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hCG Diet Phase 3 Food List

Everyone seems to have questions about what to do on Phase 3 of the hCG diet when it comes to food and calories. All Doctor Simeons says is no sugar or starches, but that does leave room for one to wonder and still doubt what to eat, how much to eat, and what are the best foods to eat on Phase 3.

 

This is a list Phase 3 foods that hCG Diet Journey believes are healthy and good for long-term maintenance. This is NOT an official list (as there isn’t any) but a combination of what the hCG Diet Journey team has always suggested to people, Atkins Low Carb Maintenance & Mediterranean Style eating.

This Phase 3 food list along with a good book on food counts, values, and calories, like Netzer’s is an excellent resource. And yes, Miracle Noodles are, as always, on any phase!

There are 7 keys to Phase 3 foods and long term success with your weight loss.

1. Avoiding man made pre packaged foods
2. Avoiding sugars, processed foods, and refined white flour
3. Portion control (especially at restaurants)
4. Eating bad foods in moderation
5. Exercise
6. Knowing what foods work best for your health and weight
7. Your desire for long-term success & willingness to eat better

hCG Diet Phase 3 Maintenance Kit

Phase 3 Food List 1,500 calories for 3 weeks

Proteins:

All fish including:

Flounder
Herring
Salmon
Sardines
Sole
Tuna
Trout

All fowl including:

Cornish Hen
Chicken
Duck
Goose
Pheasant
Quail
Turkey

All shellfish including:

Clams
Crab Meat
Mussels*
Oysters*
Shrimp
Scallops
Squid

*Oysters and mussels are higher in carbs so limit to about 4 ounces per day.

All meat including:

Lean Beef
Lean Bison
Bacon*
Ham*
Lamb
Pork
Veal
Venison

*Some processed meat, bacon, and ham is cured with sugar, which will add to the carb count. -Avoid cold cuts and other meats with added nitrates.

Vegetables

Salad Vegetables:

Alfalfa Sprouts
Arugula
Bok Choy
Celery
Chicory Greens
Chives
Cucumber
Endive
Escarole
Fennel
Iceberg Lettuce
Mushrooms
Parsley
Peppers
Radicchio
Radishes
Romaine Lettuce

Non Salad Vegetables:

Artichokes
Asparagus
Artichoke Hearts
Avocados
Bamboo Shoots
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Swiss Chard
Collard Greens
Eggplant
Hearts of Palm
Kale
Leeks
Okra
Olives (green & black)
Onion
Pumpkin
Rhubarb
Sauerkraut
Peas
Spaghetti squash
Spinach
Summer Squash
Tomato
Turnips
Water Chestnuts
Zucchini

These vegetables are slightly higher in carbs but provide important nutrients and add variety to your daily foods.

Fruits

Blueberries (fresh)
Cantaloupe or Honeydew
Raspberries (fresh)
Strawberries (fresh)

Fats (Oils)

Butter (REAL not imitation or margarine)
Mayonnaise – make sure it has no added sugar
Olive Oil
Avocado Oil
Coconut Oil

Vegetable Oils

Canola
Walnut
Grape Seed
Sesame
Sunflower
Safflower

After Phase 3 Food List Long Term Maintenance and Beyond

For Long Term maintenance after Phase 3 you would include the all the above and you can add the following to your menu. There isn’t any calorie restrictions for maintenance or any particular ratios.

A general rule of thumb is 40/30/30 40% of protein, 30% of carbs and 30% of fats, however you may have to adjust according to what works for you. It takes experimentation, listening to your body, and watching your mood as to your reactions.

Another good rule is limiting dairy and really watching your how your digestive system reacts.

Add foods back slow to better judge if they are working for you or not.

The idea here is to develop your personal list of foods that make you feel great and maintain your weight.

Dairy

Cottage Cheese
Heavy Cream
Mozzarella Cheese
Ricotta Cheese
Blue Cheeses
Cheddar
Cow, Sheep, and Goat Cheese
Cream Cheese
Feta
Gouda
Mozzarella
Parmesan
Swiss

Nuts & Seeds

Almonds
Brazil nuts
Cashews
Hulled Sunflower Seeds
Macadamias
Pecans
Pistachios
Walnuts

Starchy Vegetables

Acorn Squash
Carrots
White Potatoes
Yams

Legumes

Black Beans
Chickpeas
Great Northern Beans
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Navy Beans
Pinto Beans

Fruit

Apple
Banana
Cherries
Grapefruit
Grapes
Guava
Kiwi
Mango
Peach
Plum
Watermelon

Grains

Oatmeal
Pasta (whole wheat)
Rice (brown)

 

I am confused with the list. No starch but brown rice is ok?
@Doug, As the list you are reading says in big bold letters; After Phase 3 Long Term Maintenance and Beyond. Nothing confusing.
Dairy contains milk sugars. you need to watch for "added sugar and starch". Fruits and veggies have natural sugars too, yet we are allowed to consume them in phase 3. Buy your cheese in a block and slice/shred yourself. Cheese that is shredded in a bag contains starch to keep it from binding together. I have enjoyed HWC, all types of cheeses, egg whites, etc., **in moderation**, without any problem.
@Maggie Collins, Dairy (cheese included) in general can stall, prevent lose and or cause gains. Moderation as you said. Cheese does contain starch, blocked, bagged or otherwise. AND most people do not eat real cheese another issue.
Dairy is allowed on P3, but I wouldn't add it in till the 2nd or 3rd week and very slowly, ie an ounce per day. Many people do just fine with dairy. In fact, if you remember, cottage cheese is allowed as a meat substitute in phase 1. Everyone's body responds differently, which is why I would recommend adding it later and in small amounts. Also make sure it is the only thing new you introduce that day, that way if the scale does goes up for you, you know exactly what to attribute it to.
@Maggie Collins, Dairy can cause stalls or gains. In another post adding things back slowly is advocated and frankly encouraged because you will find your food sensitivities. What will cause you to gain, have intestinal problems or just not agree with you in general. hCG Diet Phase 3. That should be read for further explanations. I do not advocate adding dairy back until P3 is over and you are on to maintenance either between rounds or long term and then, slowly as tolerated.
Good cheddar cheese doesn't have sugars or carbs, as many cheeses don't. Why is cheese not allowed in phase 3?
@Jo, Cheddar does have 1 gram of sugar per serving, however that isn't the reason it is not allowed. Dairy isn't in general and cheese, cheddar included, is dairy. After P3 have at it.
I am cofused with this food list, Nuts arwe on it but I just saw they are a no on phase 3
@Margo Masse, Dr. Simeons says no Sugar or Starch. Nuts have fat and protein and fiber carbs.

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