HCG Slow Weight Loss & Plateau Breakers

The average weight loss for our bottle is 21lbs. However if you can dedicate yourself to the exact protocol your weight loss with be greater!  If you are in this range, then you are right on track. There are a few reasons for slower weight loss or a plateau. This is totally normal and will pass. The more you educate yourself the greater the success!!

Remember besides losing weight... Candida is the #1 cause of hunger while on the HCG.  A two week Candida cleanse is recommend before starting the HCG to help prevent hunger.

You must realize that it is not a question of if you will plateau on HCG, but when you will plateau. Almost everyone will eventually plateau so it is not something that you should become unnecessarily upset about. It will likely happen and there are several reasons why and equally as many ways you can correct the problem.

A plateau is considered to have been met when you have gone four or five days without losing any weight. HCG is a very strict procedure and any change from the proper protocol can result in hitting a plateau.

Reasons For Slow Weight Loss:

1. Did you cleanse first?  This is very important for removing toxins out of your body  and will allow  the HCG to work it to its full potential.

2. Are you eating grocery store meat.  Sorry, way to many growth hormones, so eliminate grocery store meat and shrimp. Always buy your meat  from a local market.

3. Are you taking medications with the side effect of "weight gain".  (Which is most prescription meds) Your weight loss may not be as great as someone not taking medication, however do not let this discourage you. Any weight loss will create a healthier you!

4. Eliminate the bread portion of the diet. We have left the Melba toast off our protocol. We find regular Melba toast causes many people to stall. Organic thin crackers are preferred.

5. Are you taking your Iodine supplement. Very important for thyroid health!  All supplements are important, so make sure you are taking them for optimal body performance. Taking Iodine and your required supplements also prevents hair loss.

6. Keep your bowels moving. If you are not going to the bathroom completely, this will make your weight go up. Smooth Move tea every few days may be needed. Magnisum before bed will also help keep thins moving.

7. The more water you drink, the more weight you will lose!

8. What Blood type are you? 0 Blood types stay away from all dairy and whey while on HCG. Click here for more info. A Blood type no tomatoes. For more info on A foods click here.  AB Blood type no Chicken. Foods for AB after the HCG protocol click here.  B Blood type no chicken or tomatoes. B Blood type foods click here.   The foods listed on Dr Lam's website will help you keep the weight off once and for all once you are done with the HCG protocol.

9. Tap the bottle in your hand twice a week to keep it fully activated.

Why Do You Stop Losing Weight:

    * You cheated on the diet. This is the main reason why you may reach a plateau. You have to follow the HCG protocol exactly.

    *  Additives in the chicken you prepare. Be sure to purchase only chicken that has not been injected with hormones or other additives.

    *  You have passed the immunity stage. There is a point at which your body grows immune to HCG. This is the main reason why the procedure is limited to 26 or 40 days. after this there is a waiting period before starting another phase if you need to lose more weight.

    *  You have reached your ideal weight. HCG is not meant to produce a body weight that is significantly below the weight recommended for your height and body shape.

    *  Starting new medications. Consult your doctor if you reach a plateau after changing or starting new medications.

    *   Using cosmetics. The body will absorb the oils and additives used in cosmetics and creams. You must refrain from using any cosmetics during your treatment.

These are only a few of the reasons why you may reach an HCG Plateau. When you do not lose any weight for four or five days think back and try to recall what you may have changed to bring about this stop in weight loss.

What Can Be Done When You Hit An HCG Plateau?

    *  The Apple Day Procedure. This procedure consists of eating nothing for twenty-four hours except apples. You are permitted six apples starting at noon on one day and finishing at noon the following day. You should also limit your water consumption to just enough to quench your thirst. After your Apple day you should see a further loss of weight

    *   The Steak day. With this procedure you eat nothing all day until supper time. You may then have a steak, with all fat removed, with an apple or a tomato.

    *    Increase your consumption of water.

    *    Check for sugar in your food. Sugar is often added to many different food products. Check all food purchases for   sugar and other additives.

