What are you doing wrong?

  1. Not enough fat during load days (first two days of HCG). This might explain hunger and associated crankiness during the first week of HCG low calorie phase. A good load day sample follows:

    Sample Load Day

    • Breakfast: Cream cheese bagel with bacon and sausage, and a ham/cheese omelet.
    • Mid-morning snack: Donut with whipped cream with strawberries.
    • Lunch: Pork chop, potato with sour cream, and a roll with butter and a buttered veggie.
    • Mid-afternoon snack: Ice cream with Oreos.
    • Dinner: Fettuccini, cheese garlic bread, and salad with full-fat dressing, of course, cheesecake for dessert. Late-night snack: Ice cream or frozen cappuccino.
  2. Mixing vegetables at a meal. Dr. Simeons clearly states one vegetable. While many people lose quite satisfactorily when mixing vegetables, it is a place to review if losing slows.
  3. No gum, mints, etc. allowed during the VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet phase). Again, some lose quite satisfactorily when violating this directive, but it is a place to review if losing slows.
  4. No diet drinks including Crystal Light, diet soda or other diet drinks - only water, teas, coffees, and mineral water. Remember, you get one lemon to use each day.
  5. American beef is noted as significantly more fatty than the beef Dr. Simeons refers to. Veal is a suggested replacement, Buffalo is less fatty than American beef and is available at Trader Joe's at this time. Many participants can quicken weight loss by eating less beef and more chicken or allowable fish/seafood, in particular.
  6. Weight of protein is to be based on PRECOOKED weight, not post cooking - this can make quite a difference in the prescribed serving with certain proteins.
  7. Eating the same protein for both lunch and dinner. Food selections are to be varied.
  8. Not drinking enough water - you should be drinking at least 2 quarts of allowable liquids per day.
  9. Try to weigh in the same clothes or something very similar in weight and around the same time each morning (before eating or drinking) in order to avoid confusion or false appearance of weight gain/loss.
  10. Avoid eating at restaurants because to a large degree the meats have been 'juiced' or manipulated to be more flavorful, tender or juicy with a multitude of processes that could easily slow your weight loss, particularly chicken.

If you hit a "plateau"

  • Increase water intake to 2-3 quarts per day. You want to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weigh 200lbs, you'll drink 100oz of water per day.
  • Try adding a glass or 2 of green tea to your day.
  • Don't eat 2 apples for the two fruits or cut down on the size of the apples.
  • American beef is fatty. Cut it down or out. Seafood and chicken are much better choices.
  • Check all condiments for any form of sugar.
  • If mixing vegetables, stop.
  • Try leaving out one or both bread sticks or Melba toast.
  • Try adding 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to your daily routine.
  • Grapefruit is a known fat burner, add a serving to your diet.
  • Taking potassium supplements can help you lose weight. Potassium helps release fluid from the cells. Always consult your physician before adding in any new supplements.
  • Make sure you are not drinking any “diet” drinks. Any form of sugar or “non-sugar” besides stevia will slow your weight loss.
  • Try not to eat anything from suppertime until lunch the next day. Studies have shown that people on the diet lose more by skipping breakfast. (Still drink fluids!)
  • Try cutting down the amount of coffee and mint you are consuming. They can decrease your body's response to homeopathic products.

Steak Day

Phase 3 is the most critical because it is where your body actually resets your metabolism and hypothalamus for your new body weight.

It is just as important, if not more important, to stay focused on Phase 3 as it was for Phase 2. Phase 2 was about losing weight, Phase 3 is about training your new body and learning about weight control for the rest of your life.

During Phase 3, you need to stay within 2 pounds of your “core weight” (your weight on the morning after your last day of the drops). If on any morning you get on the scale and you weigh 2 pounds or more above your “core weight”, you need to do what is called a “steak day” that day. You eat nothing for breakfast and lunch and then eat as big of a steak as you want for dinner seasoning it only with granulated garlic, sea salt or pepper.

You can also have an apple any time during the day and you should drink plenty of water.

The following day you should be back down to or close to your core weight.

It is amazing how it works.

You can do all types of exercise during Phase 3.