HCG Diet Menu-Lunch and dinner

The hCG diet has touched off a fiery debate. Devotees say it’s the key to fast weight loss; medical experts contend it could be dangerous because it limits dieters to 500 calories a day, less than a third of the amount recommended by the government for both men and women. “Restricting your intake to 500 calories a day isn’t healthy,” says Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The other part of the diet is daily drops or injections of the pregnancy hormone hCG, which supposedly accelerates weight loss by suppressing appetite and “blasting” fat. Nutrition specialists are skeptical. They question whether the hCG hormone shuts down hunger pangs or whether weight loss is simply the result of an extremely restrictive diet. “If you don’t eat, you’ll lose weight,” says Cohen, “but it’s not a practical, sustainable, or safe method.” The usual menu is the one outlined in 1954 by the diet’s creator, A.T.W. Simeons, in Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity. Here’s a peek at what breakfast, lunch, and dinner look like on the hCG diet.

Breakfast

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No solid food before lunch. “Breakfast” is optional. It consists of a cup of black coffee or tea—any size. Sugar is off-limits, but calorie-free sweeteners like saccharin or Stevia are OK. The hCG menu allows one tablespoon of milk over a 24-hour period, so dieters can blow the daily allotment and mix it into their morning coffee.

Lunch and dinner: the meat

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The bulk of calories come from lunch and dinner—both meals call for small amounts of veggies and carbs and 3.5 ounces of lean, fat-free protein. (At 9 calories per gram, fat is calorie-dense, so portions would be even smaller if fat was permitted on a 500-calorie diet.) Veal, non-marbled beef, chicken breast, fresh white-fleshed fish, lobster, crab, and shrimp are all fine; fatty choices like salmon, eel, tuna, herring, and dried or pickled fish are off-limits. Dieters are instructed to weigh the food while it’s raw, remove all visible fat, and boil or grill it. Every so often meat can be replaced with an egg or a serving of low-fat cottage cheese.

One low-calorie vegetable is allowed with both lunch and dinner. Choices include spinach, chard, chicory, beet greens, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, and cabbage. Most of the veggies are packed with vitamins and other nutrients, which is particularly important on such a restrictive diet. Spinach, for example, is rich in fiber, vitamins A and C, and iron, and even contains some protein. Veggies mustn’t be topped with oil, butter, or sauce.

Carbs

HCG dieters can have one breadstick or one piece of Melba toast with lunch and dinner. Both choices make the list because they don’t contain fat, sodium, or cholesterol and are low in calories—12 in a piece of Melba toast, for example. Dieters also get an apple, an orange, a handful of strawberries, or half a grapefruit with each 250-calorie meal. No tinkering with portion sizes; it’s not OK to have two small apples instead of one of normal siz

Beverages

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Tea, coffee, and water (tap or mineral) only. There’s no limit on how much of these dieters can drink, and Simeons suggests at least 2 liters a day. Alcohol is outlawed. The “smallest error” in following these rules can have “disastrous” weight-loss results, Simeons warned in Pounds and Inches.

Seasonings

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Dieters can shower their meals with salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, or marjoram. But following the plan means steering clear of oil, butter, and any type of dressing. Each day, hCG dieters can also use the juice of one lemon.

What’s off limits

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HCG dieters must stick to menu items outlined in Simeons’ Pounds and Inches. Everything else is banned. There’s no room for the occasional cookie, morsel of chocolate, plate of pasta, or bagel (with or without cream cheese). Others might seem OK but aren’t. Simeons believed that Pimiento peppers, okra, artichokes, and pears had qualities that interfered with weight and fat loss.

 

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HCG Calorie list

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Approved Food Choices For 500 Calorie Diet

PROTEIN (3.5 oz or 100 g PRE-COOKED)

All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat

must be weighed raw. It must be cooked without additional fat.

Veal 100 calories

Beef:

– Steak 135 calories

– Ground Beef (Extra Lean Only) 210 calories

Chicken Breast 110 calories

Fresh White Fish 115 calories

Lobster 095 calories

Crab 055 calories

Shrimp 090 calories

Tuna (packed in water) 105 calories

FRUIT

1 Apple (not 2 small apples) 080 calories

1 Orange 060 calories

7-10 small Strawberries 035 calories

½ Grapefruit 040 calories

½ Fresh Peach 019 calories

2 Plums 060 calories

½ cup Cherries 088 calories

VEGETABLES

1 cup Spinach or Chard 007 calories

1 cup Lettuce of any kind 008 calories

1 medium Tomato 026 calories

1 cup Celery 017 calories

1 cup Onions 061 calories

1 cup Radishes 023 calories

1 medium Cucumber 024 calories

1 cup Asparagus 031 calories

1 cup Cabbage 016 calories

1 cup Broccoli 044 calories

1 medium Green or red pepper 030 calories

1 cup Fresh Green Bean 038 calories

1 cup Cauliflower 034 calories

1 medium Zucchini 035 calories

1 cup Eggplant 035 calories

CRACKERS All = about 20 calories

4 Stone Ground Wheat Thins 1 Melba Toast

4 Soda Crackers 1 Grissini Breadstick

The above food choices have been slightly modified based off of our experience.

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HCG Diet Plan

Your very low calorie diet isn’t about what you can’t eat. You have a list of foods and it’s simple to follow. You don’t need calories, what you need is nutrition. Drink lots of water and continue to take your homeopathic HCG.

