By Terri David
Ok, ready to lose some of that fat on the HCG diet plan and you already did you pre-plan indulging. It's relatively easy to get started and by following the guidelines, the pounds will melt off. The menu can get a bit boring but with a little ingenuity and menu planning, you will do great!
The calorie intake is limited to 500 calories a day --almost sounds scary doesn't it. But as I said before, you will not feel any hungrier than usual, however, it may take a couple of days to get to that point so be sure to hang in there.
Your very low calorie diet can't be just any calories. You really can't eat whatever you desire and expect the weight to come off. You have to eat very little fat, moderate carbohydrates, moderate protein and drink lots of water and continue to take your homeopathic HCG.
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:
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.
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: (2 servings per day)
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.
The following items are not allowed because of their higher fat content: eel, herring, pickled fish, salmon, tuna, dried fish.
Vegetable Choices: (2 servings per day)
Always good to have a healthy dose of vegetables with your meal. Each serving size is 3 ounces:
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: (2 servings per day)
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.
Starch Choices: (2 servings per day)
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.
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.
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