Diet Tips


Herbal teas

There are plenty of choices with different flavors of herbal teas. By changing the flavor of tea you consume, you’ll add diversity to your life. Some people like their tea without any added sugar. If you are not one of them, add a little of Stevia to sweeten it up a bit.


Seasonings can also add variety to your everyday meals. Seasonings have zero calories, so go ahead and use as many as you want in each meal. There is nothing worse than tasteless or bland food. Since your taste buds aren’t really being stimulated, cravings occur. On most diets, you are allowed to add any amount of seasonings to your fish, chicken and vegetables. This helps to make your mind feel as though you are eating something different daily. Salad spritz dressings can also help keep your diet on track. They are really tasty and have zero calories. These salad spritz dressings are available at most grocery stores. You should also try adding lemon juice to vegetables or fish. Different types of vinegar can also mix up your food consumption routine. Try the malt vinegar on fish. It brings out the flavor.

Keep meals on hand

The hardest time to stick with any diet is when you are starving. If you have each meal prepared before the time comes to eat, you won’t be tempted to cheat as much. Knowing you can eat your meal within minutes will help you stick to your plan.

Write it down

Keep a journal of what you eat and your favorite recipes. That way, when you feel as though you are wanting something different to eat, you can go back to the recipe that you enjoyed most. If you keep a daily record of what you eat, you will increase the likelihood that you’ll stay on your diet.

Tricks during the VLCD

If your brain is used to so much glucose that you cannot concentrate well, try L-glutamine, the amino acid, which acts just like sugar in the brain. Personal care products that have not caused a gain in some people: Proactiv wash (not the lotion or the toner); organic spray "NA-PCA" Non-oily Natural moisturizer by "Twin Labs"; Pantene shampoo/conditioner (though it is likely that any regular shampoo/conditional can be used); Crest toothpaste (though any regular one should work); Secret deodorant has caused no issues and Irish Spring soap. It is likely that you can lose weight with all of your regular products to clean, but the moisturizers/lotions/make-up/etc. can cause problems.

If you are having trouble going to the bathroom you can try Smooth Move Tea (available at GNC); follow the directions on the package, but only drink half of it. Drinking only half prevents loose bowels and cramping. WARNING: Do NOT overuse laxative-type teas; read more here. As strange as this may sound, exercise causes your weight loss to slow down, even the difference of walking 30 minutes or not can cause changes in your weight loss. From our experience, we believe you will lose the most weight if you are sedentary. We believe exercise builds muscle mass which weighs more than fat, so you still burn fat, but you stay at the same weight. Additionally, it has been said that muscles hold water around it while it "heals" from any type of exercise, whether it be walking or working out/cardio. Dr. Simeons explains this in Pounds and Inches: "[The muscles have a] retention of water which the tired circulation cannot at once eliminate." He also advises to not exert yourself while on the VLCD, anything more than a game of tennis, a vigorous swim, a run, a ride on horseback or a round of golf is too much.

Potassium can be used to keep your strength up during the VCLD and the dose should range between 200-1000 If you are not actually constipated, but are considered about not moving the bowels, you can try the salt water flush. It has the same effects of a colonic, but it costs nothing (or as much as sea salt). Here is a website that tells you what to do. Sea salt is always the best type of salt to use. Apple Cider Vinegar “Cocktail” can help digestion and hunger and burn fat. Drink one before each meal. Use 1 TBSP in 3-4oz of water with a few drops of Stevia.

To treat bad breath, you can munch on fresh parsley. As an added bonus, it has a mild diuretic effect. To count calories, 10 sprigs have 4 calories. If you are a gum chewer, buy some cinnamon sticks, break them in half & chew them. They will eventually dry out & you can reuse them anytime. To always have one on hand, keep one in your car, at work, and your purse. You could also use anise seeds (like the East Indians) which are like liquorice for "candy" or as a breath freshener.

