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Sunday, February 5, 2012

What I Ate On The HCG Diet, And My Favorite Recipes

Being on the HCG diet plan was one of the best things I have ever done to lose weight! The first two days, along with the HCG drops, I ate lots of food that was high in fat. Gosh, I ate ice cream, bacon, pizza, candy... it was great!

You need to do this because you are going to be transitioning to a 500 calorie diet for 20-40 days. The first two days are referred to as "fat loading". On day 3, along with the HCG drops, I drastically cut my eating to 500 calories a day.

500 calories is not a lot, and it adds up quickly. However, it is a very crucial thing to do as part of the diet plan. There are specific things that you are allowed to eat. In this article, I will tell you what those things are, as well as what you cannot eat. I will give you samples of food that you can have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once you start this phase of the plan, it's really not as difficult as it would seem. The drops really help to curb your appetite!

FOODS THAT YOU CAN EAT

Your main protein source will come from either beef, veal, chicken, crab, lobster, shrimp, or fresh white fish. You can eat 100 grams of any of these twice a day, usually lunch and dinner.

• Vegetables that you may eat include asparagus, celery, onion, green salad, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, spinach, chard, fennel, broccoli, kale, and cabbage.

• Fruit is limited to an apple, a handful of strawberries, or one-half grapefruit.

• Bread can only be one breadstick or one melba toast.

• Seasonings such as salt, pepper, parsley, garlic, thyme, etc. are fine to use.

• Coffee, tea, or water are the only drinks allowed. They can be consumed as often as you wish. You may sweeten them with stevia or saccharin. The juice of one lemon may be used daily. You may also have one tablespoon of milk in any 24 hour period.

I know this sounds very restrictive, and it is, but you really get used to it after a few days and your meals become very easy to choose. Eating this way becomes part of your normal daily routine, along with taking the drops 3 times a day, about 15 minutes before each meal.

FOODS THAT YOU CANNOT EAT

• No sugar whatsoever.

• No oil, butter, or dressing, unless it is no fat or very low fat.

Anything else that is not on the list of things you can eat is not allowed.

BREAKFAST

I would have a few cups of coffee with stevia in it to start my day. I have never been a big breakfast eater anyway, so this was perfect for me.

LUNCH

As mentioned above, 100 grams of any meats, fish, or chicken. I would also choose one of the vegetables listed, a breadstick or melba toast, and one of the fruits. Once you get used to eating less, this is a very satisfying lunch.

DINNER

This is the same as lunch. I would choose fish for dinner if I had beef for lunch, same for the rest of the foods. Variation is always allowed, as long as you stick to the foods listed.

It got easier as I went along. I started getting somewhat creative and took all of the foods allowed and created recipes to make the diet more interesting. My body started to get used to the lesser amounts of food rather quickly, and along with the HCG drops, the weight just started coming off. I lost 25 pounds in 36 days, which was my goal.

Favorite Recipes:

Turkey Chili

3.5 oz ground turkey breast or lean 96/4 beef
1/2 tsp. Liquid Aminos
onion powder
1/4 tsp powdered Stevia
1/2 can low sodium diced tomatoes
Tones Seasonings to taste (garlic powder, paprika, red pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper)
Brown your meat with the onion powder, Aminos, and stevia. Add your tomatoes and about 1/4 can of water. Add your seasonings and let simmer about 10-15 min. If you have some extra cals for the day fry an egg (with Pam) over easy and put that on top of the chili.

Spicy Chicken
• Chicken breast (100 grams)
• 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• 1 cup chopped tomatoes
• 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat over to 350 F. Mix chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika in a small bowl. Spread liberally on both sides of chicken. Place in a small baking dish. In a separate bowl, add tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and garlic powder. Mix well. Then pour over the chicken. Cook for 25 - 30 min. at 350 degrees.

For more of my favorite recipes, please contact me and I'll send them to you for free!

Stay tuned for my next article when I talk about the next step of the diet - the stabilization phase!

Denise Ventura is a mother of 2, and a personal diet coach. Specializing in helping others lose weight safely. For More Details Go To - http://hcgdropsreviews.biz

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