Reaching Phase 3 of the HCG diet is such a wonderful accomplishment. It is because you are already halfway in reaching your weight loss goal. You may probably reach your weight loss goal or lose even more than your aim. Phase 3 is a tricky part that requires you to maintain the weight loss that you have reached. You have to introduce more food choices but still make sure that you will not gain any single pound. You might think that the most challenging part of the HCG diet in Phase 2. However, Phase 3 is the most challenging part of other phases. You will add more foods but still restrain from eating the foods that cause you to gain weight.
Phase 3 also is the time that your brain or hypothalamus will reset for the second time. It will be resetting your metabolic rate as you increase your food choices. You are not anymore allowed to do the VLCD during this phase. VLCD is just during phase 2 where you are maintaining the diet hormones. Phase 3 is not anymore about losing more pounds and the HCG is not needed during this time. You will possibly feel random cravings during this phase and you have to deal it right away. Deal with the possible causes of random cravings such as stress.
The foods that are allowed for Phase 3 of the HCG diet
- Good protein choices such as seafood
This includes all types of fish. High-quality proteins are commonly found in salmon, tuna, flounder and trout. You are allowed to have seafood such as crab, lobster, fish, and shrimp. Eating seafood can lower your cholesterol levels. Seafood is a source of excellent protein compared to other meats. It is also loaded with important minerals that include potassium and zinc. It has healthy fats that are loaded with antioxidant and vitamin E. Eating seafood can promote heart and brain health because it is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.
- All types of meat including chicken, beef, veal, and turkey
These meat choices are rich in protein and are helpful for your heart health. It can also maintain your muscle and bone health. All cuts of chicken and beef meat are allowed except for the fatty portion. Chicken and beef meat will maintain the feeling of fullness. Thus, aids in avoiding cravings and constant attack of hunger. These meats can also build your tissues and prevents bone loss. The high protein content can also boost your metabolic rate and take off extra calories.
- Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fruits
Recent study findings suggest that berries may influence genes in your body. It is responsible for regulating your body fat burning. It also blocks the fat storage and takes off stubborn fats in your fat stores. Berries also help in dealing with your abdominal fat as well as lower your cholesterol levels. It also helps you prevent diseases that are caused by high cholesterol levels. You can also include honeydew, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruits, and all citrus fruits.
- Sugar and starch-free vegetables and fruits
There are various types of vegetables and fruits that you can start eating. You can include as many of them during phase 3 of the HCG diet. However, you still have to be watchful in loading vegetables and fruits. This is because there are fruits that have high sugar or vegetables that are starchy. You should be careful with the limit of the food that you are going to eat. Although you are free from the VLCD, you still have to manage your food intake. All veggies are allowed except corn, yams, sweet potato and others that have starch. You can have veggies like radishes, all types of lettuce, alfalfa, bok choy, mushrooms, eggplant, kale, okra, and artichokes.
- Eggs, cheese, and dairy
Eggs are beneficial for brain functions and maintaining the health of the brain cells. Eggs also allow your muscles to work well. It can also lower the rate of bone and muscle loss. Eggs are very filling which helps you during the stabilization phase. Cheeses as well are a great source of calcium, protein, and fats. It is also loaded with vitamin B-12, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, and riboflavin. It improves skin and bone health as you stabilize your weight loss. Last are the dairy products which maintain healthy blood pressure. You have to choose unsweetened dairy products to avoid weight gain.
- Melon, Kiwi, apricots, and plums
Melon lowers your blood pressure and it is also vital to bone health. It can also maintain proper digestion because it is rich in water content. These fruit choices as well as boost your immune system and help you lose even more weight. These fruits can help you deal with cravings. You can also have these fruits as a substitute for your unhealthy snacks.
- Carrots, mushrooms, and sprouts
Carrots have high levels of antioxidants that fight against cancer. It can also protect your muscles and cardiovascular health. Carrots are linked to lower the cholesterol levels on your body. Mushroom too is considered one of the superfoods. This is because of its health-promoting properties that help bodily functions. It has various health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Mushrooms are also high in proteins. Sprouts, as well as help for easier digestion and it, improve blood sugar levels. This helps in lowering the risk of heart diseases.
What will you do if you gain weight on P3 of the HCG diet?
The diet protocol has included an outline on how to maintain your weight loss. However, things can go wrong even if you monitor your weight. Gaining weight or stalling happens but it is controllable. If you gain weight, you need to have a Steak Day. This is an eating style where you have no breakfast or lunch. You are only allowed to have a large steak for dinner with an apple as your large meal. This is the reason why you should be eating less than the allowed number of calories during Phase 3.