    *    Get some mild form of exercise such as walking every day. However avoid any strenuous exercises like running as it will result in more water retention.

    *    Take two tablespoons of diluted apple cider vinegar.

Expect to reach a plateau during your HCG treatment but realize it is only a temporary situation and you will soon return to your regular daily weight loss.

Article-New HCG Diet Plateau Breakers
By Sonia E Russell, Melissa Simeons and Becky Hcg in HCG Diet 800 Calorie Protocol

 Here are the best hCG diet plateau breaking tips that have been found to be very effective when following the hCG Diet Protocol. Many of the plateau breakers listed can be utilized in both Phase 2 and 3.

NEW! Cantaloupe Plateau Breaker: At bedtime, eat half of a medium sized cantaloupe (make sure to cut it yourself) and drink 1 full glass of water right before you lay down to sleep. You should lose between 0.5-3 pounds the following morning. Eating cantaloupe assists in pulling water out of the fat cell and this action works best while you are asleep. For dieters on the 500 calorie protocol, the 1/2 cantaloupe at bedtime will be your second fruit of the day. For dieters on the 800 calorie protocol, the 1/2 cantaloupe at bedtime will be your third fruit of the day. There is a 99% success rate for both protocols in P2. It really works!

NEW! Ask your prescribing hCG diet weight loss physician to increase your hCG dosage by 25 IU's daily until you lose weight and then resume the original dosage once the plateau has been broken.Do not increase your hCG dosage without the permission of your prescribing doctor. For P2.

NEW! Drink Oolong, Black and Green Tea as they are made from the Camellia sinensius plant. There are only 3 types of real tea that have significant health benefits - black, green and oolong, all which increase metabolism and burn fat. For P2 and P3.

NEW! Get enough sleep. Many dieters have reported that not enough sleep has reflected little or no weight loss on the following day. The reason this occurs is if you do not get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, especially on phase 3 when the body is stabilizing your metabolic rate, the body will increase the production of the hormone gherlin which increases appetite and slows down metabolism. For P2 and P3.

NEW! Intense exercise is not needed for success on the HCG diet. If you are on the 500 calorie protocol and have been lifting weights, consider limiting your workouts to just walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes a day. Resistance training builds lean muscle mass. Lean muscle weighs more than fat and may skew your weight loss on the scale. Dieters following the 800 calorie hCG diet protocol may particpate in some light resistance training or 30 minutes of low impact aerobics only as tolerated. However, it is best to wait until you have finished the Phase 2 HCG therapy. For P2.

Increase your fluid intake to 3 quarts per day. Additional fluids will assist in promoting adequate digestion, help prevent constipation and may help to flush out toxins and fat. If you are not drinking enough water daily, your body will store water as a means of protection. For P2 and P3.

Try increasing your protein by half an ounce. You may not be eating enough calories per day. Avoid consuming less than 500 calories daily because your body may store fat or you may not lose any weight. In some cases you may actually gain. For P2.

Limit eating red meat to only 1 or 2 times per week. Red meat digests slowly in the bowel and may slow down weight loss. For P2 and P3.

Make sure you are not using garlic salt or salt substitutes. Garlic powder and sea salt are acceptable. Products such as Mrs. Dash and No Salt are forbidden. For P2.

Do not mix green vegetables. For example; do not mix asparagus and cabbage together. However, you can mix vegies in your salad such as lettuce, tomato, and onion. Just remember that green vegetables should not be mixed. For P2.

Discontinue Grissini bread sticks, Melba toast and Wasa crackers. For P2.

Do not eat the same protein, vegetable or fruit more than once in the same day. For example; do not eat tilapia for lunch and dinner or half a grapefruit for breakfast and the other half for lunch. Metabolism increases when the body has different foods to break down and digest. For P2 and P3.

Make sure there are no antibiotics, flavor enhancers or added rib meat in your chicken or other protein sources. For P2 and P3.

