The HCG diet is not vegetarian and vegan friendly but vegetarians and vegans can absolutely do the HCG diet with no worries. And yes, they can even lose the maximum amount of weight when done properly.
In case you are a vegetarian or a vegan, you can still lose weight with HCG Diet by making a few simple changes to the meal plan.
Vegan and vegetarian options
From pounds and inches, Dr. Simeon recommends the following:
There are different types so vegetarian. The most common includes:
Vegetarians who can eat seafood can substitute lobster, crawfish, shrimp, or crabmeat for beef or chicken. Since strict vegetarians do not consume animal products, they are likely to lose about half the weight of someone who eats meat.
Getting enough protein
Protein is a vital component of achieving weight loss on the HCG Diet. It helps regulate hunger hormones, reduce appetite, and to make better food choices. Your body uses protein as a source of energy. The protocol includes lean protein from beef, chicken, and fish. If you do not eat meat, you can still get enough amount of protein while maintaining a calorie-restricted diet.
For vegetarians who do not consume fish and are looking for some high–protein foods to help them reach the recommended protein intake, they can have the following foods:
We also recommended that you replace 30 grams of meat protein with 30 grams of vegan or vegetarian protein. A cup of cottage cheese contains approximately 30 grams of protein. A cup of protein shake has somewhere between 20 grams to 30 grams of non-meat protein. Tofu also contains around 20 grams of protein for every cup while tempeh has 30 grams of protein per cup. One large egg (50 grams) contains approximately 6.5 grams of protein. You can add them to salads or vegetable dishes for a high protein meal.
If you choose vegetarian or vegan alternatives to the meat while following the HCG diet, include probiotics in your diet too. Adding probiotics can help control the bacteria in your gut, which leads to food cravings.