HCG is the acronym for the hormone Human chorionic gonadotropin. It is produced by the placenta after implantation of a fertile egg in females. The presence of HCG is what is detected in positive pregnancy tests. However, HCG is a pro-hormone that is found in all individuals, men and women alike, and is known for being the catalyst hormone that stimulates the production of other hormones throughout the body. These in turn affect the body’s metabolism, muscle tissue, digestion and liver functions.
Dr Simeon’s, an absolute mastermind in my opinion, developed the diet after decades of research and fine tuning in the 1950s. His manuscript Pounds and Inches details the diet and his thoughts on weight loss and weight maintenance. It is too large to attach to this manual but you can download the full manuscript from my website. I highly recommend taking the time to read it.
The diet itself consist of a loading kick-start, followed by 4 phases. After a calorie and carb-loading weekend, the initial phase a low-calorie (500-550 cals), low carbohydrate meal plan for a minimum of 23 days. This diet consists of very specific vegetables, low sugar fruit and lean proteins which cause weight loss however, the HCG hormone in the form of drops or patches (more on that soon) changes the way in which you lose weight.
If you followed a low-calorie, low fat diet without HCG your body would go into what is known as ‘starvation mode’ so your body uses lean muscle for fuel in turn slowing down the body’s metabolism. HCG allows your body to tap into abnormal fat stores and ramps up your body’s natural metabolic cycle to run continuously to burn fat not muscle for energy so lean muscle is preserved. The more lean muscle we have, the quicker our metabolism runs, which is why your body fat percentage is more important than ‘scale weight’.
If you are interested in knowing your body fat changes during your protocol, you can get a before and after DEXA scan. Ask me if you’re interested. Because HCG targets abnormal fat, we get a reshaping of the body and fat loss in the areas we want it so we achieve a lean look (not a gaunt look) as muscle is spared. This is why taking your measurements is as equally important as knowing your weight on the scales.
Below is a summary of the whole program.
Phase 1 – Loading Phase (2 days)
The purpose of the loading phase is to replenish healthy fat stores within your body and commence the depletion of stored carbohydrates in the boy. Your body will use these stores over the first few days of the Weight Loss Phase. Although counter intuitive to most, it is important to eat foods that are high in healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, eggs, macadamia nuts, avocado, bacon, salmon and even dark chocolate. This is an extremely important step. If you do not do this phase correctly, you will experience hunger in the first week. You will commence restricting carbohydrates in this phase to under 20g a day as well as eating moderate amounts of protein. During this phase you will also be taking the recommended dose of Homeopathic hCG drops.
Phase 2 – Weight Loss Phase (21 – 40 days)
The Weight Loss Phase is where the magic happens. During this phase it is essential to follow the diet protocol 100% to have the best possible results.. On average, my clients lose 7-10kg* on the 24 days plan (*results will vary as we are all unique!). This plan allows for a variety of meat, fish and eggs as well as a wide array of low carb vegetables plus some healthy fat from coconut oil. During this phase you will also be taking the recommended dose of Homeopathic hCG drops and weighing yourself twice a week.
Phase 3 – Stabilisation Phase (21 – 40 days)
The most important stage is the Stabilisation Phase. This is where we maintain the final goal weight. We continue to eat a low-carb diet, but start to increase healthy fats and calories. During this phase it is important to continue to monitor your weight daily and to ensure you remain within one kilo of your final Phase 2 weight. This phase lasts for 3 weeks. It is essential to complete this part of the diet in order to have the long-term effects of the weight loss and to help in maintaining your weight in the future. You will build on all you have learnt through Phase 2 to create a plan for life.
Phase 4 – Maintenance
On going maintenance is criticial to stabilisation. In maintenance we can re-introduce some of the complex carbohydrates we have excluded through the protocol and see which work for your body and which don’t. This is the only time we allow carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, breads, starchy veggies like potatoes, pumpkins.