HCG Diet Foods on the HCG Diet
The Original HCG Diet initially called for a rigid food menu to be followed, with little to no flexibility. Today however, the diet has evolved and many offer a slightly more flexible approach, including the addition of modern foods that were not available when the diet was first created. In addition, many protocols allow for an expanded foods list. This has allowed countless cookbooks to be written that are perfectly acceptable for those following Simeons VLCD. The use of supplements and protein shakes for meal replacement are an option for some versions of the diet which can make Phase 2, the weight loss phase of the HCG Diet, much less challenging.
HCG Diet & Foods
HCG Diet Food Menus
- NEW HCG Diet Menu
- Original HCG Diet Menu (500 calorie vlcd from the manuscript) (For information purposes only.)
HCG Diet Foods and Meal Supplements
- HCG Diet-Friendly Shakes & Smoothies
- HCG Diet Friendly Teas
- HCG Diet Recipe Cooking Tips
- HCG Diet Friendly Supplements by Herbalife
- Supplements to Maximize Your hCG Weight Loss
- Supplements on Kevin Trudeau's weight loss protocol
HCG Diet Foods: Tips for Eating on the hCG Diet
- How to fix an HCG Diet Cheat
- Can I use protein shakes on the HCG Diet?
- HCG Diet Apple Day
- HCG Diet Steak Day
- HCG Diet Stalls & Plateaus
- hCG Diet & Good Nutrition
- Where to shop for HCG Diet foods
HCG DIET FOODS FOR WEIGHT MAINTENANCE
- Food lessons to learn from the HCG Diet
- How to Order Healthy Foods when Eating Out
- Healthy Foods List
- Healthy Food Substitions
- Healthy HCG Diet Maintenance Recipes
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HCG DIET FOODS AND RECIPES
- How can I avoid *cheating* on the HCG Diet?*
- HCG Diet Cheat Fix
- HCG Diet Cheating and dietary errors
- Why am I stalling on the HCG Diet
What to Eat on the HCG Diet Plan
About HCG Diet Foods & hCG Diet Menu Options
Dozens of new hCG Diet Plans call for “special hCG Diet menus” and this can certainly be confusing. We've compiled a special section here addressing hCG Diet Foods and Eating to simplify your protocol. Read on to learn more about:
hCG diet menus and protocols
The Original 500 calorie VLCD
Eating organic on the hCG Diet
Where to shop for organic foods
HCG Diet Recipes
HCG Diet Plan Food Menus and Protocols
The Original Dr. Simeons hCG Diet Protocol: 500 calorie foods list
Dr. Simeons protocol is an important read for anyone following the hCG Diet, regardless of which specific plan they are following. All HCG Diets are based on the foundations of his theories, initially outlined in his manuscript, Pounds and Inches, A Guide to Weight Loss. His protocol includes a 500 calorie a day diet, or VLCD – very low calorie diet, which we have created an overview for you here:
The original 500 calorie hCG diet foods list & menu by Dr. Simeons
See the original 500 Calorie Food Menu here.
hCG Diet Foods for Kevin Trudeau's hCG Diet Protocol
Trudeau's hCG Diet is based on the Dr. Simeons protocol but modified according to modern health developments resulting in a slightly different, four phase diet plan.
Kevin Trudeau's hCG Diet Plan Phase 1:
The first phase of this hCG Diet protocol is the preparatory period and includes instructions such as, increased daily water intake, walking for at least one hour a day, going through a body cleanse by using recommended hcg diet supplements and eating apples and breadfruit everyday. A more detailed outline of phase 1 of the hCG Diet can be found here.
Kevin Trudeau's hCG Diet Plan Phase 2:
Phase 2 begins with 3 days of the dieter actually increasing their food intake and eating just about anything and everything they can possibly put in their stomachs, in an effort to increase energy throughout the next several weeks. After the initial 3 day gorge, the 500 calorie diet (also known as the VLCD – very low calorie diet) is put into place. Similar to Dr. Simeons hCG Diet Menu, Kevin Trudeau's protocol does not differ much but does have some specific modifications and supplement additions. Kevin Trudeau's hCG diet also includes additional food choices compared to Dr. Simeons original menu. Phase 2 of the hCG Diet lasts for 26 to 46 days, depending on the amount of weight the dieter has to lose.
Kevin Trudeau's hCG Diet Plan Phase 3:
Phase 3 of KT's hCG Diet requires three weeks. At this point, the dieter can adjust their menu to eat normal, healthy foods as long as they do not contain sugars, artificial sweeteners. Strictly prohibited on this diet menu are: no fast foods, no trans-fats, limited cold drinks.
Kevin Trudeau's hCG Diet Plan Phase 4:
Phase 4 of the hCG Diet: this phase is what has grown to be known as the post hCG Diet maintenance phase. The dieter has successfully reached their hCG Diet goal and continues with a new lifestyle complete with healthy eating habits, a new relationship with food, and certain lifestyle changes including an exercise regimen.
