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Phase 3 of the HCG Diet

author image Pamela Wake, M.S.
Pamela Wake began writing in 1996, working in marketing communications and currently contributes health and nutrition articles to The Healthy Times newspaper and is the Alternative Health Examiner for in San Diego. She received a Master of Science degree from Pacific College in San Diego.
Phase 3 of the HCG Diet
You might lose weight on hCG, but it isn't the safest diet plan around. Photo Credit: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

Phase 3 of the hCG diet is when you can start eating some of your favorite foods again. Ideally in phase 3, you should be maintaining your weight. Bring back small servings gradually and if your weight goes up, you'll need to cut back down on portions. During this stage, you no longer have to take hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, supplements.

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Meat, Seafood and Dairy

Continue eating lean proteins in phase 3. Fish, poultry, lean beef, fresh ham, veal and venison, can each make up part of your meals. You can have shellfish as well, but because some types, like oysters and mussels, have higher amounts of carbohydrates, limit yourself to just 4 ounces daily. (ref 1/all shellfish) Dairy is also permissible, so you can start gradually eating cottage cheese, drinking milk or enjoying cheese.

Plant-Based Foods

In phase 3, you no longer have to limit your veggie intake. Slowly bring back any type of non-starchy vegetable, including cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers and broccoli. But continue to avoid the starchy types, such as potatoes. Enjoy more fruits, like berries and cantaloupe as well. Lastly, snack on nuts and seeds once in a while, as long as you’re maintaining your weight.

Diet Warnings

Before you even begin the hCG plan, you should have a discussion with your doctor to ensure it’s a good fit for you. Parts of the hCG diet severely limit food and calories, which could lead to malnutrition. Plus the supplement itself isn’t regulated and can be devastating for your health.

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