HCG Diet Plateau Breakers

Some dieters hit plateaus while doing the HCG diet, especially when following the diet for a full 6-week course. A plateau is generally considered 4 or more days at the same weight.

When weight loss stalls, there are a couple of recommended ways to jumpstart it.

Steak Day

To have a Steak Day, dieters drink all the zero calorie drinks they want all day and eat a big steak for dinner.

Apple Day

The other recommended plateau breaker is an Apple Day. To have an Apple Day, dieters drink all the zero calorie drinks they want all day while eating only 6 apples throughout that day.

Common Culprits

Some people find that drinking diet sodas can stall their weight loss, so drink them in moderation and cut sodas if weight stalls. Generally, only sodas sweetened with Stevia or Splenda are allowed on the diet.

Sadly, Balsamic vinegar can also be a stall inducing item and may need to be cut from the diet, at least temporarily.

Under Dr. Simeon’s original HCG diet, only 1 vegetable is allowed per meal. Most current versions of the diet allow vegetable mixing, but for dieters on a plateau, single vegetable portions may help speed weight loss.

Also, lean red meats are allowed on the diet, but it is best to eat them sparingly. Most diets recommend red meat only 3 or 4 times per week and never 2 portions on the same day.

Dieters are also encouraged to keep track of their fluid intake. Drink extra fluids, especially water, to help break a weight stall.

Information in this article is taken from 35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes — available online for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.

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New! Download Free HCG Shopping List

The HCG diet requires strict compliance to it’s limited foods and a structured eating schedule, so it’s important to buy the right things, and to not forget anything, while at the grocery store. To make this easier, we developed a downloadable shopping list for anyone using the HCG protocol.

The downloadable file is here: HCG Shopping List.

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes also includes an overview of the entire diet, including an allowed foods list. If you would like to download that list, it is here: Allowed Foods List.

The HCG diet is truly miraculous, allowing dieters to lose up to a pound a day on average for the first week or so and an additional 1/2 pound a day after that. It is generally done in 3-week or 6-week runs with a low-carbohydrate diet after to help stabilize weight loss. The HCG diet is only about 500 calories per day, but dieters lose only fat thanks to the HCG drops or shots that are taken each day of the diet. HCG makes the body release fat into the blood stream, making it available as fuel so there is no decrease in muscle mass as seen in other very low calorie diet plans.

The diet is very simple once you get used to the eating plan, but it is important to buy the right foods. The diet requires 2 portions of lean protein each day, 2 servings of vegetables, 2 fruits, and 2 very small servings of starches.

If you are following HCG or planning to try the diet, these downloadable forms will help make it even easier to follow the protocol. Check the HCG posts here for other free HCG recipes and 2 free downloadable forms that make tracking your progress and menu much simpler.

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes is available online for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.

Good luck and good health!

 

25 Quick & Easy Quesadillas Featured at Parlezmoiblog!

Lakehouse Publishing’s Ann Chambers and her cookbook 25 Quick and Easy Quesadilla Recipes was featured Saturday at author Kathleeen Valentine’s Parlezmoiblog! You can see the post here: http://www.parlezmoiblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/25-quick-easy-quesadilla-recipes-by-ann.html#links

If you don’t want to click thru, here’s the post:

25 Quick & Easy Quesadilla Recipes by Ann Chambers

This week I am beginning a new feature on this blog. Every Saturday I’ll feature a guest blogger who is the author of a book on cooking, crafting, home & garden, or wellness. I’m very pleased to start this series with a post from the fabulous Ann Chambers:
I’ve been making cheese quesadillas for years for my sons. They became a staple around my house because it was quick, hot, and simple food that my children loved. Then my children grew up and moved out and quesadillas slid off the menu plan.
 
To keep the mess to a minimum, I tend to pre-cook filling items that need it in the heavy skillet I use for cooking the quesadillas. I dump the filling ingredients into a dishwasher safe leftover container so I can just slap the lid on it and toss it into the refrigerator if I don’t use it all.
In the meantime, I had slowly gained weight. Last summer I realized that I weighed more than I did when I had my full-term twins! Something had to give and I discovered the HCG diet. For those who don’t know, the HCG diet is a very low calorie diet that is combined with special drops or shots for rapid weight loss. The diet is super strict. After the HCG diet, participants must follow a low-carbohydrate diet for a few weeks as transition. I didn’t know anything about low carb. After a couple of bacon-and-cheese filled days, I had to learn a little about it. I love bacon a ridiculous amount, but even I can’t live on it forever.
 
A plate of hot, fresh quesadillas with homemade salsa for dipping.
And that’s when I thought of quesadillas! The hard part of low carb is the restriction on breads. But “carb-balanced” tortillas are available in any grocery store or market these days. So I put quesadillas back on the menu – but not just boring old cheese ones. I started experimenting and came up with lots of different flavors.
You can put anything in a quesadilla – it doesn’t have to be Mexican food. I created several tasty Italian flavor quesadillas. Then Greek. Then assorted American flavors.
The basic structure of a quesadilla requires 2 tortillas for the exterior plus cheese to melt and hold the quesadilla together. And whatever fillings and spices you care to add. It’s kind of a blank slate. I experimented with assorted cheeses, meats, thin sliced vegetables, spices and more. A few of the recipes were shared by friends. It’s an extremely flexible food once you stop thinking of it as a Mexican appetizer.
The quesadillas deliver hot and delicious dinners in short order with only one dirty skillet and a cutting board in the kitchen. It’s an awesome addition to my list of quick items for a week night meal. By using the smallest tortillas, I can easily cook each person his very own quesadilla with just what he likes in it. Don’t like onions? No problem. One wants mushrooms but the next won’t eat them? Okay.
I credit the frequent quesadilla dinners with part of ease I’ve had in keeping off the weight. I think a low-carb night or two is a great addition to the food selection at my house.
When I put the book together, I included my 25 favorite quesadillas and then added a few sauces that go with them. I made sure to include my favorite homemade salsa and guacamole because almost nothing beats great salsa. It’s naturally low in calories and basically fat free yet so delicious.
It’s my hope that the quesadillas can help other busy moms add quick and delicious options to their weekly menus. I’m still so very glad I did.
About the Author:
Ann Chambers is a journalist, author, and long-time foodie. She worked in a variety of restaurants as a teen and college student, developing an interest in food and cooking. Semi-retired after 20 years working full time as a reporter, editor, and researcher, she is now busy experimenting in the kitchen and tending the garden. Over the past year she has compiled 6 new e-cookbooks, including 25 Quic

25 Quick and Easy HCG Recipes Book Expanded

Fajita Lime Chicken Salad

The newly expanded version includes 10 great new recipes, new tips and tricks to make following the HCG protocol easier, and 10 new color photos!
The title is unchanged, but the book now has 35 recipes. All recipes comply exactly to the HCG diet rules.
We just had to add these new recipes after a recent round of dieting because the Fajita Lime dishes are our new favorites! Everyone is GaGa over the Steakhouse Buffalo burgers, too. Garlic shrimp and Mustard Vinaigrette Chicken Salad remain on our lists of favorites as well.
The expanded version is live now at Amazon. It should be available at the other major online bookstores in about a month. We distribute to Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo and Sony through a book distributor called Smashwords, and unfortunately it takes 3 to 4 weeks for new books to filter through the system and become available.