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  • A Complete Guide to the HCG Diet Plan

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    Welcome to HDI’s Guide to the HCG Diet Plan, a FREE, step by step resource for HCG dieters.  A hard cover version of this guide will be available on Amazon later this year, however this guide will always be available for free, right here on HDI.  Why? We were the first HCG Diet site online, and have always been the leading authority on the HCG Diet.  We truly care about our readers and will always strive to provide the best resources and information to make reaching weight loss goals as effortless as possible, free of charge.


    Consider this your personal resource as both an introduction to the HCG Diet as well as a thorough, supplemental guide to go along with your personal protocol, whichever that may be.  More pages are being added to the HCG Diet Guide regularly, so check back often.  Also, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for HCG Diet guide updates, tips and special offers.


    There are plenty of guides to the HCG Diet; from books to online coaching sites, you can really take your pick. Unfortunately, most of these offer limited or misleading information that often leaves individuals with more questions than answers. This often causes more challenges during the diet than are necessary.  This is why HDI created this guide: to equip already-determined individuals with the latest proven strategies and resources that make the HCG diet as fun, effortless and affordable as possible.


    This guide is for an audience of first-time HCG dieters, experienced HCG dieters, HCG Diet coaches and practitioners in need of resources to help their own clientele. Most of all, we want all to walk away from this guide feeling confident about your own HCG Diet Plan and your future weight maintenance.

    The truth is, being overweight influences every minute of your day to day living. It effects your mental well being, your everyday level wellness; these in turn, effect your mood, your relationships, your decisions, your productivity… your ability to thrive.  That’s why we wrote this guide — to empower you with the mental building blocks to succeed with the HCG Diet and continue on with the best possible lifestyle you could imagine.


    The HCG Diet Guide This guide is designed for you to read from start to end. Each new chapter builds upon the previous one. A core idea that we want to reinforce is that HCG dieting should be evaluated holistically for long term success.  Reading this guide in its entirety will help you connect the many moving parts of marketing to your big-picture goal.


    An introduction to the HCG Diet Plan, this chapter includes an overview of the New HCG Diet Plan (as seen on Dr. Oz) and compares the protocol to the 1950’s version of Dr. Simeons Original HCG Diet Plan (Pounds and Inches.)  Also covered in this section are HCG diet reviews by popular press publications, doctors and experts.  FAQ’s are answered, including some that dispel the ever lingering misunderstandings of the diet that have made it a controversial plan to weight loss in the past.

    HCG Diet Plan Overview:

    A List of HCG Diet Plans and their Protocols

    HCG Diet Basics


    It is very important to start your HCG Diet Plan with the right information and resources. We’ve put together a great “get started” checklist to make sure you have everything you need before beginning.  HDI will also send you a helpful Quick-Start Guide when you sign up for our VIP list.


    For those who are looking for a shortcut to simply buy what they need, visit our recommended HCG suppliers here: Buy HCG online.  Before buying HCG however, be sure to read our Tips for Buying HCG Online in our HCG Buying Guide.  There are many options for buying HCG online now, but there are only a handful of quality suppliers that provide high quality, high potency HCG (this matters!) Whoever you choose to go with, you will want be sure their HCG is made in an FDA licensed compounding pharmacy in the US.  This ensures a top quality, high potency product as well as guaranteed customer support.

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    There are a number of products recommended for HCG dieters, including many that can help make the most of your weight loss efforts. The right books, body scales, and supplements can make a world of difference when it comes to reaching your weight loss goals.


    When in reference to the HCG Diet, a “Plan” is the overall approach to the diet, which includes the “protocol.”  The protocol refers to the  specifics of the plan’s routine. The most popular HCG diet plans include very different, yet specific protocols.  Learning the differences between these plans and their protocols can help determine which is right for you.

    About HCG Diet Plans and Protocols:


    When referencing DIY HCG Dieting (Do-it-Yourself,) we are referring to simply buying a vial of HCG and buying injection supplies, or buying HCG drops and piecing together a protocol on your own, without some sort of physician, coaching or expert support available.  In the past, DIY HCG Dieting was common simply because it was not widely supported by medical professionals, let alone prescribed by everyday doctors. In fact, this was rare.  Luckily, we are no longer in the HCG dieting dark ages and there is no longer a need to go the DIY route.  Well known Doctors, including Dr. Oz and Dr. Sharon Emma, openly support the diet and there are a number of online dieting programs that specialize in the HCG Diet specifically….and for the same price or cheaper than the DIY route.  These complete HCG Diet Programs not only include your telemedicine consult with a licensed medical doctor or practitioner, but also include your HCG (injections, drops, or pellets), all supplies, protocol guidebooks, food lists and recipes, PLUS access to coaching when you have questions and need support.  All for the same price as buying a vial of HCG on its own.  Visit the HCG Diet Buy Guide for popular options.

    For those who still decide on a DIY HCG diet protocol, here are a few informative articles.  (These articles are for information purposes only and not intended as medical guidance. Always consult with a medical professional before pursuing this or any HCG Diet plan.)


