The HCG diet, as written by Dr. Simeon in the 1950s, has dieters on a very specific diet, and only consuming 500 calories per day. On average, most of your meals will be almost 500 calories, so it’s hard to imagine only eating a quarter of your normal calories per day, but that’s what makes the HCG diet so different.

Thousands of people have found weight loss success using the traditional HCG protocol, but in recent years medical professionals have introduced a modified HCG diet plan: the 800 calorie HCG diet. Before you decide to try the 800 calorie version, instead of the 500 calorie version, it’s important that you understand the major differences, and if this will work for you.

Why Was This Diet Created?

Originally the HCG diet was created for overweight individuals who had trouble losing weight, most notably women who had trouble losing their so-called baby weight. Times have changed since the original protocol was introduced, men and women are much more active in their daily lives, and the foods we eat each day have changed as well. 

A 500 calorie diet may work for some, but for others it is a seemingly impossible request, especially for many men. The 800 calorie version is mostly credited to Dr. Lipman, who found that his patients were finding new foods that would match up to the original foods on the protocol, so he wanted to give his patients something new to try.

Patients who have tried the 800 calorie version say that they do lose weight quickly, but some who have tried both found they lost more weight on the 500 calorie version, which is to be expected as they are taking in less calories overall. 

How The 800 Calorie HCG Diet Food List Is Different

The 800 calorie version of the HCG diet obviously allows for more calories, but still focuses on protein throughout the day. The list also has more snack options, which is appealing to many patients who are constantly on the go and need to refuel throughout the day. 

Counting Calories

Breakfast Food List

With breakfast you can drink tea or coffee, or another drink without sugars added. You want to eat only 160 calories with breakfast, and all of these food items should be fat free. Throughout the day you need to consume one protein per meal, so for breakfast you could eat any of the following:

  • Egg whites
  • A high protein, no sugar bar or shake
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheese wedge
  • One fruit, either an apple or strawberries

As you can see, the difference between the two meal plans is vastly different, as breakfast is a meal that you are now required to eat.

Lunch And Dinner Food List

For lunch and dinner you must eat one protein, a vegetable, and a fruit.

Protein options include:

  • Veal
  • Beef
  • Chicken Breast
  • White Fish

  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Shrimp

Vegetable options:

  • Chard
  • Spinach
  • Beet-Greens
  • Onions

  • Green Salad
  • Tomatoes
  • Fennel
  • Cucumbers

  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Cabbage

Fruit options include:

  • Apple
  • Orange

  • Strawberry
  • Grapefruit

Snacks List

When it comes to snacks, this is where the 800 calorie version of the HCG diet goes into a much different direction. Many people are drawn to the idea of being able to satisfy sweet tooth cravings, and not worrying about cheating while on the diet. 

  • Low carb toast and wraps
  • 2 low fat cookies
  • Half of one protein bar
  • 2 slices or wedges of low-fat cheese
  • 1 serving of sugar free pudding, popsicles, or Jell-O
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While the sample 800 calorie HCG diet menu may seem much better for your lifestyle, and it can be, you must be much more aware of the sugar, carbohydrate, and fat content of all of the food you eat each day. Being able to enjoy a chocolate snack can seem like a great way to end a stressful day, but if you don’t pay enough attention to the label and ingredients, you could end up gaining weight or stalling in your weight loss. So before choosing, reconsider the 500 calorie plan as well and read more about it here


Diets and the way people do that have changed dramatically even over the last decade, especially as people move toward healthy lifestyles overall, instead of crash diets that don’t last long. With more snack options, and the addition of breakfast and more protein, dieters who use this protocol say that it is much easier to do, and report they have success losing weight, and maintaining their weight loss afterward. 

For a full break down of the HCG weight loss system see my write up here

If you have been concerned about the limited calories of the HCG diet, the 800 calorie version could be what you need to kickstart your weight loss.

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