Your very low calorie diet isn't about what you can't eat. You have a list of foods and it's simple to follow. You don't need calories, what you need is nutrition. Drink lots of water and continue to take your homeopathic HCG.
Breakfast and Snacks on the HCG Diet Plan
Well, technically there aren't any breakfast or snacks. However, personally, I am unable to wait until lunch time for a meal. I would get too hungry so I pulled food from the lunch and dinner menu and spread it throughout the day.
According to Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, the specialist who researched the HCG weight loss program, breakfast should just be liquids:
- Herbal Tea
- Non-Carbonated, Zero Calorie Drinks
My personal opinion: do not drink the zero calorie drinks as they contain aspartame, a very harmful artificial sweetener that can damage your brain cells.
One other drink option in the morning is pure water with a splash of fresh lemon juice. This does two things: the lemon will naturally energize you; and help flush out the toxins from the fat you are burning. The water flushes too and re-hydrates you after a good night's sleep.
If you are hungry at breakfast time, start eating an item or two from your lunch menu. I commonly did this. I would take my food allotment for the day and spread it out. I usually never went more than 2-3 hours without some sort of food that was on the HCG diet plan list.
What's for Lunch & Dinner?
Basically, lunch and dinner are same menu: one protein, one vegetable, one fruit, and one starch. For each meal you select one type of food from each category.
You have to stay under the 500 calorie per day threshold, so make every calorie count.
What we are looking for is lean protein that is very low in fat. For instance, there are some fish that are high calorie, fatty or even oily that need to be avoided. Each serving size is 3 ounces or for those of you outside the U.S. 100 grams.
- Chicken breast
- Lean beef
- Fresh white fish
The following items are not allowed because of their higher fat content: eel, herring, pickled fish, salmon, tuna, dried fish.
Always good to have a healthy dose of vegetables with your meal. Each serving size is 3 ounces:
- Beet Greens
- Green Salad
- Red Radishes
After the first weeks weeks on the protocol, I went out on a line with regard to vegetables and added broccoli, cauliflower and green beans. Since I knew my average weightloss, I found that my weight loss stayed the same when I changed up the veggies. I can't say the same will happen for you, but stick with the exact plan for the first few weeks before making any changes.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away and in this case keeps the fat cells away. Here is the selection of fruit that is allowed. Select one for each meal.
- Strawberries (a handful)
- Small-medium sized orange
- One apple
- 1/2 of a grapefruit
Now, this list is small and at first I didn't even like what was on it but after a while the melba toast tasted great!--hard to believe, isn't it. Again, select one for each meal.
- One low fat breadstick
- One Melba Toast
- Two Melba Rounds
Have a Drink
Water, water, water. Add a splash of lemon for flavor. Don't overdo the lemon as you still have to stay under the 500 calorie mark. Be sure to drink half your weight in ounces--if you weigh 150, drink at least 75 ounces per day. This is essential to your weight loss and will help with any potential constipation.
If you need a little sweetness, add some stevia, it is a natural sweetener that doesn't have harmful side effects.
HCG Diet Plan Points to Ponder
- Use lots of spices to ramp up the flavor. Using sea salt, pepper, a touch of soy sauce, garlic, basil, etc.
- Cutting back on the fat in this program includes anything you might put on your skin or hair- no oil based products. Only use skin care that is allowed on the protocol.
- Be sure not to use oil based cosmetics or skin care, use only cosmetics allowed on the program.
- Plan your meals ahead of time. This will ensure you don't get overly hungry leading to overeating.
- Learn to make 5 minute meals. Food prep and planning goes a long way in helping you stay on target.
- Once you complete your weight loss phase, be sure to do the maintenance phase, to insure that you keep the weight off.