The HCG diet food list was developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950s, and the foods on the list have been selected because they do not cause weight gain. Most importantly, the foods don’t interfere with the effectiveness of the hormone, which is critically important because anything that interferes with HCG will cause problems with weight loss on the diet. The food list is somewhat minimal but there is a sufficient amount of nutritious foods with the basic vitamins and minerals needed to get through the very low calorie portion of the diet. The food list has proven to be effective for several decades, and many thousands of people have used the original food list with no problems at all.
The HCG diet food list for Phase 2 was developed over many years
During the early 1950s, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons performed clinical research at hospitals in Italy with the HCG diet and he refined the food list for the hormone diet down to a list of core foods that he found were the most effective for weight loss. He also set the maximum calorie limit at 500 calories,
and this limit is the same for everyone regardless of their height, weight, and size. The food list has several choices that are filling and nutritious, and the foods are split up into two fairly large meals, but they stay under the 500 calorie limit, mostly because starch and grains are avoided (as these are heavy in calories and cause weight gain).
The foods on the diet do not affect the hormone
The foods allowed on the diet do not affect the hormone at all. The hormone can successfully metabolize the maximum amount of abnormal fat as long as a person only eats foods from the specified list and prepares them in the way mentioned by the protocol. There are also several other requirements for the diet protocol, for instance lotion is not allowed as well as artificial sweeteners. Everything that is prohibited by the diet protocol is because of the concern that it may interfere with the hormone. Since the food list has been tested and shown to work it should definitely not be adjusted except by a medical professional. The closer that a dieter sticks to the original food list the more likely they will have success with the diet.
The food list should not be altered with
Except for a few rare circumstances, the HCG diet food list should not be changed at all. It has proven to work for several decades and it was developed through several clinical diet trials. Those who alter the diet run the risk of adding a food that may interfere with the hormone or otherwise throw the diet off. What usually happens is that a person will go over their calorie limit when they make adjustments to the diet, or they will add a food that reduces the ability of the hormone to metabolize fat. There are several things to consider before a food is added or eliminated into the diet, including its fat content, carbohydrate content, and more. As a result, only a medical doctor or nutritionist should alter the diet.
Be careful with condiments and seasonings
Just as there are strict requirements with foods on the HCG diet, there are also requirements for condiments and seasonings. There are only a small amount of seasonings allowed on the diet, and these are specified by each diet provider. Most of the allowed seasonings do not have any calories or just a few calories. If seasonings or condiments are added into the diet, they can definitely cause problems with the hormone and reduce weight loss. For instance, adding mayonnaise or a calorie rich salad dressing, or even a dressing with a small amount of oil can affect fat metabolism.