Phase 2 of the HCG diet is a 2 to 3 weeks process. The duration of this phase depends on how much weight you want to lose. Cut down your calorie intake during this phase. This allows you to develop eating discipline. Maintain your HCG shot during the VLCD. The HCG will reset your metabolism, curb hunger, suppress your appetite, and burns fats.
What are the foods allowed during the VLCD?
You are allowed to have the HCG approved foods for Phase 2. These are the food choices that have low calorie, low fat, zero sugar, and carbs. Make sure to have a portion of protein such as lean beef meat, chicken breast, and veal. You can have spinach, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, and other approved vegetables for VLCD. Add fruits to your meal such as apple, orange, grapefruit, peach, and a handful of strawberries.
Are you allowed to mix vegetables during the VLCD?
Eat as many veggies as you want but you must follow the 500 calorie diet. Mixing vegetables are not allowed because it leads to issues in loading calories. You can only add vegetables to protein choices such as beef soup.
How much P2 vegetables and fruits are you supposed to eat?
During the VLCD you are allowed to have 1 to 1.5 cup of denser vegetable and 4 cups for lightweight veggies. You can also have various fruits for the entire day. Eat at least 1 apple, 1 orange, and a handful of strawberries for the whole day.
Can you fry your foods during Phase 2 of the HCG diet?
Deep fried foods are not allowed during the VLCD. Oils can be a potential weight loss barrier. It is better to grill or boil your foods to avoid weight gain. Frying can be permitted by using a small amount of olive oil in a non-stick fry pan. There are also oil-free fry pans that can help you prepare your foods during the P2.
Do you have to skip breakfast during the VLCD?
Breakfast is still allowed during the VLCD but it must only be a cup of coffee or tea. You can only have solid foods during lunch and dinner.
Can you eat more vegetables rather than fruits during Phase 2?
Eating more vegetables rather than fruits is just optional during the VLCD. It can be permitted but it is better to have fruits as well. Fruits give you a feeling of fullness. Only eat fruits that are freshly picked because the HCG diet does not permit any dried fruits.
What drinks can you have besides water during Phase 2?
The strict compliance drinks allowed during the VLCD are water, unsweetened tea, and coffee. These drinks can help in boosting your metabolism and improves hydration. There are also unsweetened carbonated drinks allowed such as:
- Sparkling water
- Carbonated water
- Mineral water
- Soda water and Seltzer
How long does it take for you to lose weight on the HCG diet?
HCG diet is a straightforward weight loss process. The progress can be seen right away when the HCG is working in your system. You can lose up to 2 to 3lbs per day by following the protocol. The rapid weight loss is possible only when you are using the HCG daily.