More and more companies are beginning to offer low calorie, low fat, and low carb frozen dinner entrees. There are no reasons that they cannot be used with the HCG diet. However, since you did not prepare the food yourself, you need to be a little more careful in your selection of the “right” entree.
When selecting a meal you need to watch the calorie, total fat, net carbs, and sugar content. The protein in almost all of these is 18 to 30 grams so that is rarely a problem. The problem in many of these meals is having too many carbs and sugar and/or too much fat. The carbs are the problem because we are so used to eating carbs every night with dinner. If it’s not the carbs like rice, pasta or potato, it’s often the gravy loaded with sugar. Here are some guidelines and some samples:
Nutritional Guidelines for Ideal Frozen Dinner Entrees:
- Calories: less than 200-300
- Total Fat: less than 6-7 grams
- Net carbs: less than 10 grams*
- Sugar: 3 grams or less
* Net carbs = Total carbs – carbs in fiber
Some individuals may be misled because the total fat looks high, but when you compare the numbers – fresh fish with 4 grams fat, chicken breast with 6 grams of fat, and lean beef with 9.5 grams of fat (based on a 150-170 gram serving, or about 4-6 oz) – they are really not so bad. You can find more choices at www.frozen-food.findthebest.com
HCG Diet Compatible Dinner Entrees
Below are a few images of frozen dinners that are compatible with the nutritional requirements of the 800 Calorie HCG Diet (click on them to view full size). Take a look at the labels and you’ll notice how they compare to the guidelines above.