Four Foods to Avoid on Phase 4 of the hCG Diet Protocol

By Dean Yannello
Highly Processed White Flour, Table Salt, Sugar, and Dairy

Highly Processed White Flour: White flour is highly processed and refined to the point where very little of its original goodness is left, and during the digestion process it is very quickly converted to sugar in the body. It will raise your insulin levels and trigger your body to store fat. It does not digest well causing all kinds of inflammation in your digestive system, which can make your stomach stick out and you may feel bloated.

These are foods to avoid on Phase 4 of the hCG Diet Protocol:

  • White bread (includes any bread with white flour in it)
  • Pasta, unless whole grain
  • White rice
  • White flour, and products made with it such as cake, cookies, crackers, pretzels, doughnuts, bagels, and muffins
  • Potatoes and potato chips

Refined White Sugar: In general, white sugar in excess can make you gain weight but it is without a doubt the world's greatest addiction. It contains zero nutrients, minerals or enzyme. When you eat empty displacement foods your body will actually borrow nutrients from healthy cells to metabolize the sugar you just ate. In addition it triggers your body to store fat like crazy. A teaspoon of sugar has been shown to suppress the immune system by 50% for four hours. The average can of soda contains ten teaspoons of sugar and even worse drinks like diet soda contains aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Sweet N Low) as its sweetener. Aspartame converts to formaldehyde when heated to 30 degrees and it mimics sugar which creates cravings. Look on the packet of your favorite chewing gum, it probably contains aspartame. Here are a few different names which mean sugar: sucrose, lactose, glucose, dextrose, sorbitol, fructose, maltose, corn syrup, galactose,malto dextrim, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, and rice syrup.

Most natural sugars supply key nutrients and are good for you such as:

  • Low-fat milk (skim milk, soy milk, 1% low-fat milk)
  • Fresh and fresh frozen fruits (apple, blueberries, orange, pineapple, strawberries, banana, cantaloupe, etc.)
  • Most vegetables (carrots, tomato, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, cucumber, etc.)

There are sugars that you need to limit. The following foods are typically loaded with sugar: Like ice-cream, cake, chocolate, candy, jam, doughnuts, etc.

Table Salt: Normal salt/sodium chloride has had all its trace sea minerals removed and will increase your blood pressure. Varying amounts of sodium are added to food, but not always in the form of salt. Common food additives, such as baking soda, some preservatives, and mono sodium glutamate (MSG) also contribute to the total amount of sodium we consume. An increase in potassium intake seems to offset the adverse effect that sodium has on blood pressure. Foods that contain significant amounts of potassium and also low levels of sodium are fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.

Some foods that contain a lot of salt are: bacon, cheese, pickles, green olives, salted nuts, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, potato chips, popcorn, and baking powder.
Dairy Products: Milk has been known as a healthy food, and most people assume that it "does a body good." The dairy we consume has been pasteurized in order to remove bacteria and increase shelf life. The problem is when you pasteurize something you also kill all the enzymes in the food that are needed to break down and digest that food. If you don't digest a food properly it sits in your stomach and pretty much ferments/rots making you bloated and can cause a ton of other health issues. The calcium in cow's milk is basically useless because it has insufficient magnesium content (those nations with the highest amount of milk/dairy consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis). The best form of calcium is in green leafy vegetables.

Dairy products to avoid on Phase 4 of the hCG Diet Protocol: whole milk products, buttermilk products, ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurts and cheese.

I could go on forever on the four foods to avoid but I would like to keep it simple.

Keep in mind that if you are on the hCG Diet Protocol, eating a clean diet and training regularly 80-90% of the time, then having a meal where you consume some of the four foods to avoid once in a while is not a terrible thing. Make sure to drink half your body weight in ounces of clean filtered water each day and get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

Dean Yannello is a former Professional Fitness Trainer and is a member of the IFPA (International Fitness Professionals Association), a certified APEX fitness professional and a member of the A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine). His expertise uniquely positions him to create and integrate individually tailored fitness plans to help clients meet their health, fitness and nutritional goals. He is also co-author of the new physician updated 800 calorie hCG diet protocol entitled The Best Diet You Have Never Heard Of. Article

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