I’ve compiled this from the manuscript, and from suggestions and reports in the forums.
Protein Replacement options for the HCG protocol, 500 calorie diet phase
Dr. Simeons did allow limited options, but qualified them as being for specific reasons of aversion or religious rules.
The protocol allows a couple of options to replace the meat allowances during the low calorie phase of the diet.
- 3 egg whites plus 1 whole egg can be substituted for a meat portion. Dr. Simeons would allow this when patients became adverse to eating meat.
- 100 grams 0% fat cottage cheese is allowed on occasion.
On-Protocol Protein replacement options for vegetarians
Dr. Simeons allowed 500cc skimmed milk to be used per day, with part of this ration as curds, in response to religious dietary restrictions. He warned that because of the sugar content of the milk, the losses would be about half the normal rate.
A note about meats not included in the protocol menu list: Some omissions like bacon are self-explanatory, but people often wonder why lean choices like turkey, bison or pork loin are not included. All we know is that Dr. Simeon tested foods extensively, and omitted any he found to interfere with losses in the protocol. Some have used turkey and found that it stalled them, although others seemed to be unaffected. To be safe, its best not to vary the animal protein options on the list.
Protein Options not addressed in the Original Manuscript
In the following decades since the protocol was published, other variations and protein sources have been found to work for some. The list that follows comes with a “try at your own risk” caveat. If you choose to use an alternate protein source, please remember that HCG is a hormonal protocol that requires a specific balance of foods. It is not a diet that you can easily swap out items with similar calories or nutrient profiles. The following list is limited because not everything that seems like it should work can be used successfully.
Each list is in the order of most popular with best results. You want a source that provides about 25 grams protein in your serving and is fat-free. If considering a comparable product, check ingredients to make sure there are no added fats, starch or sugars.
- Jay Robb Eggwhite Protein shakes
- Jay Robb Whey Protein shakes
- Unflavored whey or egg protein
- Non-fat Greek yogurt
- Sun Warrior protein
- Pea Protein
- Brown Rice Protein
More risky vegetarian options It should be noted that HCG is a hormone-based protocol, and soy is a known hormone-disrupter. Soy protein products also often contain gluten.
- Boca Burgers
- Pulses (legume seeds) such as lentils, chickpeas, chana dahl.
List of Pulses: protein per 100 grams uncooked or raw