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A Quick Guide to the HCG Diet Food List

The HCG diet is not for the faint of heart. It is a quick way to lose weight, but it takes willpower and a resolve to be consistent. The HCG hormone allows your body to go through a rigorous low-calorie diet for a short period of time and lose anywhere from half a pound to two pounds per day.

HCG by itself does not cause weight loss. Eating fewer calories does. If you take HCG while eating fewer calories though, it can help your body retain its muscle mass—which can be a hard to do with low-calorie diets.

Alright, I used the word “rigorous” before but when you look at the actual HCG diet food list for the diet phase of the plan it’s not so bad—especially if you know a thing or two about grilling chicken.

Most people are interested in what is allowed during the diet phase so here is a quick rundown:

Breakfast

There’s not much to breakfast but keep in mind that you can move items from lunch to breakfast if you like to eat more at the beginning of the day. It’s mostly important that you stick to the allotted amount of food per day, but it doesn’t much matter when you eat that food.

So, for breakfast you can have as much tea or coffee as you like. Bear in mind though, that you are allotted only one tablespoon full of milk in a 24-hour period and for sweetener you can use saccharin or liquid Stevia.

That’s not much so I’d recommend taking some of your fruit from lunch and inserting it into breakfast, but that’s just me.

Lunch

For lunch, you get a pretty good serving of protein. You may have chicken breast, veal, beef, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. Everything needs to be unprocessed (e.g. no fish sticks or chicken nuggets) and you will want to cut off any fat you see.

Your serving of meat should weigh 3.5 ounces (or 100 grams). You will want to weigh your meat raw before cooking it. That’s a pretty good amount of meat considering that a serving size of meat is 4 ounces and the recommended daily amount (RDA) prescribed by the USDA is two servings of meat per day.

The other offerings for lunch include a serving of vegetables, fruit, and an Italian breadstick called grissini or one piece of Melba toast. For your vegetable you can have spinach, chard, chicory, beet greens, green salad, tomatoes, fennel, celery, onions, red radishes, asparagus, cucumbers, or cabbage. The fruit choices are an orange, apple, a handful of strawberries, or half of a grapefruit.

Dinner is exactly the same as lunch, but that does not mean dinner has to be exactly the same as lunch. Choose a different protein, vegetable, and fruit to keep some variety in your diet. This will also help you to get as many essential vitamins and nutrients from your food as possible—which is important because your calories are limited.

To end the diet phase you stop taking the HCG for three days while still continuing the diet. After the diet phase you move onto the maintenance phase. You do this phase for three weeks and it has the broad guideline of no starches (like potatoes) or sugars.