High Protein in HCG Diet: Prevents Hunger, Increases Metabolism and Weight Loss

High Protein in the  HCG diet is necessary for weight loss.  Treating more than 10,000 patients in my office with the HCG diet high, protein not only increases metabolism, but prevents hunger and cravings. Researchers have have found that  proteins are crucial to metabolism and preventing weight loss plateaus.  That’s one of the values of the 800 vs. 500 calorie versions. Proteins, that are made up of chains of amino acids, are critical for the human frame. In fact, the phrase “protein” comes from the ancient term- protos. Protos can be translated as “primary” or “first.” You want protein to build your underlying muscle, skin, nervous tissue and with calcium even the skeletal structure. They may be no longer simplest the building blocks of all tissues in the body.

Unlike carbs, which are not vital for our body, protein and fats are a essential part of our diet. Satiety and hunger are clearly controlled by protein levels.Higher protein makes most people eat less.  The higher the protein the less hunger. As a general guide line, aim to eat 25 grams of protein with each meal. HCG diet plateaus can be avoid by high protein intake.

The thermic effect of food occurs when the GI tract breaks down basic food stuffs for energy. Protein in particular stimulates the thermic effect of food, which means that the body burns more energy processing dietary protein than it does carbohydrates or fats. Digestion stimulates metabolism when confronted with protein.

 High Protein in the HCG Diet- How Much  is Needed?

How much high protein is required is based on the US Government  RDA?. The standard nutritional allowance (rda) for daily required protein is calculated by taking 1/3 of the body weight and expressing it in grams. Thus a 150 lb person, would need 1/3 of 150 or approximately 50 grams of protein per day. This is the minimal amount of protein that would keep you from getting sick. If you are exercising or losing weight you really need much more protein intake.

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There’s a false impression now among the public, physicians and even dieticians- “human beings consume an excessive amount of protein.” This issue was discussed at length among 40 physicians and dietitians in Washington DC meeting and reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation: the scientists discovered that people had been consuming too little protein instead of an excessive amount of protein.
They encouraged twice the rda or even better or .8 x body weight which could make the protein more or less 15-25% of every day energy. A one hundred seventy five lb man or woman need  .8 x 175 lb or 140 g of protein per day. In fact, many weight reduction studies have proven greater weight loss when daily protein is from a hundred to a hundred and fifty grams per day.

High Protein in HCG Diet:  Based On Meals and Snacks During Day

Another way to look at the requirement is to relate it to your meals. Each meal should consist of about 25-30 grams of protein. In addition one snack during the day, preferably in the late  in the afternoon should have at least 10 grams of protein. I review many of the best snacks in my new book, 800 Calorie HCG diet on Amazon.com

Safety of High Protein in the HCG Diet

Contrary to popular opinion high protein does not damage the kidneys or liver and only has to be restricted in people with liver or kidney failure.

According to the “International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism,” a maximum safe protein intake is 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight each day. Based on their recommendations, a 150-pound person should not consume more than 165 grams of protein per day and a daily protein intake of  200 grams of protein per day is safe only for people weighing more than 181 pounds. These recommendations may over cautious. They were established mainly for body builders who often consume huge amounts of protein supplements.

Very few people consume 200 grams of protein daily especially from real food: For example, a 14 oz. rib eye beef steak has 615 calories, 49 g of fat and 82 grams of protein. Given these facts, we do need to have an upper limit on the amount of protein one can consume safely, but 150 grams per day seem safe. Going above this number for short periods of time is also safe. Most people when they reach these numbers end


High protein in the HCG diet is based on protein at each meal and even for snacks (protein bars, protein shakes, low fat cheese, eggs, low fat ham, turkey, shrimp). Most dieters forget there is protein in vegetables as well. Although protein supplements are convenient in the form of powders, they are often expensive and involve mixing and weighing.  You can get all the protein you need by eating a variety of high-protein foods at each breaktast, lunch and dinner.  Foods high in protein include poultry, lean beef, fish, seafood, eggs, egg whites, low-fat dairy products, soy products, seitan and legumes, For example, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that 3 ounces of chicken breast contain 27 grams of protein, 3 ounces of lean ground beef provide 21 grams, 1 cup of cottage cheese contains about 28 grams.

Below are some of the protein snacks useful in the 800 calorie HCG diet:

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