What’s to Eat on the 800 Calorie HCG Diet?

  • More protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner to produce fullness and reduce cravings.
  • 3 Fruits a day
  • Unlimited vegetables except for beans, carrots and peas
  • 3  Low calorie, no sugar snacks a day
  • More protein and vegetables at dinner meal.
  • Vegetable cauliflower and zucchini noodles replace the major carbs

800 calorie HCG food plan offers hundreds food options and preparations. When it comes to dieting one size certainly does not fit all. Dr Lipman’s first book on the 800 Calorie HCG diet began almost 6 years ago withNew Pounds and Inches. In this book he introduced some radical changes to Dr. Simeons’ original 500 calorie HCG diet plan. After all, there were thousands of new products, food additives, preservatives and food preparation techniques in the 55 years since Dr Simeons wrote his original book.

How Dr Lipman Found New Foods for 800 Calorie HCG Food Plan Based on Simeons Guidelines from Pounds and Inches

800 calorie HCG food plan was appealing and hundreds of Dr Lipman’s patients were willing to make changes and experiment with the foods and drinks. The goal was to make a more tolerable  HCG food plan as long as they continued to burn fat and lose large amount of weight without introducing hunger or cravings. Dr Lipman and his patients started with the foods suggested by Dr Simeons in 1954 including grissino bread sticks, melba toast, egg whites, no fat cottage cheese, Stevia, saccharine, and many “low calorie, low carb food found in other countries'” that were described by Dr Simeons in the 1950’s.

Matching Up Newer Products to the Older Simeons Food Products:

Dr Lipman and his patients began by “matching up” newer low calorie, low fat and low carb products that had similar calories, fat, protein and carbs to accepted Simeons products. We used the “2+2″ rule for selecting prepared foods that have both sugar and fat: It means that products (assuming calories are appropriate) must have 2 grams of sugar or less and 2 grams of fat or less. (When either value is slightly higher, i.e. 2.5 grams of sugar, then use the total which should still be less than 4.) Read REVIEWS OF 800 CALORIE HCG DIET.

Where Dr Lipman and His Patients Found New HCG Friendly Products

New 800 calorie HCG diet food plan came from multiple food sources, including:

  • Food products Dr Lipman and his patients discovered  that were left over from the 2004 low carb craze,
  • Atkins Diet Products
  • New products produced for diabetics in the past 6 years.
  • Hundreds of new products from local supermarkets, health food stores, organic markets and on-line sources that proved to be suitable for the HCG diet. Many were found in Whole Food Markets and on line at Amazon.com and other low calorie, low carb web sites.

Dr Lipman and his patients introduced each new product- one at a time. Each new product had to meet the following criteria to begin to be tested:

  1. Similar (or even lower) calories, fat, carbs, protein and sugar as original Simeons products
  2. Careful attention to amount of sugar and carbs, easy portion control, when possible.
  3. Food products that stopped fat burning, caused  hunger, water retention or weight gain were rejected.

This food plan presented below is still evolving every day as Dr Lipman’s and his patients continue to make changes as new products evolve. Dr Lipman’s current 800 Calorie HCG Daily Food menus are in their 10th update.

New 800 Calorie HCG DietWhy Change the 500 Calorie HCG Food Plan:

He recognizes that most people are not comfortable eating only 500 calories. Certainly, it’s not enough calories for most men. For many women, its also too low. It leads to episodes of low blood sugar reactions and feelings of deprivation. He has increased the choices slightly for men since they require a little more food than women. HCG diet drops are extremely safe for both women and men. Men do not to be concerned about any “hormonal” problems from HCG.

800 Calorie HCG Food Menus: Breakfast and More:

The basis of the new 800 Calorie HCG diet remains protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The protein at breakfast can be eggs, preferably egg whites or 1 whole egg and several egg whites, egg beaters, low fat cottage cheese, no fat cottage cheese, no fat, no sugar yogurt. New high protein, low fat and almost zero carb shakes or bars are featured. There are very specific products that met certain requirements. Fruits have been expanded to included pears, all berries, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruits peaches, limes and lemons, as well as plums, but not bananas or grapes. Apples remain the most important. Instead of measuring vegetables or alternating vegetables—all vegetables are permitted except no carrots, corn or peas in unlimited quantities. This is because the calories and carbs in most vegetables are so low as to not really count. Avocados are eliminated.

