Using shakes and bars as a meal replacement on Phase 2 or 3 is tempting. They are convenient, usually high in protein, and seem like a good alternative for an on the go HCG Diet meal. Before you choose to use an HCG Diet bar or shake, it’s important to get the facts and learn which ingredients are okay and which to avoid on your Phase 2 or Phase 3. The HCG Diet Phases 2 and 3 are comprised of very specific instructions and ingredients and any deviation could result in stalling your weight loss on Phase 2 or a failure to stabilize on Phase 3. You’ve invested your time and money in this program and I know you want the best results. This article will give you some basic guidelines about what works with the HCG Diet and what ingredients you should avoid when choosing an HCG Diet Shake or Bar as a meal replacement.
HCG Diet Shakes for Phase 2 – What to Avoid
Avoid Soy protein and isolates as a protein source
Avoid artificial sweeteners (sucralose and aspartame)
Avoid Sugar, High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, Agave, and Fructose
Avoid HCG Diet shakes with a carbohydrate level greater than 2. Your HCG Diet shake should be pure protein and a high carbohydrate count indicates hidden sugars and starches.
HCG Diet Shakes for Phase 2 – What’s Okay?
Egg White, pea Protein, and rice protein Protein shakes flavored with Stevia or approved sweetener and fresh fruit. Choose shakes with the highest quality natural ingredients and a low carbohydrate count.
Stevia, Erythritol, and Xylitol as a sweetener
HCG Diet Shakes for Phase 3 What’s Okay?
Any protein source including good quality Whey protein is fine (Soy and isolates are highly processed and still not healthy for you). Continue to watch out for high carbohydrate levels (Greater than 2 grams) and eliminate the same artificial and sugary sweeteners as Phase 2. For Phase 3 shakes you can add extra nutrition with powdered supplements and herbs, flax oil, and green vegetables and powders or fresh antioxidant rich berries or fruit.
HCG Diet Bars – Be Careful
Be very careful if choosing to use an HCG Diet bar. Some diet bars contain ingredients that could stall your weight loss. If the bars have any dried fruit in them they will likely be too highly in concentrated fruit sugar which can wreck havoc on weight loss or Stabilizing your weight on P3. Avoid the sugars and a high carbohydrate count. Nuts are fine for most people on P3 in small to moderate amounts but you still can’t over do it and some HCG Diet bars contain one or more ingredients that is off limits for the HCG Phase 2 or 3. Remember that all starchy and sugary ingredients must be avoided in both Phase 2 and 3.
When evaluating any HCG Diet Shakes, Bars, or other products for either Phase 2 or Phase 3, your first line of defense is to read the labels and avoid any forms of sugar, starches, additives, high carbohydrates, and artificial ingredients.
There are lots of brands out there including many private label products marketed to HCG Dieters. Policing HCG Diet Bars and Shakes individually would be difficult. You have likely invested a lot of time and money in your weight loss so I encourage you to use the tips mentioned above when evaluating an HCG shake or bar as a meal replacement for the HCG Diet and use only approved ingredients. This will help you achieve the maximum weight loss with the HCG Diet and your Phase 2 or 3.