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HCG Phase 3 Diet Tips

Phase 3 of the HCG diet is regarded by most people (even Dr. A.T.W. Simeons himself) as the most important phase. Once phase 2, the weight loss phase, is completed, you now need to be able to stabilize your weight in order to keep yourself slim. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you embark on phase 3. They should help clarify exactly what you need to do in order to maintain your body weight.

First, you should remember to continue your abstinence from starches and sugars. These kinds of foods are anathema to the would-be dieter and possess the capability to quickly, and easily, destroy all your weight loss results. A safe way to transition into phase 3 of the HCG diet is to continue eating a diet exactly as you have been, with the exception of simply eating more of it. Lean proteins and vegetables are your friends during phase 3. Fruits can be eaten as well, but certain ones contain higher amounts of sugars and calories than others, and should be avoided. Bananas, for example, are extremely dense and a large one can contain several hundred calories. Grapes, while small and seemingly harmless, contain extremely high amounts of sugar. If you don’t believe it, look at the nutritional information on the back of a box of raisins and see for yourself. Stick to apples, oranges and grapefruits if you’re unsure as to which fruits you should be eating or not, and remember to take vitamin supplements.  You can still encounter HCG diet dangers during Phase 3 when you are not careful with what you eat.

As you increase your caloric intake, be sure that the majority of it comes from vegetables and not from fats. Red meat, while allowed on the HCG diet, contains higher amounts of fat than chicken or fish, and should be eaten sparingly.

Fish is an excellent source of protein for phase 3 because it is less dense than chicken or beef. While it does contain fat, the fats are unsaturated, liquid fats (like those found in olive oil) and are far less likely to end up around your waistline than the saturated fats found in red meat. Fish can be expensive, so eating it 3-4 times a week might not seem like a viable option for some people, but it is possible if you shop smartly. Look through the mailers of your local grocery stores, and don’t be afraid to shop around a bit. You can usually find an inexpensive white fish somewhere, if you’re diligent in your search. Your weight loss is on the line here.

Since you have to increase your caloric intake during phase 3, it might be a good idea to check out just how many calories are right for you. There are BMR (basal metabolic rate) calculators online that can be of great assistance in this. Your BMR is basically the amount of calories your body needs each day to function. It isn’t really possible to get an accurate number through online calculators, but even a ball-park figure is an invaluable tool in helping you design your phase 3 HCG diet meal plan.

Make sure you weigh yourself every day during phase 3 of the HCG diet. You don’t want your weight to fluctuate more than 2lbs above or  below your last recorded weight at the end of phase 2. Provided you control what and how much you eat, you will be well on your way to successfully completing the stabilization phase of the HCG diet and keeping your weight off for good.

 


HCG Diet Phase 3 Shopping List

Phase 2 of the HCG diet is often the topic of most HCG diet-related discussions, and the focus of a lot of HCG diet information you find on the web. In it, dieters take daily injections of the HCG hormone and submit themselves to a 500 calorie a day diet. While the period of time that phase 2 encompasses isn’t very long, the weight loss results are dramatic. People often report losing .5lbs a day, on the low end, and as much as 2-3lbs a day on the high end. With results like that, it’s easy to see why there’s so much talk about phase 2. However, the most important phase of the HCG diet, and often the least publicized, is phase 3: the stabilization phase.

While undergoing phase 2, it is extremely important to watch what you eat, selecting only the foods that are among those on the HCG list of approved foods. However, during phase 3, you must pay just as close attention, if not more, to what you eat in order to keep your weight from coming back. Those who fail during phase 3 often report weight being gained just as rapid as they lost it. Each subsequent day erasing a little bit more of the hard work endured during phase 2.

The only real difference between phases 2 and 3 of the HCG diet is that during phase 3 you eat a good deal more than you were during phase 2. The list of approved foods is somewhat larger as well during phase 3, but not by much. This point is a frequent cause of weight gain during phase 3 as people assume that the hard part is behind them, and begin to eat whatever they want. The truth is that phase 3 is the most critical phase. Making sure to get good HCG diet information on each of the phases before you begin can help you avoid these all too common pitfalls and ensure that you’re able to keep the weight off for good.

