Most people who have heard of the hCG Diet are aware that the diet involves eating just 500 calories a day. But most don’t know that the 500 calories has to come from a particular list of foods and is to be eaten only in certain proportions. There is no need to actually count calories- if you follow the guidelines listed below, your caloric intake each day will end up around 500 calories or less. This is taken just as Dr. Simeons, the original creator of the hCG Diet prescribed and had success with.
How The 500 Calories Is Made Up:
Foods must come ONLY from list of allowable foods (below)
The diet is designed to basically have two small meals a day that are made up in this way (all foods chosen from the approved foods list):
1 protein (100 grams)
1 grissini or melba toast (note: many hCG dieters leave this item out entirely- seems to add to cravings and difficulties on the protocol.)
Same as above
Dr. Simeons said it was allowable to spread your meal throughout the day if you like, for instance, to have your lunch fruit for breakfast instead. However, you would never have 2 fruits or 2 proteins in one sitting.
Tea, Coffee, and Water with sugar free sweeteners in any quantity is fine. Stevia is a good choice for this.
Grocery List of Allowable Foods
The original food list as Dr. Simeons wrote it in his Pounds and Inches book are as follows:
- chicken breast
- fresh white fish
- green salad
- red radishes
- 1 breadstick (grissini)
- 1 Melba toast
- handful strawberries
- 1/2 grapefruit
The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes. Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, majoram, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.