diet together. To learn more about the types of food and meals and recipes, visit the 500 Calorie Diet page. Remember every page in the HCG Diet Virginia has important information for you to read before and during your HCG Diet experience.

Day 1 and 2

• Take the HCG injection of 0.20 - 0.25 ml first thing in the morning.
• Eat as often as you like throughout the day. This will increase your body’s fat storage to prepare you for the 500 calorie per day limit on day 3 – 42
• Drink 1 gallon of bottle spring water throughout the day.

Day 3 – 40

Weigh yourself in the morning when you wake up without clothing and after you have emptied your bladder.
• Take the HCG injection of 0.25ml first thing in the morning.
• Drink 1 gallon of bottle spring water/tea/coffee throughout the day.
• You may only eat things on the 500 calorie diet list. Your caloric intake should not exceed 500 calories per day, which consists of protein, vegetable and fruit.

Day 41 – 42

Continue to follow the 500 calorie diet on days 41 – 42 because the HCG will remain in your system for 24 to 48 hours.

Diet Guide (quick tips)


• Bottled spring water (no tap water)
• Organic black coffee (no creamer)
• Organic green tea
• Organic Wu-long tea
• Organic chamomile tea


• Drink plenty of tea and bottle spring water.
• Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia may be used.
• You may have fruit for breakfast and have the second fruit any time throughout the day as long as it is 3 hours before bed.
• Recommend only 2 fruit servings per day.


• Eat 100 grams, approx. 3.5 oz. of protein (size of the palm of the hand), 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. The chicken breast must be removed from the bird. Chicken breast does not mean the breast of any other fowl, nor does it mean a wing or drumstick. 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.
• Use organic cooking spray or coconut oil (do not use butter or margarine)
• Vegetables can be eaten raw, steamed, grilled (with out oil). One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.
• One breadstick (grissini) or one Melba toast.
• An apple or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit. It should be mentioned that two small apples weighing as much as one large one will have a higher caloric value and are therefore not allowed. There is no restriction on the size of one apple.


• The same four choices as lunch.
• The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes.
• Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.
• The patient should drink about 2 liters of these fluids per day. Many patients are afraid to drink so much because they fear that this may make them retain more water. This is a wrong notion as the body is more inclined to store water when the intake falls below its normal requirements.
• The fruit or the breadstick may be eaten between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but not more than four items listed for lunch and dinner may be eaten at one meal.
• 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 nothing permissible has been left out. The 100 grams of meat must he scrupulously weighed raw after all visible fat has been removed. To do this accurately the patient must have a letter-scale, since kitchen scales are not sufficiently accurate and the butcher should certainly not be relied upon. Those not uncommon patients, who feel that even so little food is too much for them, can omit anything they wish.
• There is no objection to breaking up the two meals. For instance having a breadstick and an apple for breakfast or before going to bed, provided they are deducted from the regular meals.
• The whole daily ration of two breadsticks or two fruits may not be eaten at the same time, nor can any item saved from the previous day be added on the following day. In the beginning it is advised to check every meal against the diet sheet before starting to eat and not to rely on memory.
• No medicines or cosmetics other than lipstick, eyebrow pencil and powder may he used without special permission. See FAQs for cosmetics that are approved.

It is also worth pointing out that any attempt to observe this diet without HCG will lead to trouble in two to three days.

Here is an example of typical 5 day ~500 calorie/day diet

Please remember to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Ideally drink at 10 glasses of water, 12 if you can.

Day One
Total Calories 443

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
1/2 grapefruit 4 grissine breasdsticks 3.5 ox grilled chicken 1/2 apple 3.5 ox ground beef
8 oz green tea 8 oz wu long tea spinach salad topped w/Onions & tomatoes   shredded cabbage
45 calories 43 calories 163 calories 32 calories 160 calories

Day Two
Total Calories 445

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
1 cup strawberries 5 melba rounds 3.5 oz tilapia (fish) cucumber and tomatoes 3.5 oz chicken
8 oz green tea salsa 4 asparagus spears fat free Italian dressing 1 apple w/ Stevia and cinnamon
      8 oz wu long tea  
25 calories 60 calories 132 calories 45 calories 183 calories

Day Three
Total Calories 423

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
1/2 apple 8 oz. Wu Long Tea 3.5 oz Shrimp 1/2 grapefruit 3.5 oz chicken breast
8 oz green tea   5 Melba toast rounds   salad greens
    Salsa   Fat free Italian dressing
30 calories 0 calories 168 calories 45 calories 180 calories

Day Four
Total Calories 403

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
16 oz wu long tea 1/2 apple 3.5 oz chicken 4 Grissini breadsticks 3.5 Top Sirloin
    1/2 tomato   1 cups shredded lettuce
0 calories 30 calories 150 calories 43 calories 180 calories

