The Hcg Diet Protocol consists of 4 Phases. Each phase is carefully planned, and consists of its own individual guidelines and requirements. Read on for an overview of each phase, and then follow the links for a thorough guide to each phase, including guidelines, FAQ’s, and resources.
- The Prep-Phase! How to Prepare for the HCG Diet Plan
- Phase 1 (P1): The Loading Phase.
- Phase 2 (P2): The Weight Loss/Diet Phase.
- Phase 3 (P2): Stabilization/Transition to Maintenance
- Phase 4 (P4): Life Maintenance Phase.
HCG Diet Phase 1 (P1):
The Loading Phase
The HCG Diet Phase 1, aka, “Loading Days,” were not in the original protocol, but rather, introduced by Kevin Trudeau in his book, “The Weight Loss Cure.” The necessity of this stage has since been established as a helpful one, and the majority of modern HCG Diet Plans include this phase.
HCG Diet Phase 2 (P2):
The Weight Loss Phase
Hcg Diet Phase 2 is the infamous weight loss phase of the plan, where a strict protocol is followed and rapid weight loss occurs. This is the most challenging of all Hcg Diet Phases, and includes following the 500 calorie diet, minimal exercise, and taking Hcg consistently. Read our phase 2 resource page with dozens of frequently asked questions and topics regarding the infamous weight loss phase (P2.)
This phase lasts from 26 days, to 40 days, which is referred to as a “long round.”
The amount of daily Hcg can vary, but typically ranges from 125iu to 175iu, with some individuals needing less and other needing a higher dosage of up to 250 iu daily. Again, this amount is for daily injectables. If taking Hcg Drops or tablets, then the dosage would be higher. The final 3 days of an Hcg diet round, no Hcg is taken, since it takes 3 days for Hcg to be completely out of the body’s system.
The Phase 2 diet consists of 500 very carefully chosen foods (see allowed foods list here) and specific eating guidelines. For example, the foods list includes only coffee or tea and possibly a fruit, for breakfast, with lunch and dinner being as follows: 1 protein, 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, and 1 melba toast or grissini breadstick. Guidelines include specific preparation and portion sizes, and limited substitutions and exchanges.
HCG Diet Phase 3 (P3):
The Transition, Stabilization Phase
Hcg Diet Phase 3 of the Hcg Diet is the phase following rapid weight loss. It is referred to as the transition phase, or stabilization phase. This phase lasts 3 weeks and involves the careful introduction of foods not permitted on Phase 2 of the hcg diet. Starches and sugars are still not permitted however. The increase in calories is done by increasing portions from the Hcg Diet approved foods list, while cautiously adding healthy foods not allowed during phase 2. This allows your digestive system to adjust while also allowing for the opportunity to identify food sensitivities and hormonal imbalances that may be responsible for weight gain.
During phase 3, it is highly recommend that healthy fats are introduced on the diet, 1 at a time. For example, in any given day, a single serving size of avocado is added to a meal, and no other new item of food is eaten at that time. Examples of healthy fat foods for Phase 3, include avocado, salmon, almond butter, tuna, nuts, etc. Read more about Phase 3 foods.
HCG Diet Phase 4 (P4):
The Lifelong Maintenance Phase
Phase 4 of the Hcg Diet Plan is the post-diet phase. They have successfully transitioned from the restrictions of phase 2 and phase 3, into every day healthy living at their new healthy weight. This phase requires health and wellness habits that are learned during the previous 3 phases of the Hcg diet plan.
Tips for maintaining weight loss at the start of Phase 4: Have a plan that covers the basic implementation healthy eating and movement into every day living. For example; continue to eat mostly as you would during Phase 3, with minimal foods that are not allowed during that phase. Also, continue to weigh your portions and read labels to avoid unhealthy serving sizes and ingredients that potentially slow the metabolism and put weight on. Being aware of labels and continuing to monitor the amounts of food eaten, are a key strategy to maintaining weight loss.
In addition, this is an excellent time to increase physical activity. Some studies show that as little as 20 minutes of movement each morning, are sufficient for maintaining weight loss. If you are not fond of going to the gym and trudging along on a treadmill, consider taking up a new hobby: join a sports team, take up yoga, or learn to play a new sport such as golf. Another tip is choosing activities that require a partner, since this can make the activity more fun and also require a sense of accountability- key tactics for establishing healthy activity.