While the hCG diet does not offer a vast array of allowable foods, a common question surfaces about the regulation of eggs. Considering eggs are an excellent source of protein, this is not an unreasonable question. In addition, in the event eggs are allowed, understanding portions, appropriate preparation and the benefits to the dieter should be well-examined.
Some proponents of the hCG diet will argue that eggs are not allowed; and this can be a true statement if consumed too regularly and/or prepared in inappropriate ways. In following the hCG protocol, the consumption of eggs varies, offering dietary advantages but also dietary disadvantages.
In truth, egg consumption while on the hCG diet may be allowable, provided adherence to the hCG guidelines. When a diet is supplemented by the hCG hormone, eggs should not be consumed on a daily basis; eggs should be considered a boredom alleviator, eating only occasionally. “Moderation is the key” to any successful diet and the restriction of many foods and calories on the hCG protocol, while following a very low calorie diet, is certainly of no exception.
Two to three times per week should be more than sufficient in terms of egg consumption while following the protocol. During this time, if a weight stall or gain is suddenly noticed, eliminating eggs will be recommended.
As for the quantity of eggs that can be consumed, the dieter will need to consider their protein intake. According to the hCG diet guidelines, a dieter is allowed to consume as many as four eggs on any given day, if and only if the eggs serve as the primary source of protein on those days.
Suggested consumption is three eggs without the yolk (egg whites) with one single egg, including yolk. Eggs eaten may be a lunch and/or dinner selection but should serve only as the protein intake requirements. Eggs may be eaten as the dieters breakfast, but must only be eaten as a single egg, with or without the yolk included; and must only be cooked or boiled. In this case, additional calories will need to be waived and the dieter must forego Melba toast and breadsticks.
In most cases, the yolk of the egg should not be consumed; removing the yolk will reduce or eliminate any concerns of surpassing daily caloric intake. Further, egg whites prove to provide many health advantages, whether following the hCG protocol or any other diet. The yolk of the egg contains a high fat content and should be eliminated in most instances.
While on a very low calorie diet, every calorie counts. Depending on the size of the egg, each holds approximately 80 calories, with the yolk included. Eggs consumed without the yolk, the egg whites, contain approximately 17 calories each.
To prepare a meal with egg whites only, carefully crack open the egg on the skillet and allow only the whites to pass through the cracked shell of the egg, leaving the yolk inside the shell for disposal. Egg separators are also available in most stores which will help to easily remove the yolk.