The HCG Diet requires a long term Diet regime to go with it and VLCD is the one that provides the best results. VLCD is the abbreviation of “Very Low Calorie Diet”. One can guess from the name that the diet is about reducing the calorie intake.

Only 2 things are essential for you to follow and start dropping pounds :

  • Daily HCG Injections
  • Follow a Strict Low Calorie Diet

One of the serious problems, overweight people have, is a lack of regular physical activity and excessive hunger, and the tendency to eat when even not hungry at all. HCG has a way to cope with uncontrolled cravings. In order for HCG to be fully effective you need to limit your body to a calorie intake of 500-800 calories/day. This will signal your body to use the circulating HCG to start breaking up the existing fat (to feed the growing baby) . Since you are not ! pregnant, your own fat reserves will be used to provide nutrition for yourself. That also explains why HCG Dieters feel comfortable with a much reduced calorie intake with the VLCD Diet, because their body provides energy through the utilized fat resources. This will work for women and men and the HCG + VLCD Diet will start acting within a few days.

What to Eat on the VLCD Diet ?

There are thousands of powders and ready meals that fall into the category “Low Calorie” products. All these products are processed foods that you should avoid at all cost. The labels are mostly misleading and hiding other negative ingredients. You must be determined to change your menu, otherwise the HCG Diet will fail.

Fresh and organic self-cooked food is the way to go for a healthy VLCD Diet. Yes, it will cost you more, but what in the world could be more important for you than providing your body with fresh, vitamin-rich vegetables to finally slim down sustainably ? Chicken, Fish, Salads, Fruits and Vegetables, will mostly be on your plan. We have listed a few HCG recipes here for you.

lemon whitefishOregano Lemon White Fish with AsparagusEnjoy this delicious seafood meal on a HCG Diet


100g whitefish
asparagus (allowed amount)
juice of one lemon
1 t oregano

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
2. Snap off woody ends of asparagus and discard.
3.Tear off a large sheet of non-stick aluminum foil.
4. In the center of this sheet, place asparagus spears and sprinkle with salt/pepper.
5. Place whitefish on top of asparagus.
6. In small bowl, combine lemon juice & oregano, and pour over fish.
7. Fold up edges and completely seal packet on all sides.
8. Bake 10-20 mins, until fish flakes.

chicken grapefruitStir Fried Onions, Chicken & GrapefruitHigh Protein meal loaded with vitamins


3.5 oz chicken breast (skin removed, no visible fat)
3.5 oz red, yellow or white onion
1/2 grapefruit peeled and cut into small pieces

Add salt, pepper, herbs and spices of your choice in the bottom of a skillet. Now add onions and 3 tbs of water or herb tea. Stir fry until tender and transparent. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add chicken pieces, salt and pepper to pan and water if needed for steaming the chicken, simmer on medium heat till chicken is well cooked. (This works well with frozen chicken tenders, just put frozen meat in pan with smaller amount of water or tea and simmer till done). Place onions, grapefruit and chicken with juice from pan in a bowl.
Toss with salt, pepper, herbs and spices.

ginger snapperGinger Steamed Red SnapperLow Calorie but high in nutrients


3.5 ounces red snapper
2T. fresh grated ginger
1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 drops liquid stevia
1⁄4 t. salt
1⁄4 t. pepper
1 lemon wedge

Finley grate 1 T of fresh ginger in small skillet. Add the balsamic vinegar and cover with water to reach 2 inches and bring to a simmer. Season red snapper with grated ginger, lemon, salt and pepper. Place in steamer and cook for about 10 minutes.

citrus chickenCitrus Chicken with VegetablesLight meal that provides Protein and Energy


3.5 oz chicken breast (skin removed, no visible fat)
3.5 oz tomatoes chopped
1 orange, peeled and cut into small pieces
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Basil fresh chopped or dried

Put salt, pepper, herbs and spices in the bottom of a skillet. Now add chicken and drizzle lemon juice and water if more moisture is needed. Cook the ingredients for 2-3 minutes.
Add chopped tomatoes, chopped orange and basil. Simmer on low, allowing the juices to marinate the chicken. Turn chicken to cook both sides evenly. When chicken is fully cooked, pour chicken and sauces into a bowl or serve on lettuce leaf or chopped lettuce.
Enjoy the lively colors and citrus flavor. Salt and pepper as needed.