The best HCG diet is the one that works for you. The original HCG diet protocol has been around for decades, and over that time a lot of variations have come about designed to help people with different needs lose weight. Along with different diets, there are different methods of taking HCG. You can take it via injections per the original HCG diet, or you can take your HCG in the form of diet drops or pills. What’s important isn’t how you take your HCG, but that you follow the diet faithfully and accurately. While there are advocates out there for every variation of the HCG diet, many say that the best HCG diet is the original one as outlined in Dr. Simeons’ book Pounds & Inches.
Dr. Simeons’ HCG diet requires that you eat a 5oo calorie a day diet selected from a list of approved foods, and supplement that diet with daily injections of the HCG hormone. It’s a high protein diet, and is low in carbs and contains no sugar or starches. Protein has the benefit that it generally leaves you feeling full longer than a meal that consists primarily of carbohydrate, and that effect is utilized in the HCG diet meal plan. There are a wide variety of proteins approved for the HCG diet, so don’t be afraid to vary your meal plan accordingly. You can eat beef, chicken, fish, shrimp and even lobster while still staying safely within the confines of the approved foods list.
While there are a lot of veggies you can eat, several of them are not on the approved foods list. There are a number of reasons that certain vegetables aren’t available. Some of them will interact poorly with the HCG diet, others contain starches that are not allowed, and still others just contain too many calories. The same goes for fruit. You are to eat fruits that are lower in sugar like apples and oranges, and stay away from high-sugar and high-calorie fruit like bananas or grapes. The fruits and vegetables that are allowed on the list of approved foods are all quite low in calories, so even after you finish the diet it might be a good idea to include a large serving of vegetables with every meal. They will not only help you feel full, but do so without adding in any unwanted and unnecessary extra calories.
Fruits are a lot higher in calories than vegetables are, due to their sugar content. As such, while on the HCG diet it is important not to go over your daily serving recommendations. However, once again, after the HCG diet is over fruit makes an excellent snack and is far healthier than many of the cheap alternatives.
All the foods on this list are approved for the original HCG diet protocol. There are variations available with a wider selection of food, and many of those diets also provide good weight loss results. However, Dr. Simeons’ HCG diet is restrictive for a reason, and if you want to be sure you’re doing the diet right, it might be best to follow the original HCG diet protocol. Try it out for yourself and see if it works for you. If not, it is nice to know that there are other options out there that can serve you better.