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hCG Phases

The 500 Calorie hCG Diet was designed to maximize weight loss results with hCG. While following this diet can be challenging, the 1-2 pounds of fat loss a day is easily worth the effort. Unlike other low-calorie diets, The 500 Calorie hCG Diet is completely safe and effective, but only when combined with hCG diet drops or injections. The hCG releases body fat for the body to use, so the body is not operating on only 500 calories, it is actually running on over 3,000 calories — this means the body won’t go into hibernation mode and the metabolism will not shut down.

Adhere to the following instructions for 1-2 pounds of weight loss with hCG.
*NOTE: You will still lose weight taking hCG alone, but the weight loss will not be nearly as rapid.

Phase I: The Loading Phase (Lasts 2 Days)

Before beginning the 500 calorie phase of your diet, you need to prepare your body for the low-calorie period to come. For 2 days you should eat as much fat, sugar, carbs and calories as you can to help the hCG absorb into your system. This easily accessible fat will also be valuable during Phase II of the diet.

Phase II: The Maintenance Phase (Lasts 21-40 Days)

Now that your body is stocked up on fat and the hCG is absorbed into the body, you should begin the low-calorie phase of the diet. During this phase, it is important to eat only the recommended foods in the proper portions. Because you will eating a very small number of calories, eating specific foods ensures you are getting the nutrients you need to stay healthy. During this phase you should be losing ½-3 pounds a day, with most people losing between 1 and 2 pounds.

The length of time of this phase is directly related to the amount of weight you have to lose. Once you hit your goal weight you can move on to Phase III of the diet. Those who still have weight to lose after 40 days should stop the hCG and the diet for 3 weeks before resuming.

NOTE: If you are following the 6-week course there is a risk of developing a resistance to the hCG. Because of this, we recommend you only take hCG for only 6 days a week, but continue the diet for all 7 days.

Phase II Diet

  • Do not consume any item that is not on this list.
  • Eat only the serving size allowed.
  • Consume only 2 servings of each category per day.
  • Do not use any products on the skin that contain oil.

Protein: Two 100 Gram Servings / Day

  • Chicken, steak, extra lean ground beef, white fish, crab, lobster, shrimp veal
  • Vegetarians can consume 8 oz of milk, ½ cup of cottage cheese, ½ cup of plain non-fat yogurt
  • Do not consume the same protein for both lunch and dinner

Vegetables: Two Servings / Day (one serving is approximately a handful)

  • Green salad, cabbage, spinach, celery, asparagus, cucumbers, beet greens, tomatoes, onions, red radishes, fennel, chicory, chard

Bread: Two Servings / Day

  • 1 slice of Melba toast, 1 Grissini breadstick

Fruit: Two Servings / Day

  • 1 apple, 1 orange, ½ grapefruit, 1 handful of strawberries


  • Black coffee, tea, water, sweeteners (Stevia and Saccharin ONLY), spices (only ones that do not contain sugar), gum (only gum made with xylitol)

*Do not consume use oil for cooking.

A Weight Loss Plateau

If you hit a plateau (4-6 days with no weight loss) then you should have an “apple day”. Dr. Simeons explains that, “An apple-day begins at lunch and continues until just before lunch of the following day. The patients are given six large apples and are told to eat one whenever they feel the desire though six apples is the maximum allowed. During an apple-day no other food or liquids except plain water are allowed and of water they may only drink just enough to quench an uncomfortable thirst.”

Phase III: The Stabilization Phase (21 Days)

Now that you have completed the low-calorie portion of the diet you should discontinue the use of your hCG. You can slowly increase your calorie intake, but only add one food item to your diet at a time. During this time you should continue to avoid sugar and starch. The body may react differently to foods you used to eat regularly – adding one food at a time helps to isolate any food that may cause you to feel ill. You should try and avoid these food items in the future. You may notice that your body now prefers to eat nutritious foods and vegetables over high-starch and high-fat food items.


