What to Eat on the HCG Diet Plan What to Eat on the HCG Diet Plan

About HCG Diet Foods & hCG Diet Menu Options

Dozens of new hCG Diet Plans call for “special hCG Diet menus” and this can certainly be confusing.  We’ve compiled a special section here addressing hCG Diet Foods and Eating to simplify your protocol.  Read on to learn more about:

hCG diet menus and protocols
The Original 500 calorie VLCD
Eating organic on the hCG Diet
Where to shop for organic foods
HCG Diet Recipes

HCG Diet Plan Food Menus and Protocols

The Original Dr. Simeons hCG Diet Protocol: 500 calorie foods list

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Dr. Simeons protocol is an important read for anyone following the hCG Diet, regardless of which specific plan they are following.  All HCG Diets are based on the foundations of his theories, initially outlined in his manuscript, Pounds and Inches, A Guide to Weight Loss.  His protocol includes a 500 calorie a day diet, or VLCD – very low calorie diet, which we have created an overview for you here:
The original 500 calorie hCG diet foods list & menu by Dr. Simeons

Hcg Diet Food List with Guidelines

Guide to the Original 500 Calorie Food Menu here.

1/2 grapefruit
Chicken with spinach
Melba toast
Steak w/asparagus

1/2 grapefruit
Chicken with steamed cabbage
Fish with asparagus

Shrimp with spinach
chicken with swiss chard

Apple with cinnamon
Shrimp with swiss chard
Fish with tomato

Also, more than 2 liters of water a day and least 2 cups of tea a day as well as coffee. No sweetener was used, just lemon juice and apple cider vinegar for flavor.

For hCG dieters experiencing a stall, compare this plan to your own diet. Look for stall culprits such as larger than allowed portions, hidden fats and carbohydrates such as in seasonings, and insufficient liquids.

Also, don’t forget your supplements. Kevin Trudeau’s hCG diet protocol requires a number of supplements for ultimate results.

hCG Diet Foods for Kevin Trudeau’s hCG Diet Protocol

Trudeau’s hCG Diet is based on the Dr. Simeons protocol but modified according to modern health developments resulting in a slightly different, four phase diet plan.

Kevin Trudeau’s hCG Diet Plan Phase 1:
The first phase of this hCG Diet protocol is the preparatory period and includes instructions such as, increased daily water intake, walking for at least one hour a day, going through a body cleanse by using recommended hcg diet supplements and eating apples and breadfruit everyday.  A more detailed outline of phase 1 of the hCG Diet can be found here.

Kevin Trudeau’s hCG Diet Plan Phase 2:
Phase 2 begins with 3 days of the dieter actually increasing their food intake and eating just about anything and everything they can possibly put in their stomachs, in an effort to increase energy throughout the next several weeks.  After the initial 3 day gorge, the 500 calorie diet (also known as the VLCD – very low calorie diet) is put into place.  Similar to Dr. Simeons hCG Diet Menu, Kevin Trudeau’s protocol does not differ much but does have some specific modifications and supplement additions.  Kevin Trudeau’s hCG diet also includes additional food choices compared to Dr. Simeons original menu.  Phase 2 of the hCG Diet lasts for 26 to 46 days, depending on the amount of weight the dieter has to lose.

Kevin Trudeau’s hCG Diet Plan Phase 3:
Phase 3 of KT’s hCG Diet requires three weeks.  At this point, the dieter can adjust their menu to eat normal, healthy foods as long as they do not contain sugars, artificial sweeteners.  Strictly prohibited on this diet menu are: no fast foods, no trans-fats, limited cold drinks.

Kevin Trudeau’s hCG Diet Plan Phase 4:
Phase 4 of the hCG Diet:  this phase is what has grown to be known as the post hCG Diet maintenance phase.  The dieter has successfully reached their hCG Diet goal and continues with a new lifestyle complete with healthy eating habits, a new relationship with food, and certain lifestyle changes including an exercise regimen.

Other hCG Diet Food Menus

A number of hCG Diet Clinics and physicians specializing in the hCG Diet have come up with their own variations of the hCG Diet Plan foods.  Many follow the 500 calorie a day diet.  Others increase the calorie intake to 800 calories a day, or 1200.  We have seen hCG Dieters succeed with all of these plans, at varying levels of average weight loss.  Talk with your hCG Diet Doctor or medical specialist before starting your own hCG diet plan and ask questions regarding foods and menu options and which protocol they will be advising.  If you have concerns, or wish to adjust the diet menu, ask their thoughts on this and proceed with their guidance.

I was wondering If you can help me because I’m so confused and to what I should do in phase 1 I haven’t seen any recipes for it . So I’m mixing up phase 2 with phase one . I had  to stop because i spent the last week I think doing the wrong thing. Please guide me on what I should eat?  ~Tricia R.

Hello Tricia,

I’m happy to offer you some guidance!
Phase 1 (p1) is for 2 days only. We start taking the Hcg hormone on day 1 of p1. During this period, you can eat WHATEVER YOU WANT. Be sure to include plenty of fats during this time; have a cheeseburger, help yourself to pancakes with REAL butter, avocado, etc.
After these 2 loading days, you start with Phase 2, the weight loss phase. This is when you stick to the allowed foods list & it’s guidelines. You can continue with this phase for 26 to 40 days before moving on to Phase 3 the stabilization phase. P3 allows you to increase your calories while continuing to remain mindful of portions. The only foods that are not allowed during P3, are sugars and starches; avoid processed foods as much as possible. In fact, I recommend sticking to the p2 foods list as much as possible while increasing your calories and introducing new foods one at a time. This allows you to identify food sensitivities and avoid falling into old eating habits.
I will be adding this to the “what to eat on the hcg diet” article as well- It’s such a common question, and hopefully your question will be helpful for others as well.

