Just about every diet out there has some sort of restriction or other geared to help you lose weight. The most obvious restrictions are things that have a high calorie count and low nutritional value. White bread, white rice, sweets, cheese, butter, all of these are good things to avoid if you’re looking to lose weight. There is a particularly restrictive list of foods allowed on the HCG diet, but there’s a good reason behind it. Certain foods will interact poorly with the HCG hormone, resulting in its reduced efficacy and less overall weight loss. Also, certain foods (namely starches) offer up very little nutritive value and, when on a calorie restricted diet, cases of malnutrition could result from eating them.
If you want to learn the basics of the foods allowed on the HCG diet, then a good place to start would be Pounds & Inches by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons. This is the original book on the subject of the HCG diet, and it’s written by the man who first discovered the weight loss possibilities of HCG supplementation. Pounds & Inches details how Dr. Simeons first noticed the correlation between HCG and weight loss, as well as his continued research. There are other HCG diet books that detail others’ experiences with the diet and should be checked out for additional information. If you want to try the HCG diet for yourself, you might also want to pick up a book on HCG diet recipes. With a restrictive list of approved foods, it can be helpful to get outside advice on meal preparation and variation.
The original HCG diet’s list of approved foods includes proteins, vegetables, fruits, a very specific kind of grains, coffee, tea and water. The proteins are chicken, beef, and fish and should be separated into 3.5oz (100g) portions with all the visible fat removed. The HCG diet requires that as little fat as possible be consumed due to its high caloric content as well as any possible interactions causing the HCG to become less effective. There are certain seasonings allowed on the HCG diet, and it’s important to have a comprehensive list of what you can use in order to make sure you don’t inadvertently sabotage your diet.
The grains allowed on the HCG diet are melba toast and a grissino bread stick. They can either be eaten with meals or used as a snack in between in order to help stave off hunger and keep energy levels up. It is imperative that no other grains are ingested over the course of the HCG diet until phase 3 is complete. Even then, white bread and white rice should be avoided in favor of whole grains and/or brown rice. Both of these foods contain protein as well as fiber, both of which are found lacking in their counterparts.
Vegetables allowed on the HCG diet are limited, and include spinach, chard, chicory, beet greens, onions, tomatoes, celery, fennel, asparagus, cucumbers, radishes and green salad. Some of these vegetables, like celery and spinach, are extremely low in calories and can be eaten in relatively large amounts while staying safely below your 500 calorie a day limit. As far as fruits are concerned, apples, oranges, grapefruits and strawberries are your choices. These should be limited to breakfast, but a small serving of strawberries can be used as a dessert with one of your meals if desired.