Dietary Questions
 
Q: Can I complete the HCG protocol if I am a vegetarian or vegan?
A: Yes.
 
Q: Can I complete the HCG protocol if I am lactose intolerant?
A: Yes.
 
Q: How much salt would you recommend using?
A: There is no restriction on the use of salt. On the other hand, an increase in salt can be one of the most common causes for inconsistencies in weight, due to water retention.
 
Q: The diet states that tap water is not preferred. Why?
A: Tap water contains chlorine, which affects the thyroid.
 
Q: Why do I “gorge” for the first 3 days of the protocol?
A: It takes 3 days for HCG to completely enter your system; gorging helps with hunger feelings while on the program.
 
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: May I eat pickles with any meal on the diet?
A: Cucumbers and vinegar are on the protocol so pickles are permitted. If you find that you are not losing weight, stop eating the pickles.
 
Q: What can I eat while I’m completing the HCG protocol?
A: The complete diet is covered in the initial orientation. However, 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, white fish, lobster, shrimp, or tuna. Two vegetables from the approved list with each meal (includes broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, and others). One fruit from the approved list with each meal (includes apple, orange, strawberries, grapefruit, peach, apricot, cherries, and others). In place of fruit, 3/4 cup of non-fat yogurt can be eaten once per day. Finally, one serving of crackers or bread sticks from the approved list with each meal.
 
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 (one pound is 3,500 calories). Therefore, your total consumption each day will be about 4,000 calories – 500 from food and 3,500 from fat. That is why most patients do not experience extreme hunger while using HCG.
Program Questions
 
Q: Will I lose exactly one pound every day while on the program?
A: No. Most patients on the 40-day program tend to lose about 35-40 pounds; however, the weight loss does not always happen evenly over 40-day period. Some patients may notice a “lull” or a span of a few days where little to no weight loss occurs. Some patients often notice quick weight loss after a “lull” period.
 
Q: If I live out of state, how do I participate in the program?
A: Out-of-state patients will need to attend the orientation, physical, and first injection. After they start the protocol we will conduct follow-up phone consultations and will overnight the HCG serum and supplies at the patient’s cost.
 
Q: If I only want to lose 10-15 lbs. can I still complete the program?
A: We do not recommend it. If you only need to lose a small amount of weight, there aren’t as many “abnormal fat reserves” available and the hunger experienced throughout the program may be intense. However, we have had several patients participate who only needed to lose 15 pounds.
 
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: Why are the injections “intramuscular”?
A: The HCG needs to be metabolized in the muscle.
 
Q: Why do I skip a day in the week when I am completing the 40-day protocol?
A: This prevents your body from building immunity to 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: Can I use mineral oils?
A: Yes, you can use mineral oils externally as a moisturizer. However, because there is little nutritional value, do not use mineral oil to cook.
 
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: After I complete the program, when is the latest I can have my post labs drawn?
A: One week after the last injection.
 
Q: Can I color my hair while I’m completing the program?
A: No.
 
Q: Can I use Crest white strips for whitening my teeth while on HCG?
A: Yes.
 
Q: Can I do an “apple day” once a week to lose more weight?
A: Yes.
 
Q: Will the lotions and diaper creams I put on my children have an effect on me, even if I wash my hands immediately after applying?
A: The lotions and creams can have a small effect. We recommend you wear gloves to prevent penetration of any lotions or creams.
 
Q: Am I alright if I administered my shot on a “no-shot day” and then skipped my shot on the following day?
A: Yes, that is fine. But in the future make sure you do “6 days on, 1 day off” in that sequence.
 
Q: Can I go tanning while I am on the program?
A: Yes, but do not use tanning lotion or oil.