The list of vegetables during the HCG diet limits only on the starch-free items. The original protocol of Dr. Simeons will guide you with the food list that you can have. You cannot expand the list of foods that you can eat during the VLCD. It is because the foods are carefully chosen to help you lose weight. This means that the rest of the vegetables that are not on the list can interfere with the HCG.
Why stick to the vegetable choices on the HCG diet protocol?
The vegetable choices on the HCG diet are low in calories. These are chosen so that it can help start the work of HCG in your system. You have to stick to these choices until you will reach your weight loss goal. These vegetables are not only for weight loss but also for maintaining your health. Aside from weight loss, vegetables can also help fight against diseases.
Guides to eating vegetables on Phase 2 of the HCG diet
- Eat one type of vegetable only per meal. Do not eat canned vegetables because it has chemicals that stop your progress
- Stick to the list of the vegetables you can eat during the HCG diet
- Weigh every vegetable choice before cooking. Do sauté the vegetable in oil or mix salad dressings on it
- Do not mix your vegetables because of the calorie differences. Stick to one type of vegetable per meal.
- Do not replace your vegetable meal with items that are not on the food list.
- You can eat different vegetables in the food list but avoid eating them all at once
- You cannot mix vegetables but you can add spices to it such as onion
Vegetables you can eat during Phase 2 of the HCG diet
- Chard, spinach, and beet greens
- Chicory, tomatoes, and celery
- Fennel, onion, and radishes
- Cucumbers, zucchini, and cabbage
- Asparagus and lettuce
- Cauliflower and broccoli
You can also add spices to your vegetable meal such as;
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- A small amount of salt
- Avoid adding oil, butter, and salad dressings
Can you mix vegetables and lean meat?
Mixing vegetables and lean meat is tricky. To avoid having too many calories you have to get the first exact amount of vegetables before you mix them. Weigh the lean meat to get 100grams per meal. You can mix lean meat and vegetable when you make soup. For example, is making chicken soup with cabbage. Make sure that you do not go beyond 500 calories per day.
Should you replace fruits with more vegetables on your VLCD meal?
Replacing fruits with vegetables is not in the original manuscript. Take note that you still need the nutrients of the fruits to assist your health. Stick to the original protocol of food intake to avoid nutritional deficiency. The HCG diet does not limit you to eat only a cup of veggies nor have more. As long as you stay on 500 calorie intake per day you can lose weight.