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HCG Diet Plan

What Is HCG Diet?

hcg-diet-planThe HCG diet plan revolves around a female hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin. It is a hormone pregnant women make early in their pregnancy. The diet was developed by an English endocrinologist, Dr. Albert T. W. Simeons.

HCG has been put into hcg diet drops and sprays or hcg injections. You can get injections from your doctor that you take while following a very low-calorie diet. Alternately you can use the diet drops.

The HCG affects your metabolism by telling your body to open fat stores.

When you follow a very low-calorie diet and take the drops or injections at the same time, you can lose up to a pound or more per day. At least that is the claim. When following the HCG diet you adhere to a strict 500 calorie diet plan.

There are HCG meal plans and an HCG diet food list that will outline which foods you can eat while on the hcg diet plan.

There are also many HCG diet recipes you can make while on this diet.

HCG Diet Side Effects

There are few HCG diet dangers to know about before starting on the HCG DIET PLAN.

Blood Pressure

This diet could increase blood pressure, however, some people actually report a lowering of blood pressure. It may depend on how your individual body handles this diet. You should talk to your doctor before starting this diet, especially if you already have high blood pressure.

Gall Stones

Since you are eliminating quite a bit of the fat  there is some risk of gall stones.
Cleansing your gall bladder first is a good thing to do before starting, especially if you are prone to gallstones or have had them in the past.

Water Retention

As you are taking a female hormone there is a fair possibility you may get bloated. In order to combat this make sure to drink a lot of water.

Constipation

Don’t be surprised if you don’t go to the bathroom every day. Since you are not eating much you may not go more than every 2 or 3 days in fact.

Headache

This may occur as your body adjusts to the diet and the hormones.

Dizziness

Since you are following such a low-calorie diet on the hcg diet plan, dizziness can occur. When on the diet make sure you have a few days where you don’t have to do anything strenuous so if you get dizzy you can easily sit down.

Leg Cramps

Caused by low potassium in the diet. Taking a potassium supplement or multi vitamin that will help.

Rash

This is another possible side effect.

Stages of The HCG Diet

There are 3 stages to the HCG diet 

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This is the first stage and you start with taking the HCG along with high carb foods and fats.
By eating in the manner your body will begin to adapt to the effect of the Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin.

Burning

In this second stage of the diet you start on the very low-calorie diet and the same time take the supplements, drops or injections.
This is the fat lose stage.

Maintenance

The 3rd and final stage of the HCG diet is the maintenance stage where you are not allowed to eat starches or sugars for a certain length of time.

What To Eat On The HCG Diet

Most calories on this hcg diet meal plan will come at lunch and dinner. Solid foods are not allowed at breakfast.

  • You can eat small amounts of carbs and vegetables and 3.5 ounces lean, fat-free protein.
  • Foods such as non marbled beef, chicken breast, veal, lobster, white fleshed fish, shrimp and crab are okay to eat.
  • Salmon, tuna , eel, herring or any dried or pickled fish is not.
  • You can eat low-fat cottage cheese or eggs once in a while in place of meat.
  • You are allowed to have one low cal vegetable at lunch and dinner both on the hcg diet plan.
  • This includes swiss chard, spinach, chicory, tomatoes, beet greens, celery, red radish, fennel, onions, asparagus,cucumbers, and cabbage.
  • You can have one small breadstick or couple pieces of Melba toast with lunch and dinner on the hcg diet plan.
  • Also for fruit, apples, an orange, a handful of strawberries, or half a grapefruit.
  • To drink tea water and coffee. No sugar allowed. Use artificial sweeteners Stevia or saccharin.
  • Seasonings allowed are salt, pepper, mustard powder, vinegar, sweet basil, parsley, garlic or thyme, and marjoram.
  • Cannot use butter, margarine, oil, or any type of dressing and that includes mayo.
  • Every day you area allowed to use the juice from one lemon.
  • It’s important to keep portion size small and eat about 500 calories for the whole day.

