Average Loss Rates: “How much weight can I Lose with the Hcg Diet?”

Average weight loss on the Hcg Diet Plan is 20-25 pounds in a single round of treatment, which is approximately 1 month. This average increases for those who choose to do a long round, which is 40 days.

The daily breakdown of weight loss progress:

As everyone’s metabolism and challenges are different, there isn’t an exact number of pounds that you can count on losing. However we know that the average loss at the end of a round is about .5-1 pound per day for women and about 1 pound or slightly more, per day for men.  There is an upper limit on how much you can safely lose in a round and that is around 34 pounds (or 40 pounds if you currently weigh more than 100 pounds.)

What to Expect: Weekly Progress Averages

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Hcg Diet first week loss average

Generally speaking, the first week of the low-calorie phase (p2) will always produce the best losses. A drop of 8-12 pounds from load weight is common. While some may wonder if this is water weight, it is easy to see that on a body fat scale, this is actual fat that is being lost.

HDI reader, Anna’s 1st week losses: (LOAD WEIGHT 236)

8/28 VLCD1    236
VLCD2-8/29    232 (-4.0)
VLCD3-8/30   229.2 (-2.8)
VLCD4-8/31    227.2 (-2.0)
VLCD5-9/1       225.6 (-1.6)
VLCD6-9/2      224.2 (-1.4)
VLCD7-9/3      223.6 (-0.6)
VLCD8-9/4     223.4(-0.2)
Total first week losses: 12.6 pounds.

Week 2 Average Losses

The second week slows down from that to about half, and this is also the week where you might have some zero loss days as your body catches up to the large drop from week 1.  This is perfectly normal and is not an indication that fat is not being lost each day.

Moni’s weight lost at end of week 2:

Load weight 236
Today’s weight VLCD15 – 220
Loss for the first 2 weeks: 16 lbs.

Week 3 Average Losses

For losses from week 3 to the end of the round, it is normal to settle into a pattern of 2-3 pounds loss per week (5-6 for men). However, some may still lose more.

Average Losses, Stalls and Plateaus

First, it is important to understand that it is not considered a “stall” unless the individual has had zero loss for 4 days or more. The reason behind this has to do with a simple water cycling process that occurs naturally in our bodies during weight loss. Read more about this here:  Hcg Diet Stall Breakers: Causes and Solutions.

Men seldom experience stalls but women almost always encounter them. It is not unusual to have a stall of 10 days (or even more) during a round.  But at the end of stalls, the losses will catch up, so just ride them out knowing you will still get the same average loss as someone who didn’t encounter stalls during their round.

It may be a comfort to know that a long stall in your round can make your stabilization easier, as the normalization of your water levels will have been worked out before your start Phase 3 instead of during it.

Join the conversation and post your hCG diet progress averages here: Hcg Diet Forums: Results & Progress

REAL Hcg Dieter Progress Reports:

Ann B.

Total loss so far: 36.4 pounds lost in 40 days total.

HCG Progress and Averages:
Started weight: 240 pounds
After Round 1: 212.6
Now Round 2, Day 14: 203.8

Hcg Diet Goal 1: Finish Round 2 end of May and want to be below 190 as I need to be this weight before doing an 80 km hike in the rockies early July. (that will give me 5 weeks to train hard for the hike!)
Hcg Diet Goal 2: Do another round from mid July to 3rd week in Aug. I want to be below 160 since I’m going to visit old friends on vacation
Goal 3: Take a longer break and do a fourth round late fall… see where it takes me.


Marie G.

34 year old female. Weighed 150 gained 87 lbs while pregnant…toxic and bed rest! Lost 37 lbs but got tired of telling people I just had a baby – um she is 2 now :o). Tee hee! Starting weight after load 203.8. Current weight after 33 vlcd 181.4 done with round 1 today… 72 hrs until P3. I will do another round in 4-6 weeks of 43 days. Want to keep going until I am back at 150.

Loren S.

32 yr old female, 5’9″

Highest weight ever (in 2006) was 303 lbs(GASP!) Lost 50 lbs in 06/07…Gained 22 lbs between Thanksgiving 08-Feb 09. So, when I started hcg Feb. 28th…

hCG Progress and Averages:

Start: 270 after loading
Lost 31 on 1st round of VLCD
Current: 239 …in my 3rd week of P3

I will do as many rounds as it takes for me to get to my goal weight of 160-170. (70-80 more!) I’ll be an HCG Diet forum veteran by the time I’m done! LOL. I am starting a 23 day round next week in order to lose more before a wedding I’m in May 30th! ugh

Rhee S.

57 yr old female

hCG Progress and Averages:
Weight on day one-223.6
Gained 2 lbs on load
Weight this morning-220.2 so total net loss of 3.4 pounds after 3 days on VLCD (5 if you count the load weight that came off too but I was only counting net loss)

I’d like to get down to 150 which means a total of 70 more pounds. I’m feeling great on the diet and shots. I had a headache the 1st three days but since then, lots of energy and good mood!

Jackie L.


hCG Progress and Averages:
Started 10 days ago after loading. Weight was 203.


Lindsay Jo

hCG Progress and Averages:
5’3″, 33 years old
Starting weight – 167.8 (one of my pregnancies didn’t even get this high)
After 1st round, 23 day cycle, currently in week 2 of Phase 3 – 144.4

I am hoping to get to 125, but will be happy with 130. I will start next round June 1st and finish up before my birthday in July.
I am wearing a dress today I bought 4 years ago (that hasn’t fit for 3) and it’s big on me. It’s a great feeling!

Is setting a weight loss goal with Hcg realistic?  

A final weight, size or measurement goal is recommended.  However, when it comes to setting a number goal for a specific round, this can be tricky.  In fact, it is not recommended, that one set a goal before the round begins, if at all.

How to set a solid goal for Hcg weight loss:

Once you are correctly following the protocol, you really can’t make it work any better than its going to for you, so number goals can cause unnecessary disappointment.  Setting goals like getting in all your water each day, or sticking to your food lists are doable and can give you a sense of peace as your navigate through your round, knowing you are doing your part to get the best outcome. Your body is going to do what it is going to do, but you can be confident that your loss will be somewhere around the average for your gender. But it also could  be more than average.  There have been rare cases on the forum where the whole 34 pound allowed loss was accomplished in a short round.  But most people end up with the average loss or a little better.  Women in general will lose 20-25 pounds on a long round, and men will lose 30-35.

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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