HCG Diet: 100 Foods You Can Eat In Phase 3
Phase 3 of the HCG diet, which we call the stabilization phase, opens up all sorts of new food options. You're done with the 500-calorie phase and the HCG drops, and your calorie restrictions have been lifted. The only things you can't eat now are sugar and starchbut after the strict rules of the 500-calorie phase of the HCG diet, many people still worry about what exactly they can eat.
So here are 100 new foods you can eat during the stabilization phase of the HCG diet. A whole new world of food awaits on phase 3!
Meat lovers can finally let loose on phase 3 and enjoy some of their favorites again. Consider branching out to celebrate all your lost weighttry some liver, venison, or a rare sausage and see if you like it. Some of these items, like bacon and hot dogs, have a very high fat content, so be careful with those!
2. Beef jerky
3. Beef roast
4. Breakfast sausage
6. Ground beef
8. Hot dogs
11. Pork chops
14. Vienna sausage
Fish fans already had the best variety during the 500-calorie phase of the HCG diet. Phase 3 gives them even more choices. The list could go on and on and on, but we've limited it to just a few representatives. Protein already takes up a whole third of this list. Don't be greedy. There are vegetables and fruits still to consider!
27. Squid or calamari
If you're not a fish fan you might have had a hard time on the HCG diet. If you feel you'll die at the thought of eating more chicken, you now have several more poultry options at your disposal on phase 3.
Other Protein Sources
Your protein options aren't limited to just meat anymore! Nuts make an especially good snack food on phase 3. Unfortunately, beans are still off limits due to their high starch content, but vegetarians can try them with care.
34. Hummus (check ingredients)
35. Nuts of all types, including almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, and pistachios for just a few examples
There's an absolutely gigantic world of vegetables waiting to be explored during the stabilization phase of the HCG diet. Some popular options such as corn and potatoes have been left out due to high starch or carb content. You might still get away with them if you're very careful about iteat them in small quantities and monitor your weight each day. But there are so many other choices during phase 3why not try something new?
38. Bamboo shoots
39. Bean sprouts
40. Bok Choy
42. Brussels sprouts
45. Green beans
47. Jalapeno peppers
53. Red chili pepper
56. Snow peas (pods)
57. Spaghetti squash
58. Summer squash
59. Sweet bell peppers (green, red, or yellow)
Now is the time to indulge in fruits. Like the vegetables, some fruits are still iffy for the stabilization phase. Dr. Simeons warns against very sweet fruits, so you won't find popular choices like bananas or grapes here. As with starchy veggies, you could still try sugary fruits while exercising restraint and care.
67. Coconut (unsweetened)
68. Cranberries, fresh or dried
69. Figs, one largecareful of sugar content
Huzzah! Dairy of all kinds is finally allowed during phase 3 of the HCG diet. The main thing to beware of is added sugar. Of course, it's always a good idea to go for fat-free or reduced-fat options.
84. Butter (in moderation, of course)
85. Cheese, including both hard and soft cheeses like American, brie, cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, string cheese, and Swiss
86. Cottage cheese
87. Cream cheese
88. Eggsboiled, fried, poached, scrambled, deviled, etc.
91. Yogurt (sugar-free)
The stabilization phase unlocks a whole new world of food options. Here are a few odds and ends to really spice up your HCG diet on phase 3.
92. Alcoholic beverages in moderationDr. Simeons mentions a glass of wine with a meal, for example
93. Dried soy beans
94. Fruit juices with no added sugar, and watch portion sizes to limit sugar intake
95. Mayonnaise (check label for sugar)
96. Oils for cooking or baking
97. Pure peanut butter, other nut butters (sugar-free)
98. Sugar-free dressings and mustards
99. Taco salad, without the tortilla product
100. Veggie dip: combine plain non-fat yogurt with ranch or onion seasoning mixcheck seasonings for sugar
25 Foods To Be Careful With
But wait, where are such healthy staples as carrots, peas, and grapes? Dr. Simeons says the following about the 3-week stabilization phase of the HCG diet:
"If no carbohydrates whatsoever are eaten, fats can be indulged in somewhat more liberally . . . but as soon as fat and starch are combined things are very liable to get out of hand."
"All foods allowed except starch and sugar in any form (careful with very sweet fruit)."
The following foods have a high starch or sugar content. While not forbidden per se, they may violate Dr. Simeons' rules, especially if you're increasing your fat content at all. Introduce these foods only in small quantitiesif at allwith careful attention to your morning weighing.
1. Beans, including black, garbanzo, kidney, fava, lentils, lima, pinto, and white
2. Artichoke, medium
5. Butternut squash
13. Potato, one small
14. Sweet potatoes
15. Water chestnuts
17. Banana, medium
19. Date, one
24. Raisins (1.5 oz)
Now that you know what to eat on phase 3 of the HCG diet, the next question isare there some recipes to help you prepare all this wonderful new food?
HealthyHCG.com hired a chef to create over 60 unique recipes just for the stabilization phase of the HCG diet. One of the best things you can do to help keep yourself on track during stabilization is to have the right resources on hand. These delicious recipes will make sure you stay on the HCG diet weight loss wagon.
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