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hCG Phases

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  • Tess:

    Thanks alot – your answer solved all my prlbomes after several days struggling

  • Tronicia:

    This is the end of my second day of “gorging” and I am ready to start the 500 calorie per day phase. However I just realized that I needed the start taking HCG on my first day of gorging. I thought the diet required the HCG drops be started on the third day which is also the first day of 500 calorie. Can you please tell me if I have messed up the diet already? What damage have I done?

    • Wendy Miles:

      You do need to start taking the hCG drops during the “gorging phase” of the diet. I would suggest that you redo the gorging phase and take the drops during this time. This ensures the hCG drops are properly absorbed into your system.

  • melinda:

    Question; One part of the information states you need to be on the diet for 21 days. In this part it states until you lose the amount of weight you want to lose. Which is it? In other words, can we do Phase II for 10 days only before entering Phase II??

    • Wendy Miles:

      Sorry about the confusion. You need to stay on the hCG diet for a minimum of 21 days in order for your metabolism to reset but you can stay on the diet for up to 40 days depending on how much weight you need to lose. If you still have weight to lose after 40 days you need to take a 3 week break before starting back up.

  • AndieH:

    How soon should I start to have weight loss? I am on day 5 of phase 2 and only notice MAYBE a 2 – 3 pound difference. :(

    • Devon:

      I am on day 20 of my 40 day diet and I started losing weight on the first day of phase 2. Two of my other friends before me also lost weight starting the first few days.

    • Wendy Miles:

      Devon is right. You should start losing weight as soon as you start the hCG diet phase 2 and should continue to steadily lose 1-2 pounds a day. If you are only seeing a 2-3 pound weight loss on day 5 then you are likely doing something wrong. If you follow the diet exactly it works for just about everyone. Make sure you aren’t cooking with any oil, eating larger than approved portions, drinking anything other than coffee, water and tea (no diet sodas, juice etc), or eating anything that isn’t a part of the original diet. If you want to post your food journal on here, I would be happy to review what you have been eating to see if there’s a problem.

    • Becca:

      You need to be drinking more water…

  • AndieH:

    Also, I do not have a weight scale for food – can’t really afford to buy one – can someone give me an idea of what 100 grams of meat looks like?

  • Sandra:

    100g is about the size of a deck of cards

  • Big T:

    I just ordered hCG for the first time, I am very excited to get started–all your post will be very helpful to my success I am sure. I would like to lose between 15 and 20 lbs….wish me luck!

  • Karmadi:

    I bought a scale at Target, $6.

    I’m curious about the apple size…can this be measured in grams? Apples/oranges/grapefruits all vary in sizes and with the fact that we must stick to the 500 calories a day I really don’t want to go over.

    • Candice:

      From my understanding, Dr. Simeons wasn’t specific about fruit size. Try and stick to medium-sized fruits (not too big but not too small either). I think it’s more important to eat the right foods than to worry about the calories.

  • Megan Blackmon:

    I consider myself a huge knowledge nerd, I am obsessed with everything diet and exercise. I am here to learn as much as I can about what is new and what diets/tricks are working for other people.

  • Shakeda:

    is it okay to use powdered cream for my coffee and splenda? Also is it okay to eat a salad for lunch and a chicken breast for dinner?, with apple for a snack, because I am on day 12 and only lost 7lbs. Will u post the do’s and dont’s food list please

    • Wendy Miles:

      You are allowed to use 1 tbsp on milk a day in your coffee, but no spenda is allowed — Stevia and Saccharin ONLY.

      You should be eating 1 item from each of allowed food groups for both lunch and dinner. And because you are only allowed to eat 2 vegetables a day, you cannot mix vegatables. You can have lettuce for lunch with salad vinegar as a dressing, but not a full salad. Make sure you are weighing your protein as well. You are allowed to have 100 g or protein 2 times per day, but not a whole chicken breast.

      You can find a great Do’s and Don’t list on the BioMazing HCG site here

      • cindi:

        Hi – Is there a difference between salad vinegar and balsamic – is balsamic allowed? What about bath oil – I was doing well and took a goats milk bath yesterday as well as cooked asparagus in balsamic vinegar and stalled – just wondering if either of these events may have caused it.

