Before starting your HCG diet, it is recommended that you do a simple detox or colon cleanse, however, this is not mandatory. Your local health food or nutrition store can recommend a proper product for you if you decide to do the detox.
Phase1 (Days 1-2):
BINGE! Eat what you want and begin taking HCG Fusion, 7-10 drops, 3x per day, 15 min before eating. Hold drops under your tongue for at least 2 minutes for maximum apsorption. Eat anything and everything you can
.especially foods high in fat. Sounds crazy but this "loading" phase, is crucial to the fat burning in Phase 2.
Phase 2 (Days 3-43 max):
Begin STRICT 500 Calorie Diet and continue taking HCG Fusion. Drink at least 64 oz. of water daily (can also drink coffee or tea)
For lunch and dinner stick to 4 approved food choices. (1 fruit, 1 protein, 1 vegetable, crackers). Use the following menu/eating pattern each day:
1. Breakfast: NO FOOD. Can drink water, coffee, or tea
2. Morning snack: One fruit(if needed)
3. Lunch: 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of protein (1 vegetable, 1 Melba toast, 1 fruit (if not eaten as snack earlier)
4. Dinner: The same four choices as lunch.
5. Evening snacks: One fruit (if not eaten for dinner)
Phase 3 (3 weeks):
This is a Maintenance Phase. You can now begin to add more food back into your diet, just be sure to avoid sugar and starch for 3 weeks. It is best to add foods back in 1 at a time so you can see how your body reacts to each item. You can now have dairy, fats and oils, nuts, etc. Beware of extra sweet fruit like bananas and mangoes during this phase. After you have successfully stabilized your weight, you are ready to add all normal foods back into your diet, including bread and other starchy foods like potatoes, as well as food containing sugar, like mangoes, bananas, and sweets (in moderation, of course). You will have developed a taste for healthy foods, and it will be much easier for you to make good eating decisions at this point than it used to. You must continue to weigh yourself each morning, and if you ever go 2 pounds above your lowest achieved weight, a "steak day" (see Helpful Tips) will put you back within your range, but it is important to do the steak day on the same day as the gain. Otherwise it is not as effective. You can maintain your new weight forever by following this simple system.
Approved Food List
PROTEIN (3.5 oz or 100g - pre-cooked): All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be cooked without additional fat. Veal 100 calories, Steak 135 calories, Ground Beef (Extra Lean Only) 210 calories, Chicken Breast 110 calories, Fresh White Fish 115 calories, Lobster 095 calories, Crab 055 calories, Shrimp 090 calories, Tuna (packed in water) 105 calories.
FRUIT: 1 Apple (not 2 small apples) 080 calories,1 Orange 060 calories, 7-10 small Strawberries 035 calories, 1 Grapefruit 080 calories, 1 Fresh Peach 038 calories, 2 Plums 060 calories, ½ cup Cherries 088 calories.
VEGETABLES: 1 cup Spinach or Chard 007 calories,1 cup Lettuce of any kind 008 calories,1 medium Tomato 026 calories, 1 cup Celery 017 calories, 1 cup Onions 061 calories, 1 cup Radishes 023 calories, 1 medium Cucumber 024 calories, 1 cup Asparagus 031, calories, 1 cup Cabbage 016 calories, 1 cup Broccoli 044 calories, 1 medium Green or red pepper 030 calories, 1 cup Fresh Green Bean 038 calories, 1 cup Cauliflower 034 calories, 1 medium Zucchini 035 calories, 1 cup Eggplant 035 calories.
CRACKERS: 4 Stone Ground Wheat Thins 020 calories, 1 Melba Toast 020 calories, 4 Soda Crackers 020 calories, 1 Grissini Breadstick 020 calories.
Keeping it Off!
After you have reached your weight loss goals, how do you KEEP it off? Especially when we live in a culture where we are constantly bombarded with advertisements that push delicious-looking, fat-filled, obesity-producing food in our faces every single day. We hear it on the radio; see it on TV and on billboards and even in newspapers. So how do you transition from being on the HCG Diet, making good eating choices, to going back to normal eating habits, without getting into the same bad habits that caused your unhealthy weight gain in the first place?
Habits...habits are made and broken in a 14-day time period. During your experince you have created NEW, healthy eating habits. If you go right back to eating bad foods, you will most likely find yourself feeling sick shortly after, and you will realize that your body actually craves healthier foods. And hopefully you have noticed how much better you feel than you did before. However, if you continue down that path, eating those bad foods, your body will adjust again, and you will slowly learn to find comfort in the sugars and starches that do your body harm.
It comes down to making a choice. The HCG Diet is not just about losing weight. It's about a lifestyle change. If you cannot commit to leaving the unhealthly lifestyle and destructive eating habits that you participated in before your diet, then you can expect your body to decline again as it previously did. It is not easy to change, especially in a society that thrives on fast-food and sweets. But it is definitely worth it to take care of your body, and to reap the rewards of feeling great, and looking great. Take time to educate yourself on the causes of obesity, and surround yourself with people that want to share the same healthy lifestyle that you do. You can also consult your physician or other professionals that will help you stay on the path to a new, healthier, happier you!
The Three Types of Fat in the Human Body:
1. Structural fat: This necessary fat fills the gaps between organs and limbs, and it acts as a sort of "packing material" for the body, for example the fat on the bottom of your feet.
2. Subcutaneous or "Normal" Fat: This is the fat directly under the skin, and the type we see and notice most. It's what makes us look "flabby". It is the fat the body utilizes most easily when nutritional intake is less than what the body demands and is the fat that is easiest to burn through regular exercise.
