Foods You can Eat on HCG Diet Plan
While on an HCG diet plan, there are certain foods you can eat and certain foods you are instructed to avoid. In general, the plan follows a very-low-calorie regimen with just 500 to 800 calories. The calorie restricted diet is coupled with regular doses of HCG hormone. Proponents of the HCG diet claim that the hormone utilizes as many as 2,000 calories per day from stored fat in your body. It is because of the high utilization of stored calories that only 500 to 800 dietary calories are allowed each day.
Because caloric intake is drastically limited, there are relatively few limitations on the type of food you can eat. However, it is essential to include highly nutritious food items to get the most out of the few calories you are eating. It’s best to avoid high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods.
There are a few foods that are recommended by experts because of their high nutritional content or their ability to make you feel less hungry. If you are following the original HCG diet plan, you can have two meals that include the following food items.
- Tea or coffee with zero-calorie sugar substitute and 1 tablespoon of skim milk
- Vegetables: choose from chard, spinach, chicory, beet greens, tomatoes, green salad, celery, onions, fennel, red radishes, cabbage, cucumbers and asparagus
- Lean meat, white fish, chicken breast, shrimp or crab, trimmed of fat
- Fruits such as oranges, apples, strawberries or a half grapefruit
- A slice of whole-grain bread or toast
Take a look at the video below for further explanation.
Sample Meal Plan
This meal plan offers an example of how to incorporate the foods recommended on the HCG diet into your day.
Breakfast begins with black coffee, green tea, mate tea or organic tea. If you use sweetener, it should be a zero-calorie sugar substitute. You can also use up to 1 tablespoon of skim milk. Brew your coffee or tea with clean, filtered water. In addition to your beverage, you may also have a slice of bread or toast and a serving of fruit from the list of recommendations.
Lunch or Dinner
Your second meal, whether it is lunch or dinner, can include some protein from the list as well as one serving of vegetables. The HCG diet recommends only one serving of vegetable per meal. In preparing your meal, don’t add oil. Choose cooking methods like grilling, boiling or steaming. Finish your meal with a serving of fruit from the list.
*Don’t eat the same foods for both meals, and only consume protein at one of the meals.
You can take a look at this video shown below for better understanding.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid high-calorie foods, like:
- High-fat foods like fried chicken, steak, French fries, hot dogs and pancakes
- Table sugar
- Cooking oils
- Seafood like lobster, salmon, eel and tuna
- Processed products such as ice cream, cheese, peanut butter and mayonnaise
Staying well-hydrated will help minimize hunger. Drink water throughout the day. You can also supplement your water intake with additional servings of tea or coffee, which may be more satisfying than water when you are craving food.
This meal plan is not recommended by doctors and does not have the support of successful clinical trials. Even proponents of the diet recommend that you follow it for no more 21 to 26 days. After that, you must return to a healthy, balanced diet. Failing to do so can be dangerous for health.
Always consult your doctor before beginning a new diet or exercise regimen.
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