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Kevin Trudeau is the author of the book “The Weight Loss Cure” and he came up with phase 1-4. Iʼm glad he did because when talking to people about where you are on the protocol, or explaining how to do the protocol-its an easy way to describe where you are on the journey. I will write out the basics of each phase. Watch the video I made about the phases.


This phase is not necessary to do before starting the hcg protocol. It is intended for those who feel they need to detoxify or cleanse their body before starting a weight loss diet.

You can detoxify your body in different ways. For example, if you know you have issues with candida yeast, you can do a candida cleanse. Many people like to do colon cleanses, or just simply want to avoid all processed foods, artificial sweeteners, to help with digestive issues. Whatever one chooses to do, avoid anything that advertises weight loss since dieting right before doing the hcg protocol is not necessary nor recommended.


This phase is when you start using hcg. On the first TWO days of using hcg, you will need to LOAD up on as many fatty foods as possible! These 2 loading/gorge days are very important. We always start out by building up our fat reserves so our body can use these reserves first before the hcg has a chance to “kick in” and start working away at your abnormal fat. After the 2 loading days are done, the 3rd day starts your 500 calorie diet using only the listed foods allowed in Pounds & Inches. Eating non-allowed foods on this protocol will usually lead to slow weight loss and stalls. Drinking coffee, or tea and the required 2 liters of water daily is required. You continue each day dosing your hcg, eating the foods and weigh yourself daily upon waking up after using the restroom. You will start to see wonderful losses on that scale! Minimum time of being on phase 2 is 23 doses if you have 15 or less pounds to lose. Maximum time of being on phase 2 is 40 doses OR until 34 lbs. have been lost. Morbidly obese people are allowed to lose an additional 5-6 pounds if this occurs before the 40 doses are up. If you are doing the longer 40 dose round, you must skip one day a week of your hcg, but remain on the 500 calories. Women also need to skip their hcg doses during menstruation. The reason for only going 40 doses is so one doesnʼt become immune to the hcg. Immunity signs are: extreme hunger, tired, & weak. NOT FUN!!!

After your 23 or 40 doses are done, we remain on the 500 calories for 3 days or 72 hours after our last hcg dose. We need to do this because this is how long hcg remains in your body. If you start eating more calories and different foods before the hcg has had its chance to get out of your system, we will gain weight quickly.

Phase 3 starts immediatley...


The most important key of phase 3 is maintaining the weight you are currently at. To do this you must follow the NO STARCHES/NO SUGAR rule for no less than 3 weeks. Phase 3 is not for losing weight! The goal here is to remain within 2 pounds of your last dosage weight. You must weigh yourself daily to check on the weight. IF you do go over the 2 pound limit, you must THAT same day do a “steak day”. A steak day is when you can drink fluids throughout the day, and then at dinner time you eat a large steak plus one apple OR one tomato. The next morning weigh-in you should be back down under your 2 pound limit. Reading food label ingredients is key to avoid the sugars and starches as many have hidden ingredients you wouldnʼt want to have. I will list some below:

Sugar names to watch for: sugar (duh), brown sugar, molasses, confectioners sugar (powdered sugar), evaporated cane juice, sucanat (unrefined cane juice), agave nectar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, honey, brown rice syrup, crystalline, dextrose, fruit juice concentrate, treacle, maple syrup, barley syrup, malt syrup, rice syrup, date sugar, beet sugar, lactose, fructose, glucose, maltose, galactose, xylose, amylose, and balactose.

Avoiding starches is a tricky thing for some too. Obvious starches would be: bread, cereals, cookies, crackers, pastries, pastas, rice, and potatoes. Avoiding high sugar fruits & starchy vegetables is important too: bananas, pineapple, yams, corn, carrots, beans, beets.

Starch names to watch for: wheat, flour (any kind), dextrin, maltodextrin, cornstarch, corn gluten, corn meal, barley, modified food starch, sorghum, tapioca, oat, rye, buckwheat, potato starch (avoid ANY names with starch in it) soybean. At the end of your phase 3 (3 weeks), you can go into phase 4.


This last and final phase is considered to be the rest of your life phase. Your hunger should be normalized. You should only eat when hungry, and you will most likely not have to eat so much food anymore to feel satisfied. You will also notice you no longer crave for the bad food you used to be addicted to! When you first start this phase, it is so important to know this is not a green light to go ahead and eat whatever you feel like! You must add in each and every starch & sugar very slowly...like one at a time. You will start to figure out what kinds of foods you maintain your weight well on. For some people, eating low-carb foods keep them at a normal weight. For others, you can eat anything in moderation and still not see any gains. I think the key for everyone is staying away from lots of processed foods, and focus on eating healthy choices and drink your much needed water.

You still must remain very aware of your weight on a daily basis. You can still do steak days if your weight starts to creep up past the 2 pounds. You may also choose to do another round of hcg if you feel you need to lose some more weight. The protocol states to wait at least 6 weeks from the last time you ended hcg. With the more rounds you do, more time needs to be added to the wait time:

The protocol states : A 2nd course can be started after an interval of not less than six weeks, though the pause may be more than six weeks. When a 3rd, 4th or even 5th course is necessary, the interval between courses should be made progressively longer. Between a 2nd and 3rd course eight weeks should elaspe, between a 3rd and 4th course twelve weeks, between a 4th and 5th course twenty weeks and between a 5th and 6th couse six months. He concludes by saying this should cause less hardship to the person. (I personally have never waited that long between my 3rd, 4th, courses etc. and did fine. You always want to make sure you are not getting immune to the hcg.)