HCG Diet Plan – 7 Day Sample Menu

 

DAY 1

BREAKFAST

Herbal tea with saccharin or Stevia (sugar is off-limits; about 2-7 calories in 1 portion) or black coffee with 1 tbsp skim milk (only one tablespoon per 24 hr period is allowed; all about 4-6 calories)

MIDMORNING SNACK

1 apple (78 calories)

LUNCH

2-3 ounces of chicken breast (boneless; 70-105 calories) with sliced tomatoes (about 20-30 calories)

2 -3 pieces of Melba toast (40-60 calories)

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

A few strawberries (about 30-40 calories)

DINNER

2-3 ounces of tilapia grilled with some pan-fried onions plus some shredded cabbage topped with freshly squeezed lemon (about 56-83 calories)

Total: about 403 calories

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DAY 2

BREAKFAST

Herbal tea (1 mug = 2 calories) with Stevia (1 tsp. = 0 calories) or saccharin (1 tsp. = 5 calories) (about 2-7 calories in 1 portion)

MIDMORNING SNACK

1/2 grapefruit (about 65 calories)

LUNCH

2-3 ounces of lean turkey burger (84-126 calories)

Green spinach (1 cup = 7 calories), kale (1 cup = 34 calories) or Swiss chard (1 cup = 7 calories) salad with squeezed lemon juice (1-2 calories) (all about 8-36 calories; it depends on what you to choose)

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

Blueberries (1 cup = 83 calories)

DINNER

3 ounces of shrimp (90 calories) with 3 ounces asparagus (18 calories)

1 orange (47 calories)

Total: about 469 calories

DAY 3

BREAKFAST

Tea or coffee as before (2-6 or 4 calories accordingly)

MIDMORNING SNACK

1 orange (47 calories)

LUNCH

3 ounces turkey (101 calories)

2 cups steamed carrots (1 cup = 82 calories) or mushrooms (1 cup = 77 calories)

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

1 apple (78 calories)

DINNER

Beet greens (1 cup = 8 calories) or spinach salad (1 cup = 7 calories)

3 ounces steamed lobster (without shell, 81 calories)

Total: about 485 calories

DAY 4

BREAKFAST

Green tea with Melissa, Stevia (1 tsp. = 0 calories) or saccharin (1 tsp. = 5 calories) (1 mug = about 2-7 calories)

MIDMORNING SNACK

1/2 grapefruit (about 65 calories)

LUNCH

½ cup tilapia (128 calories)

1 cup Brussel sprouts (50 calories)

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

½ grapefruit (about 65 calories)

DINNER

3 oz lean beef steak (159 calories)

Total: about 474 calories

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DAY 5

BREAKFAST

Black coffee with 1 tbsp. skim milk (about 4-6 calories)

MIDMORNING SNACK

1 cup strawberries (82 calories)

LUNCH

4 0z. grilled chicken breasts (bone and skinless; about 140 calories)

1 cup beet greens (8 calories)

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

1 cup blueberries (about 83 calories)

DINNER

¾ cup shrimps (about 159 calories)

1 cup lettuce (15 calories)

Total: about 493 calories

DAY 6

BREAKFAST

Herbal tea with saccharin/Stevia (about 2-7 calories per mug)

MIDMORNING SNACK

1 cup blackberries (62 calories)

LUNCH

4 oz. lean cooked beef (212 calories)

1 cup lettuce (15 calories)

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

1 orange (47 calories)

DINNER

4 oz. boiled lobster without shell (108 calories)

1 cup raw kale (34 calories)

Total: 485 calories

DAY 7

BREAKFAST

Green tea with jasmine, Stevia/saccharin (1 mug = about 2-7 calories)

MIDMORNING SNACK

½ grapefruit (about 65 calories)

LUNCH

4 oz. cooked tilapia with lemon juice (about 146 calories)

1 sliced cucumber (about 15 calories)

MID AFTERNOON SNACK

1 apple (78 calories)

DINNER

4 0z. cooked chicken breasts (bone and skinless; about 140 calories)

4 oz. asparagus (20 calories)

Total: about 475 calories

The shopping list

Melba toast 1 pack

Stevia 1 pack

Herbal tea 1 pack

Saccharin 1 pack

Coffee 1 pack

Skim milk 1 small pack

Green tea with melissa 1 pack

Green tea with jasmine 1 pack

3 apples

Strawberries 300 g

3 grapefruits

Blueberries 400 g

3 oranges

Blackberries 200 g

Green spinach 2 packs

2 lemons

Carrots or mushrooms 200 g

Kale 2 packs

Swiss chard 1 pack

Beet greens 2 packs

Brussel sprouts 200 g

Lettuce 2 packs

Cucumbers 200 g

Asparagus 350 g

Tomatoes 200 g

Onion 100 g

Cabbage 1 pack

Chicken breast 600-650 g

Tilapia 550-600 g

Lean turkey 350-400 g

Shrimps 350-400 g

Lobster 500-600 g

Lean beef steak 200-250 g

Lean beef 200-250 g

Enjoy the HCG diet plan.

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