All of Dr Lipman’s 800 Calorie HCG Food Choices are  Presented in Thumbnail Pictures with Preparation & Portion

Dr. Lipman uses thumbnail pictures of food choices that illustrate brand names (when available) preparations and portions in all of his weight loss plans. His HCG Food Plan is presented on 5×7 inch color foldouts included in every HCG kit. Here is part of the current HCG Food Plan illustrating breakfast. Note specific products are illustrated with thumbnail images, often including portion, fat content and preparation:

Breakfast HCG ChoicesCarbs in the New 800 Calorie HCG Diet: Using Low Carb Toasts, Wraps

For the 800 calorie HCG food plan, Dr Lipman began with what Dr. Simeons approved in his original Diet—the Grissini Bread sticks and the Melba toasts. Using the original approved Melba toast from the Simeons plan, Dr Lipman has used these numbers and extrapolated to include any carbs with similar glycemic indices and net carbs and sugars to pick more modern day products for the new 800 calorie hcg diet. He found numerous acceptable low calorie, low fat, low carb and zero sugar products that were HCG friendly. To make sure they would “work” he had his patients test their urine for ketones while on the diet to see if they were still burning fat when using these products. Here are some of the Melba- like products he found in 2011 that were included that behaved exactly like Melba toasts recommended by Dr Simeons:


More Carbs in the 800 Calorie HCG Diet

Dr Lipman decided to continue his testing on carb products from 2011 thru 2015. He tried rye bread and some whole grain bread products. The carb levels or sugar levels were too high and all of his patients stopped burning fat when they added even on slice of these breads. Finally, in mid 2013  he found several low carb, high protein, high fiber wraps that behaved exactly like the Melba toasts. These include the Flat Out Wraps and La Tortilla Wraps. In 2014, he found Josephs Low carb pita breads and wraps.

La Tortilla Wrap with Nutrition LabelBy far, La Tortilla Factory wraps are the best product. The are purchased from the bread section of most supermarkets and they come in 50 calorie and 80 calories sizes. Here are the nutrition labels. Compare the nutrition labels of the La Tortilla product with the label from the Melba toast. Since there are two Melba toasts a day, we need to double the numbers on the Melba toasts label and compare that to the 50 calorie La Tortilla label. Using LOW CARB WRAPS IN LUNCH AND DINNERS ON THE HCG PLAN


Melba Toast Nutrition Label

It’s obvious the La Tortilla Low carb wrap is just about the same calories, its loaded with protein and fiber that add to the fullness, the actual net carbs are ½ that of the two Melba toasts and the sugars are equal.Its an outstanding product for the HCG diet. It’s 60 years ahead of the 1950’s Melba toast.

Snacks in the 800 Calorie HCG Food Plan for 2016

800 calorie HCG food plan has  numerous ultra low calorie snacks most of which have been designed for diabetics or used in the low carb craze from 2004. He has divided his snacks into two groups. All of his snacks are no sugar or have sugars of 2 grams or less and come in portion controlled containers. The first group are 70 calories or less. The second group are 30 calorie or less. Look at the bottom image in this post for the many ultra low calorie snacks available. Most of these snacks have nearly zero sugar and very, very little calories. They add some variety to the diet and make the whole weight loss process so much easier.

HCG Snacks

New Foods for 800 Calorie HCG Food Plan for 2018

Protein include fish, chicken (white meat instead of dark meat), beef, are encouraged. Shrimp, lobster, scallops are felt to be excellent. Portions are dependent on the calories with larger portions of lower calorie proteins like fish, lobster and shrimp and slightly larger portions at dinner than lunch. We use the palm of the hand to measure portions. It permits larger men who have larger hands to have slightly larger portions. Learn the detailed differences between 500 vs. 800 calorie plans.

