In short, NO you don’t have to the full 500, and YES it’s okay to eat less- depending on a few factors.
Explanation as follows:
-In the original protocol that Dr. Simeons wrote in Pounds and Inches, he stated that the diet was not to exceed 500 calories.
-He then stated that aside from the 2 protein portions, anything else a patient didn’t feel like eating may be omitted.
-If you do what Robin Woodall in her book Weight-Loss Apocalypse: Emotional Eating Rehab Through the HCG Protocol suggests, you should try to use your time on the protocol to eat to hunger, which in simple terms means basically to eat only when you are actually hungry and stop when you are satisfied. This means on hCG you may you find yourself at times eating less than 500 calories. On some days your hunger is so nonexistent that you only need 300-350 calories* to satisfy your hunger on a given day.
*Remember though that you must always eat your 2 proteins at the very least.
Additionally, be truthful with yourself- you would never want to eat less than 500 calories just to get ahead or lose more weight if you are indeed feeling hungry or weak on less than the 500.
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