What Should I Eat on the Loading Days of the hCG Diet?

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The hCG diet requires followers to consume only 500 calories a day while taking daily injections or drops of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. Prior to starting, the diet calls for a two-day "loading" phase, during which you consume about 250 grams of fat per day, to prepare for the calorie restriction to come. Health experts like Harvard Medical School assistant professor Pieter Cohen say the hCG diet is unhealthy and not supported by scientific research, and that the weight loss you achieve won't stick. Don't begin until you've talked to your doctor about the possible disadvantages.

Sample Loading Day Breakfast

Breakfast on a loading day during the hCG diet might be two slices of bacon, two sausage links, a toasted bagel spread with cream cheese and a ham and cheese omelet made with two whole eggs, butter and heavy cream. A meal like this could supply well over 100 grams of fat. There is no limit to what you can eat for breakfast on the loading days, but the diet's creator, British doctor A.T.W. Simeons, suggested focusing more on high-fat foods than high-carbohydrate ones such as sugary, refined cereals.

Sample Loading Day Lunch

A large serving of a fatty cut of meat such as regular ground beef, rib-eye steak, pork chops or pork ribs sauteed in butter or roasted with plenty of oil could be your main entree at lunch, as could leaner cuts of poultry or fish either breaded and fried or cooked, then topped with melted, seasoned butter or a thick, butter- and cream-based sauce. Pair the meat with a baked potato topped with sour cream and butter, plenty of thick rolls spread with butter, and vegetables cooked with butter or oil.

Sample Loading Day Dinner

At dinnertime on a loading day, have the type of pasta dish that's normally taboo on a diet: plenty of regular noodles mixed with a heavy Alfredo sauce, French bread topped with garlic butter and shredded cheese and a salad tossed with your favorite full-fat dressing. For an additional boost of fat, garnish the salad with cooked bacon bits, chopped hard-boiled eggs and diced avocados. After the meal, enjoy cheesecake for dessert along with coffee flavored with heavy cream.

Sample Loading Day Snacks

Try to work in at least two to three snacks between meals each day of the loading phase, advise proponents of the hCG diet. Examples include doughnuts topped with whipped cream, full-fat ice cream with cookies, a homemade or fast-food milkshake, chocolate bars or candies, pastries, french fries topped with melted cheese, crackers spread with peanut butter, and nuts, particularly macadamia nuts, which have the highest fat content per serving of all nuts.

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