An important part of the HCG diet is sticking to the daily consumption of 500 calories. While this may seem difficult, it is not impossible. Foods such as carbohydrates will be restricted and processed foods such as fats, sugar, oils, and junk food will be eliminated. You diet will consist of proteins, fruits, and vegetables. All foods consumed must come from an approved list or else the diet will not be as effective and you will not see your desired results. The HCG recipe for success will be following the diet with exactness and diligence.
In order for your body’s metabolism to reset, you must eat certain foods accompanied by the HCG diet drops. Also, by altering your diet, it will enable you to keep off the weight after the completion of the HCG diet. As mentioned before, as part of the diet, you can only eat foods from the approved list. The only thing that you consume freely is water, black coffee and herbal teas (green tea, yerba matte, and chamomile). Drinking helps trick your mind into thinking that it is full so drink up! It also helps your body maintain good circulation. The use of sweeteners and sugar is prohibited but you can use one tablespoon of milk and stevia once every 24 hours.
Restricting your daily calorie count to 500 calories may seem like a challenge but the HCG diet drops help minimize hunger cravings, making eating less easier. As for what you can eat, there is a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables available, such as tomatoes, celery, spinach, strawberries, apples, and grapefruits. Other fruits such as melons, bananas, pineapples, and grapes are not approved as well as dried or canned fruits and vegetables. Meats are restricted to approved fish, beef or veal, and skinless chicken breasts and cannot contain oil or breading. When planning your menu, you should be aware that the same foods cannot be eaten twice in the same day. For example, you have beef and tomatoes for lunch and want to eat the same meal for dinner. No can do. You will need to eat something different for dinner, like chicken and celery. Luckily, there are HCG recipes out there to help you plan your menu and satisfy your hunger needs.
Whether you are vegan, pesco-vegetarian, vegetarian, or a meat eater, there is a HCG recipe for you! These two recipes are simple, fast, and make the HCG diet easy. This recipe is for Cajun White Fish. All you need is 100 g. of white fish, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp. garlic salt, and cup water. First, using a tenderizer, gently pat fish until all uneven spots on the fish are flattened out. Then rub both sides of the fish with chili powder, paprika, and 1 tsp of garlic salt. Using a frying pan, pre-heat the pan on medium-low heat until it sizzles when water is dropped on it. Place the fish in the pan and slowly add the water and the remainder of the garlic salt. Continue to cook the fish slowly on medium-low, turning frequently, until cooked all the way through. This next recipe is for a chicken burger. Believe it or not, burgers are allowed. What you’ll need is 4 oz of ground chicken (we recommend organic), 1 tsp onion salt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp dry mustard, 2 cups lettuce and 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar. Combine all of the ingredients with the ground chicken breast and shape into small patties. On medium heat, grill patties until cooked. Wrap burger in lettuce to replace buns and use balsamic vinaigrette as a garnish.
A food scale may come in handy while on the HCG Diet to ensure that you are eating the correct portions of each food so you can achieve your desired results. An example of why you would need a food scale would to measure your daily allowance of protein, which is 8-9 oz. When measuring meat, it should be weighed before cooked and has to be additive free, meaning no oil or breading. As seen in the following recipes for the zucchini and chicken burger, you would need to measure out 3.5 oz of zucchini and 4 oz of ground chicken and the food scale can guarantee correct portion sizes.