hcg phase 1

HCG Diet: Recipes for Phase 3

If you have survived the previous 3 phases of the HCG diet, you deserve a big applause not only for the amazing weight you must have lost but also your determination. This last phase of the diet is again simple to follow. The HCG drops or injections are done with, the dietary restrictions are all lifted and you feel the cool breeze of freedom yet once again 😉

The 4th phase is also called the Maintenance Phase. Here we aspire to maintain the weight that you’ve lost and commence with starch and sugar back into your diet. It sounds very tempting but don’t go binging just yet. Start by adding these in small quantities and pay attention to how your body reacts to them. Your body might need some time to process these so go slow. Remember not to abuse your new found freedom.

  • To keep off the weight you’ve lost it is essential to keep the intake of food rich in carbohydrates and starch to a minimum.
  • Drink lots of water, this will improve circulation, keep you hydrated and is also very good for your skin.
  • Avoid junk food, especially the ones rich in starch and sugars.
  • Make sure you have *some* sort of exercise program that gets you moving for an hour a day.
  • Always eat breakfast, eat something for every meal, and finish your dinner three and one-half hours before you go to bed. Avoid eating a huge meal as this overtaxes the hypothalamus.
  • Use organic raw apple cider vinegar as often as possible.
  • Drink green tea, chamomile tea, they help in digestion.
  • Switch to stevia instead of sugar. In case you have a craving for something sweet, opt for a fruit.
  • Limit your intake of carbonated drinks. These have negative calories that are never good for your body.
  • Say no to highly refined sugars. These include high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and sucrose.
  • Opt for organic food, it is healthier and easier on your body and rich in good minerals and vitamins.
  • Go for wild water fish rather than farm raised variety.
  • Select the whole foods, like oats and barley and brown rice.

Spiced Potato Cakes with Tomato Ginger Sauce

Ingredients: 4 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed, 3 medium onions, finely chopped, 1 cup of peas, 1 tablespoon cilantro, 1 tbsp juice a lemon, 2 teaspoon garam masala or curry powder, 2 tablespoon canola oil, 2 teaspoons ground coriander, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, minced, 1 28-ounce can of diced peeled tomatoes, 1 inch cubes of fresh ginger.

  • Boil and mash the potatoes. Add 2/3 of the onions, peas, cilantro, 1 teaspoon of the garam masala, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Form small patties from the mixture and refrigerate.
  • Saute the onions in 1 tbsp of oil and add the remaining spices and garlic, continue to cook on low heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is ready.
  • Cook the potato cakes in the remaining oil over medium-high heat, until both sides are golden brown. Serve immediately with sauce on the side.

Crab Rangoons

Ingredients: 8 Oz cream cheese, 6 Oz “real” crab meat, 1/2 cup chopped onions, 15 rice paper wraps (9″ round), Oil for frying

  • Combine the softened cream cheese, crab meat and onion in a food processor and pulse until combined. Set aside.
  • Soak the rice paper wraps in warm water for about 30 seconds to soften them. Once soft, cut them into four quarters.
  • Place about a teaspoon of filling onto the center of each quarter. Roll them up like mini egg rolls. Let them sit for at least 2 minutes before frying.
  • Fry the rolls in 375 degree (F) oil for about 2 minutes or until starting to brown. Serve immediately.

Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

Ingredients: 1/2 tsp ground paprika, 1-1/2 tsp fresh minced garlic, 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend, 1-1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tblsp olive oil, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves, 1-1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined.

  • Whisk the paprika, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, basil, and brown sugar together in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Stir in the shrimp, and toss to evenly coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning once.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.
  • Remove shrimp from marinade, drain excess, and discard marinade.
  • Place shrimp on preheated grill and cook, turning once, until opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve immediately.

Skinny Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake Squares

Ingredients: For the crust: 1 cup pre-soaked pitted dates, 2 cups raw pecans, 1 tsp cinnamon. For the cheesecake: 1/2 cup non-fat cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt, 2 tbsp honey, 3 packets of stevia, 1 tsp cinnamon.

  • Blend all the filling ingredients except cinnamon.
  • Grind all the ingredients for the crust till it’s evenly ground.
  • Grease a baking dish and press the crust mixture to form a thin even layer.
  • Top that with the cheesecake mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Freeze it overnight and serve chilled.

Flaxseed cookies

Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1-2 tsp maple extract, 1 egg, 1/4 cup coconut sugar, 3/4 cup flaxseed meal, 1 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup gluten free baking mix, 3/4 tsp baking powder

  • Beat the egg, sugar, butter, coconut oil, and maple extract till consistent.
  • Mix flaxseed meal, almond flour, gluten free flour blend, baking powder.
  • Combine all the ingredients and put spoon sized cookie dough balls on cookie sheet and flatten with fingers.