Breakfast and Snacks on the HCG Diet Plan

Well, technically there aren’t any breakfast or snacks. However, personally, I am unable to wait until lunch time for a meal. I would get too hungry so I pulled food from the lunch and dinner menu and spread it throughout the day.

According to Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, the specialist who researched the HCG weight loss program, breakfast should just be liquids:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Herbal Tea
  • Non-Carbonated, Zero Calorie Drinks

My personal opinion: do not drink the zero calorie drinks as they contain aspartame, a very harmful artificial sweetener that can damage your brain cells.

One other drink option in the morning is pure water with a splash of fresh lemon juice. This does two things: the lemon will naturally energize you; and help flush out the toxins from the fat you are burning. The water flushes too and re-hydrates you after a good night’s sleep.

If you are hungry at breakfast time, start eating an item or two from your lunch menu. I commonly did this. I would take my food allotment for the day and spread it out. I usually never went more than 2-3 hours without some sort of food that was on the HCG diet plan list.

What’s for Lunch & Dinner?

Basically, lunch and dinner are same menu: one protein, one vegetable, one fruit, and one starch. For each meal you select one type of food from each category.

You have to stay under the 500 calorie per day threshold, so make every calorie count.

Protein Choices:

What we are looking for is lean protein that is very low in fat. For instance, there are some fish that are high calorie, fatty or even oily that need to be avoided. Each serving size is 3 ounces or for those of you outside the U.S. 100 grams.

  • Chicken breast
  • Lean beef
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Fresh white fish
  • Shrimp
  • Veal

The following items are not allowed because of their higher fat content: eel, herring, pickled fish, salmon, tuna, dried fish.

Vegetable Choices:

Always good to have a healthy dose of vegetables with your meal. Each serving size is 3 ounces:

  • Beet Greens
  • Spinach
  • Green Salad
  • Chard
  • Chicory
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Red Radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Cabbage

After the first weeks weeks on the protocol, I went out on a line with regard to vegetables and added broccoli, cauliflower and green beans. Since I knew my average weightloss, I found that my weight loss stayed the same when I changed up the veggies. I can’t say the same will happen for you, but stick with the exact plan for the first few weeks before making any changes.

Fruit Choices:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and in this case keeps the fat cells away. Here is the selection of fruit that is allowed. Select one for each meal.

  • Strawberries (a handful)
  • Small-medium sized orange
  • One apple
  • 1/2 of a grapefruit

Starch Choices:

Now, this list is small and at first I didn’t even like what was on it but after a while the melba toast tasted great!–hard to believe, isn’t it. Again, select one for each meal.

  • One low fat breadstick
  • One Melba Toast
  • Two Melba Rounds

Have a Drink

Water, water, water. Add a splash of lemon for flavor. Don’t overdo the lemon as you still have to stay under the 500 calorie mark. Be sure to drink half your weight in ounces–if you weigh 150, drink at least 75 ounces per day. This is essential to your weight loss and will help with any potential constipation.

If you need a little sweetness, add some stevia, it is a natural sweetener that doesn’t have harmful side effects.

HCG Diet Plan Points to Ponder

  • Cutting back on the fat in this program includes anything you might put on your skin or hair- no oil based products. Only use skin care that is allowed on the protocol.
  • Be sure not to use oil based cosmetics or skin care, use only cosmetics allowed on the program.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time. This will ensure you don’t get overly hungry leading to overeating.
  • Learn to make 5 minute meals. Food prep and planning goes a long way in helping you stay on target.
  • Once you complete your weight loss phase, be sure to do the maintenance phase, to insure that you keep the weight off.

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hcg do’s and dont’s

 

  • Keep food supplements to a bare minimum. They do have calories!
  • Do not skip meals.
  • Exercise isn’t necessary for the diet to work but going for a daily 30 minute brisk walk in the morning will add to your success losing weight.
  • If it’s not on the diet, don’t eat, drink or chew it. Sugarless gum turns into sugar when it hits your saliva!

HUNGER PANGS

  • Mild hunger will vary from time to time from person to person and will usually last only a few days initially. Most will have no problem at all.
  • Do a round of spray or drops as often as you need (up to 8 per day) to keep your appetite under control.
  • If you find yourself getting hungry at the same time each day, eat one of your fruits about 30 minutes before the time you find yourself getting hungry each day.

IF YOU AREN’T LOSING WEIGHT AND OR IF YOU ARE CONSTIPATED

  • Do your HCG spray in the morning ½ to one gallon of water, and then eat 6 apples throughout the day. No other food.

PROGRAM DURATION

  • You should be on the program a minimum of 21 days in order to reset the hypothalamus and no

longer than 42 days. If you have more weight to lose after being on the program 42 days, take 6 weeks off from the diet eating a normal amount of calories except for refined sugars and starches. After 6 weeks, you can restart the HCG diet program going either 3 or 6 weeks. ENDING THE HCG DIET

  • When you finish the HCG, stay on the diet another 2 days as you will still have HCG in your system working for you.
  • After those last 2 days, you can go back to eating a normal amount of calories with the exception of eating refined sugars and starches for 6 more weeks.

A SLUGGISH THYROID CAN ALSO BE A FACTOR IN WEIGHT LOSS

  • Take a mercury thermometer and shake it down before you go to bed. When you wake up and before you get out of bed, put the thermometer under one of your armpits for 10 minutes before reading it. Your normal temperature should be between 98.2 and 98.8.

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