        • Wendy Miles:

          You should not consume balsamic vinegar while on the hCG diet — it is filled with sugar and can prevent weight loss. Salad vinegar does not contain any sugar or oil. You should avoid bath oil and bath milk as well — these can be absorbed into your skin and stop your weight loss.

  • naomi:

    JUST WENT THROUGH THE FIRST PHASE and noticed that I get very thirsty and have a constant need to drink a lot is this normal?

    • Wendy Miles:

      The hCG should not cause you to feel overly thirsty, but you should be drinking at least 2 liters of water per day (so continue to drink a lot of water). If you have been consuming a lot of salt, you may want to cut back — salt often causes extreme thirst.

  • Lisa Smith:

    I have had great success on this diet and have lost and kept off the weight as I have worked through each phase. I have just finished my 2 days of eating of filling up on phase 1 and started the 500 calorie phase 2 today. What concerns me is that I just read that each time you restart it you should wait longer between! I only waited 6 1/2 weeks and this will be my third round. What does it mean if I didn’t wait long enough? Will it not work as well or be harder? I am worried I should stop immediately and start all over in a few more weeks! I hate to do that as I am all geared to go and it was a good time in my schedule. I would REALLY appreciate any help an advice here! Thank you do much. Lisa

    • Wendy Miles:


      Congratulations on your weight loss thus far!

      Waiting 6.5 weeks should be long enough to prepare your body for the next round of the diet. Do not worry about stopping and then starting again in a few weeks, continue on with your hCG as planned. Keep us updated on your weight loss!

  • Joann Stoller:

    I started the hcg diet 8 days ago. We completed the 2 days of gorging and then have followed the 500 calorie diet plan exactly, wieghing the protein, not mixing vegetables, drinking only coffee, tea and water. lost consistently the first 5 days, but have now had 2 days with no weight loss and this morning I gained a 1/2 lb. What am I doing wrong?

    • Wendy Miles:

      Since you did not disclose the exact product you bought, I can direct you to an article that speaks regarding what your don’t want in your hCG drops

      At no point during the hCG diet should you gain any weight, but the weight you see on the scale might be water weight. Try and limit your salt intake as well as increase the amount of water you are consuming. You should be losing a minimum of 1/2 a pound per day while on the hCG diet, if your weight does not continue to drop at this pace then the product you are using may not be the real deal. (The weight you lost during the first 5 days could be from the diet itself — but without real hCG, the diet is unhealthy and may damage your metabolism.)

  • Joann Stoller:

    Does anyone know about or use Celeste’s hCG? Is it for real?

    • Rach:

      I don’t have any experience with the product myself, but was immediately put off by their website. They spend most of their time putting down other brands, and I had to go to multiple pages to even find their ingredient information (which includes other ingredients despite their claims that their hCG is pure…makes no sense).

      They also make a bunch of false claims. They say that you must take vitamin b12 and that alcohol neutralized hCG – both of which are untrue.

      I’m on my second round using BioMazing hCG and have lost 16 pounds in the last 10 days. If you lose weight with Celeste hCG that’s great, but if not I hope they offer a guarantee..

  • Maureen:

    I have a question please … I started the hCG diet this week (today is day 2 of the 500 calories). I was told not to get a massage while on the diet because of the massage oil (that part I get but can she use baby oil?) and because it would move the fat around (that part I totally don’t get). Anyone have any advice? Thank you.

    • Wendy Miles:

      You are allowed to use baby oil on your skin during the hCG diet, so if you get a massage you can bring that or an oil-free lotion in with you. The reason you are not supposed to get massages is because the skin tissue is sensitive during this time and aggressive massaging can lead to bruising.

      Gentle massages are perfectly fine, but be sure to ask for a light touch.

  • AmyPalacios:

    I have heard different verisons on body lotion. some say, they use normal stuff. some say, no don’t, as they have gained weight using lotion. cetaphil was recommened, but i read the ingredient and the first is water, but down the list is an oil.

    • Wendy Miles:

      While on the hCG diet you should not use any products with oil on your skin. There are lotions that do not contain oil, but Cetaphil (as you said) is not one of them. The reason you cannot put lotion with oil on your skin is because the body will actually feed on this oil rather than burn off fat.

