Everything You Wanted to Know About Vegetables on the HCG Diet

The HCG Diet Protocol is a very effective method for achieving rapid weight loss. A dieter can generally expect to lose 20-30 lbs in about a month if the diet is strictly adhered to (no cheating!) The plan calls for taking hcg and following a very specific diet of two meals per day. Each meal consists of a protein, vegetable, fruit and breadstick. In this article we’re going to discuss the vegetables on the HCG Diet.

There are thirteen allowed vegetables (sorry, no green beans and no broccoli!) and they are as follows:

  • Asparagus
  • Beet greens
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chicory
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Tomato

Additionally, you may not mix vegetables on the HCG Diet. For example, you may not have lettuce with a few tomatoes and cucumbers. Only one type of vegetable is allowed per meal.

The vegetable serving size is not generally restricted. Dieters can eat an unlimited amount of one vegetable with the protein (at mealtime); there should be no grazing throughout the day!  You may, however, want to limit tomatoes and onions, having 1 large or 2 small, since these are higher in carbs than the other selections.

 

Where to Get Your Vegetables

The vegetables may be fresh, frozen or canned but keep in mind the fact that you’re not eating very much food while on the diet, so you’ll want to get as many vitamins and minerals from them as possible. If you have access to veggies right out of a garden, meaning it’s only a couple of days between picking time and eating time, then fresh garden vegetables would be your first choice. However, if you have to rely on the produce department of your local supermarket, then frozen vegetables would be the most vitamin packed since these usually go directly from the field to the packing plant where they are flash frozen with most of the nutritional value intact. Canned vegetables would be your last choice.

 

Preparing Your Vegetables

You may eat your vegetables raw or cooked. A word of caution though, if you are not used to eating raw vegetables, be aware that they may be a little bit of a shock to your digestive system. We occasionally get calls from new clients who ask if diarrhea is a side effect of hcg. We “never say never” but that stomach issue is usually the result of starting the diet and switching to raw vegetables like slaw (raw cabbage), cucumbers, radishes, etc. when the person, prior to starting the diet, was used to eating cooked vegetables. You may want to transition by eating “raw” at one meal and “cooked” at the other.

If you cook your vegetables, remember you must do so without using any oil, butter, or other forms of fat.  You may steam, bake, or sauté the veggies in protocol-compliant chicken broth in a non-stick pan.

 

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