HCG Diet Shopping List



  1. Must be organic/free range/wild caught
  2. Serving size: 100 grams weighed raw - all visible fat removed
  3. Leanest cuts available 


  • Beef - Filet, top sirloin, London broil, flank steak, Bison
  • Veal - Chop, loin
  • Pork - Chop, loin
  • Chicken breast (off the bone)
  • White fish - Cod, Orange Roughy, Sole, Sea Bass, Grouper, flounder, halibut
  • Shellfish - Crab, scallops, lobster, shrimp
  • Tuna (1x per week)




  1. May be consumed between meals  


  • Apple - 100 g.
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Strawberries



  1. Raw, steamed or gently boiled
  2. Serving size: 100 grams raw - only one per meal 


  • Cabbage - green, red, Napa, Chinese, bok-choy
  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Chard
  • Kale - red and green
  • Beet greens
  • Lettuce - arugula, mixed, red, green, romaine
  • Tomato - regular, Roma, grape
  • Fennel
  • Celery
  • Onion - white, yellow, red, green
  • Cucumber
  • Asparagus



Grissini Breadsticks/Melba Toast  (of rice cracker if gluten sensitive)

  1. 1 per meal



Spices, Herbs and Seasonings



Allspice, Apple Cider Vinegar, Basil, Bay Leaf, Cayenne Pepper, Celery Salt, Chili Powder, Chili Seasoning, Chipotle, Cilantro,Cinnamon, Coriander, Creole seasoning*, Cumin (ground), Dill, Dill Seed, Garlic (fresh/salt/powder), Ginger, Ground Black Pepper, Hot Pepper Sauce (w/ Vinegar), Italian Seasoning, Mint Leaves, Nutmeg, Onion (powder/salt), Oregano, Paprika,Parsley, Peppercorns, Poultry Seasoning, Rosemary (fresh/dried), Sage, Sea Salt, Thyme, Tumeric, White Pepper


*McCormick's or Tony Chachere's Original Creole.  Read the ingredients. Do not use if they contain sugar/dextrose/MSG, etc


Additional daily consumables


  1. Juice of one lemon and all types of vinegar for salads
  2. Water, organic coffee, green and herbal tea and mineral water are the only allowed beverages.  You must consume 2 liters of filtered water per day. You may add lemon juice to the water
  3. One tablespoon of milk  
  4. No fats of any kind are to be consumed during this period of time. That includes oil, mayonnaise, non-fat cooking spray, butter or margarine
  5. Stevia - liquid or powder. Liquid stevia comes in many flavors and may be used as well


Tips for success:



You must:

  • weigh all protein raw - do not exceed 100 grams
  • consume approved protein for lunch and dinner (do not eat the same protein for both meals
  • consume approved vegetables only at lunch and dinner - approx 100 grams raw
  • consume approved fruit (may consume between meals)
  • consume 1 grissini breadsticks with meals
  • consume at least 2 liters of water, may also have tea and coffee and mineral water




  • eat fruit between meals, with meals, or as "breakfast"


Must avoid:

  • exceeding 100 grams of protein, vegetables, or fruit
  •  fats of any kind - including all skin lotions, creams, face makeup other than eye liner, mascara and face powder, lipstick (use oil-free makeup remover)






HCG Friendly Products during the Low Calorie Diet Phase


Dr. Simeon's wrote that "most women find it hard to believe that fats, oils, creams and ointments applied to the skin are absorbed enough to stop the progression of weight loss. /this almost incredible sensitivity to even such very minor increases in nutritional intake is a peculiar feature of the HCG method."


Because of this sensitivity, if you are in a profession that uses lots of oils, creams, lotions, it is advised to wear gloves during these treatments. If sensitivity is important (as in a massage therapist, hair dresser), use surgical gloves versus latex gloves, which fit tighter on the hand. 


 You do not have to replace all your personal hygiene products. But you must

scan all your products for hidden fats and oils and decide which you can stop using during the reduced calorie phase as it will surely slow down the weightloss process.


Is the original manuscript, Dr. Simeon's did not allow mascara - most likely because it was made with petroleum jelly.  Today's cosmetics are made very differently, which is why we allow mascara, eyeliner, mineral powder and light lipstick for lips (avoid if it contains beeswax). Make sure to use an oil-free makeup remover.  It is also important to avoid liquid foundation and switch to a pressed powder or mineral makeup.


Product Category:





  • AntiAging Serum - Orenda
  • Mineral Powder foundation/blush - Bare Essentials, Max Factor Pancake
  • Oil-free base/foundation - Neutrogena


Hair Color:


  • There continues to be controversy whether to color. If there is a stall in weight loss it is only temporary



Skin/Lip Moisturizers


  • Even though these are "oil-free" be mindful of the amount you use.  Moderation is key
  • 100% Aloe Vera gel
  • Corn Huskers Lotion
  • Mineral oil (Baby oil) - only if necessary for extremely dry hand. Use a small amount at bedtime and wear gloves
  • Neutrogena Oil Free Facial Lotion
  • Blistex (apply a very small amount 1-2x daily)    
  • Na-PCA Spray by Twin Labs - Oil -free version available at certain Whole Foods locations, you may use this on hands, body, face




  • Aveeno Oil Free Sunscreen
  • Coppertone Oil Free



  • All oil-containing supplements must be discontinued eg. CoQ10, Vit D, Fish Oils  - there are dry forms of these supplements that can be used during this time                   

"Dr. Raby is professional, humanistic, compassionate and sincere."
- Raby Institute patient