  • Body Wellness:

    On Day 3 of Phase II…feeling a bit hungrier than previous 2 days (down 3 lbs) it looks as if it is working! Sometimes it is “mental” but sometimes hunger pangs…..any suggestions..yes I do drink about 65-70 oz of fluid a day.

    • Julie:

      I wasn’t feeling hungry at all on the diet. Which product are you using? You could try using Hoodia…it helps with mental and physical food cravings.

  • Body Wellness:

    I am using biomazing. I am down 8.5 pounds on day 7……..cannot believe it! Hunger pangs have gotten much better and I feel like I have lots of energy. Does anyone know if biomazing needs to be refridgerated? I have not been doing so and cannot find any place that it says to do so or not.

    • Wendy Miles:

      BioMazing HCG does not need to be refrigerated. Congratulations on your weight loss thus far!

      • Body Wellness:

        Thank you! I was also wondering if it makes a difference in when the drops are taken….should they be taken before or after you eat? I’ve done both, but not sure if one way is more effective.

        • Wendy Miles:

          It’s best to take the drops in the morning, before lunch & before dinner.

          • Body Wellness:

            Could this be the reason for today’s weight loss of less than 1/2 pound? Also, it is common for having very few bowl movements? (not to ge gross) but need to know…..starting to get concerned.

  • Jennipher:

    I am using the hormone free HCG. how well does that work? I’m on my first day of phase II

  • Wendy Miles:

    @Body Wellness

    If you’re feeling constipated, increase the amount of water you are drinking and/or try drinking Smooth Move Tea or taking liquid magnesium citrate – this may also be the reason for your reduced weight loss.

  • Guppy:

    I’m in the planning stage to start next week. I see that crab is on the list to eat in Phase II. How about imitation crab?

  • Body Wellness:

    Today is day 14 and I have lost 13.2 pounds. These past 2 days have been very frustrating as I am bouncing around up and down about 4 oz on the scale. Is this normal not to see weight loss every day? I have also felt “drained” and feel dizziness sometimes. I am concerned about what my body it possible it will start to hold onto everything as they say “go into starvation” mode? I don’t want to give up yet and stick it out the last week of the 21 days…..but feeling concerned. Can you share on whether these things are normal during the 21 days. Thank you.

    • Deb:

      You don’t go into starvation mode when you’re on the hCG diet. You might be retaining water and that’s why your weight is fluctuating or maybe you hit a weight loss stall and should do an apple day. This is my second time on the hCG diet and I never felt drained or dizzy at all…

  • Diana:

    I am getting ready to start the HCG drops. My questions refers to exercising during the program. I am doing walks, riding a bike and light cardio and wondered if and by how much this will increase the pace of weight loss. And will 500 calories a day be enough for an hour+ of exercise per day. On an average day I burn 475 to 550 calories in the mornings.

    • Wendy Miles:

      When you are on the hCG diet, you should be limiting your exercise. You should only do light stretching, walking etc and should not be trying to burn off any extra calories. Too much exercise may make you feel tired or hungry. Your body is already working hard to burn off fat and you don’t want to put too much strain on it.

  • Julie:

    I have one week left of 40 days on P2. My weight loss is 32 lbs! My questions is can I start using my regular hand lotion after my 3 days with no hCG?

  • dbascelli:

    Hello, waiting for my purchase to get here and start this I have NEVER been on a diet, just the word makes me want to eat twice as much, but I am going to try this and follow all directions. The question I have is about cooking without any oils, does this include Extra Virgin Olive Oil? My husband is going to prepare the meats for me ahead of time since he travels a lot and keeps wants to be sure he can’t use EVOO.

    • Wendy Miles:

      Yes this includes EVOO. You cannot use any oils whatsoever on the diet, this includes oil in food preparation and in beauty products. Even products such as Pam are not allowed.

  • Kris:

    Hi, I am on day 9 of phase two and I have not lost any weight (or gained) since day 6. I have not changed anything or mesed with the diet. I lost 6 lbs. those fist 6 days and then nothing. Any Ideas?

