You can do the HCG diet in a number of ways, both in terms of how many calories you’ll eat on the diet and the food ingredients. When choosing which protocol to follow, there are two things that you must take into consideration:
- The number of calorie intake per day
- 500 calories a day
- 800 calories a day
- Allowed foods during the weight loss phase
- Dr. Simeons food list
- More food choices
Dr. Simeons’ Original Protocol
Dr. Simeons, a British endocrinologist, developed the HCG diet in the 1950s. He introduced a very strict 500- calorie a day plan along with the daily injection of HCG hormone to reset the body’s metabolism and burn fat reserves. The original protocol was incredibly successful in that hundreds or even thousands have lost a considerable amount of weight and have kept it off for life.
A modern adaptation of the original protocol
The modern adaptation of the HCG diet emphasizes changes to:
- what you consume
- the number of calories you consume
This approach, which we usually recommend for first-time dieters, is an 800-calorie-per-day approach. It is very different from the original protocol. With this tailored calorie protocol, weight loss is effortless and fun, unlike the far too challenging and restrictive 500 calories a day. The modern approach is also very easy to stick with.
Deciding on how many calories to eat
If you have much weight to lose, and you have proper dosing, you will probably lose most weight following the 500-calorie intake per day rather than 800 calories. However, it isn’t as simple as that. In some cases, eating more calories is more likely to prevent stalling and allow you to lose weight more easily than you would if you underrate.
If you want to incorporate exercise during your diet, even with reduced intensity, it only makes sense to consider a higher calorie protocol, such as 800-1000 calories. Following the 800-calorie intake per day is very helpful because this will prevent you from cheating during the diet, or worst giving up. It also makes sense to follow the modern approach of the HCG diet if you work long hours or if you have a job where you are on your feet all day long.
Modern HCG Diet or Dr. Simeons’ Original Protocol?
No matter what approach you choose, remember that both versions work. If you have had good results using Dr. Simeons’ original protocol, don’t switch to the modern protocol. Unless you have had problems in the past, you do not have to make any changes. Now, if you think you can’t live eating only 500 calories per day, or if you are new to this type of weight loss plan, follow the modern adaptation of the original protocol. Ultimately, it’s up to you. If you feel comfortable following what you personally feel is right for you, you can follow it successfully. You can always reassess and adjust something if you feel you need to change along the way.