The HCG Diet is a medical weight loss plan that involves using a tiny amount of the hormone HCG, (Human chorionic gonadotropin) along with a carefully planned, very low calorie diet. The original HCG Diet protocol outlined a very specific 500 calorie menu, while today’s more modern approaches often include up to 1500 calories. The HCG can be taken as injections.
How does it work?
The protocol consists of “rounds” where each round includes 4 phases to complete.
Phase 1: Loading Phase: The loading phase is quite possibly the most important Phase of the HCG Diet. It involves freely eating whatever the dieter would like, however certain foods are encouraged over others and ideally, there is weight is gain during these 2 to 3 days.
Phase 2: Weight Loss Phase: Phase 2 of the HCG Diet is known as the most challenging of the phases, where a carefully planned, low calorie diet is followed. This includes a rigid list of foods that is permitted and many foods that are strictly prohibited. Depending on the specific HCG Diet plan, the allotted calorie intake can range from 500 calories to 1500 calories, and lasts 3 to 6 weeks.
Phase 3: Stabilization Phase: This Phase lasts approximately 3 weeks, and involves carefully introducing additional foods into the diet. The idea behind this phase is to maintain recent weight loss from Phase 2, within 2 pounds. If the scale increases more than 2 pounds, corrective measures can be taken through diet. This phase of the diet is significantly low carbohydrate with significant vegetables and no sugar. Read more about Phase 3: The Stabilization Phase of the HCG Diet here.
Phase 4: Maintenance Phase: The Maintenance Phase is actually the post-HCG-diet phase. This is the beautiful phase where it’s time to move forward with your new life and new body. This stage requires ongoing healthy living practices through food, eating, and exercise & movement. Read more about Phase 4: The Maintenance Phase of the HCG Diet here.