The HCG diet protocol is very strict and anyone following this diet must strictly adhere to the protocol. The HCG diet includes a very low-calorie limit that allows for various meal plans to spice up bland or typical recipes. In each phase of the HCG diet, you can consume different types of foods. You are only allowed to have the leanest possible meat, chicken breast, white fish, and seafood like shrimp and crab during the weight loss phase but these limited protein options can really drive you crazy sometimes.
In certain cases, where you feel like not eating the protein options listed on the allowable foods during the weight loss and maintenance phase, you can occasionally replace the ones you dislike. Occasional meat replacement allowed for 1 serving only includes:
According to Dr. Simeons, “cottage cheese made from skimmed milk 100 grams may occasionally be used instead of the meat, but no other cheeses are allowed”.
Weight loss diet often includes cottage cheese, even on the HCG Diet. Cottage cheese is low in calories but high in protein and other essential nutrients, which is why it’s often recommended as part of a healthy diet. 1 cup of cottage cheese contains 163 calories and a decent amount of vitamins, zinc, copper, and choline. This soft, white, and creamy cheese does not undergo aging or ripening process. As a result, it has a very mild flavor compared with hard cheese. It’s very satiating making you feel full at a relatively low number of calories. In fact, cottage cheese seems to stimulate feelings of fullness to a similar extent as eggs.
Can I have other types of cheese while on the very low-calorie diet?
The answer is obviously NO but then again, you can occasionally replace your protein option with 100 grams of fat-free cottage cheese. In cases of unexpected interruption, which I am going to explain in a bit, you can increase your diet to at least 800 calories by adding eggs, meat, cheese, and milk. Choose a cheese that won’t work against you but will help you achieve your goal.
From the book Pounds and Inches, “If an interruption of treatment lasting more than four days is necessary, the patient must increase his diet to at least 800 calories by adding meat, eggs, cheese, and milk to his diet after the third day, as otherwise, he will find himself so hungry and weak that he is unable to go about his usual occupation. If the interval lasts less than two weeks the patient can directly resume injections and the 500-calorie diet, but if the interruption lasts longer, he must again eat normally until he has had his third injection”.
Loud and clear, if you are a cheese lover, the perfect time to have cheese on your diet is during an unexpected interruption. We always recommend though that it’s best to turn this into a planned interruption to avoid messing up with your weight loss result. There are plenty of low fat, low salt, fresh, soft, and creamy cheeses to stock in case of interruptions. These include cottage cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, and mascarpone.
Cottage Cheese Recipes
Blackberry Cottage Cheese Salad
Grilled Summer Salad
Cottage Cheese-Cilantro Guacamole