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Recipes for Phase 2 of HCG Diet

After 2 whole wonderful days of phase 1 of hcg diet, moving on to phase 2 can be a little demanding. What with the 500 calorie limit, many people find it very restricting. The phase 2 can last from anywhere between 26 to 43 days. For easier understanding the phase 2 is divided in two individual parts, namely core phase and taper phase.

Core Phase this part of the phase 2 can last from 21 to 38 days. The dieters have to keep taking hcg in the form of injections or pills and consume no more than 500 calories per day.

Taper Phase lasts for 3 days where the hcg is stopped, but the 500 calorie limit is still imposed.

With these calorie restrictions, it can be a challenge to keep yourself motivated to continue the diet and not give up because of boredom. Here we will try to take a look at some recipes that are not only hcg compliant, but also easy to make and delicious to eat. These will help you stick to your diet and also reduce those stubborn fat stores.


  1. Chilled coffee: This coffee can be very simple to make and can be consumed during any part of the day.

Ingredients: 1 cup brewed unflavored coffee, 1 tbsp of milk, 6 drops of vanilla crème stevia, 6 drops of chocolate flavored stevia, ice (as per need).

  • Mix all the ingredients in a blender and pour into a glass and you are good to go. It’s as simple as that. You can swap the vanilla with hazelnut flavored stevia if you like.
  1. HCG safe lemonade: Another favorite for the days when you want to quench your thirst and also feel satiated.

Ingredients: Water, juice of a freshly squeezed lemon, 1-2 packets of stevia, ice if needed.

  • Mix the stevia and lemon juice till the stevia is completely dissolved. Add water and ice as needed. You can make this in large quantities and store for later use.


  1. Cucumber Salad

Ingredients: 2 peeled cucumbers, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp Salt, 10 drops liquid stevia

  • Mix the apple cider vinegar, salt and stevia and dissolve them completely to create a marinade. Add thin slices of the peeled cucumber and let it marinate for 15-20 minutes. Consume or store for later use.
  1. Strawberry Spinach salad

Ingredients: Spinach, a handful of strawberries, 100 grams meat of your choice (chicken or beef or shrimp), 2 tbsp of celery seed vinegar

  • Chop the spinach, strawberries into bite sized pieces. Grill the meat and also chop into bite sized pieces. Mix all the chopped food and mix well with the vinegar and let it sit for 10 minutes for everything to absorb some of the vinegar, sprinkle sesame seeds if you like. Your salad is ready to eat.
  1. Apple chicken salad

Ingredients: 100 grams of chicken, 1 whole apple, 3 celery stalks, 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 pinch nutmeg and 1 pinch sea salt.

  • Cook the chicken and dice into cubes. Dice the apple and celery. Add the juice of lemon, nutmeg, cinnamon and sea salt. Mix all the ingredients well and bon appétit.


  1. Roasted Cauliflower with Red Chile, Cilantro & Lime

Ingredients: 1 large head cauliflower, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tbsp chile powder, ½ tsp crushed dried red chile, 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and ground, ¼ cilantro leaves, juice of a lime and salt to taste.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F. Separate cauliflower florets and mix them with the minced garlic, chile powder, crushed chile, cumin and salt. Make sure the florets are coated well.
  • Place the mixture in a roasting pan and roast for 1 to 1.5 hours or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Dress with lime juice and garnish with cilantro leaves.
  • You can use broccoli and cauliflower or other veggies of your choice.
  1. Spinach Basil Pesto

Ingredients: 1 cup fresh baby spinach, handful of fresh basil, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 lemon, juiced, ¼ tsp oregano, 1/8 sea salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper, 100 gram boneless, skinless chicken breast

  • For the pesto, mix apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, salt and whisk until they are combined well.
  • Blend spinach, basil and garlic cloves in food processor, slowly add vinegar and lemon juice mixture till it becomes a paste.
  • Season chicken with seasoning and bake or grill till it’s perfectly cooked.
  • Serve the chicken on top of the pesto, add salt and pepper if needed.
  1. Low carb lettuce wraps

Ingredients: 100 gram lean ground beef or chicken, lettuce leaves, 1 tbsp finely minced onion, 1 clove of crushed and minced garlic, a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, fresh chopped cilantro and salt and black pepper.

  • Thoroughly cook the chicken or beef, add onion, garlic and the spices and a little water. Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Server taco style in butter lettuce or romaine leaf mock tortillas.


