5 HCG Diet Foods to Watch Out For
If you’re not familiar with the HCG diet, allow us to bring you up to speed. The HCG diet is basically a specialised diet protocol in which individuals following it will consume a very low amount of calories in order to lose weight. The diet is split into three phases and it is the second phase that people struggle with. Here, people consume just 500 – 700 calories per day. They receive HCG injections or use HCG drops in conjunction with the diet, which basically speeds up their weight loss and enables them to lose weight faster while not feeling as hungry or lethargic. The diet is notoriously strict, and if you aren’t careful and you eat the wrong things, you’ll struggle to lose any significant weight at all. Here are 5 HCG diet foods to watch out for.
While following the HCG diet you need to be wary of beef. Grass-fed beef is permitted on the diet. Grain-fed beef however, should be consumed sparingly. This is because the meat is often pumped full of hormones and antibiotics, as well as being naturally higher in fats and calories than its grass-fed counterparts. If you insist on eating grain-fed beef, do so sparingly and be sure to monitor your calories.
Vegetables are very healthy, and largely, they are low in calories. It may be surprising to hear however, that mixed vegetables are not permitted on the diet. The general consensus is that you should choose one vegetable source at a time and stick to it. Because the HCG diet is so strict and low in calories, you need to know exactly how many you’re consuming. If you mix your vegetables it can be harder to keep track.
Cottage cheese is very healthy and beneficial, but it is a slightly controversial food amongst HCG dieters. You see, vegetarians are permitted to eat it as a protein source, but not meat-eaters. This is because protein sources are limited and cottage cheese does sometimes contain more calories than you may have realised. If you choose to eat cottage cheese, look for a low fat variety and try to keep your portion sizes small.
Turkey is a relatively low fat meat, so why is it not permitted on most HCG diet plans? Well, the main issue is because of the fact that it is often basted in copious amounts of butter to make it moist and tender. If you cook it yourself, turkey is rich in protein and amino acids such as tryptophan, and it can be kept lean. The problem is that without fat it will likely be dry. If you purchase pre-made turkey, be sure to read the caloric contents and be wary of butter basted varieties.
Stocks are a great way to add flavour to your meals, but the main issue here is that they are often loaded full of salt and fats to give them extra flavour. As you know, the HCG diet is notoriously low in calories, so while you may not think much about using a stock cube in your soups or stews, the fats in that cube could cause your caloric intakes to creep up.