Plant Based HCG Protocol
I am being asked more and more if one can follow a plant based diet using the HCG protocol. There are 3 different vegetarian diets according to the International Health Institute. All of them exclude meat products such as steak, chicken, turkey and veal.
A vegan diet excludes all animal products, including dairy, eggs and cheese.
A lacto vegetarian will have dairy products like milk and cottage cheese. A Lacto-ovo. Vegetarian will eat dairy products and eggs for example. To ensure that vegetarians get a sufficient amount of protein on an HCG Diet, they are required to fill up on Soya yogurt.
Vegetarian HCG Diet
Most of the standard HCG Diet consist of protein from animal products. Other types of protein, including legumes and nuts are too high in calories and fat and are therefore not permitted. This can be be a problem, since most of the vegetarian’s fats and proteins come from these sources.
According to the book “Pound and Inches”
Dr. Simeons Book about the HCG Diet, non-meat eaters must drink milk as a protein substitute. The remainder of the diet is the same as non-vegetarians: two servings of fruits , unlimited vegetables from our allowed list, carb allowances for the day and coffee, tea, Green tea and of course plenty of water.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan and you want to lose weight you may be wondering if you can do the HCG Diet. The answer is YES! Vegetarians normally get protein in their diet from dairy products, legumes, soy and other non-animal products, but a standard HCG Diet includes several different types of protein from animal sources. Fortunately, vegetarians/vegans can still participate in the HCG Diet with a few modifications. There are plenty of foods that vegetarians and vegans can substitute for the protein on the HCG Diet Program. The important 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 the other allowed plant based proteins on the diet.
Make sure to have the amounts correct when following the vegetarian/vegan adaptations. The original HCG Protocol was not designed for those on a vegetarian/vegan diet: however the following foods can be substituted for those who do not eat meat.
Tofu, Lentils, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas, 180ml Soya Yogurt, Nutritech Vegan Protein Shake.