What to eat in the HCG diet 3-week, no sugar no starch phase
Once the HCG has “kicked in”, on day 3 of the diet plan, the dieter begins his Phase 2, 500-calorie-per-day fast, consuming foods which contain as little fat as possible, and nothing that contains simple carbohydrates (e.g., sugar) or starch.
Dr Simeons’* manuscript provides a handy menu of permitted foodstuffs which should be strictly adhered to, to ensure success. No shortcuts, no food substitutions, no compromises.
Under no circumstances should starch or sugar be ingested – not even in the minutest of quantities, such as those that might be found in packaged spices. So the dieter should scrutinise the ingredients of any product and satisfy himself that they are sugar-, starch- and fat-free. If in any doubt, don’t buy the product.
For breakfast, Dr Simeons permits any of plain or mineral water, tea or coffee, optionally supplemented with a maximum of one tablespoon of milk in any 24-hour period. Artificial sweeteners or Stevia can be added.
For lunch, the dieter may consume only one foodstuff of each of the following four categories:
- A single meat: 100 grams of lean meat or seafood – weighed in its raw state, with any hint of visible fat removed. These include veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab or shrimp.
This must be boiled or grilled. Oily fish, such as eel, tuna and herring are explicitly disallowed, as are dried and pickled fish.
Low quality meats should be avoided, as they tend to contain streaks of fat.
- A single vegetable: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus or cabbage.
- A single dried bread: breadstick or Melba toast.
- A single fruit: apple, orange, a handful of strawberries or half a grapefruit.
Dinner options are identical to those of lunch.
Approximately 2 litres of liquids should be imbibed every day.
This diet has been carefully crafted over many years of experimentation, for optimal results. Therefore, the dieter must not be tempted to improvise by eating two meats, at 50 grams apiece, or small portions of two of the vegetables listed, or to eat foodstuffs not listed – even if they have lower calories – because some interfere with the chemistry of the diet. He must also resist substituting, for example two small apples for one large apple, even if even if their weights are equivalent, because two small apples have more calories than one large apple.
The meals can be taken in any order, or mixed, or be split into four or five meals per day, so long as the quantities of each remain the same. For example, breakfast might comprise cups of tea, an orange and a Melba toast and lunch, a meat and a vegetable.
For seasoning, the juice of just one lemon is allowed, in any 24-hour period. Salt and pepper and permitted herbs and spices may be used, but oil, butter or any salad dressing may not.
Dieters should also be aware that no cosmetics should be used, apart from lipstick, eyebrow pencil and face powder, as they contain oils/fats which are absorbed by the skin.
* Dr A T W Simeons MD is the author of the original 1950s HCG diet manuscript, entitled “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”