Do not eat any canned food products. Many canned food products contain high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and flavor enhancers that may slow down weight loss. For P2 and P3.

Make sure you buy your proteins raw and without any marinades. For P2 and P3.

For women, your menstrual cycle may cause a water weight gain of 2-5 pounds. Be aware of the date of your last menstrual cycle and never begin the hCG diet right when you start your period. For P2.

If you are not having regular bowel movements, a fiber supplement such as over the counter Senna is highly recommended to be taken daily. It is possible to hold 5 or more pounds of stool in the colon. High protein low fat diets most often will cause constipation. If you have not had a bowel movement for 5 days, an over the counter laxative suppository should be taken. If you do not experience relief then please contact your doctor's office for further instruction.

Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is the star condiment on this diet. If you suffer from acid reflux or just dislike the taste, consider taking Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules found at most health food stores. ACV has been scientifically proven to release fat within the body and contains similar properties that have been found in grapefruit. For P2.

Dr. Simeons "apple day". Reduce your fluid intake by 1 quart and eat 6 apples throughout the day. This method typically eliminate excess fluids in the body and most dieters will lose about 2 pounds. This method is not recommended to be followed on a regular basis. For P3.

Dr. Simeons "steak day". Drink as much fluid as possible throughout the day and then enjoy a large steak for dinner. You may have 1 tomato and an apple with your steak. Many dieters have reported a weight loss of about 2 pounds the following day.For P3.

NON FAT - FAGE DAY Stall Breaker P2

By Annie CampLola Simeons and Sonia E Russell in HCG Diet 800 Calorie Protocol (Files) · Edit Doc



By Candice Ekberg and Sonia E Russell


Candice and Sonia have researched and tested the NON-FAT Fage Greek Yogurt - 0% - as a stall breaker in (P2) with our dieters. We do not recommend full fat or 2 %, although many dieters will drop pounds the following day, we have observed the weight will often times creep back on over the next consecutive days. This has not occurred with the use of non-fat 0 percent Fage yogurt. This may be primarily due to the very high fat content in the full fat version. Our dieters have reported excellent results with the 0% non fat version. We have approved the following brands: (Fage, All Natural Brown Cow, and Dannon Oikos) are approved, but please still check your labels for high protein, low carb/sugar,and zero fat..... PLAIN ONLY 0% NON-FAT GREEK YOGURT.


Phase 2 Directions: Buy #1 16 oz. tub of approved 0% NON FAT PLAIN Greek Yogurt, divide into4 oz. servings and add 2 oz. of fresh berries per serving (strawberries or raspberries). Eat the 4servings through out the day. Continue drinking your regular daily fluids.

About the Author

Sonia E. Russell, LPN is a licensed nurse and a professional hCG diet coach for over 4 years. Sonia has authored several books on the new medically revised 800 calorie hCG diet protocol that is safer, more tolerable and removes many health concerns. The new physician approved and peer reviewed 800 calorie protocol was developed based on successful weight loss results from patient trials and internal studies over a 3 year period.

 Helpful Hints

1. Do a body or candida cleanse before you start on HCG. Candida is the NUMBER ONE cause of hunger while on HCG. A body with Candida will crave sugar and carbs. Hunger is a sign that you are burning calories and shedding weight.  Embrace this feeling; you are on the way to a new you!! 

2. Women – The best time to start your HCG is after your cycle. You can start at any time, however you shouldn’t take HCG during your cycle. The weight will come off when you are done with your cycle. No worries!

3. Do not drink or eat 30 minutes before or after taking your HCG dose.

4. Keep all homeopathic remedies away from your cell phone or microwave. 

5. Rebekah's Pure Living Hoodia Pure Capsules taken everyday eliminates hunger.

6. Stalling is OK! Weight loss wont be constant every day, so don’t worry.  Clcik here for Staul breaker information.

7. Add organic cinnamon to your tea to help with blood sugar and weight loss.

8. Teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar before meals will speed up weight loss.

9. Smooth Move Tea or Magnesium will help keep your system moving. Make one cup every third day before bed.

10. Drink at least one gallon of water a day. The more you drink.. the more you will lose.

11. Rebekahs HCG power booster will help speed up weight loss, help curb appetite

Did you Know? by Sonia Russell author of the "800 Calorie Protocol"  


Did you know that dieters that maintain a positive attitude towards their weight loss LOSE MORE WEIGHT?


