HCG Diet Phase 2
The 4 basic phases of the HCG drops diet plan are as follows:
Phase 1: Loading – this is very important because it will prepare your body for the aggressive HCG fat burn you are about to experience. You will be gorging on fatty food choices for 2 or 3 days, and as strange as it seems, almost nothing is off limits here, like: ice cream, hamburgers, cheesecakes, french fries, and many more. Obviously, eating healthy is ALWAYS a good idea, but loading up on fatty food is the goal, so even some fast foods etc. will be acceptable. Throw in a mix of healthy fatty foods like avocado, healthy oils, meats, etc. as well. Just make sure you “load” for 2-3 days with fatty foods. You take the HCG drops during this part of the plan. During this time, and the next phase, you will take 20 drops, twice a day, holding them under your tongue for 1-2 minutes. The easiest way is to count the drops onto a spoon. Make sure and take them 30 minutes or so before or after eating.
Phase 2: Low Calorie Diet – During this part of the plan, choose between our proprietary 800 and 1200 calorie HCG plan options, while continuing to take the HCG drops.
You may have heard the HCG drops should be taken in conjunction with a 500 calorie plan, but back in the 1960’s when Dr. Simeons was creating this plan, he didn’t realize that the 500 cal method didn’t include enough protein to maintain muscle mass. Hence, the creation of 800 and 1200 calorie HCG drops plans.
Don’t be fooled by the numbers, with both the 800 and 1200 HCG plans, you will still lose just as much. The key is to go with the 1200 if you are very active, and 800 if you are not so active. The 800 is preferred, and promises the same amount of weight loss as the 500 cal plan, 1200 calories may be too much for some people to achieve the 1-2 pounds of loss per day.
So that is step 2, just choose wisely and stick to it. Follow this plan for 21-40 days. You will need 2-4 bottles of HCG EZ Drops during this time, depending on how long you can stay in this rapid weight loss mode. We recommend a minimum of 21 days, and maximum of 40 days.
This is the rapid weight loss part of the HCG plan where you should lose between .5-2 pounds per day!
Phase 3: Stabilization – The goal now that you have lost a significant amount of weight is to try to stabilize it by sticking to a 1500 to 2000 calories diet plan without sugar and starch based foods. You discontinue using the drops during this step, unless you have had some really sweet, unexpected benefits from them, as mentioned in the video below.
If you happen to gain more than 2 pounds, the best solution is to drink more water, do an apple or steak day and find the culprit from the food you just added in your diet.
To get back to your new weight level gained at the end of step 2, eat only apples the whole day, or eat nothing but water all day, except for a large steak during dinner, with veggies on the side. Since this is only for 3 weeks, it’s gonna be easy breezy. Don’t stress too much when you see the scale says you gained half a pound, 1 pound, 1 1/2 pounds. That’s why it’s called “stabilization” phase because your body is trying to keep the new weight you attained. You will stabilize better if you follow the no sugar no starch diet without being overly stressed. So relax and enjoy the results. One of the main epiphanies here is that many people have drastically reduced desires for junk food, their cravings have been reset to desire more healthy foods!
This introductory video with Dr. Kepo’o gives an excellent, in depth overview of how to succeed with the HCG drops diet!
Phase 4. Maintenance – So now, you get to enjoy sweet success and some sweets too. Yes, you get to incorporate sweets and starchy food, but you still have to take it easy, this is where you are starting to eat a normal diet, but where you want to avoid going back to any unhealthy habits that would put weight back on again.
Ideally, you just don’t crave as much junk, and certainly not as often. But you can eat it now within reason. It’s the HCG diet drops resetting of the hypotalamus that make this possible.
Once you have been on the maintenance phase for a few weeks, and maintained your weight, you can now start another round of HCG diet drops to rapidly drop another 10-30 pounds.
For your HCG diet recipes in phase 2, make sure you only use these approved proteins. Please note that the use of red meat, tuna or 4 oz salmon is limited to 3 times weekly. All visible fat must be removed before cooking and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be cooked without additional fats or oils. It can be grilled on George Forman grill, baked or broiled. You may use Pam or similar spray or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray only.
Everyone wants to have a soda every once in a while, and most of the time soda is a bad idea while on the HCG diet (it’s banned on phase 2). However, there are great alternatives to the store-bought soda, which can be much healthier for you, and it is approved on the HCG diet.
Most sodas you get from the store come sweetened with aspartame, which has adverse health effects, especially when dieting. Secondly, most sodas have high amounts of citric acid which can cause plateaus while on the HCG diet. And lastly, the high amount of sodium found in most diet sodas is bad to your health and can cause cravings or stalls.
