What is the HCG Diet?
Q: Can I complete the HCG protocol if I am a vegetarian or vegan?
A: If you are a vegetarian and cannot do the diet in Phase 2, then it is advised that you not do the Phase 2 Simeons protocol of diet and hCG. Instead, do the Turbo Protein Diet as your Phase 2. Available at www.almased.com
Q: The diet states that tap water is not preferred. Why?
A: Tap water contains chlorine, which affects the thyroid.
Q: What are the best foods on which to gorge?
A: High fat calorie foods such as full fat dairy products, nuts, oils, avocados, etc.
Q: Are frozen veggies okay instead of fresh?
A: Fresh vegetables are preferred, but frozen vegetables will work.
Q: What can I eat while I'm completing the HCG protocol?
A: Here is a basic overview:
Drink two quarts of water each day. Breakfast: herbal teas, black teas, or coffee. Lunch/dinner: 500 calories of food each day from the following: 100 grams of beef, veal, chicken, wild Chilean sea bass, or flounder, or sole, or halibut. Vegetables from the approved list with each meal (includes spinach, chard, beet greens, lettuces of any kind, tomatoes, celery, fennel, white, yellow, or red onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, or cabbage. One fruit from the approved list (includes apple, strawberries,or grapefruit.
Q: Won't I starve if I only consume 500 calories per day?
A: No. Because HCG releases your fat reserves, your body begins to "consume" the fat, which acts as a source of energy in place of food. In essence, you burn about one pound of fat each day.
Q: Can I complete the protocol if I am nursing a baby?
A: No, when you are nursing you produce prolactin, which interferes with HCG.
Q: What makeup can I use during the protocol?
A: You can use Makeup that does not include fats, oils, creams and ointments.
Q: What lip products can I use?
A: Lipstick is permitted.
Q: Can I use Carmex and Chap Stick?
A: Carmex is okay because it is a wax and it doesn't penetrate the skin. Chap Stick is not okay, because it penetrates the skin.
Q: What deodorant can I use?
A: You can use Crystal deodorant, which can be found at health food stores.
Q: What lotion and makeup can I use?
A: Oil free lotions. See list at the bottom.
Q: Are shampoos, conditioners, and styling products okay?
A: Yes, as long as they are rinsed out immediately.
Q: Can I color my hair while I'm completing the program?
Q: Can I go tanning while I am on the program?
A: Yes, but do not use tanning lotion or oil.