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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Diet

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) Diet

The following are the directions for the hCG Diet offered at Spa in the City. We offer both the 26-day round for $275 and the 40-day round for $299.

Details of the hCG Diet

Phase One:

This phase of the hCG program is known as your loading period. On the first day of the diet when we administer the hCG shot, you’re allowed to eat as much of anything as you want to. I always tell people to eat all of the things that you are going to miss while you’re on the hCG diet. Eating things such as cake, french fries, ice cream, pasta, bread, and candy are highly encouraged! Savor them and realize this is the long goodbye. This phase continues for two days and ends on the third day of the diet.

Phase Two:

 

After the third and final day of phase one, you will begin the next phase of the hCG diet. You’re now restricted to a diet of 500 calories per day paired with lots of water – two liters to be exact. You’ll wake up feeling full, so full that you wouldn’t want to eat anything. After your shot and a few days of the hCG first phase, you’ll start this day by eating only those foods on a previously approved list.

The more weight you hope to lose, the longer the treatment period using hCG. So anyone hoping to slim down 30 pounds or more with hCG will need to look into the 40-day program option. Most people hope to lose anywhere between one to one and a half pounds per day, so think about how many pounds you want to lose and choose the proper regimen to accomplish that. So a 26-day plan will only give you about 26 pounds, maybe more.

Phase Three:

This is your maintenance phase and one of the most important in the hCG plan. On the final day of hCG injections, you only need to stick with the 500 calorie plan for three more days. This is the phase where hCG is allowed to move out of your system, and you can now start eating larger meals and consuming more calories. Remember, this is after the additional three days of 500 calories each. You’re allowing your body the chance to recalibrate and gradually increase calorie consumption in a healthy way.

Get ready for this part of the diet because now you’re cleared to eat up to 1500 calories a day, which is a big difference. It’s important that you watch your calories and not consume more than that as you complete this phase of the hCG plan. In phase three, you will eat this way for two to three weeks. Again, this 1500 calorie jump is only allowed after the last three days of your 500 calorie session. At this time, healthy fats are introduced as well as dairy products. We know you love avocados, so add them to your meals and indulge.

Protein is an essential part of this portion of phase three. The healthy amount of lean proteins recommended for the average person is 80 grams. As you choose the foods from your approved list, make sure you’re reading nutritional labels that will tell you whether or not protein portions are below this number. The transition between phase two and three can feel like a treat because you’re allowed to reintroduce all the foods you were restricted from before.

This phase calls for higher levels of protein, so make sure you’re monitoring what you’re consuming per meal, to get the right amount. Things like chicken and steak will be on the list for meals, and that means it’s time for your protein fix. In phase three, you will commit to weighing yourself daily, and with each weighing session, your weight shouldn’t increase over two pounds. To offset this increase, you must up your protein intake, so add steak and eggs, and maybe some cheese – each meal that day will have a larger amount of protein.

Weigh-Ins

Added weight may mean you’ve eaten too much fat somewhere in your diet, so a full day of protein loading will not be stored in your body as excess but will be used that day. All the extra fat from the previous day will be consumed as energy, and your weight should be back to what is was the next day. Weigh in and find out!

Remember, phase three is your maintenance phase which means you’re training your body to maintain and continue burning fat through a healthy diet. The best piece of advice we can give you at Spa in the City is to stick with it, no matter what. The reason that maintenance part is so hard is that many people get comfortable, and they think they should reward themselves through high-fat foods, but this will only cause you to gain the weight back, and we don’t want that! Don’t let your hard work go to waste and remember that you’re making a lifestyle change by retraining your body.

Results don’t lie, and we don’t want you to have to start all over. We give you the tools at Spa in the City to get there, but it’s up to you to follow the steps and remain disciplined. Once you’ve maintained a healthy weight and are happy with that weight, you can gradually reintroduce sugars and fats. Your body is now trained to burn and use what you eat, not store the food. Weight fluctuations in the past were a sign that your body wasn’t sure of its own healthy weight, but if we train it, then it’s able to gauge the best weight.

Here is a sample of your daily meal intake while you’re on the hCG weight loss plan, restrictions included. Oils are not to be used in the cooking process, so eliminate those from your list.

Breakfast

Everyone needs a cup of coffee or tea, but we avoid sugars. Some sugar substitutes are available to help you ease into the next few weeks without sugar. With your coffee or tea, you’re restricted to one tablespoon of milk each day so be careful.

Lunch

You might want to invest in a food scale to weigh proteins each day. You’re allowed 80 grams of protein in phase three, but the weight of that protein is about 3.4 ounces. Before you weigh your food, remember to make sure everything is thawed or raw since the added water will add to the weight. Remember lean meats with low-fat content and stripped of any visible fat are the way to go.

Included in your lunch should be one vegetable. Think about adding a tomato, some lettuce, asparagus, spinach or cucumbers to the mix. Greens are the best choice for the hCG diet. Now, if you’re hoping to have some bread, the only thing we recommend are plain Melba breadsticks. However, this isn’t a great choice for most people since it may raise your weight. Lastly, your fruit content can consist of one apple, half of a grapefruit or a handful of chopped strawberries (six strawberries at most).

Dinner

With your choice of protein, you may have your one vegetable from the list below and fruit to close out the meal.

Your hCG Diet Shopping List

Veggies Include:

  • Any green such as lettuce, spinach, beet greens, chard, cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions (purple or yellow)
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Fennel
  • Celery
  • Asparagus

Proteins Include:

  • Whitefish (tilapia is the lowest in fat, while salmon and tuna are high in fat)
  • Lobster
  • Shrimp
  • Crab (not imitation)
  • Extra Lean Beef (steak, 96% premium lean ground beef)
  • Chicken Breast (cooked boneless, skinless)
  • Boiled or poached egg (egg whites are best)
  • Skim milk cottage cheese and only 100 grams, instead of meat
  • Veal

*Remove all bones and fat from your meats before you cook them. These cannot be cooked while bone and fat remain since they add calories and extra fats to your diet. No skin either!

Approved Fruits Include:

  • Strawberries
  • ½ Grapefruit
  • Apple
  • Orange

If you’re ready to start your hCG diet and find your healthy weight, call Spa in the City to make an appointment at 972-441-7933.

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