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What Can I Eat on the HCG Diet?

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HCG FoodsThe HCG diet isn’t magic. In order to be successful on the HCG diet you MUST eat the right things. No one needs help with the “stuff-your-face” action of Phase 1. It’s Phase 2that’s the toughest. This article should answer some of the questions associated with maintaining the HCG VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet).

In general, Phase 2 consists of 500 calories per day made up of 8 oz of protein, 2 fruit servings, 2 vegetable servings and 2 bread sticks or Melba toasts. Normally all the food is eaten during the lunch and dinner periods with breakfast only being coffee or herbal tea.

HCG does a wonderful job of maintaining our blood sugar levels so that we don’t experience the hunger we normally would while ingesting so few calories. It is up to us, however, to keep those calories low so the HCG can concentrate on burning those extra pounds of fat out of our bodies.

First off, the cleaner the food the better. If you have the means, always opt for organic foods as opposed to conventional. We want our bodies operating as sleek fat burning machines. The last thing we need is our liver working hard at disposing of chemicals and pesticides that it truly has no idea how it should deal with as opposed to joining in the fat metabolism game. Also, with so few calories ingested, you are going to want as much nutrition as you can squeeze out of every bite.

Organic foods on average will have significantly better nutritional profiles. NO PROCESSED FOODS; There really isn’t room for processed foods on this diet. Generally the foods you want to eat don’t contain several ingredients, they are the ingredient.

If you buy a bag of broccoli, it should say “Ingredients: Broccoli. The end. If after “Broccoli” you see a string of words you can’t pronounce, step away from the bag slowly. Your Grissini bread sticks and Melba toasts will obviously have multiple ingredients, but they should be all natural.

Lean proteins – the emphasis is on LEAN. Do not go and get 80/20 ground beef and think if you throw it on a Foreman grill all the fat melts away like in the commercial. Your best bet is to stay with chicken or fish. Chicken is great because there is very little fat when its boneless/skinless. Fish has an amazing amount of nutrition including selenium, iron, and zinc plus Omega 3’s which are great for the heart.

Try to stick with fish like flounder, cod, tilapia, halibut and red snapper. You can also have crab, shrimp and lobster. If you are going to eat beef, try veal or lean cut steaks. Again, your goal is to not introduce more fat into your system than you have to. You’ll eat 100 grams or roughly 4oz of protein twice per day. Use plenty of seasonings as many have health benefits and contain vitamins and minerals.

Vegetables – Pick green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale, lettuce, chard, celery, cabbage, cucumbers and asparagus. These have very low calories and plenty of nutrition and fiber. You can also eat onions, fennel, tomatoes, beet greens, radishes and the like. Avoid starchy vegetables. That’s right, there are vegetables besides potatoes that are starchy like corn, green peas and carrots.

Fruits – think low sugar and plenty of fiber. The best choice for fruit is an apple. You can have a handful of strawberries, half a grapefruit or even an orange. Do not eat fruits like bananas and pineapples as they are higher in sugar. You are allowed 2 servings of fruit per day.

Bread – Either one Melba toast or Grissini bread stick 2 times per day.Organic HCG

Find yourself a good multi-vitamin and drink a lot of water. Try to get through a gallon a day. Ice water actually requires calories for your body to heat it up. That’s a fat burning bonus! Staying hydrated is key to weight loss, so make sure keep water available at all times and drink even if your not the least bit thirsty.

Embrace these food choices and you’ll enter Phase 3 as a lean, mean, good lookin’ machine! Good luck.

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