Your comprehensive resource to answer your questions about the hCG diet protocol.
I highly encourage doing your research before embarking on this HCG protocol. This page is a work in progress guys…..just so you know there is MUCH more to come.
Please also see my HCG HOW TO section for video and blog posts on this topic.
Dictionary for the Hcg Diet
Hcg: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (full name of the hormone)
VLCD: Very Low Calorie Day or Very Low Calorie Diet (depends on who you ask).
P2: portion of the diet when you are on the very low calorie “diet” part.
P3: portion of the protocol following P2 (the low calorie part) where you increase your calories to what’s considered “normal” while avoiding all starches and sugars to stabilize your new weight. This period usually last for 3 weeks.
P4: portion of the protocol following P3 where you can begin adding back in some starches and sugars in moderation and see how they affect your weight.
LDW: Last Day Weight- the weight you are the morning after your last day taking Hcg- be it sublingual or homeopathic method. This is the weight you will be trying to stay within 2 lbs of while in P3.
LIW: Last Injection Weight- the weight you are the morning after your last injection. This is the weight you will be trying to stay within 2 lbs of while in p3.
POP: Perfect on Protocol- used to tell people whether or not they are following the protocol “perfectly” as Dr. Simeon’s wrote it.
MOP: My Own Protocol- used to tell people their version of the Hcg diet they are following, which will be different from the original diet protocol.
Steak Day: Usually this refers to what is done if, during P3 (the stabilization phase w/no starches and sugars) a person finds themselves above the 2lb limit from their LDW. They would then on that day eat nothing all day and eat for dinner a good sized steak with either an apple or tomato. This usually causes a person to drop by down to within their 2 lb limit the following day. Technically every time you have to do a steak day, you are supposed to start the 3 week “P3” time period over.
Apple Day: This is done occasionally on P2 (the low calorie part). If a person hasn’t lost any scale weight in a few days and is feeling overly frustrated, Dr. Simeons put into his original protocol that a patient could take one day to eat only apples all day, up to 6. This is designed purely to shed any excess water retention. It is not advisable to do this often or for fun, since there is no protein included on an apple day.
TOM: Time of Month. Aka your period.
Miracle Noodles: Noodles that are made of the Japanese Konjac root- they are almost zero calories, zero carbs, and zero everything- it’s just soluble fiber. I have used these freely on many of my rounds with no fat loss problems.
Shirataki Noodles: Same thing as the miracle noodles. However, check the labels of these because there are 2 types of shirataki noodles. Some are made with tofu, and these you do NOT want to purchase. The package should say something like “yam flour” as the main ingredient- do not fear, this is not American yam- this the Konjac yam (root) that contains no calories or carbs- it is just soluble fiber. These can be found at many local Asian and Ethnic food markets for a much cheaper price than the Miracle Noodles online. They are always kept in the refrigerated section. Here is what they look like:
Chocolate Crack: These names all refer to a mixture of coconut oil, cocoa powder and some form of sweetener in varying ratios, melted together then frozen or refrigerated and eaten often by many during P2- please seen my Common Concerns on the HCG Diet section before you decide to eat this on P2. I am concerned that it could cause muscle loss on Hcg, so please proceed with caution. As a P3 food this would definitely be a great alternative to “regular” desserts.
Mug Cake: A P3 friendly dessert. So named because it’s made in a mug (the kind you drink out of?). Aha, the lightbulb goes off. Took me that long anyway when I first heard of it. Check out this awesome video tutorial with a recipe by MsHcgGirl on Youtube. I found a blogger who appears to have discovered a P2 friendly version of this dish here.
Mac Nut Day: A modification to the original protocol on P2 where a person eats a certain number of Macadamia Nuts and nothing else the entire day. In general, I wouldn’t recommend this- please see the Common Concerns about the HCG Diet section.