Information for HCG Diet Beginners
There are a couple of tips that can help beginning dieters with the HCG Diet. To start off, it is important to understand what foods to avoid. Dieters should stay away from carbohydrates and starches during the phase 1 loading days. During phase 2, dieters should stay away from any food that is not approved on the very low 500 calorie list. Calories need to be counted and serving size measured at each lunch and dinner meal. The food list must be followed to the tee. In phase 3, dieters are allowed more foods, but starches and sugars must be avoided. Dieters will have to be extra vigilant looking for hidden sugars in canned food and fruits, so read labels.
Second, dieters need to track their progress by measuring and monitoring their inches and pounds. There will be a natural plateau during the diet. By measuring inches, dieters can determine if they are still losing weight. Gaining two pounds should be the litmus test. Anymore than this, and the dieter should consider checking to see if they’ve made food errors. However, during menstruation dieters will gain weight and then lose it again. Some dieters stop taking HCG during this time. This is a personal choice. However, dieters do not need to stop the low calorie intake if they don’t want too.
Third, dieters should look for an online support system. There are many discussion forums, where dieters offer each other support and advice. They can help with free recipes and ideas that were successful for them when they were on the HCG diet. They will post information from food lists for phase 3 to morale support.
The best advice for beginners is to keep learning about the HCG diet because the more you know, the better off you’ll be. The more dieters know about what foods they are eating and why, the more the diet make sense and this leads to success. The most thorough beginners HCG diet information can be found in Dr. Simeons’ eBook called Pounds and Inches: A new approach to obesity which can be downloaded for free at