If you have been following our HCG Supplies blog for the past few months, you may be familiar with the story behind Dr. Simeons’ diet protocol back in the 1950’s. Off the popularity radar for a while, the resurgence of the diet in 2007, and the believed link between caloric restrictions and longevity, has leveraged an upswing of followers interested in learning more about the HCG diet protocol.
But to anyone seeking to break into this dietary lifestyle choice, understanding what to eat may at first, seem overwhelming. Following a strict three-week period of 500 calories per day is hard enough, but beyond weighing and measuring, figuring out the correct combinations of food may present a challenge to those with other activities and commitments in their lives.
Sound like you? Then read on. Chances are you’re familiar with the protocol of the four phases. But if here for the first time, we’ll take a very quick trip through the phases anyway, before opening the fridge door and peeking inside.
The HCG diet plan is split into four phases. The first phase where the dieter is permitted complete free choice in food selection lasts around three days. This selection includes food choices traditionally off limits to include pizza, burgers, and other indulgent treats of any amount. The idea is to front load calories, which may support the initial ‘shock’ of caloric reduction.
Phase two introduces the caloric restriction. This is the part where the combinations and types of foods that you eat are very important in your weight loss journey. As is taking the HCG injections. The injections, administered ideally at the same time each day, will help support your weight loss. Unlike traditional fast weight loss diets, the HCG diet supports muscle maintenance. All that is lost, is excess body fat.
Phase three re-introduces some of the food that was removed during the second phase. Sugar and starches remain off limits however. This is where some will discover sensitivities to foods enjoyed prior to phase two.
Phase four, back to the world of unrestricted food! This is the best phase of all. However, if you return to previous eating habits, the weight will pile back on. It is not called the maintenance phase for nothing!
To the Pantry!
So, there you are, Monday morning. Phase one is history, and you are wondering what to eat today. It’s day one of phase two. Only twenty days left to go!
Ideally, after reading this article and ordering your HCG supplies, you will head to the grocery store. As with any diet plan, the HCG protocol is no different. Planning makes commitment easier. Having the wrong foods on hand will sabotage your weight loss goals as you reach for the chips and dip because you ran out of salad.
The foods you are permitted to eat during the critical phase two part of the plan are chosen for their levels of fat, sugar and carb’ amounts. 200 grams of protein is allowed twice per day, but not necessarily the same protein. Two meals are consumed per day, lunch and dinner, and you can drink as much coffee, tea or water as you like.
A word of caution here. Absolutely no sugar is to be added to coffee or tea. The natural sweetener Stevia is permitted, however if you are used to a dash of creamer in your coffee, now is the time to have it black. Strict adherence to the diet is a vital for success.
Buy organic at your local grocery store if possible. Organic produce, grown without pesticides are better for you, not only because they are chemical free, but it is believed that because organic fruits and vegetables have grown minus chemical assistance, they are more nutrient dense.
Avoid butter and oils, however should you wish to use seasonings such as herbs and spices, you are free to do so. Check labels first to ensure absence of any oil derivatives or by-products. Melba toast in very small quantities is permitted.
Protein which helps maintain lean muscle mass is allowed while on the diet. Again, purchase organic produce if possible. Your protein list includes the following, 200 grams, twice per day. And remember; no cream sauces!
Vegetables are nutrient dense and a great support as a side to your protein intake. Buy fresh vegetables if possible and prepare in advance of your needing to use them. Remember, you may season your salad with herb seasonings. No salad dressings!
Other Vegetable Choices
Fruit, while natural and healthy does contain naturally occurring sugars. Remember, we are trying to reduce overall sugar intake during the caloric restriction. Two servings of fruit per day is permitted.
While the HCG diet protocol food list is restrictive when compared with what you might normally choose to eat, careful planning and preparation will give you insight into how to enjoy a variety of flavors and textures during phase two of your diet. Check out your HCG diet supplies for recipe ideas and other tips. At the end of it all, you should have a brand new perspective on food consumption, and a renewed energy for life.
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