The HCG Diet was developed by the British endocrinologist Albert T. W. Simeons in the 1960’s. He discovered that when combined with a low calorie diet, the patients he treated with low-dose HCG lost fat rather than lean muscle tissue. HCG was initially administered through shots into the leg muscle but it was found to be very risky because when not administered right, it could bring complications and may be dangerous, even when supervised by a trained medical professional. Experts now better recommend Liquid HCG drops because they are just as effective and one has to only place a drop of the homeopathic liquid HCG under the tongue. In hopes to lose their extra pounds, men and women alike have been taking the hormone through injection and oral drops. Many of whom have lost an average of 0.5 to 1 pound per day, which is a very decent amount according to health experts.
The HCG Menu determines the kind and amount of food one is advised to eat while on Dr. Simeons’ protocol for rapid weight loss diet. A portion of Dr. Simeons’ paper, “Pounds and Inches” shows the original 500 calorie a day diet menu. It appears as follows:
Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk is allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or Stevia may be used.
1. 100 grams of 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. Chicken breast must be removed from the bird.
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.
The same four choices as lunch.
Many clinics and physicians follow the 500-calorie per day diet while some increase the calorie intake to 800 or 1200 calories per day. Others have also come up with their own variations of the HCG Diet Menu Plan and studies have shown success with all of these plans at different levels of average weight loss.
It is highly recommended that one must seek advice from their doctor before going through with the diet plan. If one wishes to adjust the diet menu or may have other concerns regarding menu options and which protocol they are interested to take, they are encouraged to consult a medical specialist for proper guidance.