  1. Baked cinnamon apples

Ingredients: 1 big apple, 1 tbsp water, ½ tsp cinnamon, liquid stevia to taste, juice of ½ lemon

  • Core and apple and slice into a dish. Mix all the ingredients and coat the apples with it. Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes and serve.
  1. Strawberry SorbetPops

Ingredients: 4-6 medium strawberries, 3 cubes of ice, stevia to taste, ½ tbsp vanilla flavored stevia, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup water.

  • Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
  1. Iced and Spiced Orange Slices

Ingredients: 1 orange, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp vanilla flavored stevia, pinch of nutmeg, cardamom.

  • Mix all the powdered spices and stevia together. Dip orange slices in lemon juice and sprinkle with spice mix. Freeze until firm.

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hCG Phase 1 Recipes

HCG diet is a well known diet created by Dr Albert T.W Simeons. It involves the ingestion of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, (which lends the name to the dietary protocol) produced by pregnant women. This hormone is responsible for keeping the fetus safe, rather sustaining the fetus in its early stages. This hormone is created by the placenta used for nourishing the fertilized egg. People following this diet have to take the hormone in the form of pills or injections and limit consumption of calories to 500 per day.

This diet is divided into three main phases, however, there are some variations in the phase one depending on which protocol one follows. According to the book by Kevin Trudeau , phase 1 is generally the detox or cleaning phase, whereas others call phase 1 as the loading or gorging phase. People following the detox phase can follow the cleansing process up to 30 days. This phase is not compulsory and people can skip it if they want. The primary aim of the detox process is to flush out any toxins and rid the body of any existing digestive issues.

The gorging or binging phase is like living in a palace or getting a free credit card whose bill is taken care of someone other than you ;-). In short, it’s the phase where you eat to your heart’s desire. Anything you fancy, those cheese stuffed potato skins you’ve been drooling at, the amazingly sinful chocolate cake you’ve never had the courage of eating, onion rings, donuts, burgers, pizzas anything at all. Yes, it’s true, you can pick up your jaws from the floor now :D.

You need to make sure that you are taking the hcg regularly, if possible before the meals. Consumption of fatty foods during the phase 1 is good because it prepares the body for subsequent phases. It lasts for 2 days where the dieters are encouraged to eat anything that they like. It’s good because, for the remaining 3 phases, the diet will change drastically. The primary reason why fatty foods are  encouraged is because it helps to restore the fat reserves of the body and also HCG hormone takes some time to start working.

Not many recipes are required for this phase as most of us are already aware of them. Some ideas however can be:

  • After taking the hcg pills in the morning, one can follow it with a sumptuous breakfast. Omelettes, bacon, sausages of bagels, eat anything you fancy.
  • Another tasty alternative can be waffles with chocolate hazelnut spread or some French toast with honey or sugar sprinkling.
  • If you are a vegetarian, you eat indulge in some pancakes with maple syrup. Throw in some chocolate chips in your batter to make it extra delicious.
  • You can follow that with some donut, pastry or some cookies of your choice.
  • You can also have some shake with chocolate sprinkling or whipped cream.
  • For lunch have a beef pie or grilled salmon with buttered veggies and mushroom risotto.
  • Other substitutes can be steak and kidney pudding or rolls with choice of fillings.
  • To satisfy your sweet tooth, grab an ice cream or some flavored frozen yogurt with toppings that you fancy.
  • For the evening snacks you can gorge on some French fries or a corn dog with lots of mustard.
  • Dinner can be a grand affair with any Mexican or Italian dish like pizza, pasta with cream sauce or chicken or beef Enchiladas.
  • For dessert you can try the cheesecake or apple pie or ice cream drizzled with nuts and fresh fruit.
  • The idea is to eat whatever you want and however you want. Fat needs to be accumulated in your body so that hcg can break it down and your body also learns to use it as a primary source of energy.

Other simple ideas include:

  • Hamburger
  • Potato chips
  • Stuffed chicken or lamb
  • Roast ribs
  • Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas
  • Aztec Guacamole
  • Hot dogs
  • Salads with dressing of your choice
  • The good old macaroni and cheese
  • Peanut butter and jam sandwiches
  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Red velvet cake
  • Nutella cake with whipped cream
  • Pumpkin pie
  • The list can be endless given that one has to load stuff with fat.
  • Butter can go a long way in making anything delicious.
  • Add dollops of butter to your veggies to give them a nice rounded taste.
  • Chocolate in any form, be it in a syrup or sauce or in the form of chips will give an instant boost to your taste buds.
  • Experiment with ingredients, try things you wouldn’t normally opt for, since after these 2 days of gluttony, you will be on a strict diet restricting you to 500 calories a day.
  • Make sure you don’t get sick, the idea is to eat to your heart’s content, but feeling sick will be a bummer.
  • As long as you are not in need of rushing to your nearest OR, you are good to go.
  • Read recipes by famous chefs, get the ingredients you like and get busy in the kitchen.
  • Eat with your friends and family to add to your happiness.
  • Visit the restaurant you’ve been meaning to for a long time now and order that scrumptious entrée and enjoy it with a glass of chardonnay or Merlot.