    • Tina:

      This same thing happened to me and then I realized it was because I wasn’t having regular bowel movements. I used Smooth move tea and that worked but I read that you can take liquid magnesium citrate too (whatever that is). Also drink more water :-)

  • Crystal:

    Hi Wendy,

    Can you tell me what is a good brand of HCG drops to purchase? I am looking forward to starting this diet but don’t know what brand I should choose. I saw on Youtube where someone recommended NiGen BioTech HCG Solution. Help!


  • Mary Albores:

    I’m on day 12 and have lost 11 lbs. My husband lost 15……. My question is for my niece who lost 26 lbs on her 6 week cycle and 4 on her 3 week off period. She is almost ready to start the 2nd round of her drops…….does she need to do the loading up again? One more question does this hormone affect your sex drive my husband and i thought we would be more active but are not.

  • Anael B.:

    Hi, i just ordered “HCG triumph 26 kit” from website, could you please tell me if it is any good before i get started…
    Thank you!

    • Wendy Miles:

      While it was difficult to find their product ingredients on their website, I eventually found that their product contains: “Active Ingredients: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) 12x, 30x, 60x, Arginine 12x, 30x, Glycine 12x, 30x, L-Carnitine 12x, 30x, Lysine 12x, 30x, Phenylalanine 12x, 30x, Ornithine 12x, 30x, Tyrosine 12x, 30x, Phosphorus 12x, Calcarea carbonica 12x, Ammonium carbonicum 30x, Contains 20% USP Kosher Alcohol.”

      A large number of ingredients is a clear indicator of an inadequate hCG product. You can find out more about added ingredients in hCG drops in our article here

  • Anael B.:

    Thank you so much, I’m gonna try to get my money back… do you any suggestions on a “legit” HCG drop or kit i could buy?

  • Shannon:

    Hello. I just read through some of the comments and I have a question. I have been on HCG Triumph since Jan. 31st. I saw a couple of times where someone mentioned that this was not the best product to get. I want to finish this strong and definitely losing more weight. Concerned????
    Also, I’m curious if anyone has done a fat percentage test before and after this diet? Thanks

  • Cassey:

    I have a question about the cosmetics that we have use while on the HCG diet. I understand that we have to use them during Phase 2 but do we have to continue to use them through Phase 3? I have not been able to find the answer to this question anywhere. Thanks.

  • Wendy Miles:


    When you have an apple day, you start during the afternoon of one day and continue to the afternoon of the next day. During this time you can have 6 apples — you can eat these whenever you wish. Do not eat anything else and only drink water (but drink as little as possible).

  • jmw1018:

    I have purchased the drops and I’m getting all the information I can before I start taking them. I work full-time and I’m a mother to a 3 1/2 year old daughter (she’s my real motivation for losing weight). I am needing some suggestions for what to pack in my lunch to bring to work. I live about 20 miles from where I work so going home during lunch isn’t an option. Thank you in advance for any advice that y’all give.

    • Shelby:

      I usually bring a cucumber, apple and a slice of Melba toast for lunch and don’t have a protein until dinner. A lady that I work with cooks chicken breast the night before and brings it in with her or brings in shrimp. Good luck!

  • cindi:

    thanks 2 more questions please – can you have cucumbers with tomatoes mixed with vinegar – and are you able to have nonfat yogurt as a protein if you’re not vegetarian?

    • Wendy Miles:

      You should not mix vegetables while on the hCG diet unless you are having both your lunch and dinner vegetables during one sitting. You can use regular vinegar. You can have non-fat yogurt as a protein if you are not a vegetarian, but those who do usually lose around 1/2 a pound a day as opposed to 1-2 pounds.

  • Jenn:

    Can you eat anything as long as its 500 calories a day?

    • Wendy Miles:

      No, you should follow the 500 calorie diet created by Dr. Simeons that is explained on this page. You should consume 2 proteins from the list, 2 vegetables from the list, 2 fruits from the list and 2 “bread” items from the list.

