The VLCD phase of the HCG dietThe VLCD is the beginning of the weight loss phase of the plan. You must continue to take your HCG through this phase and remain on a strict diet. consists of a special 500 calorie per day diet. Dr. Simeons protocol specifically outlines this portion of the diet. It is important that you follow the VLCD guidelines exactly to be successful during this phase.
Each day you can have 2 meals consisting of 100g of lean protein, one vegetable, one fruit, and a Melba toast or grissini breadstick. There is as much coffee or tea as you want allowed on the diet but you can only have one tablespoon of milk. The only sweetener allowed is Stevia. It is also recommended that you drink a minimum of 75 ounces (2L)of water per day.
Protein choices include lean ground beef, steak trimmed, chicken breast, veal, select wild fish, and select shelled seafood. Your proteins should be alternated at each meal. No protein should be eaten in consecutive meals. For vegetarians, the 100g of protein can be substituted for 1 whole egg plus three egg whites, cottage cheese, or a whey protein shake. It is still important to rotate these choices.
Only one vegetable should be eaten at a meal but you can have as much as it takes to feel full or reach your 500 calories for the day. Some vegetable options include lettuce, spinach, asparagus, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, radishes, and celery. You should also change up your veggie choice at each meal.
Apples, oranges, grapefruit, and strawberries are all approved fruit during the VLCD phase of the HCG diet. One serving per meal is allowed at least 4 hours apart. In addition, the juice of one lemon per day is permitted.
It is extremely important to consume only the HCG diet approved foods during VLCD.
This diet has been studied and has only proven to be effective when all of the guidelines are adhered to. A kitchen scale, calories counter, and list of approved foods can be invaluable tools for your ultimate success.
The diet is fairly simple and straight forward, but every detail counts.
Find the complete food list here.