Let me know if you have any further questions, or feel free to join the Hcg Diet forums– I have plenty of coaches in there who can guide you step by step and they have been helping countless others for the last 10+ years. No one knows the diet better than them!

Author Jen Larson, BSN, Pursuing PhD
While I have a background in nursing and nutrition, I also personally lost 88 lbs with the HCG Diet in 2002, and I kept it off for over 10 years. I am currently on a mission to lose 45 lbs of baby weight with HCG from Nu Image and Diet Doc. This diet changed my life, leading me to start the first Hcg Diet site: Hcgdietinfo.com. 15+ years later, 100 million visits, over a million pages, & countless lives changed… HDI has become the true highlight of my journey.
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10 Responses to “What to Eat on the Hcg Diet Plan”
  • Good afternoon,

    This is my first day on Phase 2, I ordered my injections from New Edge.and my goal is goal is 20 pounds. I will log back in after a couple of days.

  • im 14 days in and have lost 8.4 lbs. im being super careful of cheats. soooo frustrating. im going to switch to taking the shot at night because im so unmodivated and tired. hope it helps.

    • Hello Molly,

      You know, that’s not actually a bad weight loss rate- it’s over half a pound a day! I know it’s not as much as many people lose on the diet, but it is still a really great loss rate if you think about it. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can try a few things- 1. Make sure you are drinking at least half of your body weight in oz’s of water every day. This is so commonly overlooked but it makes a HUGE difference in losses. Also, if you aren’t already, you can add a mile of walking every day. Lastly, you may want to consider getting a Fitbook on Amazon. I have used these for years and they are so handy for discovering those pesky little factors that are causing issues. You can calculate your calories and make sure you really are reaching 500. Double-check ingredients and make sure there are no hidden sugars anywhere. etc etc. Best of all, you can identify which days you are losing the best and create a routine to repeat that success. This last tip is huge for me- once you have found a “routine” that works, you just keep going back to that day after day!

  • Jen….HELP!! I started this diet 9 days ago. I am struggling bad with the food. I eat the apples, I am screwed on the veggies. I like lettuce, onion, and maybe a tomatoe. Hate seafood. So that is not a whole lot to eat. I am getting frustrated. I am starving and not much I can eat? Help

    • Hello Lisa,

      So sorry for the delayed response- I’ve been moving this week and it is not an easy task with a very active toddler!

      Here is my advice… learn to love veggies. Not just for the diet, but for your maintenance afterward- skinny living is easiest when you love healthy foods. It’s not as difficult as you would think, I promise. I used to hate vegetables myself- now I love quite a lot of them and really enjoy finding ways to make them appealing. For example, I will make my famed chili (recipe on hcgdietinforecipes.com) and make it a point to add lots of zucchini and squash. I’m not a huge fan of onion, but I will add that too, as well as cut up spinach. I add these in the last hour of cooking so they don’t get mushy; I just don’t like mushy overcooked vegetables. Even my toddler loves this chili! He will pull the zucchini out and just eat those. With other vegetables, you can try going heavy on the spices- I will do a chicken dish in crushed tomatoes with spinach- I will cut the spinach up pretty small and it just sort of adds to the sauce and garlic. Honestly, when you go out and eat at the most amazing restaurants- if it wasn’t for those amazing spices they use, it would taste awful! Have you picked up Tammy Skye’s hcg diet cookbook? I highly recommend it: http://amzn.to/2bvWknm You can use this as a jumping point and explore from there! I hope this helps, Lisa!

    • Hi Sonia! Make sure you are drinking A LOT of water. I have suffered through those early start headaches myself and I honestly think it’s shedding those toxins my body became addicted to. I used to get horrid migraines… until I cut out dairy and started eating organic. Hmmm… makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Also, if you are hungry, make sure you are actually eating the allotted amount of food for your protocol. It seems strange, but it’s still easy to fall short. If I am still hungry and feel I need more, then I increase my vegetable intake until I feel comfortable. This approach has always worked well for me and it’s created a love for vegetables 🙂

  • I used hcg and went down 10 dress sizes in three months but started loosing my hair the dermatologist told me
    I was suffering from malutrion. I kept it off for 10 years but I went through a crisis and gained it back.
    I just finished a program of three months and lost 50 lbs but only lost 1 dress size. What happened.
    the first time I was in my twenties and now I am 67..

    • Wow 10 dress sizes in 3 months is quite the achievement! (That’s even an understatement!) You know, there are so many variables with this diet and with our approach… it could be any number of reasons. I do know that my best loss rates are when I include yoga and stay active. My waist shrinks so much faster! I do know that each time I lose weight, or even approach a workout “challenge” with yoga or pilates, I will often lose in a different way, or suddenly notice my shoulders shaped differently, or my rear end lifted higher this time etc. I tend to attribute it to the way I am moving physically at that time and my diet. I also believe over time, our body chemistry shifts and what works one way at one time, may have different results at another.

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