  • Sara R:

    I just spent 2 days indulging and now this is my first day on the 500 calorie diet. Is it normal to feel so hungry? I’m using the HCG Platinum drops and my mother in law does the spray. She told me that I can eat veggies until I feel full? Is this true? Is there anything you can eat just to make the hunger pain go away? Something that is a “freebie” I feel dizzy and sort of weak with hot and cold flashes. I really want to stick this out, I’m feel discouraged and its only my first day. I’m stressing out about making sure to follow it exactly but I’ve gotten info from several different sources and they dont always say the same thing.

    • Claudia:

      No, it’s not normal to be feeling hungry. And your mother-in-law is wrong — you can only have 2 servings of vegetables per day (and they have to be from the hCG food list).

      The problem is the product you are taking…HCG Platinum doesn’t even have hCG in it! Look at the label.

  • Julie:

    Why no diet soda? Sacchrin vs aspartame..what is the difference here?
    I have not started yet but am training for a 10K race. Should i start after the race or can i go ahead?

    • Wendy Miles:

      Per Dr. Simeons’ diet instructions, you are only allowed to drink water, tea (from a teabag) and coffee — no diet sodas, crystal light, etc. Saccharin and aspartame are two different types of artificial sweeteners — you are only allowed to use Stevia and Saccharin. You should not exercise while you are on the hCG diet (stretching, walking, etc. are okay but no strenuous exercise).

  • Teri:

    Ordered my drops tonight. I blossomed from 130 pounds to 200 in less than a year. I had a hyster. and then 6 mos later I quit smoking. I literly blew up. My weight stays the same now. Its not like it has continued to creep up. For 8 years I been packing around this weight. Its caused back problems, leg trouble… you all know the drill. What I want to know is How big is the risk that I’ll inflate again once I stop using the drops?

    • Wendy Miles:

      If you are taking a pure, high-quality hCG product, you should not experience weight rebound after the hCG diet is completed. But make sure you carefully follow phase 3 — this ensures that your metabolism is completely reset.

  • Greg:

    I just started phase 3. I used HcG shots because my doctor recommended it. I lost 47 lbs over 40 days. Is it normal to continue to lose wait during phase 3?

    • Wendy Miles:

      It is common to lose additional weight during phase 3 — but this amount varies from person to person and is dependent on the types and amounts of foods you consume.

  • krisdu:

    I made the mistake of taking some potatoe soup…it smelled so good. Today I am up 3 lbs. Should I start over? I am so mad at myself….

  • Sandy:

    I am currently using Quality HCG Homeopathic and want to know if it’s the real deal.

    I am having real trouble with my bowels every 3-4 days. The company I purchased from have been trying to help me fix this problem. I am taking “Weightless” tea 3 times per day, Smooth Move tea once per day and now a laxative to try and get my bowels moving. I am eating my allotted amounts and drinking between 2.5 and 3 liters per day. The person I’ve been speaking with at the company I purchased from is saying i should be having bowel movements every day.

    A little confused. He has also said i can eat up to 5 cups of veggies per day and 4000 mg of Vitamin C.

    Just need some answers as my weighloss has been very unconsistent.


    • Wendy Miles:

      First off, Quality HCG contains no hCG whatsoever. If you Google “Quality HCG Ingredients” you’ll find a page on their own website clearly saying that their product is “hormone free” and the label shows no hCG in it at all. What you have currently taking is a blend of “L-Ornithine, L-Carnitine, L- Arginine, L-Glutamine, Maca, Niacin, Pygeum Africanum, Beta-Alanine and Rhodiola Astragalus”.

      In addition to drinking tea for constipation, you can try liquid magnesium citrate.

      You are allowed to have 2 servings of vegetables off the list per day. 1 serving is approximately 2 cups green salad, 1 cucumber, 1 tomato, etc. (Dr. Simeons is not specific about serving portions). This is NOT the same thing as having 5 cups as you were directed.

      If you are interested in losing weight with hCG, I suggest that you find a product that is made with pure homeopathic hCG with no other ingredients mixed in. You can read this article about added ingredients in hCG for more information

  • Becky:

    I am on Day 21 and have had lost a total of 14 pounds. I have not been able to figure why it is slower than others. Just read your post about Balsamic Vinegar. I have been having that 2x a day!!!! So sad to just discover that it stops weight loss. How long until I start losing weight again?

