Reading food labels will make it easier for you to compare foods and find foods that have nutritional value. It will help you during the HCG diet to make better choices about the foods you are buying. A food label, for example, specifies that the food has 100 calories and only 5 grams of sugar per package.
Food labeling is vital to guide you on how to cook or store the products. Some of the food labels cover instructions and help to see some counterfeit that will harm your diet. Preventing misleading claims is one of the purposes why you need to read food labels during the HCG diet.
In reading food labels you have to see the following;
- Portion sizes– You should be careful of the fat which has more than one portion in the package. Portion size also indicates the amount of protein and fiber you can get from the whole serving.
- Net carbs- This tells you how quickly the blood sugar will rise after you consume the product. Rapid rises and falls of blood sugar may occur that can cause hunger. Avoid carbs and sugar because your body will tend to convert them into fat. The good numbers of net carbs are less than 10gram per serving.
- Protein and fiber- This label will tell you how full you will get after eating. Protein and fiber are filling. It can help you during a very low-calorie diet. Foods with fiber and protein that are more than 10 grams maintain your satiety longer.
- Calories- during the HCG diet, your calorie intake is counted to continue weight loss. The calories you will see in each food package refer to the stated portion. Keep your calorie intake low as possible during the VLCD.
- Fat– the same as carbs, it reflects how many calories you get from each food. High-fat foods reflect high-calorie content which may be harmful to the second phase of the HCG diet. Avoid food dressing such as mayo, cheese, and salad dressing.
Why is it important to read food labels during the HCG diet?
Food labels give details on nutrition facts that you can use during the HCG diet. It helps you develop and maintain better eating habits. Reading food labels helps in attaining balanced energy during the VLCD. It is vital when you are avoiding fat and sugar to achieve a better nutritional output.
Specific sizes of the food you should eat during the VLCD
- Protein- You should eat 200 grams of lean protein per day during the HCG diet. It means that you can divide it into two for your main meals which are during lunch and dinner.
- Vegetable- There are various types of vegetables you can eat but avoid mixing them in one meal sitting. You can eat one serving of vegetables per meal. To improve satiety, eat spinach, broccoli, lettuce, asparagus, and other fiber-rich goodies during the VLCD.
- Fruits- The fruits you can eat during the HCG diet are apple, orange, grapefruits, peaches, and berries. Eat at least two whole fruits per day during the VLCD. It is either you eat a handful of strawberries, blueberries, or a whole apple for your snack choice.