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  • Original Hcg Diet Protocol – Dr Simeons Original Hcg Diet Plan

    In 2002, I lost nearly 90 lbs with the Hcg Diet Plan, and another 45 lbs after having a baby in 2017 with Nu Image and Diet Doc. I kept the weight off, and transformed my life to the point that I actually love kale. I also love helping people, which is why I started the first Hcg Diet site: Hcgdietinfo.com. Over 10 years later, 100 million readers, and 2 million pages, HDI has helped millions of people lose the weight for good, and it has become the highlight of my Hcg Diet Journey.

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    The Original HCG Diet Protocol, Plan & Menu

    Summary based on Pounds and Inches by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons

    This HCG Diet overview includes excerpts directly from Dr. Simeons original HCG diet manuscript, “Pounds and Inches” including the original 500 calorie Foods List VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet.)

    While there are now many variations, the HCG diet protocol described below is the unedited, original HCG Diet Plan as written by Dr. Simeons.  The HCG Diet foods list and menu description is also from the original manuscript and is unedited, however there may be notes attached by the editor for your convenience.  If you are looking for another protocol or are simply curious, those can be found listed from the “hcg diet guide” tab listed above.  If you have questions regarding this protocol, feel free to join our forums where we have multiple forum moderators that are experts on the original hcg diet plan.  We also have moderators in the Hcg Diet Forums that are expert coaches on the original protocol, homeopathic hcg diet plan, and various “rogue” hcg diet plans.

    The Original HCG Diet Protocol by Dr. Simeons

    Overview of the Original Hcg Diet Protocol menu. 

    Breakfast: Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia may be used.
    1. 100 grams of protein, including veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken breast must be removed from the bird [prior to cooking.]
    2. One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.  [See the extended Hcg Diet Foods Lists.]
    3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.
    4. An apple, orange, or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit.
    Dinner : The same four choices as lunch (above.)


    Editor’s Note:  Please take the 100 grams weight seriously.  According to Nutrition.org, the average American portion size is 50% larger than needed, and is one of the largest contributing factors to the rise of obesity in America. We highly recommend buying a food scale, and focusing on portion control as one strategy to train yourself for lifelong healthy eating.  Food scales can be purchased at local home goods stores, or on Amazon:  Amazon food scales.  These are extremely inexpensive (around $12) and will immediately save you money on food, while proving to be an inexpensive investment in long term health.

    What can I eat on the Original HCG Diet Protocol according to the manuscript, Pounds and Inches?

    Drinks and Seasonings permitted on the HCG Diet based on Dr Simeons original hcg diet protocol as written in Pounds and Inches:

    • The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes.
    • Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, majoram, etc., may be used for seasoning
    • No oil, butter or dressing is permitted
    • Tea, coffee, plain water, or mineral water (2 liters of water per day is recommended) are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in any quantity and at all times.
    • The fruit or the breadstick may be eaten between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but not more than than four items listed for lunch and dinner may be eaten at one meal.
    • No medicines or cosmetics other than lipstick, eyebrow pencil and powder may he used without special permission.

    Editor’s note: Most hcg dieters today, find they do not have issues with cosmetics effecting their Hcg Diet weight loss. It is believed that most cosmetics in modern America d not contain as many fats, and particularly animal fats, as were used when the manuscript was written.  Personal care items are believed to be the same, however some individuals do proceed with caution in an effort to achieve the most daily efficient weight loss rates on the diet. For more information, visit the Hcg Diet Forums.

    Original Hcg Diet Protocol on Portions: specially prepared unsweetened, low calorie foods

    “In many countries specially prepared unsweetened and low Calorie foods are freely available, and some of these can be tentatively used… the total daily intake must not exceed 500 Calories if the best possible results are to be obtained, that the daily ration should contain 200 grams of fat-free protein and a very small amount of starch.”  From Dr Simeon’s “Pounds and Inches.”  The manuscript. 

    Editor’s Note:  With modern research, we now know that the cleaner the diet, the more efficient the weight loss.  Unfortunately, low calorie foods in America tend to be highly processed and difficult for the body to process efficiently.  It is highly advised that only “whole foods” are eaten while on the Hcg Diet Plan.  Please avoid all sweeteners and processed foods as much as possible for more efficient weight loss while on the Original Hcg Diet Plan.

    In addition, the primary goal while on the Hcg Diet Plan should always be to retrain the brain and body to follow more healthy eating habits.  One opportunity with this part of the Original Protocol, is to weed out unhealthy sweeteners completely, and learn to eat as whole as possible.  

    Important Highlights from the Original HCG Diet Manuscript:
    • The 500 calorie limit must always be maintained.
    • 2 small apples are not an acceptable exchange for “1 apple.”
    • Very occasionally we allow egg – boiled, poached or raw – to patients who develop an aversion to meat, but in this case they must add the white of three eggs to the one they eat whole.
    • Cottage cheese made from skimmed milk is available. 100 grams may occasionally be used instead of the meat.

    Editor’s note:  particularly for a vegetarian Hcg Diet, these substitutes can be quite helpful. Here is an additional article on alternative proteins for the vegetarian hcg diet plan. This may be particularly useful for vegetarians or those with aversions to meat but still want to follow the hcg diet plan.

     Personal Care and Beauty Products on the HCG Diet:

    • We do permit the use of lipstick, powder and such lotions as are entirely free of fatty substances. We also allow brilliantine to be used on the hair but it must not be rubbed into the scalp. Obviously sun-tan oil is prohibited.  
    • Aspirin and birth control are allowed on the Simeons hCG Diet.
    • No massage of any kind. 

    Note: Modern Hcg Diet experts widely approve of massage and light to moderate exercise while on the Hcg Diet Plan.  In fact, anything that increases the body’s circulation is considered to be a health benefit: before, during and after the Hcg Diet Plan.  A short list of HCG Diet-friendly personal care and beauty products are available here: HCG Diet Products.

    Dr. Simeons hCG Weight Loss Protocol Overview:

    Based on the original Hcg Diet protocol, the Injections are administered daily. The dose for the Simeons protocol is 125 iu administered daily, for no more than 40 days.  As a modern allowance, Hcg drops and tablets (pellets) are also acceptable in prescription or homeopathic form.  Modern acceptable dosages for Hcg injections range from 125ius to 200 ius. Hcg for injections MUST BE high quality, high potency Hcg and a list of sources providing these can be found on the Hcg Buy Guide.

    “Patients who need to lose 15 pounds or, 7 kilos or less require 26 days treatment with 23 daily injections.”  The VLCD is continued for 3 days following the end of the injections to avoid weight regain.

    HCG Diet Injections and the Female Menstrual Cycle

    No injections during menstruation on the hCG diet, however the VLCD is continued.  Once menstruation is over, dieters must reinstate the daily  hCG injections.

    This is only a small amount of the information provided in Dr. Simeons manuscript.  The complete manuscript can be downloaded here in the files section.

    How long to take Hcg Injections on the Hcg Diet Protocol

    “When a patient has more than 15 pounds to lose the treatment takes longer but the maximum we give in a single course is 40 injections, nor do we as a rule allow patients to lose more than 34 lbs. (15 Kg.) at a time. The treatment is stopped when either 34 lbs. have been lost or 40 injections have been given. The only exception we make is in the case of grotesquely obese patients who may be allowed to lose an additional 5-6 lbs. if this occurs before the 40 injections are up.

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