If your goal is to achieve a rapid weight loss result, with a high degree of success, then the HCG diet is just the plan that can help you get there. This protocol has been scientifically designed to boost metabolism and generate 1lb per day of fat loss. Of the three primary phases of the protocol, there are a series of requirements and needs that must be adhered to. The diet plan itself has a variety of choices you need to make, both for the dosage of HCG you are taking as well.
Phase 1 – The first phase of the diet is not advising lower calories, but instead is known as the “gorging” phase. This period is a period of loading, where you will take in foods high in fat, but somewhat low in carbs. This includes things like avocados, which have natural oils, and red meat, or fatty fish. You want to take in sufficient levels of calories so that your body’s metabolism rises to the levels that you are burning fat as quickly as possible. Though this would normally result in weight gain, since you cannot burn these calories fast enough before your body stores them. However, the hormone will lock your metabolism at this level throughout the subsequent phases of the program, which is why this phase is essential.
Phase 2 - This is the primary phase of this diet, and will last from 23 to 57 days depending on which type of methodology the person ascribes to. This is known as the “very low calorie phase” colloquially. There is a requirement to follow 500 to 700 calories of food intake per day throughout this period, which is only possible due to the help of HCG drops taken orally.
The Traditional, Dr. Simeons Based Phase Two
- This diet centers around taking in 500 calories per day, of a strict allowance of certain foods. You are limited in the protein sources you are allowed to have as well as the vegetables and fruits allowed.
- There are two primary meals of the day, lunch and dinner, of which you’re supposed to have a serving of meat and another serving of vegetables. Vegetables cannot be mixed and should come from sources like cabbage, celery, asparagus, brussel sprouts, etc.
- Certain protein sources are permitted, but all meats regardless of type should be 100g of cooked weight. Protein can be consumed from red meat, as long as it’s the leanest cuts possible, egg whites (4 egg whites is equivalent to 100g of meat from other sources), non-fatty fish sources, or chicken. All of these should be prepared with a minimum of oil and baked or grilled. Breading of any kind should not be used.
- Taking HCG drops are essential to this phase, and even missing dosages for a single day can adversely impact your success.
- You will discontinue the drops 3 days prior to beginning phase 3, but you still still maintain the 500 calorie diet during this period.
- You can have a few different types of drinks, but diet sodas are not permitted. You can have water, tea, coffee, along with some mixed flavored waters like crystal light. Alcoholic beverages should be avoided, as these are just empty calories.
- Fruits are encouraged for snacks, up to twice per day. For example, one apple could be had for brunch and another between lunch and dinner.
The Modern OWL HCG Diet Plan, Phase Two
The Modern approach for the HCG diet differs considerably from the original protocol as designed by Dr. Simeons. Rather than 500 calories per day and this limited selection of fruits and vegetables permitted, users can eat up to 700 calories per day and have a much greater variety of food choices. This protocol was specifically designed to address many of the common issues associated with the diet, such as a decrease in metabolism during phase two that can occur in certain body types. This diet is a choice we recommend in our Quick Start Guide, and we outline it therein.
- Rather than being restricted and only permitted to eat a few vegetables, such as cabbage, nearly all vegetables are permitted on this plan. You can have everything that is low in carbs, so things like rice, potatoes, corn, and such are not permitted.
- Protein servings are increased to 150 grams for both lunch and dinner.
- Most fruits are also permitted, including many not allowed on Dr. Simeons method. Things with high carbs are still not permitted like blackberries, raspberries and mangoes.
The Meal Plan in Phase 2
Breakfast - On both the original and modern protocols you should have either tea or coffee for breakfast. You can have yerba mate, green tea, or other light teas with caffeine in the morning. Coffee is also permitted, but you should limit your milk in coffee to 1 tablespoon per day of skim milk. Stevia and other artificial sweeteners are permitted, but not sugar. On the modern approach you can have one serving of fruit as well in the mornings before lunch (something like an apple qualifying as a serving.
Lunch and Dinner - Both lunch and dinner are made up of the same food types and in the same serving quantities. It’s recommended that you switch up your vegetable and meats on a day to day basis, so that your body keeps up its metabolic rate and avoids accidental plateaus that can be relatively damaging to phase two progress.
- Protein sources can be 100g of lean beaf, venison, buffalo, halibut, salmon, flounder, shrimp, chicken breasts, Sea Bass or flounder on the original protocol, whereas more choices like Cod and sirloin cuts of steak are allowed on the modern diet approach. Visible fat should be cut away from any meat selected.If you are on the modern diet, you can also do 150 grams of meat here instead.
- 2 cups of vegetables on the original protocol like spinach, beet greens, kale, tomatoes, salad, fennel, radishes, asparagus or cabbage is allowed per meal. This can be increased to two full servings (3 cups or so) of two more vegetables on the modern approach. Also nearly all vegetables are allowed, such as broccoli and carrots, not permitted on the standard approach.
- If you choose, 1 melba toast or bread stick.
- Fruit servings can be substituted for one vegetable serving per meal. Strawberries, half a grapefruit, apple or orange are allowed on the Dr. Simeons diet. On the modern approach many other fruits are permitted, like bananas, peaches, or grapes.
Phase 3 – This is the final stage of the diet, when the rubber hits the road. There are many diet meal plans you can stick to in this phase, as there’s no set standard plan. However, you will be going on a diet that’s sustainable over a longer period, that’s without HCG each day. You switch to 1500 calories per day, and should cut back on sugar, starches and carbohydrates just like in phase 2. You can eventually add some sugars back, but should stick to a natural diet throughout.