Phase 2 of the HCG diet is a very low-calorie phase. You can only have 500 calories per day and it must come from healthy foods. The purpose of the VLCD is to help the HCG work in your system. The VLCD will also help your body in transitioning and adapting to new eating styles. Take note that you must not forget to incorporate the HCG shots during the second phase.
The role of protein in your body and on HCG diet
Protein is essential in building and repairing your cells. It also plays a big role in your immunity and hormone production. Eating protein during the HCG diet helps in transporting nutrients in your body. Having protein every day on your VLCD helps you stay healthy and full. It maintains a feeling of fullness in-between meals so that you will less likely snack out. It reduces the hunger hormone in your body that is why you stay full even in the low-calorie intake.
Signs that you are getting enough protein during the VLCD
- You get strong bones and more energy
- Your muscle stays lean and strong
- It maintains your body composition
- You feel less hunger or zero-hunger at all
- Protein helps you feel full longer
- Healthy hair and better mood
How much protein do you need during the HCG diet?
During the HCG diet, you must have 200 grams of lean protein every day. Spread the 200grams of protein to sustain you all day. It will help in supplying vital building blocks for the cells in your body. Lean protein can help burn fats and maintain the leanness of your muscle. It can also improve brain function and even mood positivity.
How to get enough protein during the VLCD?
Do not skip your VLCD meals. Avoid skipping your meals because it plays a big role in your body. When you skip your meals your body will get fewer nutrients. Your VLCD meals contain lean protein on it. If you skip your meals you will also skip the protein that is important for your body. You will not be able to reach the 500 calorie requirements per day.
Weigh the lean meat raw. Weigh all your foods before cooking especially lean meat. For each meal, you must have a piece of lean protein in your dish. Take off the visible fats and avoid frying the meat. For each meal, you can have 100 grams of lean meat. The method of cooking you can do during the HCG diet is grilling, boiling, or steaming.
The foods that have high protein for the HCG diet
Aside from broccoli, spinach, asparagus, and hard-boiled eggs you can also eat the following:
- Lean beef meat or veal
- Chicken breast
You can broil or grill these foods to get most of the benefits. Do not eat any meat that has visible fats on i. It’s because it can affect the HCG in your body. Refer to the HCG diet food list if you want more food choices.