I get this question from time to time, usually from an hCGer who only has a small amount of weight to lose and they don’t want to do an entire 3 week round if they don’t have to.
The cause for concern comes up because Dr. Simeons felt that anything less than 3 weeks time on the hCG Diet protocol with the injections didn’t seem to provide lasting weight loss.
Since that time, people have experimented with doing hCG for only a 2 week period. To be honest, at this time I haven’t gotten enough feedback from people to say for certain the outcome.
I have had a couple emails of ladies who did this who told me they were able to maintain the losses from that 2 week period just fine, as well as a couple of weight loss clinics who routinely offer a 2 week program of hCG for their leaner patients and they told me this seems to work just fine.
So for what’s it worth, that’s all I really have for you. I certainly like the idea the of it since no one wants to be dieting on hCG longer than necessary, especially if they are already done losing weight!
That said, if you have such a small amount of weight to lose that it would only need 2 weeks on hCG, you might consider skipping the hCG program entirely in this case and perhaps do some intermittent fasting instead- I have utilized that myself to lose 5-7 lbs on my own. I have a post here to help you learn further about this:
While these other methods may take a bit longer which means you have to be patient, they are a more painless way to lose weight – I find that the hCG Diet becomes particularly difficult when you only have a little weight to lose- I know, I’ve been there! Sometimes it may be worth it, but there’s other times when it’s a much more appealing idea to be able to eat as normal most days, with an occasional fast day 1-2x a week, in order to lose 5 lbs over a couple months, than to go through the whole hCG program process of loading and gaining weight, eating only 500 calories every single day, potentially having to tweak your dose to try to fix your hunger, and spend that time “stabilizing” your new weight in P3.
I hope this helps!