    HCG Diet Phases in a nutshell: Each HCG Diet Plan has a protocol. Each protocol consists of rounds that have specific phases. Each phase has a unique purpose.

    The HCG Diet Protocol consists of separate phases. Together, they are referred to as a “round.”  Dieter’s typically lose 15 to 20 lbs per round.  If more weight is needed to be lost, there is a break after the final phase, and then another round is started.  Rinse and repeat until goal weight is reached. 

    HCG Diet protocols include the following 4 phases.  Note on protocol variations: Some protocols actually include 3 and 4 as the same “Maintenance phase” and have only 3 phases total. Other protocols, including Dr. Simeons Original protocol, do not include phase 1, loading phase.  This can be a personal preference, however we will say that the following phase example, has shown great results from our readers, and has certainly appeared to be the most successful.

    An Example Round of HCG Diet Phases:

    1. Phase 1 of the HCG Diet is the loading phase. Also known as the preparation phase.  This phase is not on all HCG Diet protocols but it is on most and is very popular.  During this two day phase, the dieter eats as much healthy fats as possible in preparation for starting the next phase.  They are also welcome to eat as many “cheat” foods as they would like, with the intention of satisfying cravings prior to beginning the next phase where these foods will not be allowed. Read more: Phase 1.
    2. Phase 2 of the HCG Diet is the weight loss phase. This begins on day 3 of taking HCG where the dieter adheres to a specified calorie intake and carefully selected food list. For most dieters, this is the most challenging phase of the plan because there is very little room for error.  Read more: Phase 2.
    3. Phase 3 of the HCG Diet is at the end of  HCG is discontinued and the same foods from phase 2 are still eaten, but increased slowly.  In this stage, this is a reintroduction period where calories and foods are slowly adjusted to maintain weight loss. Read more: Phase 3.
    4. Phase 4 of the HCG Diet is the phase of continuing weight maintenance for life-long health and fitness. Read more: Phase 4.



    The Original HCG Diet is known for its restrictive and unforgiving 500 calorie VLCD (very low calorie diet.)  Some versions of the diet have evolved to allow for an HCG Diet expanded food list.

    Learn what to eat on the HCG Diet and how to eat: Portion sizes, HCG Diet-friendly recipes for all phases, foods lists, plus HCG Diet cooking and shopping tips.

    HCG Diet Recipes

    HCG Diet Foods & Eating



    Sample menus and menu tips for the HCG Diet Plan.


    Exercise is an important part of healthy living, even without wanting to lose weight. While the original protocol insisted exercise was not necessary, most of the evolved protocols and The NEW HCG Diet includes a consistent exercise routine simply because it is a healthy lifestyle option and the benefits are many.

    For those currently active, in most cases, it is ok to continue as usual, although some may find it useful to lighten their workout for the first week of being on the protocol.  For those who are new to working out, a low impact daily workout of at least 20 minutes a day is recommended to start. Recommended activities include: walking (brisk), swimming, yoga (no hot yoga practices yet), and pilates.  Level of activity is extremely light the first week of phase 2 on the HCG Diet and increases as the individual feels ready.  It is highly advised that the chosen workouts are something enjoyable, and not something you dread doing every day.


    This is the most important part of the HCG diet in many ways and it begins during Phase 2.  This is where you will begin to build the skills necessary for lifetime weight maintenance and healthy living.  For example; reading labels as a habit (this will become 2nd nature and shouldn’t stop once you reach your weight loss goals.  Also, portion control and learning to listen to your body.  Read more about these skills and implement them starting NOW:


    The HCG Diet can be complicated and so specific, you are almost certain to experience challenges along the way. While it might not seem welcome, It is a large part of the learning process for long term management success.  There will be temptation to stray from your planned diet, and there may even be times when you stray by accident.  Yes, it can happen:  Aunt Sally forgot to tell you she adds sugar to her famous holiday vinaigrette dressing, or the restaurant neglected to tell you there’s bread crumb mixed right into the hamburger patty which you so carefully ordered without a bun.  Of course there’s the good old… “oops, I assumed that hot sauce was just hot sauce and didn’t realize it had 9 grams of sugar.”  There’s your first lesson; always double-check ingredients…and don’t eat it unless you’re sure.   A better lesson… if you can’t see all ingredients, don’t eat it!  The less processed foods you eat, the better.  See, it’s all part of the big picture and building the skills to be fit and thin for life.

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    HCG Diet Tips

    The absolute best (& Free!) HCG Diet tips for reaching your weight loss goals safe and fast!


    10’s of Millions of people have lost weight safely with HCG.  As with any hormone therapy, or weight loss program, there are risks however. First and foremost, proceed with well-researched caution and responsibility. Always use HCG as prescribed and have access to a medical professional or HCG specialty coach in case you need to consult with someone.


    Here are a few recommended resources for HCG Dieters including the original manuscript (for informational purposes only,) free tools, and an HCG Diet glossary of terms.

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