Are Protein Shakes Allowed on the HCG Diet

Today we’ll answer Ryan’s second question regarding protein shakes and whether they’re allowed on the HCG diet, specifically HCG 2.0. He wants to know if it’s advisable to substitute his protein shakes for the more traditional meat based protein that is suggested in Dr. Simeons HCG Diet.  HCG diet questions 

In his question, he mentioned that his protein shakes have a P/FC number greater than 3.  If you haven’t read HCG 2.0, a P/FC number greater than 3 will have little meaning to you. It’s a simple calculation used to gauge your protein options. All you simply do is divide the protein in grams by the fat plus carbs in grams. The higher the number, the larger your portion size of a particular protein will be. For example, Tuna has a P/FC number of 31 as opposed to chicken that is only 3.4. As a result, you’re allowed to consume about 3 times as much tuna as chicken. Not only is a larger portion size of a leaner protein more satiating, it’s also beneficial in the sense that it educates you on what you should be eating following the low calorie phase of your HCG diet. Taste is an acquired sense and if you can develop a taste for tuna and other lean proteins such as bison or Mahi Mahi, the better your chances of maintaining your weight loss following the HCG 2.0 diet. Bison, by the way, has half the calories and fat as it’s beef counter-part.

So, in regard to Ryan’s question, it’s absolutely fine to use a whey or soy protein isolate as one of your protein options. This is an example of food technology actually helping rather than hurting us so take advantage. I recommend that women get 15 grams of protein in the first 30 minutes of starting your day, while men should get 20-25 grams of lean protein. I also recommend getting a lean protein snack before bed. Most of your cellular maintenance and reconstruction occurs while you sleep and it’s good to have protein base. It also provides better sleep. You’re mind is at rest after an infusion of calories. Again, think of our hunter/gatherer ancestors; if calories are scarce, the mind becomes more alert, searching for it’s next meal. The opposite is true when calories are consumed. A small lean protein snack before bed is a good habit, both during the low calorie phase of your HCG diet and following.

Most use a Stevia or Truvia sweetner, which is why the carb content remains low. which are more natural than the artificial sweetners found in diet soft drinks.

Dr. Zach LaBoube

If you’re not accustomed to working out, I don’t suggest beginning an exercise routine outside of 30-60 minutes of walking while on the low calorie phase of your HCG diet. If you’d like more information on the importance of walking to facilitate weight loss and overall health, CLICK HERE.

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