HCG 2.0 Diet - Frequently Asked Questions

When beginning a weight loss program, there are no stupid questions. After all, it's your health. It's not something to be taken for granted. Below are the most common questions related to the HCG 2.0 diet protocol. 

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The average weight loss for women on HCG 2.0 is 20-30 pounds in 30-40 diet days. For men, it can be substantially more. To break it down per day, women tend to lose .5 to one full pound per day while men typically lose double. The best news is that the most excessive weight loss on HCG 2.0 comes in the early stages of your diet. In fact, it’s not at all uncommon to lose 10 pounds in the first 10 days of your diet. If you want to be in this 10 pounds in 10 days club, DO NOT overlook the loading phase. Many wrongly assume that if they limit the calories they eat on the loading phase of the diet, then they will have less to lose overall. This assumption is wrong. The weight loss will slowly taper off in the later stages of the diet as your body begins to acclimate to the HCG rendering it less effective. You might even experience a stall. On a 30 day round, if you do not cheat, you can expect to lose 20-30 pounds.


HCG provides two distinct actions to facilitate your weight loss while on the low-calorie phase of the diet. As well as one step following the diet that will help you maintain your ideal weight.

  1. HCG targets your weight loss so that you maintain muscle mass while losing abnormal fat deposits.
  2. HCG suppresses appetite by enhancing Ketosis, which is a process that converts our fat reserves into usable calories allowing us to sustain ourselves on our own stored fat. By summoning calories from stored fat, your body reacts as though it has just consumed a meal thus producing a feeling of satiety and fullness.
  3. Following the low-calorie phase – By acting on a gland in the brain called the hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating metabolic activity, including hunger and satiety, HCG can “reset” your metabolism allowing you to maintain your weight loss successfully.
The HCG taps into your unwanted fat you tend to store in your bellies, thighs, arms, etc. and converts it into calories in a process called Ketosis. You can then use these calories as an energy source to sustain yourself on your own stored fat, resulting in rapid weight loss.


Sublingual HCG Drops – Liquid drops last for 40 days, and you’ll have to take them three times a day. Fifteen minutes before eating or drinking anything. Patches- Patches come in a pack of 24, and one box lasts for around 60 days. Day One (Morning of first HCG diet loading day) – Apply two HCG Patches. Place one on each side of your abdomen. Read the instructions below for proper placement technique. Eve of Day Three (Eve of your first HCG low-calorie day) – At bedtime, place a 3rd HCG patch on your abdomen. Mark it with a sharpie so no mistake it with the previous two. Morning of Day Four (Morning of your 2nd low-calorie day) – Remove the old HCG patches that you put on Day One of Loading. Do not remove the patch you placed the previous night. For the Remainder of Your HCG 2.0 Protocol – Replace the patch every 3-4 days for maximum potency.


Good news, whether you’re a Type I or Type II diabetic, you can still complete HCG 2.0 with success. First, talk with your doctor about starting any diet, especially 2.0. Because HCG 2.0 is a keto based diet, it may cause your blood sugars to drop to dangerous levels if you are on any kind of medications. Please talk to your doctor first BEFORE starting 2.0.


You obviously need your HCG supplement. You have your choice between the traditional HCG Drops or the new HCG Patch. The HCG Patch is cool and convenient, but you’ll do just fine with the HCG Drops. You should begin your HCG supplement when you start the loading phase. Loading is only two days, but you need to make Phyto Plus part of your daily routine sooner or later. Phyto nutrition is plant-based food. It’s a whole food supplement which means that it’s real fruits and vegetables in a dehydrated state.


Ketosis is a state that exists when your body is deprived of carbohydrates and must resort to its fat stores for energy. Of the foods you eat, carbs are most easily converted into energy. Complex carbohydrates, mostly starches, are broken down to simpler sugars, ultimately glucose, and then turned to ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the citric acid cycle. ATP is the energy exchange used in every cellular process in the human body. It’s like the gasoline we put in our cars. Gas is refined from more complex hydrocarbons as glucose is from more complex carbohydrates. If you eat excessive calories from carbs, your body stores them away in your fat cells. If you deprive yourself of carbs, you tap into your fat stores for energy. Think of your fat stores as a bank account. If you’re depositing more money than you’re spending or eating more calories than you’re burning off, your bank account gets bigger… like our bellies. If you spend more than you deposit, as in the state of low carb dieting and Ketosis, your bank account gets smaller… resulting in weight loss. Can HCG alone facilitate ketosis? The answer is no. Even during pregnancy when an expectant mother is producing massive concentrations of HCG, she will not enter a state of ketosis unless she is simultaneously limiting her carb intake. This is why the most critical thing you can do to ensure your success is to limit your carb intake to below 30 total grams per day. If you allow yourself more than 30 total grams of carbs per day, you’re not only diminishing your results, but you’re actually making the diet harder on yourself. You’ll be hungrier if you allow yourself to slip out of ketosis.


