The HCG Diet is a 28 day program. HCG changes your metabolism. When you add a low calorie diet, it forces your body to utilize the stored nutrients which are stored within your fat. Because of this physiological change it works to mobilize the abnormal deposits of fat in your body for nutrition. Thus it is not uncommon to lose 1-2 pounds a day on this diet. The HCG program can last as little as 3 weeks, or longer, depending on how much weight you need to lose.
HCG Diet Information
The choices of food are available in limited quantities. You have to be consistent and strict with the HCG injections as well as following the HCG Diet. Your intake of water must be a minimum of 8-10 8 ounce glasses per day. More is better. Plenty of water and teas helps keep your system running at its best. You should maintain 500 calories per day while taking the HCG. It is important that the diet be filled with as much protein and fiber as possible while staying within the 500 calorie range. For the continuing 3 weeks, all foods are allowed except sugar and starch, this includes sweet fruits.
Because the diet is limited to 500 calories per day, there is a general fear that this decrease in food will leave the person feeling perpetually hungry, however, the 500 calorie diet, in combination with the HCG will result in a satisfied feeling. Therefore, it is important that the diet be filled with as much protein and fiber as possible while staying within the 500 calorie range. Resistance training and low intensity aerobics like walking are highly recommended. If you are intensifying your work out you must add an “additional” 200” calories of protein preferably right before workout (i.e. protein shake).
HCG Diet Total Daily Food Allowance
2 portions of fruit (1 apple, 1 orange,1/2 grapefruit or a handful of strawberries)
2 large portions of vegetables( green salad, celery, tomatoes, asparagus, cabbage, onions spinach, beet greens or cucumbers
2 portions of protein (veal, “white” fish, lean chicken breast, lobster, crab, shrimp or “lean” beef)
2 portions of carbohydrate (1 piece melba toast or 1 small bread stick)
You may have coffee or tea however, be sure to add only 1 tablespoon of skim milk and sweeten with Splenda or Stevia. The juice of one lemon is allowed daily. Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, marjoram etc. for seasoning, but no butter, oil or dressing. Tea, coffee, plain water or mineral water are the only drinks allowed. Cravings may increase due to the limitation of sugar. Drinking water and tea will help control cravings. The fruit or breadstick may be eaten between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but no more than four items listed at lunch or dinner may be eaten at one meal