Dr Lipman Updates the Original HCG Protocol
800 Calorie HCG Diet in Miami is a Modification of Dr Simeons” Pounds and Inches HCG Plan
This manual brings Dr Simeons HCG plan into the 21st century. Each one of Dr Simeons’ ”rules” have been examined. Many of his ideas are valid still, while quite a number have been found to be outdated, and some found to be wrong and now need to be discarded. The HCG diet can easily be accomplished using 800 calories instead of the original Simeons 500 calories with equal results. The full book, New 800 Calorie HCG Diet can be downloaded from amazon.com
800 Calories a Day—NOT 500 Calories a Day
Hundreds of weight loss studies called Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD’s) have been completed over the past 20 years. They reveal no significant difference in weight loss when eating 500 calories a day or 800. In fact, more weight loss and less loss of muscle mass have been found at the 800 calorie level. In addition, adding 200-300 calories per day to the original protocol especially in the form of lean protein for breakfast and a little more protein at the evening meal makes a lot of sense. Here is what the NIH says of very low calorie diets; “A VLCD may allow you to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week. This may lead to an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks. Such a weight loss can rapidly improve medical conditions linked to obesity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.”
The rapid weight loss experienced by most people on a VLCD can be very motivating. Patients who participate in a VLCD program that also includes lifestyle changes may lose about 15 to 25 percent of their initial weight during the first 3 to 6 months.
Lean Protein and Fruit for Breakfast (NO skipping breakfast)
Many overweight people make a habit of skipping breakfast completely. Many researchers believe skipping breakfast may be one of the fundamental reasons for the increase in obesity. What is the relation of skipping meals especially breakfast to weight loss? Breakfast is a simple term meaning you are breaking the “fast”, which you did by not eating for the past 8-12 hours. When you eat breakfast you are reversing the fasting state while providing energy for the metabolism to function normally. You are also giving your body a little help in preventing hunger at lunch. Breakfast including proteins such as eggs, high-protein bars or even zero sugar yogurts stabilizes the blood sugar for the rest of day and ensures better choices at lunch. If you are truly on-the-go, grab an apple, a small piece of cheese, or a protein bar or shake. Something is better than nothing, and you are still following the plan.
More Lean Protein for Lunch and Dinner
Unfortunately, since Dr Simeons’ time, much has changed in family life. Most people work outside the home and have little time or patience to weigh and prepare “100 grams” of protein. In addition, although most individuals might be happy with this small amount of protein at lunch, they may need more at dinner to feel satisfied. Trying to make lunch and dinner equal often does not work. In the 800 calorie HCG diet, larger portions are found in the evening meal, accompanied by unlimited salads and vegetables (with a few exceptions). In addition, I suggest the use of zero sugar and near zero fat protein shakes and bars to be used as replacement meals or even snacks. Most high protein shakes have only 1 or 2 grams of fat, many have zero sugar and most at least 15 to 30 grams of protein. Using these as meal replacements for breakfast or lunch, or smaller volumes for snacks has been very useful for my patients. Healthy, high protein, low sugar bars and shakes were unknown to Dr Simeons.
Three Fruits per Day and Unlimited Vegetables
Dr Simeons’ protocol allows for “an apple, an orange, and handful of strawberries or ½ grapefruit. The recent low carb craze and the development of the glycemic index has revealed that many more fruits and vegetables can be appropriate for the HCG diet including blueberries, plums, blackberries, raspberries, pears, cherries, peaches and unlimited quantities of salads and many vegetables (There are a few exceptions).
Unlimited zero calorie, zero fat drinks
In Pounds and Inches, Dr Simeons wrote, “tea, coffee, plain water or mineral water are the only drinks allowed.” He adds, “Saccharin or other sweeteners may be used. In many countries, prepared unsweetened and low calorie foods are freely available and some of these can be tentatively used.”
Does this mean that artificially sweetened drinks and foods are disallowed or does it reflect the fact that few artificial sweeteners were available in the 1950’s-60’s when Dr Simeons did his research? Most overweight people and diabetics as well as this author have found them useful, safe and effective. Since Dr Simeons approved of Saccharine and Stevia, might he have approved of Aspartame (Nutra-sweet, Equal) and Sucralose (Splenda)?
Eliminate the “Binging” and Overeating During the First Few Days
Telling an individual struggling with their weight and compulsive eating to go out and eat as much fatty food as they are able is at first very appealing, but is there proof that this leads to more weight loss? While interviewing more than 1500 patients during their HCG diet, I am unable to identify which binged and which did not by looking at their hunger or weight loss. Numerous VLCD plans have been used in the past twenty years. No one has advocated such “binging” as a technique to increase weight loss. All the recent research of fat cells in overweight individuals indicate they are already “filled” and “well stocked” due to years of overeating. Adding more fat to the overfilled, stuffed fat cells is unnecessary to this author. I SUGGEST YOU DO NOT BINGE.
