800 Calorie HCG Phases
800 Calorie HCG Phases consists of 3 stages 1, 2, and 3. The HCG diet has been used since 1953 and has become very popular these days because it offers fast and safe results. Most people know that it involves taking the pregnancy hormone-HCG by drops or injections and eliminating most carbs. You need to know the 3 HCG phases in order to better understand it. Phase 1 is the binge phase from Simeons 500 Calorie HCG Diet, Phase 2 is the active weight loss phase and phase 3 is the recovery phase or maintenance phase. My experience treating patients with the HCG diet is to eliminate phase 1 from the diet.
Bingeing(or Loading) is Phase I of the 500 calorie HCG Food Plan(not suggested in 800 Calorie Plan)
Dr Simeon’s original diet plan has a 2 day period where you were required to eat as much food as possible. Explanations like
- “Your reserve fat needs to be restocked
- HCG diet drops take several days to start working
- Loading will maximize your weight loss potential”
are given. However, there is no evidence that this is really necessary. I think this stage is not necessary and most dieters should move on to the next phase. In my experience over the past 10 years treating thousands of patients with the 800 calorie HCG diet in my office, I found no difference in hunger or weight loss between those patients that did the binge and those that did not. I leave the choice to the dieter. Since I believe the phrase should be bypassed, I consign the binging phase to the 500 Calorie HCG diet of Dr. Simeons
I have personally taken HCG for three treatment periods of 2 weeks. For the first week, I used HCG drops. During the second week, it was HCG pellets, and the third was HCG drops. I lost 4 lbs per week on each treatment method. On the drop period, I began with the 2-day binge phase. It did not seem to matter as to weight loss or subsequent hunger, although I admit the pizza, cheesecake and 5 Guys burgers and fries were a lot of fun! I suggest to my patients to avoid this distraction.
If you choose to do the binge phase, here is what you need to know:
Opposite of the overall principle of the HCG diet in this stage the dieters overeat. They eat food with high calorie especially with high levels of fat. Including pizza, steak, plates of pasta, cheeses, avocados, and nuts. According to Dr. Simeons this first phase “loads the body up with recently acquired fat, making fat burning easier and preventing hunger within the first 2 or 3 days.”
Days 1 and 2: These are “loading” days wherein one gorge on very high-fat food. HCG is taken twice a day during this period. You should be eating an extra 1000-1500 calories per day. Focus on high calorie, high-fat foods including cheeses, avocados, and heavy creams.
Many people use the weekend as their loading up days and start the 800 calorie a day plan on a Monday. Here are some examples:
- Breakfast: Cream cheese bagel with bacon and sausage, and a ham/cheese omelet.
Have some fun, go to IHOP and have some pancakes.
- Mid-morning snack: Donuts with whipped cream with strawberries.
- Lunch: Steak, chicken, potato with sour cream, and a roll with butter and a buttered veggie.
- Mid-afternoon snack: Ice cream with Oreos.
- Dinner: Pasta like Fettuccine, pizza, cheese garlic bread, and salad with full-fat dressing, of course, cheesecake for dessert.
- Late-night snack: Ice cream or frozen cappuccino.
There is no limit to the number of calories or the types of foods that are eaten. Sweets, cookies, ice cream, deep fried foods, etc are all acceptable foods. It is common for people to gain 3 pounds in the first two days. Don’t worry, you will lose it all in the follow 48 hours.
800 Calorie HCG Food Plan Phase II- Active Weight Loss Phases
800 Calorie HCG phase mainly consists of the second phase. This is the main weight loss phase and it starts with the intake of the HCG drops along with a very-low-calorie diet on day 3 of the diet if you elected to binge or when you received your products if you do not binge. This is the day that you begin eating a diet of 800 calories. You will experience some hunger during days 4-7. This is common but will pass as the HCG builds in your system and begins to suppress your appetite. You will be surprised how much food you really do not need as you continue through this phase. This phase can last from weeks to several months. If you are going to do it for more than 6 weeks, I suggest you add a multi-vitamin and potassium pill several times a week.
Best Buy HCG uses HCG food menus to present food choices, portions, preparations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Dr Lipman reviews the menus for each meal in this short video
The second phase may run as long as the dieter needs. Dr. Simeons noted that people slow their weight loss due to “immunity” to the HCG. I believe this slow down is natural and normal due to multiple factors, including:
- The normal response to weight loss is to slow metabolism to prevent further weight loss. Slowdowns are seen in every diet.
- Weight loss is proportional to what a person weighs. So after a lot of weight loss, one would expect a slow down in the rate of weight loss.
- The original Simeons’ 500 calorie HCG diet plan is often limited and boring. People naturally start cheating which causes the apparent slowdown.
All of these explanations may play a role in the apparent slow down in weight loss of the HCG diet. If a person is doing well on the diet, then there are no reasons to stop.
Dr. Simeons’ book, Pounds and Inches was written many years ago before we had numerous low calorie, no sugar, and no fat foods. I have added many new prepared foods. All are low calorie, with no sugar and no fat. Look at the HCG Food Plan for selections.
You will most likely be surprised as you come to a realization of how much food you usually eat during a day that you never thought about. How often do you walk through the kitchen and “pop” something in your mouth to snack on? Most calories that add to your stored fats are the simple snacks that people eat throughout the day, even when they are not hungry. They are usually high in fat and sugar.
There many choices for the foods for phase 2 of Dr. Lipman’s HCG plan. They all were chosen based on their suitability for the HCG plan, ease of purchase and cost. After all, if you cannot easily find the product or if it costs too much, you will not use it. You can download the HCG food menus for free.
800 Calorie HCG Diet Phase III: Maintenance
800 Calorie HCG phase This phase may run for three weeks. It is actually the continuation of the second phase. The only difference is that the calorie limit is lifted to some extent. But the dieter should still stay away from sugar and foods with hi carbs and fat. This is an important phase in setting up your eating patterns to prevent weight gain. It is outlined completely in the manual supplied in each kit. A more complete outline of this phase can be found in my ebook,
800 Calorie Diet Plan.
Richard Lipman MD is a endocrinologist and board certified internist who has treated more than 10,000 overweight patients in his Miami office with his new 800 calorie HCG diet for the past 10 years in Miami, Fl