The HCG dieting plan requires that you only consume specific foods and that you limit your caloric intake to 500 calories per day. There are some very obvious food selections that will hinder the effectiveness of the HCG weight loss including things like cakes, candy, donuts, and sugar containing products. What’s more, even if you are eating everything you should be eating and you are staying away from those nasty diet breakers, you may encounter a moment when you seemingly reach the plateau and stop losing weight. You can do a steak day or apple day as recommended and still have problems making the weight disappear. This means that you are eating something you shouldn’t, even if you don’t realize it.
If you have found that your HCG diet efforts have come to an abrupt halt, it is time to make an assessment of what you have been consuming. Make sure you are not mixing veggies or eat the same meat for lunch and dinner. Besides that, there are some foods or ingredients that can thwart your success. Here is what you need to watch out for:
Melba toast: Although Dr. Simeons included Melba toast in his original HCG diet protocol, however many dieters have reported cutting out Melba toast can increase weight loss on the HCG diet.
Eggs: If you are eating eggs on the HCG diet, it may be time to stop. The yolk of the egg contains nine calories for each gram. This yolk also has an ingredient known as arachidonic acid. You may actually be sensitive to this ingredient and it can hinder your dieting success. You can do away with yolks all together and simply consume egg whites instead.
Sweeteners: if you are using sweeteners like Equal and Splenda in your beverages this could cause stall or weight gain on the HCG diet. You will want to do away with any sweeteners of any kind. You can replace these sweeteners with Stevia, which adds a sweetness to beverages and also helps to reduce your appetite.
Sugars: If you are consuming any kind of sugars, whether natural or manufactured, you can slow down or even fail your HCG weight loss. Sugars can be identified by many names, so check out your foods to see if they contain any of the following: Xylose, Xylitol, Turbinado Sugar, Treacle, Syrup, Sugar Alcohols, Sucrose, Sorghum Syrup, Sorbitol Saccharose, Rice Syrup, Raw Sugar, Molasses, Maple Syrup, Mannitol, Maltose, Maltodextrin, Maltitol Syrup, Maltitol, Malt Syrup, Lactose, Lactitol, Isomalt, Invert Sugar, Hydrogenated Starch, Hydrolysate, Honey, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Glucose, Fruit Juice Concentrate, Fructose, Erythritol, Dextrose, Dextrin, Dehydrated Cane Juice, Corn Syrup Solids, Corn Syrup or Corn Sweetener.
It is very important to watch what you’re eating while on the HCG weight loss diet. Prepare a food journal to record your daily dieting patterns, so you could identify certain foods that might cause you to stall or gain weight.