Other hCG Diet Food Menus
A number of hCG Diet Clinics and physicians specializing in the hCG Diet have come up with their own variations of the hCG Diet Plan foods. Many follow the 500 calorie a day diet. Others increase the calorie intake to 800 calories a day, or 1200. We have seen hCG Dieters succeed with all of these plans, at varying levels of average weight loss. Talk with your hCG Diet Doctor or medical specialist before starting your own hCG diet plan and ask questions regarding foods and menu options and which protocol they will be advising. If you have concerns, or wish to adjust the diet menu, ask their thoughts on this and proceed with their guidance.
Tips for eating on the HCG Diet
Eating Organic on the hCG Diet
While the original protocol by Dr. Simeons does not require organic for foods or beauty products, it has become a popular addition to the diet thanks to Kevin Trudeau's book, The Weight Loss Cure. Whenever possible, the organic approach is advised, for both its proven health benefits, and for optimum results when used in combination with the hCG diet shots.
Where to shop for hCG Diet Plan Foods
Health food stores are the sure bet for organic foods, while superstores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart are continually expanding their organic foods sections. Larger varieties are available at all-natural grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Alfalfas, Vitamin Cottage, Trader Joe's and local farmer's markets.
Another option are international markets. Asian food markets often have extensive organic sections, as do Latin markets. Jewish food specialty stores, restaurants and grocery sections are great to keep in mind, since many kosher foods are organic, including their meats. This is great news for those of you who enjoy Mediterranean salads from Jewish establishments! Read more on where to shop for hCG Diet foods and products.
HCG Diet Food delivery options
An alternative to organic food shopping is the fabulously convenient option of delivery.
The best one we've found is Herbalife (Read about Herbalife Shakes and Supplements for hCG Diet)
For those having a difficult time sticking with their 500 calorie VLCD diet and worried they will be tempted to throw a little something else in their food cart, consider grocery store delivery. Order online and have your carefully planned grocery list delivered to your home.
Companies that offer grocery delivery:
Some Whole Foods will deliver but this varies by location.
A tip for eating organic foods on the HCG Diet
Eating organic is great, especially while on the HCG Diet. The less chemicals and more natural foods your body has to work with, the more efficient your weight loss. If you don't have organic foods easily available to you, don't forget kosher foods. If you do not have an organic health food store near you, your average grocery store will have a kosher section. Kosher foods are organic- no pesticides or hormones are used, and the process for their preparation is extremely strict, guaranteeing quality.
Tips for Eating Foods on the hCG Diet
Particularly in the beginning, some dieters may find it challenging to abide by the diet's strict guidelines. hCG Diet Info has put together a few Diet Tips to help you stick to the plan and reach your goals!
1. Emofree techniques are useful for emotional eaters, including “bored eaters.”
2. Order your food either with delivery diet programs (see above) or grocery store delivery. This way you avoid impulse purchases, and you're eating food that tastes great! Read more hCG diet tips…
HCG Diet Recipes
hCG Diet Recipe: hCG-diet-friendly Chicken Soup
2 – 3 lbs chicken breast cut into squares
Worcestershire sauce- sugar free, fat free
Picante sauce – (sugar free, fat free – not like pace picante, but like hot sauce.)
1 chicken bullion cubes
2 tomatoes, blended first with 1/2 ltr water
1/2 clove garlic
Any of the following: celery, leek, turnip, onion, parsley, dill, cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.
Lemon or lime juice
2 and a 1/2 liters water
Boil for about 20 minutes. The soup will become very orange with a strong aroma.
This recipe is not “exact” simply because my mother-in-law is such an amazing cook, she just throws things in a pot and they come out perfect. Feel free to adjust the amounts to what you prefer, or what your diet calls for and experiment- if I can make it, anyone can, it's that fool-proof!
Also- for the picante sauce, she uses Salsa Huichol but she gets it from Mexico so I'm not sure if it's easy to find.
Quick Tips for Cooking HCG Diet Foods
Chicken Recipes on the Menu
While chicken is permitted on the hCG diet food list, all recipes using chicken must be properly portioned to their phases. Phase 2, for example, allows 100 grams weighed raw. Phase 3, 1 full skinless chicken breast. When preparing chicken, take note that most recipes will call for oil to be used. When in phase 2 in particular, some dieters will continue to use a very small amount of oil if they are on the “New HCG Diet Plan” and continue to lose weight just fine. For those of you on stricter protocols, it may be wise to substitute this for coconut oil, or select recipes for grilled, broiled or baked chicken instead. Another option is to use a low sodium soy sauce to wet the pan for suitable dishes.
Quick tips for eating chicken on the diet:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breast are a great food for phase 3. These are ideally proportioned to simply cook and eat. Be sure to trim the fat and no skin!
- Consider weighing individual chicken breasts and then freezing as a convenient way to cut down on cooking time.
Avoid processed chicken patties from the frozen foods section of the grocery store. These are not fresh chicken and are loaded with calories, preservatives and added ingredients that could stall your weight loss.
See more HCG Diet Recipes