3 years ago #1
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I am on the HCG diet, can you eat pickles for snacks since they have no carbs and 5 calories...

Also, if I do not eat all my veggies, can I eat a little more meat as long as the calories stay under 500???

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3 years ago #2
HeyMisty
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Hi again!

Pickles are not allowed on the Hcg Protocol. And just to be clear the only snacks allowed are 2 fruit snacks.

As far as answering your meat vs veggie question, no you cant have more protein in place of veggies. Many people make the mistake in thinking that this is only based on caloric intake. The diet is also based on the reactions your body will have with the balances of calories, fat and proteins and the affects on your body and weightloss.

I hope this was helpful! Great question!

Misty

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3 years ago #3
sarabrianne
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Misty is right...it's not so much about the amount of calories as it is about the specific foods.

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2 years ago #4
HCG_46LBS&;Counting
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Yes, you can have pickles. Pickles are cucumbers and vinegar. As long as you are eating dill pickles, you will be fine. Pickles can be substituted for one of your veggies, but not for a snack.

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2 years ago #5
hcg dieter
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Pickles are loaded with salt preservatives and possibly sugar or sweetner. They are empty callories you will be missing all the natural vitamins minerals and enzymes. Proper nutrients are essential for your body to work properly. Anyone can do what they want but it takes character and commitment to follow directions.

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2 years ago #6
scubageorge
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sarabrianne Just so you know !! WOW you look amazing ! see ya LOL !

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2 years ago #7
Jodi
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why can't I eat pickles as my veggie when I can have cucumbers?

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2 years ago #8
Marie
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You CAN have pickles. I called the support hotline for the drops that I'm doing now.

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2 years ago #9
CyndyOK
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You can listen to the version of the diet that the distributors of your drops gives you and risk not resetting your hypothalamus or you can follow the protocol set forth by Dr. Simeon who developed the HCG Protocol. The decision is entirely yours, you are the one who must deal with the consequences of your dietary intake.

To answer the question what is included in the diet please read the excerpt from Dr. Simeon's protocol "Pounds & Inches":

"Breakfast:
Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Saccharin or other sweeteners may be used.

Lunch:
1. 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat. Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken must be removed from the bird.

2. One type of vegetable only to be chosen from the following: spinach, chard, chicory, beet-greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.

3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.

4. An apple or an orange or a handful of strawberries or one-half grapefruit.

Dinner :
The same four choices as lunch.
The juice of one lemon daily is allowed for all purposes. Salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard powder, garlic, sweet basil, parsley, thyme, majoram, etc., may be used for seasoning, but no oil, butter or dressing.

Tea, coffee, plain water, mineral water are the only drinks allowed, but they may be taken in any quantity and at all times.

In fact the patient should drink about 2 liters of these fluids per day. Many patients are afraid to drink so much because they fear that this may make them retain more water. This is a wrong notion as the body is more inclined to store water when the intake falls below its normal requirements.

The fruit or the breadstick may be eaten between meals instead of with lunch or dinner, but not more than than four items listed for lunch and dinner may be eaten at one meal.

No medicines or cosmetics other than lipstick eyebrow pencil and powder may he used without special permission

Every item in the list is gone over carefully, continually stressing the point that no variations other than those listed may be introduced. All things not listed are forbidden, and the patient is assured that nothing permissible has been left out.

The 100 grams of meat must he scrupulously weighed raw after all visible fat has been removed to do this accurately the patient must have a letter-scale, as kitchen scales are not sufficiently accurate and the butcher should certainly not be relied upon. Those not uncommon patients who feel that even so little food is too much for them, can omit anything they wish."


Pickles are not listed although cucumbers are. If you have a desire for pickles a much more protocol friendly approach would be to slice cucumbers and dress with vinegar, or a vinegar stevia mix, maybe add some dill or pickling spices. You can dress your vegetables any way you like.

Pickles from the jar are a mere shell of the vegetable they once were and do not provide the nutritional value you need from the fresh whole foods listed in the protocol.

