What is the Vegetarian HCG Diet?
Vegetarians follow very rigid diets that revolve around the absence of meat. Most vegetarians get their proteins from other sources like brown rice, quinoa, cheese and legumes. Recently, the HCG diet has been modified to include a protocol that is vegetarian-friendly. Its effects are similar to those who follow the original HCG diet protocol, but the list of approved foods has been expanded to allow for vegetarian options. Vegetarians, by nature, have to be a bit more creative when it comes to what they eat, and the same goes for those who want to lose weight on the HCG diet.
First off, there are several new variations of the HCG hormone that will appeal to vegetarians. If HCG hormone injections aren’t your thing, then perhaps you’d like to try the homeopathic HCG diet drops instead. In some ways, these are more convenient than the traditional injections. They contain no hormones, and thus have a much longer shelf-life than their counterparts. Additionally, they don’t need to be refrigerated, so you can easily take them anywhere you want to go.
The list of approved foods for the HCG diet typically contains sources of protein such as beef, fish and poultry. It’s best to follow the list strictly so as to avoid HCG diet dangers. There are, however, alternatives for those who choose not to eat meat. Skim milk, cottage cheese and yogurt are good options for getting some of the protein that meat would provide. It’s important to remember though, that starches are not allowed during the HCG diet. Therefore, while brown rice, quinoa and other grains may be good sources of protein, they too must be avoided due to their starch content. If you happen to be lactose intolerant, soy milk can be used to replace skim milk in your diet. Also, soy beans are a great source of protein and can be used to substitute the meat during a meal.
Egg whites are another excellent source of protein, and if you’re the type of vegetarian who doesn’t eat eggs, then egg substitutes will suffice. There are several kinds of seafood available on the list of approved foods like shrimp and lobster, but once again, if you do not eat these foods either, then your best bet might be one of the soy-based proteins for your HCG diet meal plan.
If you want to find HCG diet recipes that work well for vegetarians, it might be a good idea to look up one of the several HCG diet books and see for yourself what you can and cannot do. Also, vegetarianism is not all that uncommon, and you can most likely find a lot of information from browsing HCG diet forums online. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply ask. The forums are full of people who are either currently on the diet or have completed it (often multiple times) and chances are someone there will know the answer.
The vegetarian version of the HCG diet might seem a little bit more restrictive than the original protocol is, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying it out for yourself. The HCG diet has a very short duration, 40 days maximum, and constricting your diet for a little more than a month shouldn’t be too hard. The results for vegetarians on the HCG diet are the same as those who eat meat, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go and experience the rapid weight loss for yourself.