Did you know that dieters that have a great diet coaching support team will lose MORE weight then those that don't?


Did you know that Apple Cider Vinegar, the star condiment on the hCG diet has been scientifically PROVEN to assist in the release of FAT, much similar to the action of grapefruit?


Did you know that skipping breakfast can cause the body to store fat?


Did you know that a Total Body Detox Cleanse will speed Phase 2 losses? A Detox Cleanse targeting the liver, colon and all the vitals organs within the body assists in removing toxins from the foods that we eat. These toxins include: pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, preservatives and additives that can slow down weight loss or prevent weight loss. A Cleanse allows for better digestion and absorption of nutrients via the intestine. Dieters have reported losses of 5-10 more pounds by the end of their round by beginning a 2 week colon cleanse prior to starting Phase 2 of the hCG VLCD


Did you know the components of GRAPEFRUIT JUICE believed to be clinically active are also found in limes, pumellos, and Seville oranges? Grapefruit, one of the 4 allowable fruits on the hCG diet protocol interacts with many medications.


Did you know that food cravings while on P2 may be due to a lack of adequate nutrition? Simply taking a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement will reduce cravings, increase energy and prevent weakness, fatigue, hair loss and improve moisture of the skin.


Did you know that calcium and vitamin D3 help to protect your lean muscle tissue and metabolism while on a VLCD? Always check with your physician before starting a new supplement.


Did you know that GRAPEFRUIT interacts with many prescription medications? Always inform your doctor when taking any new supplements or starting a restricted calorie diet. Here are the most common:

Examples of grapefruit-medication interactions

**Thyroid Medications***

Anti-anxiety-Buspirone (BuSpar)

Anti-arrhythmia-Amiodarone (Cordarone)

Antidepressant-Sertraline (Zoloft)

Antihistamine-Fexofenadine (Allegra)

Anti-retroviral-Saquinavir (Invirase), indinavir (Crixivan)

Anti-seizure-Carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol)

Calcium channel blocker-Nifedipine (Procardia), nimodipine (Nimotop), nisoldipine (Sular)

Statins-Simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor)

Erectile dysfunction drugs, Sedatives triazolam, midazolam and diazepam


Did you know that taking Magnesium citrate 300mg daily will help prevent sugar cravings?


Did you know you can prevent hair loss when on a VLCD just by taking a good multi-vitamin/mineral (vitamins A-Z)?. I cannot stress enough how important this is in providing adequate nutrients to your tissues, cells, organs and your HAIR FOLLICLES.


Did you know that your weight gain could be the result of an unknown food sensitivity or intolerance? A food sensitivities or intolerance will decrease the metabolism of food which can result in excess bloating, gas, and possible weight gain.


Did you know that research obtained from Yale University suggest that dieters who take calcium supplements lose up to 500% more weight than those that do not? Researchers also found that dieters that take vitamin D lose up to 300% more weight and melt significantly more belly fat than those that do not.


Did you know that microwaving your food while on a VLCD is not recommended or to be avoided as much as possible? This is because studies have shown the majority of nutrient rich vegetables such as asparagus and broccoli, which contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are zapped right out from microwaving.


Did you know that researchers found that viruses such as the common cold or flu can cause the storage of fat and water as a means of protecting you? Fortunately this is just temporary - only through the duration of your illness.


Did you know that there is a big difference between whey protein ISOLATE VS whey protein CONCENTRATE? Whey protein isolate only contains 1% lactose and is gentler on the tummy then whey protein concentrate that contains 30% lactose which can cause excess gas, intestinal inflammation and bloating.


