Below is and excerpt from HCG 2.0 – Don’t Starve, Eat Smart and Lose
Below are what I found to be the inadequacies of the traditional HCG diet and the areas I believe were in most need of revision. I’m not arguing the effectiveness of the traditional diet, as millions have had tremendous success with it. In fact, I’ve had many patients tell me that the HCG diet changed their lives. However, I’ve also had many patients walk out of my office and many drop out of the program because they’ve found the diet to be too unrealistic. A greater number have said they’d come back at a later date when they had more time and could make it fit into their busy work, family and social schedules. Most don’t return. These are the people I’m hoping to help with HCG 2.0. Let’s face it, dieting isn’t fun, but it should be embraced, not feared. As I said earlier, a weight loss plan need not be the undertaking of a lifetime to yield life-changing results. The revisions I’ve made to Dr. Simeons original HCG diet, with the assistance and feedback from my patients, will provide the same weight loss results and can be comfortably completed by all.
If you’re an HCG purist, and there are many of you out there, then take this with a grain of salt, or whatever allowable spice you’d prefer. Better yet, read with a side of open-mindedness, savoring the ingredients herein to find a tasty combination of the old and the new. Bon appetite! There’s a smarter way to lose.
The inclusion of high-carb fruit items and bread sticks - In the traditional HCG diet about 250 of the 500 calories come from fruit and bread sticks, in some situation more. That leaves only 300 calories from lean protein sources. In fact, the numbers on Dr. Simeons’ diet don’t even add up. Let’s look at the scenario below which is an entirely allowable low calorie day on the traditional HCG diet.
Breakfast – Nothing
Lunch – Chicken breast (100g) = 195 calories, tomato = 22, apple = 72, bread stick = 20
Total = 309 calories and 27.4 grams of carbs
Dinner – Flounder (100g) = 133 calories, onion (1 cup) = 67, orange = 69, bread stick =20
Total = 289 calories and 37.7 grams of carbs.
Total for Day = 598 with a substantial 65 grams of carbs
- Had I substituted a cut of beef for the flounder, the calories would have been over 700.
I bring this up to show you that the traditional diet wasn’t as specific as you might think. From the very second I read the original manuscript, the carbs were an immediate concern. If the goal of the diet is to lose weight as quickly as possible, which is the obvious goal of any crash diet, why include carbs? Fruits are great and I would never discourage my patients from eating fruit, but if your objective is to lose weight then they have to be eliminated, as they prevent Ketosis.
Why not apply our current knowledge of zero-carb dieting, and the biochemistry of Ketosis to the traditional diet? Whether Dr. Simeons had any knowledge of Ketosis as a metabolic process when he was practicing is unknown, but he insinuated this Ketogenic effect when he discussed his “steak day.” He suggested that if your weight loss begins to stall or if you begin to gain after completing the diet, you should perform a “steak day.” This means you eat nothing all day long, starving yourself of all calories, and eat a large steak for dinner. The absence of carbs would likely be enough to re initiate Ketosis and weight loss.
Sustained Ketosis is the only way to tap into the abnormal fat we tend to store in all the places we don’t want it. This is central focus of HCG 2.0.
From HCG 2.0 – Don’t Starve, Eat Smart and Lose; A Modern Revision of the Traditional HCG Diet