Six Week Treatment Plans and Lack of Immunity to HCG
Are all of these complicated treatment plans and artificial limitations really necessary? Do people taking HCG administered intramuscularly (as Dr. Simeons insists it be done) really get immune to the hormone or is HCG no different than insulin, growth hormone and numerous other naturally occurring hormones where no significant immunity is seen even after years of treatment? There is NO proof of immunity to HCG. If a person is doing well on the diet, then there are no reasons to stop, especially if they are taking vitamin and mineral replacements.
Daily Vitamins, Mineral Supplementation ARE Required and Medications Should NOT Be Discontinued
Thyroid Hormone Medication SHOULD NOT BE STOPPED:
Patients who are on thyroid replacement therapy should not stop taking their medications, contrary to what Dr Simeons wrote.
Other Medications: Dr Simeons wrote, “No medications or cosmetics…may be used without special permission.” I hope the beginning dieter will NEVER follow this bad advice about stopping all medications. It’s simply baseless, often dangerous and certainly not necessary. Ask your physician if you are in doubt. See the cosmetic issue to follow.
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements ARE NECESSARY
Current day treatments with VLCD‘s add vitamins and minerals as routine without question. It’s simple, inexpensive and safe to add a multi–vitamin, sublingual Vitamin B12 and oral potassium.
Cosmetics Do Not Stop Weight Loss AND CAN BE USED FREELY
The FDA has found no evidence that ingredients used in current day cosmetic and personal care products cause endocrine disruption or alter metabolism in humans. See http://www.fda.gov/ora/inspect_ref/igs/cosmet.html.
Cosmetics in the United States have been regulated for the past twenty years by the FD&C (Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act).
HCG Can Be Taken Effectively Orally As Well As by Injection
Actually, there is no such thing as “oral” HCG. HCG can not be swallowed because it’s quickly degraded by stomach acids. Like insulin, stomach acids break down the HCG molecule to render it ineffective. Oral HCG really means taking it sublingually (under the tongue). In the area right under the tongue are a complex set of tiny capillaries which permit rapid absorption of medications when placed there by an oral syringe. HCG taken sublingually is equally effective as taken intramuscular. The dose and frequency is increased to lessen any amount of HCG that is inadvertently swallowed. The invention of oral HCG is good news for those that want to avoid injections. In general, most prescription HCG preparations are giving you 250-400 IU. It is usually taken twice a day. Many of the HCG preparations are prepared with bacteriostatic water, alcohol and vegetable glycerin to increase the absorption and keep the HCG stable.
The HCG can be started at any time in a woman’s cycle and does NOT have to be stopped during menstruation.
How to Use Dr Lipman’s HCG Weight Loss Protocol
The HCG treatment consists of a very low calorie diet in combination with HCG hormone treatments. During the treatment, you regularly take a small amount of HCG into your body twice a day. This HCG mobilizes body fat which circulates through your body providing energy and preventing hunger.
HCG Treatment: How Long Depends On How Many Pounds You Need to Lose
The basic plan consists of taking HCG for 21 – 30 days. However, you can take the HCG diet for up to a total of 6 weeks without stopping. If you are taking HCG for more than 30 days you need to take a daily multi-vitamin, vitamin B-12 and potassium to prevent possible depletion of these important substances. I suggest a vitamin like Centrum, potassium and Vitamin B-12 sublingual tablets or liquid. (All available at CVS, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart, Costco, Target etc
- Whenever you want to stop taking HCG, you need to continue the food plan for 2 days without taking HCG. This will permit any residual HCG to be excreted. This is a very essential part of the treatment, because if you start eating normally as long as there is even a trace of HCG in your body you will gain weight quickly.
- After phase 2, you should go to the 1100 Calorie High Metabolism Plan outlined in Part 2 of this book.
If you are doing well on the diet, there are no reasons to stop until after 6 weeks, and then take a break for 7-10 days.
As indicated earlier, most of my patients elect not to do the binge or gorge in Phase 1. You may do it if you want for 1 or 2 days. As noted previously, I have been unable to see any difference in hunger or weight loss in those patients who did not do the binge as compared to those who did it. Here are the 3 phases:
One of the things Dr. Lipman understands is that weight loss is not easy, and requires a number of strategies to attain. One of the principles of this diet is the inclusion of protein at each meal, as he recognizes that some control of hunger is necessary for a diet to succeed. This is where he departs from so many diet authors, who simply demand you eat what they say and when you are starving, too bad.
The reality for many dieters is that they face times of hunger, times where they wish to nibble, times when they eat for other reasons, and any number of foods that tend to sabotage diet attempts. Any diet that doesn’t address some of these issues will have difficulty succeeding, and here he attempts to address some of the issues dieters face, and some of the ways they can deal with these challenges.
I have lost over 60 pounds, and I won’t say it was easy, but it is off and so far I’ve been able to keep it off. And in the end, although a phrase perhaps a dieter shouldn’t use, the proof is in the pudding. I gave it a shot, and you might wish to give it a shot. Best of luck.
3 Phases of HCG Plan
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(up to 6 weeks)
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