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  • Hcg Diet Grocery List

    In 2002, I lost nearly 90 lbs with the Hcg Diet Plan, and another 45 lbs after having a baby in 2017 with Nu Image and Diet Doc. I kept the weight off, and transformed my life to the point that I actually love kale. I also love helping people, which is why I started the first Hcg Diet site: Hcgdietinfo.com. Over 10 years later, 100 million readers, and 2 million pages, HDI has helped millions of people lose the weight for good, and it has become the highlight of my Hcg Diet Journey.

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    Hey guys! I saw a few requests in the forums for an Hcg Diet Foods and Grocery List. I had shared the “official” version based on the  Pounds and Inches manuscript, but this list has a nice modern update to it (thanks to a kind forum member with plenty of time on her hands!) It includes everything you could need to get started. I found this updated one so helpful for myself, since I’m just starting my next round with Diet Doc, and as you know, I’m big on planning and being prepared!

    Check here, If you are looking for the Hcg Diet Expanded Foods List.

    I think I’ve made it fairly easy to print so you can take it with you on your next grocery outing.

    All fruits, vegetables, and meats that are permitted on the Hcg Diet, are listed here.  You will still want to read pounds and inches for answers about substitutions and portions, etc.  The list of spices included in this resource, is absolute GOLD in my book- spices can certainly make or break that dull plate of chicken breast you’ve had for the 3rd time this week.

    If you cannot find these foods or spices at your local grocery store, you may want to try a specialty health food store, or even Amazon. This can be a particularly helpful tip for finding organic items, meats with no nitrates, and spice variations with no sugar.

    -Mrs. Dash or other seasoning (There are MANY different varieties, low sodium is preferred, check for NO sugar)
    -Braggs Liquid Aminos (Tastes like soy sauce, use as a salt substitute)
    -Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (If it isn’t braggs just make sure there is zero sugar)
    -Sweet Leaf Stevia Drops (Use as a sweetener, comes in many flavors)
    -Sea Salt (Salt is allowed but use it wisely as it will make you retain water)
    -Mustard (For a type of honey mustard dressing found in the cookbook link below)
    -Creole or other fish seasonings (Get your favorite sugar free fish seasonings)
    -Chicken/Beef Broth (Low sodium if you can, watch for sugars and fat)
    -Garlic (whole, minced, or powder you’ll use them all)
    -Stock up on your other favorite sugar free spices. The spices listed above are the ones I see recurring in most recipes.

    -Green Salad
    -Spinach, Arugula, Kale, etc. (All dark leafy greens acceptable.)

    -Beef (buy the leanest you can find of ground/unground)
    -Chicken (If you buy whole breasts be sure to cut fat and middle gristle part out)
    -Fish (white fish only)

    -Lemons (or lemon juice)

    -Melba Toast
    -Grissino breadsticks

    -Daily Vitamins (not sugar coated)
    -B12 vitamins
    -Sandwich Bags (to portion out your meats)**
    -Food scale (must be capable of weighing tenths of a pound)**
    -Large water bottles (to measure how much you drank that day)**
    -Steamer bags**
    -Green and Oolong Teas (no sugar!)**
    -Little condiment bottles for dressings**


    Green tea, sleepy time tea, chamomile tea… any herbal tea without sugar. Water containers to measure how much you are drinking daily.  Any supplements your Hcg Diet coach may suggest- for example, I take Vitamin D daily and notice this helps with my weight loss while on the diet.  I am a huge tea fan and find these to be very comforting when in Phase 2, however I also occasionally like a Diet Root Beer. I am careful to choose a brand with no aspartame since it has become very obvious this effects my weight loss rates.

    Tips from Hcg Diet Info Forum Members that added to this list: 

    Racquel:  Food scale,Weight scale that can do tenths of a pound, Green Tea, Yerba mate tea, Magnesium, SANDWICH SIZE FREEZER BAGS, Apple Cider Vinegar, oil free moisturizer (and all other cosmetics depending on what you choose to do), a few really big water bottles to make sure you are getting your required water, Melatonin to help you sleep if you have a problem with that (i think good sleep helps good loss).

    Jelohi:  Other things I’ve found I needed to buy: more paring knives (since I am cutting things up way more often), veggie storage bags, microwave steamer bags, non-oil containing personal care items, egg whites, condiment bottles for salad dressings & such. I think I need to get some more measuring cups too.

    If you have any tips for your fellow Hcg Dieters, feel free to drop them below in the comments section… or just say hi!

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    1. Elizabeth Gallagher Heilman on

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks for sharing… how can you do it as a vegetarian… I’m recently a mostly vegan
      And it’s much harder to figure out the HGTV protocol… thnx for any help you can offer.

    2. You are in luck! Leez wrote this fabulous post on alternative proteins for following a Vegetarian Hcg Diet: https://hcgdietinfo.com/alternate-protein-sources-hcg-diet-plan/

      I would love to hear what plan you come up with personally. I don’t get to talk to too many vegetarian Hcg Dieters these days and I have only rarely come across a Vegan that has given it a shot. I always admire the creativity and I see it becoming more and more common.

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