Adding New Vegetable Substitutes (Cauliflower & Zucchini) for Rice, Pasta and Potatoes in the 800 Calorie HCG Diet

One of the major complaints about the HCG diet has been the complete elimination of all high carb foods such as rice, pasta and potatoes. These 3 groups of foods add more than 40 carbs per 1 cup portion and render the HCG diet almost useless. Searching for low carb, low calorie substitutes cauliflower and zucchini have been used. However, these vegetables require preparation and have short table lives. Frozen preparations are simpler to buy, prepare and often add the needed variety.

Veggie products from cauliflower and zucchini can substitute for rice, pasta, potatoesFind the Best 800 Calorie HCG Foods By Reading a Food Label

veggie carb calories

The standard nutrition label serves as the best technique to find the best foods and drinks for the HCG diet. Remember, the total calories should not be more than 800 calories per day. Using Dr Lipman’s food menus you can chose your foods by the thumbnail pictures which show you portions, preparations and even best brands.

However, sometimes you want to try new brands and new foods. Use a food label to help you. The following video will show you how to find the best choices. Here are links to SHOPPING LIST OF 800 CALORIE HCG FOODS AND DR LIPMAN’S  AMAZON.COM.

HCG Diet - Reading Food Labels Video

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  • I would like to see testimonials on this ” new improved ” menu. Part of the success of the HCG diet isn’t only low cal… but certain restrictions are in place because the diet will not work otherwise. Of course with an 800 cal diet people lose weight however the large weight loss that occurs with a standard HCG diet. I would love to see you post actual results and reviews.

    • Dr. Richard Lipman, M.D.

      Visit the Testimonials Page to see what people are saying about my HCG Diet. You can also read reviews on individual product pages – start here.

      • Dr. Lipman:

        I have a surplus of IsaLean shakes and Isagenix Ionix Supreme. Are you familiar with them? Can they be incorporated into the HCG 800 plan?

        • Dr. Richard Lipman, M.D.

          I am familar and they are o.k. on the 800 calorie HCG diet

    • I just want you to know that this diet actually works if you do it the right way.The first time I did the 500 calories answer lost about 63 pounds and now I am trying the 800 calorie diet and in my first two days I lost about 4 pounds.But try it and you will see that it works.

    • Dionne my name I started at 194 on November 28 it’s December 9th 12 days later at 184. On the 800 cal protocol. I did cheat a few times and do mild workout twice a week but I am a teacher so I move all day and burn major calories. My goal is not fat hanging off of me around 140. I will keep u all posted I’m on my first round. I did this diet 5 yrs ago lost 24 lbs on 40 days.

  • I lost 20 lbs in a month. I did have a few cheat meals during that month with trips away. I’ve found at age 58 this was the only diet plan that worked for me. During the month off I only gained a few pounds back. Very happy with this diet plan.

  • I’m 46 with RA and this is the only diet that has worked for me. I’m 30 days in and have lost 20 pounds. Very happy with it.

  • I have been on the HCG diet, for about 25 days and have lost about 22.2 labs, along with much body fat. I really have to work more on my body water mass.

  • I did the HCG a few years back with the 500 cal meal plan and list 37 pounds. Unfortunately I gained it back plus 25 more! Is it safe to restart the program? I heard that it messes with your motabalism and I can’t afford to gain any more weight.

    • Dr. Richard Lipman, M.D.

      Of course its fine to do the HCG diet again. The 800 calorie HCG diet is much easier than what you did. Many more foods and snacks prevents hunger and cravings. I would suggest you use our
      superior HCG since you have done the HCG previously. I does not mess with your metabolism.

  • Is it okay to have 1 or 2 shots of vodka in this diet

    • Dr. Richard Lipman, M.D.

      You can have 2-3 shots of vodka per week, be careful most mixes(like tonic) are loaded with sugar.
      richard lipman md

  • Stephanie Moore

    Is it ok to have a few slices of canadian bacon for breakfast ? Its less than the 2 and 2 rule of fat and sugar.

    • Dr. Richard Lipman, M.D.

      Yes, as long as you keep the portions small.
      Richard Lipman MD

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