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HCG Diet

Updated: Aug 16, 2022

HCG diet plan
HCG diet for weight loss

What is HCG diet?

The HCG Diet is a popular weight loss plan that utilizes the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone , also known as beta-HCG is produced during pregnancy and can help you lose weight by reducing appetite and prompting your body to burn fat. The diet typically consists of 500 to 1000 calories per day, with the goal of reaching a weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week.

What is HCG hormone ?

The B- HCG hormone is produced in the placenta and passed from mother to baby during pregnancy. It is also known as pregnancy hormone as its HCG levels increases with pregnancy.

It can be measured by simple HCG blood test or urine test.

How does the HCG diet work?

The HCG diet is said to work by manipulating the hypothalamus, a small region of the brain that helps control hunger, thirst, and other basic drives. It is thought that when people follow the HCG diet, they are able to lose weight because their hypothalamus is tricked into thinking they are not hungry. Some research suggests that the HCG hormone can help reduce appetite and promote weight loss.

What can you eat on the HCG diet?

The HCG Diet is very restrictive and limits what you can eat. It is typically based on a 500 to 1000 calorie diet, so there are no complex meals or carbohydrates allowed. You also need to limit the amount of fluids that you drink as these can also add to your weight gain.

HCG diet contraindications?

If you are pregnant, or are breastfeeding, or taking any prescription medicine, you should not use the HCG diet. Drinking alcohol is also not allowed on the diet as it can interfere with losing weight.

How long will I be on the diet?

The diet will last for as long as it is necessary to lose the weight. In most cases, those on the diet will lose between 1-2 lbs per week. This weight loss can be permanent depending on the reason you started on the diet.

Can I have a treat?

Yes, you can have a small treat (such as a piece of cake or fruit) on the diet.

Is it hard to follow?

The diet is not difficult to follow. However, it is important that you are aware of what foods you can and cannot eat.

The pros and cons of the HCG diet

A. The pros of the HCG diet

  1. Results in rapid weight loss (1-2 lbs per week)

  2. Reduces hunger pangs and cravings for unhealthy foods

  3. May increase your metabolism (if you are not diabetic)

  4. Can be very effective if used correctly ( Weight Loss with the HCG Diet )

B. The cons of the HCG diet

  1. Can be very expensive (plus the cost of your prescriptions)

  2. May not help you lose weight if you are diabetic or have other health concerns (e.g., heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.

  3. This diet can cause you to become very constipated (especially if you are a woman)

  4. You may experience side effects such as headaches, fatigue and bloating

Note: The HCG diet plan is designed to help people lose weight, but this type of weight loss plan CANNOT be used for weight loss if you are diabetic or have other health concerns (e.g., heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.).

Is the HCG diet right for you?

The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) diet is a popular weight-loss plan that involves eating low-calorie foods and taking hCG supplements to induce a hormone that helps the body burn fat. The downside to the hCG diet is that it’s not permanent, so you have to be vigilant about following the diet and weighing yourself regularly to make sure you’re losing weight in a healthy way.

HCG diet plan

1. Loading phase : 2-3 days

For 1st 2 days eats food with high fat content with lots of cream, cheese, oil , butter and ghee. Carbs and simple sugars are to be restricted though.

2nd phase: maintainence phase

This phase is the real HCG diet and here total calories is restricted to 500 -600 kcal per day.

To help you be successful on the HCG Diet we've created one week worth of HCG Diet sample menus. During Phase 2 you are only allowed a small number of foods, which can get boring. Hopefully, we can show you how to make the diet delicious and fun!

7 day HCG Diet plan

Day 1

Breakfast – Coffee with stevia and 1 tablespoon 2% milk plus 1 egg white poached.

Mid morning– 1 apple

Lunch – 150 gm chicken breast grilled with stirfried french beans

Evening Snack – 1 handful of strawberries

Dinner – 150 gm fish with lemon garlic sauce and broccoli

Day 2

Breakfast – Green tea with stevia with 1 small cup almonds

Mid morning - 1 orange

Lunch – 150 gm grilled chicken, (cabbage with baby tomato and olive dressing)

Snack – vegetable soup

Dinner – 150 gm stir fried shrimp on top of lettuce with cucumber

Day 3

Breakfast – Coffee with stevia and 1 tablespoon 2% milk with 1 egg white omlette

Snack – 1 peach

Lunch – 150 gm grilled tuna with mustard dressing on a bed of lettuce

Evening snack- handful of cherries

Dinner – 150 gm shredded chicken, stir fried with baby corn and paprika

Day 4

Breakfast –coffee with 1 tbsp of 2% milk and stevia with fistful of pumpkin seeds

Mid morning - 1 pear

Lunch – 2 egg white poached with stir-fry beans

Evening snack - chicken soup

Dinner – 150 gm grilled tilapia sprinkled with paprika on a bed of lettuce

Day 5

Breakfast – Green tea sweetened with stevia with 1 small cup walnuts

Mid morning- ½ grapefruit

Lunch – 150 gm grilled chicken with stir-fry brocolli

Evening snack - 1 lemonade with stevia

Dinner – 150 gm cottage cheese stir fried with diced cucumber and tomato lettuce

Day 6

Breakfast – Coffee with stevia and 1 tbsp of 2% milk with 1 small cup hazel nuts.

Snack – 1 guava

Lunch – 2 boiled eggs ( yolk removed) with 1 large cucumber sliced

Snack – 1 handful of blueberries

Dinner – 150 gm Indian basa in oyster sauce with spring onions and broccoli

Day 7

Breakfast – Coffee with stevia and 1 tbsp of 2% milk 1 egg white bhurji( scrambled egg)

Mid morning - 1 kiwi

Lunch – 150 gm smoked salmon with English mustard and stir-fry baby corns

Evening snack- 1 handful of raspberries

Dinner - 150 gm chicken chunks in diced carrot , beans and cauliflower soup.

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