Day Five
Total Calories 450

Breakfast Snack Lunch Snack Dinner
1/2 grapefruit 4 stalks of celery 3.5 oz shrimp 5 melba rounds 3.5 oz chicken breast
8 oz green tea salsa 1 cucumber 8 oz wu long tea 1 apple
  1/2 apple      
45 calories 65 calories 115 calories 50 calories 175 calories

Q & A about the HCG Diet Regimen:

• If you have something extra to eat? It is always best to stick to the HCG Diet exactly, if you can. But if you must cheat it needs to be understood that the HCG is interrupted for the next three days. In other words the patient will not lose weight for the three days following the interruption. It is also very important to follow the interruption with a diet of only 6 apples for the day with at least 12 glasses of water. The injection and diet will be continued on the second day after the interruption

• Why can’t I eat foods with sugar and starches? Sugar stimulates insulin and insulin turns it into fat. It's a big no-no during the diet. The HCG hormone will interrupted when sugars and starches are ingested. Failure to stick to the diet will minimize the weight loss results.
•Can water be substituted for other drinks? Make yourself an iced coffee with Stevia. It's not quite like Starbucks, but you can try that. Also you may like to take your handful of strawberries and make a smoothie to drink. Just add water, ice and Stevia in your blender. This is not cheating!
• What are some fast snack ideas for between meals? Sliced tomato or cucumber with salt and pepper between are great between meals. You can even broil the tomato in the oven or toaster oven with some spices.
• Is it ok to substitute an egg for chicken during HCG? It is ok to eat one scrambled egg or hardboiled egg. Make sure to cook the scrambled egg in a little water in a non-stick pan.
•Can I eat salad during HCG? It is ok to eat salad as long as it is lettuce and tomatoes. The salad should be topped with apple cider vinegar or salsa but no other salad dressing is allowed


Skipping a meal with the HCG Diet

As long as their weight stays within two pounds of the weight reached on the day of the last injection, patients should take no notice of any increase but the moment the scale goes beyond two pounds, even if this is only a few ounces, they must on that same day entirely skip breakfast and lunch but take plenty to drink. In the evening they must eat a huge steak with only an apple or a raw tomato. Of course this rule applies only to the morning weight. Ex-obese patients should never check their weight during the day, as there may be wide fluctuations and these are merely alarming and confusing.

It is of utmost importance that the meal is skipped on the same day as the scale registers an increase of more than two pounds and that missing the meals is not postponed until the following day. If a meal is skipped on the day in which a gain is registered in the morning this brings about an immediate drop of often over a pound. But if the skipping of the meal - and skipping means literally skipping, not just having a light meal - is postponed the phenomenon does not occur and several days of strict dieting may be necessary to correct the situation.

Most patients hardly ever need to skip a meal. If they have eaten a heavy lunch they feel no desire to eat their dinner, and in this case no increase takes place. If they keep their weight at the point reached at the end of the treatment, even a heavy dinner does not bring about an increase of two pounds on the next morning and does not therefore call for any special measures. Most patients are surprised how small their appetite has become and yet how much they can eat without gaining weight. They no longer suffer from an abnormal appetite and feel satisfied with much less food than before. In fact, they are usually disappointed that they cannot manage their first normal meal, which they have been planning for weeks.


Trouble after the HCG Diet

Two difficulties may be encountered in the immediate post-treatment period. When a patient has consumed all their abnormal fat or, when after a full course, the injection has temporarily lost its efficacy owing to the body having gradually evolved a counter regulation, the patient at once begins to feel much hungrier and even weak.

In spite of repeated warnings, some over-enthusiastic patients do not report this. However, in about two days the fact that they are being undernourished becomes visible in their faces, and treatment is then stopped at once. In such cases - and only in such cases - a very slight increase in the diet, such as an extra apple, 150 grams of meat or two or three extra breadsticks during the three days of dieting after the last injection.

When abnormal fat is no longer being put into circulation either because it has been consumed or because immunity has set in, this is always felt by the patient as sudden, intolerable and constant hunger. In this sense, the hCG method is completely self-limiting. With HCG it is impossible to reduce a patient beyond their normal weight. As soon as no more abnormal fat is being issued, the body starts consuming normal fat, and this is always regained as soon as ordinary feeding is resumed. The patient then finds that the 2-3 lbs. he has lost during the last days of treatment are immediately regained. A meal is skipped and maybe a pound is lost. The next day this pound is regained, in spite of a careful watch over the food intake.

All that is happening is that the essential fat lost at the end of the treatment, owing to the patient's reluctance to report a much greater hunger, is being replaced. The weight at which such a patient must stabilize therefore lies 2-3 lbs. higher than the weight reached at the end of the treatment. Once this higher basic level is established, further difficulties in controlling the weight at the new point of stabilization do not occur.