Did you know that Dr. Oz recently touted the supplement Calcium pyruvate as one of the best natural fat burners? Calcium pyruvatet yields no side effects because pyruvic acid is already made in the human body, but in higher levels will assist in burning more fat and calories. Take it in the morning with breakfast in phase 2! Always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement.


Did you know that you can store FAT if you do not get at least 7 hours of SLEEP each night? A hormone already made in the human body called Gherlin is released in higher amounts within the bloodstream that causes the body to store fat.


Did you know that Braggs LIQUID AMINOS is loaded with Sodium? 1.5 tsp = 480MG OF SODIUM. A sure fire recipe for water retention!


Did you know that most women experience a heavier menses while on the hCG diet? Others will be irregular or spot for a few weeks. A small percentage of dieters will miss their period entirely. Women with an IUD that don't get a period will experience PMS symptoms and some may even experience light spotting. Menopausal women that haven't had TOM in years have reported intermittent spotting on occasion.


Did you know that Fat Free products make you fat? They contain artificially man made flavor enhancers and ingredients that are pumped into foods to make them taste better. These artificial ingredients are very hard for the body to digest and slow down weight loss. In addition, many people buy fat free products thinking they are being healthy. WRONG! They wind up eating the whole box, or package instead of one serving. The sugar alcohol alone in these products is monumental. Full fat is much healthier for you in moderation and especially when on a VLCD. The body can metabolize full fat much more efficiently and doesn't leave toxic residue within the colon.


Did you know that low hormone output and a slowed metabolism are directly related? Menopausal women and those with low hormone output due to surgical hysterectomy have very low levels of reproductive female hormones in their body.When these hormone levels decline, so does metabolism. The good news is that hCG will raise the hormones (estrogen and progesterone) on a small scale, thereby improving their losses and raising metabolism. This is why the hCG diet is PERFECT for women with low hormone production.


Did you know that those who admit their cheats will reach their desired goal weight?


Did you know that sex will assist in curbing late night hunger and help you lose weight?


Did you know that most dieters don't know if their weight scale is accurate? Placing a 5 pound free weight on your scale will give you an accurate weight measurement.


Did you know that self-control acts just like a muscle? The more you resist temptation, the stronger your will-power and self control will be for that moment and in the future.


Did you know that if you brush your teeth right after eating you will be less likely to still feel hungry?


Did you know there is a 7-14% mortality rate within 90 days of Bariatric surgery?


Did you know that drinking green tea 6 times a day will help reduce cardiovascular disease?


Did you know that you should be losing 1% body fat per week on P2?


Did you know that probiotics taken 3 times per day will reduce intestinal bloating and inflammation and reduce water retention?


Did you know that if you don’t drink enough water every day that your body will actually store water as a way of protecting you? Up to 2-3 pounds! Drink 3 quarts of water or tea daily when on the hCG diet. Every ounce counts!


Did you know that in order to make most bread and starches gluten-free without compromising the taste, that many food-makers add in extra fat and sugar? Gluten free products also have less fiber. You will not have too much difficulty fat loading with a gluten-free diet?


Did you know that a rapid insulin spike which is caused by a "cheat" can lower your immune system leaving you vulnerable to catch all sorts of viruses?


Did you know that the color blue suppresses the appetite?Use blue plates folks and put your red plates away, as the color red can stimulate appetite and hunger?


Did you know that whey protein isolate assists in burning fat and curbing the appetite and also targets fat loss in the hips and thighs?

and keep energy levels high! Recommended Product!

About the Author

Sonia E. Russell, LPN is a licensed nurse and a professional hCG diet coach for over 5 years. Sonia has authored several books on the new medically revised 800 calorie hCG diet protocol that is safer, more tolerable and removes many health concerns. The new physician approved and peer reviewed 800 calorie protocol was developed based on successful weight loss results from patient trials and internal studies over a 4 year period.

Remember you are not done until the end of your protocol. Keep up the great work!





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