Nothing in the literature or studies indicate that taking HCG, in drop form or prescription form, would be contraindicated for “Aunt Martha’s” monthly visit. Considering that you’re only supplementing the hormone for a brief amount of time, generally 30-40 days, it shouldn’t be enough to disrupt ovulation or your cycle. If you plan on doing multiple rounds of HCG throughout the year, you should ask your OBGYN if there are any potential consequences you should be aware of. It’s always recommended to consult your doctor before beginning a weight loss plan. It’s also a good idea to have pre and post blood work done. You’d be surprised what 30 days of clean eating can do for you metabolic panel. One thing you should be aware of is that during your menstrual cycle and the days preceding it can cause water retention. This can skew the reading on the scale. Don’t let this get in the way of starting your diet mid-month. If the timing is right and you’d prefer to begin after Aunt Martha’s visit, by all means, do so. But it’s not critical.


Can you successfully use HCG 2.0 if you’ve had a cholecystectomy? The good news is YES, you can still have success on HCG 2.0 just like everyone else. In fact, there are no changes at all to be made to your low-calorie diet. The clean eating of HCG 2.0 is actually quite ideal for you. The only problem is the loading phase of HCG 2.0. The loading is an often overlooked, but essential part of HCG 2.0. If not done correctly, you won’t see the early and exaggerated weight loss that is typical on HCG 2.0. Since over-consuming on fats is a critical part of loading, you need to make a couple exceptions. Typically loading is two full days of heavy fat consumption. The theory here is that over-consuming on fats causes a spike in liver enzymes. This spike allows your body to bypass “starvation mode” which facilitates rapid weight loss. Rather than over-consume on fats for two days, you’re going to ease into the loading process. Start day one with moderate fat consumption. Eat what you can tolerate. If you feel pain or discomfort in your upper right quadrant, it’s time to slow down. If no pain following breakfast and lunch of your first loading day, continue to eat heavy fats through your dinner. The same goes for the following day. If you feel ok, continue to eat fatty foods. Do your best to get a balance between Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 fats. This is more important for you than it is for other dieters. If you’re able to continue through day two of loading, there is no need for you to complete the third day. However, if you had to take a break from fats due to pain or discomfort, you’ll want to add a third day of fat loading. On this third day, continue to eat fats as you did the previous days, but make it a zero-carb day. We want to make this a productive loading day, and we do that by beginning the ketogenic diet of HCG 2.0. Keep in mind, you DO take your HCG curing these loading days. By Day 4, you should have consumed sufficient fats to achieve the regular exaggerated weight loss that most dieters experience on HCG 2.0


Keto flu is the name given to a set of symptoms some people experience when first starting keto. It’s not actually the flu and positively not contagious, but it can become quite tiring. Keto flu symptoms are very similar to that of your regular flu and can last anywhere from a day to a few weeks! You may experience:

  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • a cough
  • sniffles
  • irritability
  • nausea
Many who experience these symptoms at the beginning of their ketogenic diet will believe the diet is to blame and carbs are useful after all. Ironically, seeing these symptoms is a sign that you were very dependent on carbohydrates! Your body is going through withdrawal from sugar and carbs. Some studies have shown sugar has the same effect on our bodies and brains as cocaine and heroin! The same areas of the brain are activated when one eats sugar as when one ingests cocaine. Also, when you eat sugar, your mind sends messages for the release of dopamine, the “feel good” hormone. After some time, the release of dopamine is more or less regulated, and less is sent out each time you eat sugar. The absence of large amounts of dopamine triggers your need to want more sugar, to get that same “feel good” feeling back. Coincidentally, drug addiction is precisely that. The brain remembers what made it feel good, even if you don’t. Your cravings aren’t random. When you stop eating sugar (or carbs altogether) your body can go through withdrawal. Many people report irritability and mood swings from the hormone surges, or lack thereof. Your body is recalibrating itself without the influence of significant factors such as carbs. One of the leading causes of keto flu is lack of electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals in your body that carry an electric charge. Electrolytes affect the amount of water in your body, the acidity of your blood (pH), your muscle function, and other vital processes. An electrolyte deficiency can be caused by a few things, most prevalent of which is your water intake and foods you may not be eating enough of. On a low carb diet, drinking water is essential. The fat inside your cells will become replaced with water as a placeholder when losing weight. For this reason, many people experience water retention while in ketosis; their cells are storing water, instead of fat. They do this in case of dehydration. Drinking more water during water retention can help combat it! Your body will let go of that emergency water it’s been storing when it sees water is flowing freely. The one drawback of drinking a lot of water is the electrolytes it can flush out with it. One thing to keep in mind is that consuming large amounts of water will flush out the good with the bad. The more water you’re drinking, the better, until you start to expel more electrolytes than you’re ingesting. Many people on keto can become deficient in magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus or chloride, to name a few. Make sure to replenish your electrolytes, whether by a supplement or simply introducing foods that are high in electrolytes into your diet.


Added sugar is hiding in foods that many of us consider healthy, like yogurt and energy bars. It is also attached to savory foods, such as ketchup, bread, salad dressing, and pasta sauce. There are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. These include familiar names, such as sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as barley malt, dextrose, maltose, and rice syrup, among others. While product labels list total sugar content, manufacturers are not required to say whether that total includes added sugar, which makes it difficult to know how much of the total comes from added sugar and how much is naturally occurring in ingredients such as fruit or milk. That makes it very difficult to account for how much added sugar we’re consuming. Anything listed in the ingredients that end in “ose” is some form of sugar.