3. Visceral or "Abnormal" Fat: The most dangerous type of fat, its excessive accumulations can run throughout the body, surrounding organs, causing obesity and increasing the risk of a number of diseases (i.e., cardiovascular disease, liver disease, diabetes). While exercising or restricting food intake allows the body to utilize normal fat reserves, the body can't access the abnormal fat accumulations as easily. That is why abnormal fat is so hard to get rid of, even with exercise.
Following these Important Suggestions can Enhance your Success while on the HCG Diet.
Drink Plenty of Water Every Day!
Drink a lot of water! (between 2 and 4 quarts every day) Water is important in flushing the fat out of your system while on the diet. You will not retain this water, so don't think that drinking a lot of water will slow your progress. The more water you drink, the better results you will have.
Diet Drinks - Avoid Them!
Do NOT drink diet soda, or diet drinks of any kind, even if they have zero calories. Diet drinks of any type will hinder your progress and slow your weight loss results.
Weigh it BEFORE Cooking!
Your protein should be weighed BEFORE you cook it. Your 100 gram serving size could be very different if you weight it after it's cooked. A steak is a good example. It will shrink and weigh less after fat has been reduced through cooking.
Vary Your Foods
Do Not eat the same protein for lunch and dinner, Do Not eat the same fruit for lunch and dinner, and Do Not eat the same vegetables for both lunch and dinner. Varying your selection will keep your body in an optimum state for burning abnormal fat.
Limit the Beef!
Be careful not to eat too much beef. Most people find better results eating more chicken and white fish rather than beef every day.
Don't Mix the Vegetables!
You will have better weight loss results if you do not combine vegetable in your meals. Stick with a single vegetable choice in your meals.
Double check to make sure the seasonings you are using do not contain MSG, as this could interfere with weight loss.
Can I Chew Gum or Eat Mints?
Gum and mints are not recommended. However, we understand that having bad breath is NOT a good thing. If you do chew gum, always use sugar free, and use in moderation as they can interfere with your weight loss.
Yerbe Mate is a great alternative to coffee or tea, if you don't like to drink coffee or tea. Yerbe Mate is 100% natural, and gives you a more natural lift of energy without the crash. It is also a good appetite supressant.
Encourage friends and family to support you while on the diet. Do not put yourself in positions where the temptation to eat sugars and starches becomes too strong. For example, going to the food-court at the mall where you are shopping, or hanging out at bars and clubs with friends. Having the will power to stick to the diet can sometimes be overwhelming. It is a GREAT idea to do the diet with someone else so you can support each other and give encouragement to one another.
Avoid the following fruits that are high in sugar: Grapes, pineapple, dried fruit, tangerines, kiwi, mango, bananas.
Beware of Sugar - Check the Label!
Avoid foods that contain the following sweetners: Splenda, aspartame, honey, brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, maple syrup, sucrose, lactose, malt, maltose, molasses, rice syrup, panocha, powdered sugar, treacle, cane sugar, demerara sugar, galactose, invert sugar.
Walk 30 minutes Every Day
Although hard exercise is not recommended, walking at least 30 minutes every day can not only help your weight loss, it will help with a number of other health benefits such as stress, hunger, and mood swings.
The Plateau My Weight Loss has Stopped or Slowed. What Can I Do?
It is not uncommon for some people, especially if they have lost a lot of weight rapidly in the first half of Phase 1 in the diet, to see their weight loss slow down considerably, or even stop. Don't get discouraged. There is a good chance you can break through the Plateau in a single day by having an "Apple Day".
Have an "Apple Day"
An "Apple Day" is where you eat only 6 organic apples and water (just enough to quench your thirst) the entire day. There should be a drop in weight the next morning. If there is not, don't worry, your body is still changing and losing "inches" even if not pounds. The next day, get back on track with the normal 500 calorie diet. You should start losing weight again.
Need a Steak Day?
If you are in Phase 3 (Maintenance) and your weight fluctuates two pounds or more higher than your lowest Phase 2 weight, you must entirely skip all food until 6:00 p.m. for that day. During that time you should drink as much water as you can (a gallon if you are able, 1/2 gallon minimum). You can also drink coffee, tea or yerbe mate, as much as you like, and you can use Stevia or Truvia sweeteners. In the evening, cook and eat the BIGGEST steak that you can. The steak should be grilled or cooked in a skillet and seasoned with pepper and herbs, but NO SALT. In addition to the steak, you may also have either a large raw tomoto or a large apple (raw). This should put you right back on track. It is important to do the steak day on the same day you made the gain. Otherwise it won't be as effective. And make sure you are checking your weight every day during Phase 3.
You can do a steak day any time that you have these large weight fluctuations. Monitor your regular eating habits and make sure that you are eating smart.
Gaining Weight in Phase 3?
1. What are you eating? Is it full of carbohydrates? Are you eating too much fruit or too many nuts? Fruit and nuts can make some people gain weight.
2. Are you eating enough? Make sure you are eating at least 1500 calories. And avoid sugars and starchy foods.
3. Are you eating too much? Do not go more than 2000 calories in your day.
4. Are you drinking enough water?
5. Are you having a steak day when your weight goes up more than 2 pounds?
6. Are you getting enough sleep? Your body recovers during these critical sleep hours so try to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep every night!
7. How much stress do you have in your life currently? Although some people believe stress is a good way to "lose" weight, most people GAIN weight during stressful times in their lives. Relaxation and meditation techniques can help you cope with the stress in your life. Letting go of stress will not only help you feel better emotionally, it will help you feel better physically because it is healthier.