The human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) diet has a very specific list of foods that must be used when preparing meals, and the first HCG diet food list was described by Dr. Albert T.W. Simeons in “Pounds and Inches” in 1954. These foods were selected by Dr. Simeons based on their ability to assist with weight loss and not cause any interference with the hormone.
The list was also selected based on a maximum daily limit of 500 calories, and many of the foods on the list are low in calories compared to their serving size. Most of the allowable foods are fruits and vegetables but there is also a large list of low fat protein choices. Carbohydrates are limited to two options: Grissini breadsticks or Melba toasts, both of which are low in calories per serving.
The HCG diet food list limits fruits and vegetables to two servings per day
Several vegetables and a few fruits are allowed, but servings are limited to two per day. The
servings can be eaten throughout the day rather than at two meals, and the servings can also be split up into smaller portions if necessary. However, they cannot
be mixed, for instance
two vegetables cannot be mixed in one meal; they have to be eaten at separate meals.
Although vegetables and fruits cannot be mixed on the diet, there are a wide range of allowed vegetables. Fruits are limited to low glycemic index choices that won’t interfere with the weight loss on the diet, and so there are a smaller number of allowed fruits.
Low fat protein is allowed on the list
The list also includes low fat protein choices such as several types of white fish, lobster, crab, several types of red meat including cube steak, very lean beef, sirloin tip steak, bison, chicken breast, and veal. The protein choices are all low fat in order to avoid any problems with HCG hormone interference, since the hormone specifically targets abnormal fat and can be affected by dietary fat intake.
Depending on the HCG protocol other proteins may be allowed, but the most effective diet suse the recommendations of Dr. Simeons. As with the other foods on the diet, the protein choices are limited but there are plenty of options for just a three week or six week period.
The food list is only for Phase 2
The shorter list is only for the very low calorie diet of Phase 2; once the very low calorie diet has been completed many of the restrictions are lifted. For Phase 3 most fruits, vegetables and protein choices are allowed, so there is technically no specific list for this phase. Also, HCG injections are not used during Phase 3 so there are no concerns of interactions with the hormone.
However, during Phase 3 fruits and vegetables that are high in starch or sugar are avoided, and likewise grains and foods with refined sugar are still avoided. So although there are fewer restrictions, there are some foods that are excluded from Phase 3 based on their glycemic index or sugar content.
The list of allowed foods will vary from one provider to another
With several HCG protocols being published by different providers, there are several different lists that you might encounter online. Any diet that is not based on the Dr. Simeons protocol is not likely to be accurate, so you should only purchase injections or any HCG products from a provider that uses Dr. Simeons’ recommendations.
Dr. Simeons only allows foods that are well-researched and known to not interfere with the function of the hormone. You should also only purchase HCG from a provider that requires a prescription and has medical professionals available to consult with you about the diet’s requirements and answer your questions.
Check out the authority on the HCG Diet Protocol and food list at this link.