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Veggies allowed on HCG diet but can vegetarians thrive on it?

The number of vegetables permitted in the strict HCG diet is relatively small, mainly because many vegetables contain fats and starches, which must be virtually banished from a 500-calorie-per-day diet.

For instance, olives. Hence, one tablespoon of olive oil, a summer salad staple, contains a whopping 117 calories – one fifth the entire day’s permitted allowance.

That startling fact, might put off a great many potential HCG dieters, fearing that hunger cravings will defeat them even before they get to work in the mornings! A lifetime’s habit of devouring refined, starchy foods might well have led them to believe that hunger can only be satisfied by a certain quantity of food.

The truth is that the foods we eat today are intrinsically unhealthy, starving us of the nutrients we need and worse, leaching from us the nutrients which we already house.

The result is that our bodies are somewhat malnourished and transfused with toxins, which triggers food cravings. But we often mistake those cravings as a ‘need’ for more food, whereas they really indicate a need for more nutrients. Big difference.  When we provide our bodies with more nutrient-deficient food, our cravings remain, only we become less healthy as our weight increases disproportionately, relative to our life-sustaining nutrient store.

Why are the foods we eat intrinsically unhealthy?

We consume, often unwittingly:

  • Over-processed foods that have had the vitamins cooked out of them
  • genetically modified foods, rife in the modern world
  • pesticides
  • growth hormones in meat and dairy products
  • antibiotics (fed to sick animals, or to lactating cows with mammary infections)
  • hydrogenated oils
  • vegetables grown in nutrient-depleted soil
  • vegetables, sold as “fresh”, having been cold-stored for weeks or months – thereby losing much of their nutritional value, such as vitamin C content.

Therefore, while many of our foodstuffs are nutrient-depleted, many more still are toxic to the point where our bodies require even more nutrients in order to process or eliminate those toxins.

Most of the vegetables permitted in Phase 2 of Kevin Trudeau’s book1, (below) are highly nutritive – more particularly when they are organically grown – but very low in fat:

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Mustard greens
  • Artichoke
  • Mushrooms (Brown, Cremini, Italian, Enoki, Morel, Porcini, Portobello)
  • Asparagus **
  • Onions **
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Snow peas
  • Beet greens
  • Peppers (Bell, Banana, Hot green and red)
  • Broccoli **
  • Radish **
  • Brussel sprouts **
  • Seaweed (kelp)
  • Cabbage (red or white) **
  • Snap beans (green and yellow)
  • Carrots
  • Spinach **
  • Cauliflower **
  • Squash ** (Zucchini, Scallop, Summer, Straight Neck, Spaghetti squash)
  • Celery **
  • Swiss Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Tomato ** (red, green, orange)
  • Cucumber
  • Turnip
  • Eggplant
  • Coconut (dried, unsweetened)
  • Endive **
  • Coconut milk, canned (no added gums or sugars)
  • Fennel
  • Flax seeds
  • Kale
  • Olive oil
  • Lettuce ** (Bibb, Boston, Butter, Iceberg, Romaine)
  • Coconut oil
  • Mung bean sprouts

** Protein-rich

Thus, we can derive sufficient nutrients if we choose our foods wisely and partake of each and every one of the permitted vegetables and follow The HCG Diet for Vegans and Vegetarians.

Notice, however, the absence of pulses (the most nutrient-rich vegetables), upon which vegetarians rely for their proteins. This shouldn’t be a problem if they load up on fats and protein-rich nuts in the preparatory phase of the diet, as these fats will be stored in the “fat cells”, or adipose tissue. The adipose tissue will become the body’s nutrient, protein and fat larder in Phase 2 of the diet.

Vegetarians can opt to eat more of the protein-rich vegetables from the list above, so there’s no reason why vegetarians can’t benefit from the HCG diet.


* The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, by Kevin Trudeau

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