Day 1 & 2, The first two days of the diet are the LOAD days. Begin your hCG injections (morning). Wait 30 minutes before eating, and wait 1 hour before caffeine, coffee, or herbal tea. On these loading days eat as much as you can of high fat foods. Remember, focus on FATS instead of sugars. Be in a constant state of "stuffed" for two days. This phase is crucial, because unless your normal fat reserves are well-stocked, you will not remain comfortably on the 500 calorie diet. You will gain a few pounds these first two days, however it will promptly come off. So ENJOY the ice cream and cheese cake
Day 3-27 (or up to 40 Days), Now watch the weight come off. Continue your drops as above and begin the 500 calorie diet. It is important that you include some Vitamin B-12. Begin the very low calorie diet (500 calories as outlined below). The last three days of this phase you will not need to take injections. This is a very essential part of the protocol because, hCG remains in your system for up to 3 days; working for you. If you start eating normally, as long as there is even a trace of HCG in your system, you could put on weight. After three days, when all the hCG, has been eliminated, you can begin phase 3.
Three Week Maintenance Phase (21 days): You must avoid all sugars or starches for three weeks. This is very critical because this is when your body resets your metabolism and hypothalamus for your new body weight. It takes about 3 weeks after following this protocol to become stable. Your calories should be a minimum of 1500 a day. This is a perfect time to add exercise back into your schedule. The goal here is to stay within 2-3 pounds above or below the last weight you recorded. If you exceed the 2-3 pounds, you should do a "Steak Day" to take off the extra weight. A Steak Day consists of eating nothing for breakfast and lunch and having a large steak and apple or steak and tomato for dinner that night. Drink lots of water. Your weight will be back down the following day. If you lose more than 2 pounds from your last recorded weight while on hCG, you aren't eating enough. Please note that people, who gain their weight back, usually failed at this part of the diet. So be STRICT with yourself...IT IS WORTH IT!!
Remember, it is all about consuming lean proteins for optimum nutrition. With the diet, you can consume up to 200 grams per day that is broken into two 100-gram meals. All fat must be trimmed away and avoid cooking any meats on the bone. Debone the meat prior to weighing and cooking.
There is no reason why you must choose only one meat to enjoy per day. Instead of traditional meat choices, you could choose crab with scallops to meet your protein requirements. You could also try a bit of egg with shrimp. The combinations are endless and each one can tantalize your taste buds to leave you feeling satisfied and full.
You will need to eat two cups of vegetables per day at lunch and dinner. You might also want to save a small veggie dish as a snack. A green salad in the afternoon is an excellent pick-me-up and helps reduce hunger. Mixing veggies with meat to make a tasty meal is also an option.
With the hCG diet, there are only a few fruits that you can safely enjoy because many fruits contain exceedingly high levels of sugar. You can enjoy two servings of fruit per day. Some people do not eat the fruit with their lunch or dinner but instead, opt to enjoy the fruit as an afternoon or evening snack.
The are several additional food items that you can use with the hCG diet meal plan that add zest to your recipes.
These miscellaneous items can be added to your HCG meal plan:
The hCG diet is extremely limiting when it comes to starches. Many people crave starch-rich foods because their bodies and minds have been conditioned to want a donut or a Danish with a cup of coffee every morning. Breaking the habit both mentally and physically can be hard. The hCG diet
meal plan allows you to enjoy two breadsticks or Melba toast.
The items you must avoid are as follows:
Avoid combining your foods at one meal. Yes, you are allowed two servings of fruit per day, but you should not eat both servings at lunch. It is imperative that you break apart the servings and enjoy them at different times to feel truly satisfied. You can also do this with veggies. Instead of enjoying your celery stick at lunch, save it for a before-dinner snack.