Water is extremely important for the protocol to work; if you are not a water drinker you can try zero calorie, zero carb fruit flavoring packets which come in about 8 different flavors. For subtle flavor, use only half a packet. Recommended flavors include peach, mixed berry, and strawberry kiwi. To maximize weight loss, you need to remember your entire well-being. Don't forget stress reduction, sleep, and toxin reduction. Keep in mind that everyone loses weight in different periods of time. Some people set their expectations too high and feel like a failure (which is completely NOT true). There are many slow losers, just remember to not give up. Let your body lose at the speed it needs to, and keep your eyes on the goal. You will eventually reach your goal.

For those who don't want to share their diet secrets (the hCG protocol) with family and friends (due to questions and criticisms), you can tell them you are on a cleanse and eating clean, whole foods with no sugars, dairy, gluten, or preservatives. This should keep them off your case.

Tips on managing stalls/gains

Watch what you’re eating; you should have a food journal and you might find patterns of foods that cause you not to lose, or to lose fantastically. A lot of people have had problems losing with tomatoes and oranges (but some people have no problem at all). Everybody is different and you need to monitor your own body and see what works (and doesn’t work) for you.

Make sure you are drinking enough water (at least 2 liters a day).

Those that have held true to the diet and not cheated, have been rewarded with a large weight reduction when it finally drops. You will usually resume your previous average loss before the stall.

Each time you stall, take your measurements; you have probably lost inches (remember it is called Pounds and INCHES).

You could gain some weight and not have cheated, depending on your menses, ovulation, and hormones. Almost all of us have seen the scale go up due to water retention, etc.

If you eat more salt in the food you prepare, and your body isn't used to that sodium level, your blood volume will increase to handle the extra salt, which will translate into a gain because you're retaining water to boost that blood volume. In other words, watch your salt intake.

Remember what Simeons said about losing. You lose fat from the body cells but the cells do not disappear at the same time. The cell structure is still present for two to three days while the body breaks down the cellulose and fills the cell with water in order to release it (through urine). Once the fat cell is removed, the scale will drop.

Sensitivity/allergies to foods (like lemons) may cause weight stalls. Listen to your body. The guru is you!

Pay attention to weight gains, they usually signify a mishap in the protocol, like not drinking enough water, eating too many/too few calories, too much salt, or (inadvertently) eating foods not allowed on the protocol.

Be careful, spices have calories. As long as the serving size listed has less than 5 calories, the company can list 0 calories (even though it may actually have 4). Usually spices and seasonings use 1/4 of a teaspoon as their serving size, so BE CAREFUL...4 calories in 1/4 teaspoon = 16 calories in 1 teaspoon. Account for every calorie, no matter how miniscule it may seem. Here is an exact calorie count per TABLESPOON of various spices:

1TB Onion Powder = 22.54 calories

1TB Garlic Powder = 27.91 calories

1TB Chili Powder = 23.55 calories

1TB Paprika = 19.94 calories

1TB Poltry Season = 11.36 calories

1TB Oregano = 13.77 calories

Weight gains/stalls may take a few days to kick in. For example, you could mix your veggies for a few days and assume there is no problem based on what the scale reads, but then a stall or gain can suddenly reflect the breaking of the rules. Many people believe a stall comes out of nowhere, but it is usually instigated by something (if not a previous weight set point).

It is important to know that what works for one person does NOT mean it will work for everyone; to prevent stalls/gains simply do not make changes to Dr. Simeons protocol just because someone else is losing with that modification.

In women, menstrual periods increase water retention, and water weight shows on the scale. If you know you are following the plan and are not cheating, you just need to accept that the stall/gain is temporary and continue to follow the protocol. The drop will happen once the menstrual cycle is normalized in the body.

If you are following Dr. Simeons to a "T" and have no other explanations for a stall/gain, look at your life and the levels of stress. Stress causes cortisol which hinders weight loss and/or causes you to gain weight. Try to remain calm and stress-free.