  • Katie:

    So, I ordered Biomazing this morning. I should have done more research before I bought the Wellgenix. I see that it has other ingredients in it. My question now is, can I take the Wellgenix and continue the diet while I wait for the Biomazing to arrive? I have already lost 5 lbs. but I am feeling hungry some of the time. I’m assuming that won’t happen on the Biomazing, it looks like a superior product.

  • Pam:

    No lotion or makeup at all, or just no lotion or makeup with oil in the ingredient list?

  • Desiree:

    Questions about the liquid consumption…

    Both Crystal Light and Walmart’s Great Value brand make a drink packet with Stevia to add to water. (Kiwi Strawberry is the flavor I tend to use) Is this allowed?

    Looking at the Crystal Light, the first ingredient is sugar so I would assume no, but in the Great Value brand, the first ingredient is cane syrup solids, so I am unsure. There are only 15 calories per serving.

    Also, is lemon water allowed? Lemon water with Stevia? (Summer time in NC is coming up and lemonade is rather refreshing…I don’t see myself drinking a lot of coffee)

    I see that green tea is allowed, if i wanted to make sweetened green tea with Stevia, would that be allowed?

    I am just trying to figure out my options when it comes to beverages. That seems to be my down fall, well that and cheesecake but I know that is not on the list. :)

    • Wendy Miles:

      You should not have Crystal Light or the Walmart’s Great Value brand while on the hCG diet. You are allowed the juice of 1 lemon per day while on the diet. You can make your own sweet green tea by steeping a green tea bag and adding Stevia as a sweetener. Good luck and keep us updated on your weight loss.

  • Dawn:

    Are you able to drink Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water (Caffeine, Aspartame, Sodium, and Calorie Free)? I was a HUGE pop addict and drinking this have made the transition better.

  • Dawn:

    Do I NEED to consume the items on the list…..I am not a big fan of the melba toast so I usually skip that and usually only eat one serving of vegetables……is this ok?

    • Daniella:

      i heard its okay to skip the melba and grissini, but vegetables are healthy so you should probably not skip them

  • Shannon:

    I had breast cancer about 3 1/2 years ago. I just recently started the drops and Im a little concerned I shouldnt be using the HCG drops. Do you know if it is safe for me to use? I am currently taking Cancer meds Tamoxafin and will take that for one more year.

    • Wendy Miles:

      We are not doctors and cannot offer you medical advice. For specific questions regarding medication, you will need to speak with a medical professional.

  • Jasmine:

    I just purchased the nigen hcg drops recently. And Im so confused about the phases. Can someone please email me “/

  • Jaszy:

    I just purchased the nigen hcg diet drops and I’m so confused can someone please help me”/

  • Katrina:

    I just purchased HCG from GNC that is chocolate mint flavored. Does anyone know if this is some legit HCG.

  • Ceri:

    Got a hen party during my phase 2, (lost 10lbs in 5 days so far) I will b drinking alcohol! What dhould I do about the drops, not take them on that day??? X

    • Wendy Miles:

      Cheating on the diet (this includes drinking alcohol) should be avoided and may affect your weight loss. If you are on the 40-day diet, use this as the day of the week that you skip taking the drops. If you are on the 21 day protocol, I would continue taking the drops.

  • diana:

    am using trans4m hcg is that good?

  • Ann:

    I am interested in using HCG but it will be very difficult for me to follow the diets since I live in Africa and can not always get meat or the fruits and veggies listed. I have had 10 children and am trying to loose the last bit of weight from that. I have been on a low calorie, sugar free, starch free diet for awhile now but I need to loose my last 8 lbs. Will it still be worth it to buy HCG if I can not follow the diet exactly? I know you said you can still loose weight just taking the pill but I am thinking that’s for people grossly overweight?

    • Wendy Miles:

      First off, hCG is only effective for weight loss in homeopathic liquid or hCG injection form (not pill form).

