For those of you very new to the hCG diet protocol, this is a very basic outline just to give you an idea of how the process works.
- Phase 1: Loading Phase: 2 Days: Gaining Weight (on purpose)
- Phase 2: 3-6 Weeks: Losing Weight
- Transition off hCG: 72 hours
- Phase 3: Stabilize Your New Weight
- Phase 4: Maintain Weight
1. Phase 1: Loading Phase – 2 Days – Gaining Weight (on purpose)
I know, it sounds weird. “Load” for 2 Days, taking in a higher fat and higher calorie diet than usual these two days. See lots of details about the loading phase for hCG here.
Get lots more details on how to do the Loading Phase here.
2. Phase 2: 3-6 weeks – Losing Weight
During this time you are taking hCG and eating a specific 500 calorie diet from an approved foods list. For all the details on Phase 2 of hCG go here.
3. Transition off the hCG hormone: 72 hours.
Stop taking hCG while continuing the 500 calorie diet. It takes about 72 hours for the hormone to fully leave your system during which time you continue eating based on Phase 2 rules.
Get more details on getting off hCG here.
4. Phase 3: 3 weeks – Stabilizing Your New Weight
The stabilization phase, where you will be eating a low carb diet to stabilize your new weight. This lasts for 3 weeks, where you are supposed to keep your weight within 2 lbs of your LDW (last dose weight – your weight on the scale the morning of your last dose of hCG). When it goes above this 2 lb window, you do what’s called a Steak Day. A steak day is simply not eating during the day but drinking lots of water, then having a large steak and tomato or apple for dinner. This is a correction method to bring the weight back down again.
5. Phase 4: Maintaining Your Weight
Phase 4 is essentially what your daily life, beyond losing weight, is all about. The idea is to gradually re-incorporate foods that contain carbs and see which ones you can eat and still maintain. Some find, for instance those
Get more details on how to maintain weight loss here.
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