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hCG 20 day diet

HCG stands for Human Choriogonadotropin, the hormone produced by pregnant women in the early stages of pregnancy. Research suggests a small, daily hCG injection (approx. 125 IU to 200 IU) results in a weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs per day, and often more, when accompanied by a VLCD (very low calorie diet of apprx 500 calories).

Dr. Simeons book, "Pounds and Inches" is the very detailed, original explanation of the HCG Diet. It includes everything from body chemistry, the effects of beauty products used during the diet, and of course, the very specific 500 calorie diet (also known as VLCD or Very Low Calorie Diet.) Even if you are following a different HCG Diet protocol, it is a good idea to read the original protocol to understand how the diet works and important aspects of the protocol that will ensure your success.

Oral HCG instead of Injectable HCG

Ease of use is the true benefit when it comes to oral HCG drops. Injections can be time consuming, awkward, and sometimes painful. Oral HCG drops allow you to avoid these issues and instead concentrate on the diet. The HCG diet is the key to the HCG program. It's designed for a specific purpose – initiate the powers of the HCG hormone in the dieter's body and achieve rapid weight loss

hCG Diet Plan as outlined by Dr Simeons


Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Stevia may be used. 

1 Fruit


1.    3.5 ounces  of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled, grilled, baked without additional fat. 

2.    Add vegetables!!! A list will be provided to chose from.   

Dinner :

Same as Lunch

Add another Fruit either before or after dinner 


A cookbook will be provided for you during your office visit!!

The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes.

Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, majoram, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.

Tea, coffee, plain water, Diet Tea, Diet Snapple or Crystal Lite (2 liters of water per day is recommended) are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in any quantity and at all times.

The goal of hCG is to eat at least 5 times a day

The hCG diet consist of 20 days of injections while following the 500 calorie diet

On day 1 and 2 of your diet you must eat an abundance of calories, eat anything you want and as much as you want.

On day 3 begin the 500 calorie per day diet as outlined above

At completion of the 20 injections you must stay on the 500 calorie per day diet for 3 days after the last injection.  This is EXTREMELY important.

The hCG must be cleared from your system before adding different food groups back into your diet, to prevent weight gain

For 3 weeks after the completion of the strict 500 calorie per day diet, you can increase your caloric intake to 1000-1200 calories per day as long as you avoid sugars and complex carbohydrates

After the 3 weeks you can begin another cycle of hCG 

Prior to starting the hCG diet a B-12 injection is required

Women must start the hCG diet after their period

Easing the Discomfort of Injections

If your physician has sent you home with pre-mixed injections of hCG for your weight loss protocol, these tips may help with self administration of your hCG shots. 

Pinching the skin and pulling it out gently, can provide distraction to your nerves so you do not feel the needle.  Some people prefer the quick motion shot, while others prefer resting the needle on the pinched skin and pushing it through in a smooth motion.

Relax the muscles prior to injection.

Apply ice to numb the location prior to injection.

Rotate injection sites.

Allow medications that have been refrigerated to warm to room temperature before injection.

Allow the alcohol on your skin to air dry prior to injection.

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