      You most likely will still lose some weight if you take the hCG and lower your calories, but the amount you will lose can not be guaranteed. For best results you need to follow the guidelines exactly.

  • Oldshoe:

    April 22, 2012

    I am 71 years old and I am on my second loading day. Since I don’t eat a lot of sugar and fat I am feeling a little queasy with such a large amount of fatty foods. Last year I did a 30 day HCG diet and lost 30 lbs and hae not put it back on. No I have decided to lose an additional 50ibs and return to a normal weight and size for my body. Why am I putting it out there, because for the first time in my life I realize the value of group input. I have full confidence I will succeed, especially since I won’t be alone.

  • Julie:

    I am in phase 3 (did a 21 day phase 2) and now my weight is going up and up and up (inching slowly) finaly today doing a steak day. Why do i keep going up? am i allowed diet soda again? Is it usually lack of fluid or not enough calories. i find it hard to hit 1200 calories in the phase 3. Help, advice please!

    • lucia:

      you shouldnt gain weight during phase 3. what product did you use it might be that the product isnt that good? i think you can have diet soda but no sugar and starch.

  • barb:

    I am on day 2 of my Second week of P2. I just realized that I should have started the hcg drops during g the loading days. (I started on day 3). Am wondering if i should redo the loading days or just continue on with P2…. have lost 6.4 lbs, but want to optimize my weight loss.

    • Wendy Miles:

      Yes, you are supposed to take the drops during the loading phase, but now that you are already into week 2 you should just continue on with the diet.

  • Cindy:

    Is it ok to eat less than 500 calories during phase 2?

  • barb:

    Do I include the loading days as part of my 21 days or start counting from day 3 when I began taking the hcg drops? Thanks again for your reply. ‘:-)

    • Wendy Miles:

      Phase I (2 Days) Start Takings the Drops. Load.
      Phase II (21-40 Days) Continue the Drops & Follow the Diet.
      Phase III (21 Days) Stop Taking the Drops. Avoid Starch & Sugar.

  • Barb:

    I have a question about OTC vitamins and also prescription medications. I am just in day 1 (loading). I take a multi-vitamin/mineral daily, Fish Oil capsule, Vitamin D capsule, calcium tablet. I am on prescription meds for BP, cholesterol, allergies, GERD and Diabetes 2. Can I continue all of these or do some need to stop when I get to Phase II?? Thanks!

    • Wendy Miles:

      You can use any vitamins as long as they do not contain oil. You should not take fish/flax oil, etc.

      For interections with prescription medications you will need to check with your doctor.

  • judyj1858:

    I am about ready to go to phase III. I have lost the weight I want to lose. Am I correct…., I contiune the 500 calorie diet without the drops, but for how long. I’m not sure how to do the next step.

    • Wendy Miles:

      Once you have reached your goal weight (provided you have been on the diet for at least 21 days) you should move onto phase 3. You do not continue the diet without the drops. For the first few days, you will still have the hCG in your system, so you may choose to eat only 500 calories, but if you feel hungrier you will need to eat more.

      During phase 3, you should discontinue the use of your hCG. You can slowly increase your calorie intake, but only add one food item to your diet at a time. During this time you should continue to avoid sugar and starch.

  • Nam:

    Hi. I am taking the Slim Trim HCG drops and wanted to see if they will work. I am not noticing much weight loss and think it might be the drops. Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks and good luck to everyone!

  • Brady:

    This page was really helpful! I ordered my HCG and they worked great!

  • Phyllis McKinly:

    I am currently on Round 2 of hcg. I had great success the first time and feel so much better it is unbelievable. I have had my first day of “loading” and will complete that part tomorrow. I am anxious to start the program for the second time.

    I have terrible degenerative arthritis of the hands and nothing has ever helped. I noticed one day near the end of my 30 days that my hands were more comfortable than they have been in five years. I guess it is either the hcg hormone, or the absence of wheat and dairy.

    I am thrilled. I never lose weight and keep it off. I have lost over 20 lbs. and hope to lose the final 20. Love this program.

  • Phyllis Mckinley:

    I have finished two rotations of hcg. Cn I successfully do a
    third. I plan to wait for a few months.

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