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Tips for using the HCG Diet

Basic HCG Diet Protocol

PHASE ONE: Taking the hCG Drops (Days 1 2)

Cleanse: Optional

This phase was originally part of the clinical test. This phase is completely optional

  • 2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice (approx. lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) organic Grade B maple syrup, not maple-flavored sugar syrup or syrup from companies that use formaldehyde to harvest their syrup
  • 1/10 Teaspoon or more cayenne pepper (hot red pepper)
  • 1 Cup (8 fluid ounces) purified or spring water, NOT fluoridated water

Drink six to twelve glasses of this lemonade mixture daily. No food is eaten nor any vitamin supplements taken during the cleanse. If you feel hungry, drink another glass of lemonade. If you are overweight, you may use less maple syrup.

If you are worried about losing weight, the only things you can possibly lose are mucus, waste, and disease. Healthy tissue will not be eliminated. Do not vary the amount of lemon juice per glass and be sure to drink at least six glasses of lemonade a day. You can drink more water, if you want. This cleanse dissolves and eliminates all types of fatty tissue. Fat melts away at the rate of about two pounds a day for most people-and without any harmful side effects.

Repeat this for a minimum of 10 (ten) days

PHASE TWO: Starting the Low Calorie Diet (Days 3 34)

HCG Drops

Start taking the drops. You will need to take 10 drops 3 times per day. Once in the morning; again 30 minutes before lunch; and then again 30 minutes before dinner. Place the drops under your tongue and hold them there for 60 seconds, swallow the remaining liquid. The first 2 days of taking the drops, you must eat as much high fat food as you possibly can. This is called forced feeding, and it is very important because during these 2 days you are storing fat to be used as energy during the low calorie portion of the diet. You do not want to skimp on this part. Your energy level will suffer big time if you don t do this step correctly. The best foods to eat are milk chocolate, pastries, ice cream, peanut butter, bread with lots of butter, and pork products. Look for foods with high fat content. Don't worry about the weight you gain during these first 2 days, you will lose it all and then some within the first few days of the low calorie diet. On the 3rd day, you will begin the low calorie diet. You may only eat the foods listed below. You will continue the low calorie diet for 3 weeks if you are trying to lose 15-20 pounds; or 6 weeks if you are trying to lose 34-40 pounds. (If you do the 6 week course, you will follow the diet for the full 6 weeks; however you must only take the drops 6 days out of each week so that you don't develop an immunity to the HCG. For example, don't take the drops on Sundays, but continue to follow the diet). Weigh yourself every morning when you wake up; you will see a loss of 1-2 pounds per day. List of allowed foods: (No variations are allowed; if an item is not on this list, it is forbidden. Some doctors and clinics make substitutions, but we recommend sticking to the original protocol exactly in order to maximize your results).

Protein- Two 100 gram servings per day

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • White fish (tilapia, halibut)
  • Extra lean ground beef
  • Steak
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Veal

You must remove all of the fat from the meat and weigh it before cooking. No oils may be used to cook the meat, and watch out for spices containing sugar. (You can find a lot of delicious recipes on our website).

Vegetables- Two servings per day

  • Green salad
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Fennel
  • Red radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Chicory
  • Beet-greens

The original protocol is not very specific about exactly how much a vegetable serving is, so use your best judgment. (One serving is approximately 2 cups of salad, 1 tomato, 1 cucumber, 1 onion, or ' cabbage. Be sure not to mix vegetables, only 1 vegetable is allowed per meal.)

Bread- Two servings per day

  • 1 Melba Toast*
  • 1 grissini

Melba toast is available at most grocery stores, Grissini is available at health food stores and Italian markets.

Fruit- Two servings per day

  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 grapefruit
  • Handful of strawberries

You can disperse the allotted food as you choose; however the best option according to the original protocol is to skip breakfast and break up your allowed food into lunch, dinner, and two snacks.


You can consume unlimited amounts of the following, try to consume at least 2 liters of fluids per day.

  • Black coffee
  • Tea
  • Water (distilled is best)
  • Sparkling water (Pellegrino, Perrier, etc.).
  • Sweeteners- Only stevia and saccharin (sweet n low) are allowed during Phase 2. No aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), or sugar is allowed.
  • Spices/Seasonings- You can use any spice you want, again just be sure it doesn't contain sugar. Salt and pepper are allowed.

Read the ingredients of everything you consume. Even a minor intake of something that's not allowed can stall you. You can have gum, but be sure it is flavored with xylitol. (a natural sweetener). Most brands of gum use aspartame, which is not allowed.

At the end of the 3 (or 6) weeks, you must stop taking the drops, but continue following the low calorie diet for 3 days. This will allow your body to flush the HCG out of your system. It is very important to adhere to this portion of the diet; if you immediately go back to a regular diet, you will gain weight.

PHASE THREE: Stabilization (Days 35 56)


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.

It is very important to continue to weigh yourself every morning during this time, as your body stabilizes at your new weight. You need to stay within 2 pounds of the lowest weight you reached in Phase 2. If you go over 2 pounds, you must have a 'steak day' to return to your low weight.

A 'steak day' is where you don't consume anything all day except water. For dinner, you will eat a large steak. Later that evening you can either have 1 apple or 1 tomato. That's it. The following morning, you should be back within 2 pounds of your lowest achieved weight. This is how you will keep yourself from gaining back all the weight you lost in Phase 2. If you gain more than 2 pounds during Phase 3, you either cheated by eating food that wasn't allowed (food containing sugar and starch), or your body had a bad reaction to a food that you reintroduced, causing intestinal swelling and water retention that manifests itself as a weight gain. It is during this phase that you will learn what foods your body doesn't digest well, and should be avoided.

PHASE FOUR: Keeping Your Weight Off (Days 57 Forever)


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 always weigh yourself in the morning, if you ever go 2 pounds above your lowest achieved weight, a steak day 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.

Dr. A.T.W. Simeons

Dr. A.T.W. Simeons

Be sure to read the original Dr. Simeons protocol if you have any health concerns, or would like to read about the HCG diet in more detail. We recommend following Dr. Simeons guidelines exactly to obtain the best results; the only modification is that instead of taking 1 injection of HCG per day, you will be taking 10 drops of HCG under your tongue 3 times per day. Sublingual drops have been found to suppress your appetite even more than the shots because the dosage is spread out though out the day instead of being administered all at once.

"Pounds and inches"
by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons

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Whenever considering a weight loss program, consult with your healthcare provider.
The information provided here is not intended to replace consultation or advice received by qualified health professionals regarding your specific situation nor is it to be taken as medical advice or diagnosis. All information offered on this site are merely opinions regarding the diet proposed by Dr. Simeons. Losing 1 to 2 pounds a day is a result that many on the HCG diet have done, but is not a guarantee. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.