If you are a vegetarian or vegan and you want to lose weight, you may be wondering if you can do the HCG diet. Actually, “Can vegetarians or vegans do the HCG diet” is one of the most frequent questions we receive. The answer is YES! There are plenty of foods that vegetarians and vegans can substitute for the protein on the HCG Diet. Several of our successful HCG dieters are vegetarians or vegans. The main thing is that you replace the meat with a lean protein that is to your specification. If you are vegetarian then Eggs may be fine but If you are vegan use Tofu or a lean vegan burger. Make sure to have the amounts correct. This guide lists all of the foods and options available during the VLCD (P2) phase 2 of the HCG Diet for vegans and vegetarians. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Breakfast: Tea or coffee in any quantity. One tablespoonful of (cows) milk (11 cals.) allowed per day. Stevia (0 cals.) is the only sweetener that will not slow weight loss, Sweetleaf, Kal, and NOW are the only brands we recommend because there are no additives. Truvia is NOT pure and can slow weight loss.
Lunch & Dinner: Choose ONE item from each section, preferably different choices for lunch and dinner.
One serving of Protein: MRM 100% Natural Whey (all flavors) SunWarrior: Raw Vegan (all flavors) or Warrior Blend (all flavors) *Vegan Jay Robb Whey (all flavors) Garden of Life Raw Protein (all flavors) *Vegan Cottage cheese* (1/2 cup no fat) – 75 calories One whole egg + 3 egg whites Tofu – one serving MUST have between 75-140 calories and between 15-21g protein. It must have less than 5g fat, less than 5g carbohydrates. Vegan Sausage Patties Vegan Burger Non-GMO soy burger
Protein powder: 1 scoop of protein powder equals one VLCD serving of protein. Other protein powders must be 5 grams of carbs or less per serving and sweetened only with Stevia or Xylitol.
One serving of Vegetables: Choose ONLY ONE vegetable per meal, raw or cooked, but NO MIXING. Eat vegetables until you’re satisfied or until you’ve reached 500 calories for the day. The most common serving sizes are listed below. You will also find the calories per ounce if you prefer to weigh your vegetables. Lettuce – any (2 cups raw = 15 cals or 4 cals/oz) Spinach (3 cups raw = 21 cals or 6 cals/oz) Asparagus (2 cups raw = 54 cals or 6 cals/oz) Cabbage (2 cups raw = 44 cals or 7 cals/oz) Tomatoes (1 cup cherry = 18 cals or 5 cals/oz) Tomato (1 med = 22 cals or 5 cals/oz) Cucumbers (2 cups = 32 cals or 3 cals/oz) Chard (2 cups raw = 14 cals or 5 cals/oz) Onions (1 cup raw = 64 cals or 11 cals/oz) Beet Greens (2 cups raw = 16 cals or 6 cals/oz) Radishes (2 cups raw = 40 cals or 4 cals/oz) Celery (2 cups raw = 32 cals or 4 cals/oz) Fennel (1.5 cups raw = 40 cals or 9 cals/oz) Chicory (2 cups raw = 15 cals or 6 cals/oz)
One of the following fruits: Two servings allowed per day, not at the same meal, 4-6 hours apart. Apple (1 medium/3” diameter) – 95 calories Orange (1 medium/3” diameter) – 70 calories Grapefruit (1/2 medium) – 52 calories Strawberries (10 11⁄2-inch) – 40 calories One grissini breadstick or one melba toast.
Beverages: Spring water, mineral water, tea, and coffee in any quantity at any time.
Drink no less than 75 ounces of water per day, but aim for one-half your current weight in ounces of water per day. The juice of one lemon (12 calories) is allowed per day. Seasonings are allowed except pre-mixed spices as they often contain sugar. You can have Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids, mustard (water, mustard seed, vinegar, and turmeric), Frank’s Original Hot sauce, and Spry Xylitol gum or mints (1.2 calories each). No substitutions for ANY of the foods. Per Dr. Simeons, any food may be eliminated due to lack of hunger. If you aren’t able to eat all 500 calories in a day, first cut out the melba toast/grissini and/or one or more servings of fruit. It is important to eat two 3.5-ounce servings of protein daily.
- You can eat the breadstick and fruit as a snack in between meals instead of with your meals.
- Use only oil-free cosmetics.
- Do not use products that contain food oils
- You must eat everything as prescribed – no substitutions.
- No sodas (diet or regular). Perrier is allowed – only naturally carbonated drinks, not seltzer.
- Only Thai massage is allowed. No massages of any other type.