One of the main keys to achieving success with the HCG diet is to maintain a very low calorie diet. The HCG diet plan requires dieters to consume 500 calories on a daily basis. Knowing the list of HCG diet foods can help you to manage your daily calorie intake so you can get the maximum results from this diet plan. If you do not pay attention to what and when you eat then you could end up not losing weight. Here is a complete list of HCG diet foods completed.
Vegetables are low in calories and have complex carbohydrates. A complex carbohydrate is a type of carbohydrate that will not turn into fat.Vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, and celery are rich in nutrients but have low calories per serving. Spinach is another example of a vegetable that has low calories and low fat but full of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C and iron. Here are the list of approved vegetables:
- Lettuce, Boston, Bibb butterhead, Iceberg, Romaine, or Cos
- Beet Greens
- Cucumber, peeled
- Green onions
- Bell peppers
- Green beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Dill pickles
Fruits have higher calories than vegetables because fruits have higher sugar content. However, fruits are recommended to be incorporated in the daily meal. It is advisable that you consume fruits while they are still fresh.
Poultry and Red Meat (Protein)
Poultry and lean red meat have low fat and high protein. It is advisable not to cook them with oil; broil and grill are more recommended.
- Lean ground beef
- Veal steak
- Ground Round
- Filet mignon
- White Pork
- Chicken breast, skinless and removed from bone
- White turkey
- Buffalo steak
Just like poultry and meat, most seafood and fishes have low fat and high protein.
- Wild Chilean sea bass
- Orange roughy
- Blue fish
- Ocean perch
- Fresh white fish
- Lobster with-out the shell
- Crab, broiled without the shell
- Albacore tuna *note that regular tuna is not permitted
Non-Meat Sources of Protein
If you are a vegetarian you will still need to get your daily supply of protein. Some good substitutes for meat:
- Boca burgers
- 500 cc of skim milk
- 100 grams of cottage cheese made from skim milk
- 3 egg whites to one whole egg
Water, lemon juice, tea and coffee are ideal drinks for the HCG diet because they are fat free. You should avoid sugar and milk. If you need to sweeten your drinks then you can use Stevia or Saccharin.
Foods and Beverages To Avoid
If the above are recommended HCG diet foods and beverages, the followings are foods and beverages that you have to avoid in your diet.
- Soft drinks
- Corn oil
- Vegetable oil
- Peanut butter
- Hot dog, burger, or similar foods
- French fries
In addition to the list of HCG diet foods above, there are a few tips that you need to know about healthy eating habits. The first tip is that eating less does not mean you can reduce your weight, it is important to consume the full 500 calories per day while on this diet. You have to pay attention on the quantity and type of your foods as well as timing in consuming the foods. Lastly, print the list of HCG diet foods above and stick the list on your refrigerator door to always remind you what foods and beverages to consume. You can also plan your meals in advance which can help you resist the desire to cheat.