Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy. The HCG diet combines dramatic calorie reduction with HCG injections or supplements, reports the MayoClinic.com. HCG dieters are limited to 500 calories per day.  HCG diet menus focus on small portions of protein, fruits and vegetables.
This is a medical protocol not a fad diet! Physical activity is discouraged due to the limited number of calories consumed each day. Exercising on a very low calorie diet push the body into starvation mode and compromise your weight loss efforts.

The HCG Protocol doesn’t permit any wiggle room, so dieters tend to look at reasons for eating and breaking habits! Dieters are strongly advised to follow the HCG menu exactly as prescribed. Sugary food items are not permitted on the HCG low calorie protocol or the very important “Maintenance” phase of the protocol.
Sample Menu
Breakfast on the HCG protocol is unlimited to coffee or tea and lots of water. Your morning brew can be sweetened with Stevia. They do not encourage use of other artificial sweeteners. One of the allowed fruits can be added to breakfast or saved for a snack later in the day. There also are two starches allowed per day, one melba toast or one grissini breadstick. Some people recommend using one serving for breakfast with their coffee or tea.

A typical lunch menu consists of 2 + cups of lettuce (or allowed vegetable) topped with grilled chicken. If you didn’t eat your fruit or Melba toast with breakfast, it is nice to have with lunch. A sample dinner idea includes grilled fish and curried cabbage, with 1/2 cup of strawberries for dessert, along with your second Melba toast.

Additional lunch or dinner menu ideas include lean beef with grilled onions or braised celery. Again you can have dinner with Melba toast and sliced apple with a dash of cinnamon, or save it later for a snack. You would be surprised how creative you can be with limited foods.

Additional HCG Diet Ideas
A variety of seafood is permitted on the HCG diet including crab, lobster, salmon, shrimp, sea bass, catfish and pollack, reports the website HCGWeightLossDiets.com.

Spinach, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, beet greens, asparagus, red radishes, and tomatoes are the allowed veggies. The allowed fruits are strawberries, one orange, ½ grapefruit or an apple.
For more information please read Dr. Simeons book, “Pounds and Inches”

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