February 2, 2012

Can Anyone Really Eat Well on 500 Calories?

If you pay attention to diet fads at all, you've heard of the HCG diet (and it's homeopathic counterparts). If you read MelissaStuff regularly, you'll remember I tried a similar diet through the Bouari Health Clinics here in the area.

The biggest challenge of the entire diet is that you are supposed to eat around 500 calories a day . . . the rest of the nutrients your body needs are coming from the fat stores you are burning. At least, that's my understanding.

But eating 500 calories a day is crazy ridiculous. Just try it. Everything you put in your mouth seems to count towards the limit and then you're not full and that makes most of us grumpy. It's just not a fun experience.

However, I have the solution for anyone facing this dilemma - HCGourmetDallas.com.

I was surprised to find out an old friend from high school was not only an accomplished chef but had started his own company catering to those attempting to stick to a 500 calorie diet.

When he offered me the chance to come out and try some of his foods, I thought it would be a great visit even if the food wasn't stellar. But I was wrong, the food WAS delectable and it was great to catch up with him.

On the 500 calorie diet, the key is figuring out how to work within the constraints of the diet. HCGourmet starts at the beginning - what your food is cooked in, how much fat is in your meats, and when to add flavor without adding calories. Seriously, amazing . . .

I had:

  • Cajun Grilled Shrimp
  • Baked Tilapia
  • Balsamic Glazed Sirloin
  • Chicken Arugula
  • French Onion Soup
  • Mashed Cauliflower 
  • Sauteed Green Beans

It all tasted like I had gone into a nice restaurant and ordered it off the menu. You can NOT tell that there has been any adjustment in the food to make it lower in calories. How ridiculous is that? You have to be great at what you do to pull that off. 

All of these items are healthy and can be eaten in conjunction with any version of the 500 calorie diet. HCGourmet and their chefs will tell you they aren't doctors and they definitely aren't in the business of prescribing medicines, directing weight loss or even providing nutrition advice. But what they can do is make some incredible food following the dictates of this regimen.

If you're interested you can learn more on their website at www.HCGourmetDallas.com or by calling 214-478-4011.

They are branching out into some new arenas including cooking classes (NOT of the 500 calorie diet plan) for 4 and 5 year olds as well as catering for regular events. I'm excited to be able to bring you more information - and hopefully some exclusive bargains - on these services in the upcoming months!