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2 years ago #10
judy
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This is my second round of hcg. Organic apple cider vinegar is very good for you while on the hcg diet. I love pickles to. I cut a serving of cucumbers and put it in a jar of organic apple cider vinegar in the morning or over night I also add a few pieces of raw garlic and some dill. I wouldn't eat the store brand because it has brine in it which can throw you off. Its a wonderful loop hole for when you have a craving.

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2 years ago #11
melissa b
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i have been eating pickles. you can have cukes and vinegar. the bad thing is the salt. you know they say "a pound a pickle.' I think pickles are fine but you may gain cuz of the salt but I am making myself drink a gallon of water...........Its difficult. From what i have read, that is key. that would flush out the pickles.

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2 years ago #12
ashleymaloy
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If you are going to eat pickles, remember that they are not on the original approved HCG diet food list. YES cucumbers and vinegar are, this is not the same thing.

Many jarred pickles do contain high amounts of sodium and in a lot of cases sugar. Make sure you reading your labels and watch out for the sugar. Someone posted about making their own pickled cucumbers which sounds like a smarter choice to me. That way you know exactly whats in it and what you are eating.

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1 year ago #13
Anthony
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Pickles are fine! I have done the HCG diet twice, and lost approximately 60 lbs. each time. I had pickles with each meal, and snacked on them also. The store brand I buy have no calories and no sugar. Ther is a high sodium rating in them but as long as you are drinking lots of water it is perfectly fine.

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1 year ago #14
laura
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HOw did you lose 60 lbs each time??? Im struggling to lose 20! Whats your secret?
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7 months ago #15
Ilene
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I have a question about the allowed food. I have been following the diet that came with the drops (Dr. Simeon's list). However, I see a lot of recipes and different things that people are doing. I am confused as to what is the right thing to do. For instance, mixing vegetables is strictly forbidden, as is oil - but some of the recipes I have seen do both of those things? I am a black and white person! I need exact directions!!! Thanks!

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7 months ago #16
sugarbear
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i would go by the Dr. Simeon's list if it work,s dont fix it

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1 month ago #17
Petrina
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I'm going to say pickles do make you gain!! I was 176 had a pickle did not go over my 500 cal and the next day I was 178 . To confirm I ate a pickle yesterday and today I'm 179 so yes people no PICKLES!!

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1 month ago #18
Estie
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I'm with Sugar Bear and the original instructions. If you like things clear, then I think you will be with us too! Scroll the many, many posts on this in the HCG section (which we are hoping to limit, as we believe it is not a properly researched and approved diet regime, but each to their own). It's a bit like Stevia, imho, if someone is making money out of selling you any new product or quick fix, caveat emptor (buyer beware!). Love Estie

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1 month ago #19
Live and let live
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Wow! While I don't agree with your premise that you should stick to the diet. Your tone and implication that people are lacking character and patience is a little condescending. People come on this page for support, help with questions and a little encouragement, your response results in the exact opposite.

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1 month ago #20
Estie
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Mmmm.... Me implying someone is lacking character and patience? No. So sorry you think that, but that actually has nothing to do with my response at all. It is about choosing to do a medicated diet that has a really strict protocol. Or not doing it. Such strict diets are not for everyone but it's a bit like half-crossing a bridge - it leaves you stuck, and unless you want to jump off and swim the rest of the way on your own you're not likely to reach where you are going without hazards on the way and extra work. There are so many ways to diet and choice is about seeing what you can manage for yourself and what you can stick to. There are many diets they allow all kinds of choices, but I understand that HcG is not one of them. Happy for you to disagree.
Good luck. Estie.

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1 month ago #21
Estie
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Also ... Please read my Blog 'Could You Stick to a 500 Calorie a Day Diet?' Sometimes diets are tough. Sometimes they are just a moderated eating plan. I'm just being a voice for a choice.

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2 weeks ago #22
Jaz
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Yay that's what I wanted to see! Thank you!

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