The very low-calorie phase of the HCG diet allows you to eat two major meals each day, lunch and dinner. During the said meal, you can have 100 grams of protein. This could either be chicken, beef, or fish. Along with the protein option, you can have one serving of fruit, one serving of vegetables, which typically have only 100 calories each.
This may come as a surprise, especially to those who are new to this weight loss plan. Dr. Simeon has recommended for carb option, two Melba toast or two Grissini sticks each day. The goal of including these carb options is to increase your carb intake to a healthy level, since a typical diet cut them out too much to maintain good health. We advise dieters, however, to eat them as snacks in between meals rather than with meals.
What is a Grissini stick?
Grissini sticks are long, thin and crunchy carb treats you can have while on the weight loss phase of the HCG diet. It’s not made of soft dough. The consistency of the Grissini stick is porous and the shape and size of the pencil. The protocol states that you can have two servings of these things per day. This means one breadstick is allowed during lunch and one for dinner.
A single Grissini stick has about 10 calories, .17 grams of fat, 2 carbs, and zero sugar. If breadsticks are so nutritionally inert, you may wonder why it’s included in the HCG Diet. It’s the “crunch factor”, according to Dr. Simeon. HCG dieters eat so little while on the weight loss phase, but they need to chew and crunch.
It’s also surprising that when you read the ingredients, oil is not listed on the label. Dr. Simeon did not allow dieters to eat fats or oils, but this was an exception because just as little oil is necessary for making these breadsticks- .17 grams of fat only.
What is Melba toast?
Melba toast is a small, crisp, and thinly sliced piece of toast. You can think of it as a flat crouton. They’re a good source of fiber and complex carbs, but it does not have that many calories compared to other bread products. A piece of Melba toast contains 19.4 calories, and you can have one toast per meal just like Grissini stick. You can use Melba toast with chicken just like you’re eating a small sandwich.
Grissini stick or Melba toast? It comes down to your personal preferences. Nevertheless, many people who have tried both of these food items say Grissini stick are much tastier. They are indeed quite delicious. I think I would have to agree with those people. You can choose from a variety of flavors. Melba toast is available in a variety of flavors as well, but I still prefer the breadsticks. The Melba toast, however, are easier to find. Regardless of your choice, it is important to take note that these are an important part of the diet.