As a great alternative, using the Soda Stream soda maker, you can create your own HCG diet sodas. It’s so simple: just add fresh squeezed orange juice, strawberries, lemons, apples, or whatever you would like, while controlling the amount of carbonation in your drink. This way you can create your own flavor, and be in complete control of the HCG diet soda, ensuring it to be tasty, refreshing, and most importantly healthy!
- Flank Steak Garlic
- Nutmeg Parsley
- Salt and pepper
- Homemade chicken broth (you can make your own recipe for this broth)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a meat mallet to tenderize and flatten the steak until it is about ½ an inch thick. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the meat. Place the garlic, parsley, and spinach in a food processor or blender and puree. Add in just enough chicken broth to produce a paste. Spread paste on one side of the Flank Steak. Add just a touch of nutmeg. Roll up the flank Steak and secure with a string or toothpicks. Bake in the oven until meat is cooked according to your personal preference.
Here is a tip for you on how you are going to spice your holidays up and make it fun at least while you are up for a weight loss goal; Always remember that there will always be another holidays to celebrate with when you are not on hcg. Don’t ever let a holiday ruin a goal you have set up and been wanting to achieve just to enjoy “a day” of celebration.
Whether you are caught up on an Easter or any other holidays while you are on hcg, don’t worry go ahead and enjoy your family and friends and the day itself. Try not to focus on the food and what you are missing out on, because you are making a whole new healthier, leaner, and sexier you!
Getting the shape you have ever wanted is already a bonus and feeling great about how you will look about your new weight is an additional one! So take this from me, if ever there are holidays coming, food is just a part of the celebration, it does not comprise the whole meaning of it. Whenever there are holidays coming, treat yourself to a new outfit instead! Have fun =)
After ending phase 2, if you ever noticed a gain or if you’ve gained less than 2 lbs (1kg), it is recommended to do a steak day. Why a steak day? It is simply because you are training your body to stabilize the existing weight, and training yourself to interact with food in a way that allows your body to do so. One steak day is all that you need and it should start exactly on the day where you notice the gain, not later than that.
What should be done on the Steak Day?
- Empty stomach the whole day. Eat nothing at all.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Steak Day is your “dinner”. Eat as much as you can a large, lean-cut of steak, with nothing else. You can add a little salt to taste.
Two hours later you may eat either one medium-sized apple or one tomato. Apples and tomatoes will provide fiber and enzymes that will keep the protein you have eaten moving through your digestive system. Even if you chew it properly it will still sit in your stomach, and apple or tomato will ensure it is properly digested to be released into your intestinal tract
Deprive yourself no more on delicious foods you have been wanting to indulge since phase 2. Here’s a sweet treat you can snack on.
- 1 cup shredded raw coconut
- .5 tsp coconut extract
- .5 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs (egg white)
- ½ cup whipping cream (whipped)
- 7tsp splenda
Mix cream, sweetener, shredded coconut and coconut extract. Mix well. Stir in the egg whites and vanilla. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven.
Now you should start this third phase on the 72nd hour after your last injection of HCG and you continue the VLCD, then gradually increase your calories from 800 a day to 1200 for a day or two and then to 1500/day.
You can basically reintroduce all kinds of foods that were not allowed in phase 2 mainly fats and dairy products except for the 2; sugars and starches.Any kinds of sugars and carbohydrates, no excuses!
You can eat different vegetables and you can even mix them altogether again at this phase of HCG. You can also eat different fruits. You may start exercising moderately and increase your exercise gradually once you reach this certain phase.
You need to focus on maintaining a good portion control or eat in portion sizes. However, it is just not there, continue to monitor your weight every morning before eating. Use a steak day if you go over 2-4 lbs of weight gain.
Some hcg dieters may not value watching the calorie intake on phase 3 and might think phase 2 is over and calorie counting is done. No, that should not be the case! Phase 3 however, should be taken seriously and vigilantly and calorie counting or analyzing such as the intake percentages of protein, fat, and carbohydrates should be undertaken. If you are gaining weight in P3, try the following tips below:
1. Check the labels for all the foods and beverages you are consuming. There might be hidden sugar and starch in it.
2. Be aware of the ingredients and chemicals that are being put into your food.
3. Though it’s not very helpful to drive yourself crazy counting calories, continue to count calories until you can figure what made you gain. This is just only for a short while though.
4. Check your calorie count and your intake percentages of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. You may use an online tool for this. Make adjustments if necessary like when you still show a gain even though the calorie level you are in is where it should be to maintain your weight.
5. Protein and fat intake needs to be higher than normal.
6. If you see a stable session, maintain it for a while then add carbs and lessen protein. Then see if there are any changes. Make adjustments if possible on the foods.
7. Try eliminating other foods for a few days such as fruits then slowly add back. Then see if you are stable with it.
8. Have you been stressed or started vigorously exercising? Try slowing down for a while.