Can Vegetarians Use the HCG Diet Plan?
Vegetarians desiring to use the official hcg diet plan to lose weight will find that it works just as well for them, but there are a few modifications and additions to what would be considered a strict vegetarian diet.
Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, who pioneered the use of HCG in dieting, also broached the subject of vegetarianism in his seminal work, Pounds and Inches.
For those vegetarians who eat dairy products, Dr. Simeons recommended consuming 500 cc of skim milk each day. If you can handle soy products, soymilk might be a safe alternative to skim cow's milk, but you'd have to find a sugar-free version.
Vegetarians who eat eggs can substitute one whole egg with the whites of three additional eggs served boiled or poached. They can also eat one-half cup of non-fat cottage cheese or non-fat plain yogurt with no sugar added.
Because of the starch content, vegetarians cannot eat their usual vegetable protein sources such as rice, beans, wheat or nuts.
There are some "mostly" vegetarians who occasionally eat seafood. They can substitute shrimp, lobster, prawns, crawfish or crabmeat for the chicken or beef on the official HCG diet plan.
Because they don't eat the animal products called for in the HCG diet, however, strict vegetarians can expect their weight loss to be about half that of meat eaters who follow this diet.
That being said, it might just take vegetarians a bit longer to get to the desired weight on the official HCG diet plan. Or it might take a couple of stints (or more) on the official HCG diet plan (with breaks in between). But it definitely can be done and can result in lifelong weight loss, which is the goal of everyone on the official HCG diet plan.
If you're a vegetarian, check our HCG Diet Recipes to see if there's something you can use or modify to suit your taste.