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Navigating Through Phase III of the HCG Diet
|April 5, 2016|
Getting Started with Phase III of the HCG Diet
I find that many of my HCG Diet patients feel quite nervous as they move forward into phase III. They are fearful of eating more food and gaining weight. I have facilitated nearly 2000 patients on this weight loss journey and I am often amazed at how easily patients maintain their weight loss when they follow the phase III guidelines.
Choosing organically grown fruits, veggies and protein sources is key. Toxins in food can contribute to weight gain and therefore we advise that our patients eat as clean as possible. On phase III, your food list opens up considerably. You can have most all protein options, any vegetable that is non-starchy and low glycemic fruits in moderation (no more than 2 pieces per day). On phase III, you can even begin to incorporate fats with some moderation. There are absolutely no obvious carbohydrate rich foods on phase III such as breads, legumes, pasta, starchy veggies such as corn, squash, potatoes, parsnips, etc. Depending on how patients do with the sugar in fruit they can have up to 2 fruits daily. There is no dried fruit allowed as the sugar is too concentrated.
Watching the Scale on P3 of the HCG Diet
I recommend that my phase III HCG Diet patients continue to weight themselves daily on phase III. This number that shows up on the scale can simply be information. It can tell you if something you have been eating may not work so well with your body. Often times, food sensitivities can go under the radar of the body even though their is some low level inflammation created in the gut. This body will always send water to an inflamed area to keep inflammatory mediators dilute. This extra water can show up on the scale. Common food allergens are gluten, dairy, nuts, corn, soy, citrus, nightshades, etc. If you happen to go 2 lbs over your last injection weight please consider a "correction day." My version of a correction day is the phase II menu plan in phase III amounts. You could also choose to do Dr. Simeons steak day if that resonates with you.
Once you are on the maintenance phase, you can choose to weigh in weekly just to be sure you are in a healthy range.
Enjoying your Favorite Exercise on Phase III
Exercise is a wonderful thing to add to phase III. If you exercised gently in phase II it is time to amp up your exercise routine. Living in a healthy body means that exercise is non-negotiable in your life. Add in some weight training, cardio, yoga, etc. Choose anything that feels right for your body and have fun with it. Also, remember to stay hydrated. Continue to drink at least 2 liters of water daily to keep flushing.
Enjoy phase III of the HCG Diet Program!
HCG Diet Phase 3 Information
Many HCG Dieters get just a tiny bit nervous when they make that transition to P3. They worry that they won’t stabilize their weight loss, have questions about what to eat, and many times eat too little or the wrong kinds of foods and don’t get the best results from their diet. This article offers HCG Diet Phase 3 Information to help you make the most out of your Phase 3 and help you stabilize and keep the weight off.
Eat fresh, whole foods, vegetables, and plenty of protein
When transitioning to P3, choosing the right foods is very important. You can enjoy a much more varied diet on Phase 3 of course with the addition of more vegetable choices and even some fresh fruit. Make sure to eat high quality protein, lots of nutrient dense greens and vegetables, healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and real butter and lower glycemic fruits like berries, apples, and others in moderation. Avoid all starchy vegetables like potatoes, parsnips, and winter squash and obvious starches like wheat, rice, beans, and corn.
Be careful eating very sweet fruit and avoid dried fruits
It’s important to be aware when transitioning to P3 that eating too much of certain kinds of fruits can sabotage your stabilization efforts. Not all people can tolerate a lot of fruit on Phase 3 but that doesn’t mean that you have to avoid it, just enjoy it in moderate amounts. Depending on how your body handles the natural sugars in fruit will guide how much of it you can eat and when you are tracking your weight, you can get a pretty good idea of what foods cause you to gain or prevent stabilization.
Pay attention to which foods cause you to gain weight during HCG Phase 3
Best advice I can give for HCG Phase 3 is to pay attention to what foods cause you to gain or go above that 2 pound mark. Not paying attention can result in difficulty stabilizing or cause you to have to do multiple steak days. You may be sensitive to some foods or eating foods that contain hidden starchy or sugary ingredients. Once you know which foods help you stabilize and which make you gain on P3, you can adjust and modify your diet to only include foods that support your weight loss efforts.
Read food labels and watch for hidden sugars and starches
Learning to read food labels can help you avoid the hidden sugars and starches found prevalently in prepared and processed food. Many additives to processed food and even condiments have hidden sugars. You can often identify them because they end in “ose”. Dextrose, maltose, fructose, and sucrose are some examples of the sugars included in many processed foods. It is important to check the ingredients list and avoid foods that contain sugars like honey and molasses. Be aware of how much fiber and carbohydrate a food contains and if it contains high carbohydrates in relation to protein and fiber… avoid it.
Monitor your weight during the stabilization process
One of the most important things to remember during HCG Phase 3 is to stay within the range of 2 pounds. Daily weighing during the critical three weeks on P3 is important. Make sure to do a Steak Day if you go above 2 pounds of your LIW (Last injection Weight). Once you are on maintenance it is wise to continue checking your weight periodically but you can drop your frequency to once a week and remember to give yourself a break if
Resume your favorite exercise routine
A question many dieters have is Feel free to resume your favorite workout routine once you reach P3. Whether you enjoy yoga, swimming, hiking, or gym workouts, P3 is the perfect time to get back into the healthy habit of regularly getting some exercise.
Drink plenty of water
No matter what phase of the HCG Diet you are on, make sure to drink plenty of water. Water is essential for good health, flushing toxins released during the weight loss process, and keeping you hydrated. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of pure water per day.
I hope that this HCG Diet Phase 3 information helps you stabilize and achieve your weight loss goals. All the best with your diet!- See more at: http://hcgrecipes.com/hcg-diet-phase-3-information-what-you-need-to-know/?inf_contact_key=f5dc69dc6060626347153250d881d61c82a57066d1713bb2422c5211be1346b2#sthash.LkhCupBN.dpuf
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