How long should I be on the protocol? The answer is it depends on how much weight you want to lose. You can do a short round or a long round. The most common is the short round or the 26-day hcg diet protocol. But you can do the long round or the 46-day hcg diet protocol. It just depends on how much weight you really want to lose.

Dr. Simeons’ instruction was clear regarding how long you should do the hGC diet. First, he clearly stressed to do the diet at a minimum of 3 weeks. Second, the maximum number of hcg injections given in a single round is 40.

When to do the 26 day protocol?
You can do the 26 day hcg diet protocol if you need to lose 15 pounds or 7 kg or less. The 26 day protocol is the 3 weeks diet Dr. Simeon mentioned in his manuscript. This is the minimum number of weeks you can be on the protocol. During the short round, you will use at least 23 injections.

The 23 injections include all the injections from the 2 loading days + 21 days of very low calorie diet (VLCD). That will give you a total of 23 injections. The remaining 3 days, you will continue with your vlcd but with no injections before continuing to the P3.That will give you a total of 26 days with 23 injections.

2 days loading with injections

21 days of vlcd with injections

3 days of vlcd without injections


26 days with 23 injections

How about if you want to lose only 5 pounds?
According to Dr. Simeon, dieters who need to lose only 5 pounds must never be given a treatment lasting less than 23 injections. From his studies, he noticed that those who did the diet lesser than 2 weeks have regained the weight back.

When to do the 46 day protocol?
You can do the longer round if you have more than 25 pounds to lose. And if you think you won’t lose all the 25 pounds with a shorter round. In the 46 day protocol, you’ll need 40 injections with 1 skipped injection once a week. Therefore you’ll be on the vlcd for a longer period of time. Your 46 day protocol includes the following:

2 days of loading with injections

38 days of vlcd with injections

6 days of vlcd without injections (This is the no shot day once a week)

2 days of vlcd without hCG at the end of P2


46 days of 500 calorie diet with 40 injections
You can do 2 separate shorter rounds if you think you won’t be able to stick with the longer round. However, you will have to wait for a certain amount of time before you can proceed with the second round. The thing with HCG diet is that you have to do the diet for at least 3 weeks and not to go beyond 40 injections.

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