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 starch—but 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 weight—try 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!

1. Bacon
2. Beef jerky
3. Beef roast
4. Breakfast sausage
5. Elk
6. Ground beef
7. Ham
8. Hot dogs
9. Lamb
10. Liver
11. Pork chops
12. Prosciutto
13. Venison
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!

15. Anchovy
16. Bass
17. Catfish
18. Clams
19. Eel
20. Herring
21. Mackerel
22. Mahimahi
23. Mussels
24. Oysters
25. Salmon
26. Sardines
27. Squid or calamari
28. Trout
29. Tuna

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.

30. Duck
31. Goose
32. Pheasant
33. Turkey

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
36. Soy
37. Tofu

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 it—eat them in small quantities and monitor your weight each day. But there are so many other choices during phase 3—why not try something new?

38. Bamboo shoots
39. Bean sprouts
40. Bok Choy
41. Broccoli
42. Brussels sprouts
43. Cauliflower
44. Eggplant
45. Green beans
46. Kohlrabi
47. Jalapeno peppers
48. Mushrooms
49. Okra
50. Pickles
51. Pumpkin
52. Radishes
53. Red chili pepper
54. Sauerkraut
55. Scallions
56. Snow peas (pods)
57. Spaghetti squash
58. Summer squash
59. Sweet bell peppers (green, red, or yellow)
60. Turnips
61. Watercress
62. Zucchini

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.

63. Apricots
64. Blackberries
65. Blueberries
66. Cantaloupe
67. Coconut (unsweetened)
68. Cranberries, fresh or dried
69. Figs, one large—careful of sugar content
70. Guava
71. Honeydew
72. Kiwi
73. Lemons
74. Limes
75. Nectarines
76. Olives
77. Papaya
78. Peaches
79. Pears
80. Pineapple
81. Plums
82. Raspberries
83. Watermelon

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. Eggs—boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, deviled, etc.
89. Milk
90. Omelette
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 moderation—Dr. 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 mix—check 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 quantities—if at all—with careful attention to your morning weighing.

1. Beans, including black, garbanzo, kidney, fava, lentils, lima, pinto, and white

2. Artichoke, medium
3. Avocado
4. Beets
5. Butternut squash
6. Carrots
7. Celeriac
8. Corn
9. Leeks
10. Parsnips
11. Peas
12. Plantains
13. Potato, one small
14. Sweet potatoes
15. Water chestnuts
16. Yams

17. Banana, medium
18. Cherries
19. Date, one
20. Grapes
21. Mangos
22. Pomegranate
23. Prunes
24. Raisins (1.5 oz)
25. Tangerines

Now that you know what to eat on phase 3 of the HCG diet, the next question is—are there some recipes to help you prepare all this wonderful new food? 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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