The idea of eating so many calories for a diet may seem very odd and many people will think you’ve completely lost it, but the science behind this is important. Many of us after dieting and constantly denying our bodies any good fats have depleted fat reserves. Eating food rich in fats will replenish it and help hcg in breaking it down for energy. So make the most of these 2 days and don’t forget to take your hcg injections or pills to see good benefits.

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hCG Diet Menu by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons

A moment on the lips, forever on the hips, that is a mantra most dieting people live by. With our sedentary lifestyles these days obesity is quickly turning into a major problem. With so much stress, lack of exercise, increased consumption of junk food loaded with carbs and sugar, the need for a good diet that shows results is becoming very apparent. Whether dieting for loosing weight, or dieting for maintaining a healthy body, knowing which diet to follow can be a tricky business.

hCG diet created by Dr Simeons is a good option for anyone who is looking to lose weight without experiencing irritability, weakness, hunger pains, headaches or losing muscle tissue. hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin, is a hormone that is found in the human body and is produced by a component of the fertilized egg after conception. This hormone converts the fat stored by the body and releases calories, needed for the new life budding inside the womb. Dr Simeons was fascinated by the effects of this hormone and believed that it could be used to lose weight naturally. The administering of this hormone coupled with consumption of low amounts of fat and carbohydrates, high protein, and 500 calories each day was tested on various patients suffering from obesity. It was after getting immense response from both male and female test patients that Dr Albert Simeons wrote a book about this new diet, Pounds and Inches.

Unlike other diet plans that people begin and stop as and when it gets difficult, should be monitored properly by a doctor. Since this involves ingesting the hCG hormone in fixed quantities, it’s not recommended to be self prescribed. This diet plan is very helpful, but only if you follow the instructions properly and precisely. Some of the basics about the diet are:

  • Every day, 125 IU is administered to the patient, unless the patient is experiencing menstruation.
  • The patient will eat excessively until the third injection.
  • After the third injection, the patient will begin consuming 500 calories each day. This will keep going until 72 hours after the final injection has been administered.
  • The patient can eat any type of food for the following three weeks, except starch and sugar.
  • Starches in small quantities are allowed after three weeks. Weight is constantly monitored.

The diet may look difficult to follow and lacking in nutrition, but that is not the case. It’s scientifically proven to not only reduce weight without making the dieter weak, irritable or experiencing hunger pangs, but also keeps the weight in check long after the hCG supplements are stopped. All the permissible foods have been included, anything that is not included is not allowed.

Breakfast: Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia may be used.


  1. 100 grams of either veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed.
  2. One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.
  3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.
  4. An apple, orange, or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit.

Dinner: The same four choices as lunch.

The dieter is allowed to break the two meals. They could, for example, have a breadstick and an apple for breakfast or an orange before going to bed, provided they are not included in the regular meals for that day. The whole daily ration of two breadsticks or two fruits may not be eaten at the same time, nor can any item saved from the previous day be added on the following day.

  • The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes.
  • Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.
  • Tea, coffee, plain water or mineral water are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in any quantity and at all times.
  • The patient should drink about 2 liters of these fluids per day.
  • The fruit or the breadstick may be eaten between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but not more than four items listed for lunch and dinner may be eaten at one meal.
  • No medicines or cosmetics other than lipstick, eyebrow pencil and powder may be used without special permission.
  • The goal of consuming 500 calories per day is to be adhered to strictly.
  • Swapping foods that are not mentioned here, but may have less caloric value is not an option.
  • For vegetarians who rely primarily on milk and curd as sources of protein, 500cc of skimmed milk or curd prepared from the same may be consumed.
  • Proteins from leguminous plants such as beans or from wheat or nuts or rice cannot be eaten.
  • Certain foods that are prepared unsweetened with low calories can be used tentatively.
  • Eggs are not part of the foods that can be consumed as egg yolk contains a large amount of fat, which is undesirable.
  • Only in very rare cases where the patient develops aversion to meat, can the egg whites be allowed.
  • Cheese made from skimmed milk may be consumed occasionally, but only 100gms and the meat for that meal can be eliminated. All other forms of cheese are prohibited.
  • The worst enemy of your dieting plans is monotony, so make sure your meals are something to look ahead and not something that you will eventually quit.
  • Use appropriate spices to season your meats. Grilling food with herbs makes it delicious and healthy.

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