The phase 3 portion of the HCG diet differs slightly from that of phase 2 in that it allows a somewhat wider variety of foods to be eaten. However, it is extremely important that sugars and starches be avoided at all costs. Fruits are the only sugars that should be eaten during phase 3, and even then their types are limited. Low sugar fruits are best, such as oranges, apples and cherries. Be sure to avoid anything dense and heavy like bananas, and the oh so sugary grapes.

You can expand your diet to include nuts in phase 3, and it is recommended that you eat them as snacks. Nuts possess proteins and fats, two things that can help stave off hunger in the middle of the day. Walnuts, pecans and almonds are good examples of the nuts allowed on the HCG diet phase 3. If you eat almonds, make sure they’re raw. Not because the HCG diet necessarily requires it, but raw almonds are one of the healthiest snacks around. Roasting them reduces their health benefits, but raw ones taste just about the same anyways.

The proteins you eat should still be lean, and include fish, chicken and red meat. Red meat should be eaten less than the other two, since it has a higher fat and calorie content. However, reducing it entirely from your diet is not necessary. A diet high in proteins and vegetables during phase 3 will greatly help you maintain your body weight and successfully complete the diet.


Writing your HCG Diet Blog

Blogging has exploded over the past few years as a way for people and businesses to get information out to the public. A blog can be many things. It can be a personal, online journal detailing the everyday life of the person who writes it, or even a specially written product review designed to help sell a product or service. Sometimes, when a person begins a task or endeavor that is particularly important to them, they will create a blog chronicling their experiences for the public to see. Diet blogs are particularly prolific on the internet, given the massive numbers of people trying to lose weight.

Making your own blog is extremely easy. There are many sites online that will not only host your blog for free, but offer you tools to help personalize it as well. If you really want to make it something spectacular, though, you might have to end up paying for certain graphics or features. If you’d like to make a blog detailing your own experiences on the HCG diet, there are a few things you can do to make it really stand out.

First off, if you want your blog to be enjoyed, it has to be filled with specific information. As far as the HCG diet is concerned, a good place to start is going to be at the beginning. Why are you going on the HCG diet? How much weight loss do you plan to experience, and how quickly? Did you buy your HCG drops online or get it from a doctor? A little background information goes a long way to help people identify with you and ensure that they’re return daily to read your posts.

That brings us to the next step, post daily! A blog of this sort is a lot like an online journal, and people will want to know what’s going on. You can write a few short posts throughout the day if you like, or summarize your HCG diet experience in one longer post at the end of each day. Either way, detail what it’s like for you on the 500 calorie a day diet and how well you’re able to stick to the approved list of foods. You can even post your HCG diet meal plan to help give people unfamiliar with the HCG diet an idea of what you’re doing.

 

Everyone who goes on the HCG diet is there for the same reason: to lose weight. That being the case, you might want to visit HCG diet forums, make a few posts and include the link to your blog. From there, you might get some followers interested in your trials and tribulations. They might even post encouraging comments and helpful tips on your blog!

Make sure that, as you get closer and closer to the end of your HCG protocol, you remember to keep up with your blog. Post your weight loss progress every few days, not only for others, but for yourself. Recording your progress is a very powerful motivator, and as you go back and read your earlier posts, you can see just how effective the HCG diet is in promoting weight loss.

Once your 3 phases of the HCG diet are over, and you have successfully reached your weight loss goal, you can continue to post about your progress in keeping the weight off. If you’ve followed the diet closely and continued to maintain a healthy, nutritious diet, then your weight maintenance should be easy.


Useful Tips for HCG Diet Phase 2

Diet controversy is nothing new. Every new diet that comes out seemingly has its share of naysayers and the like who ardently disapprove of the diet’s methods and effects. The HCG diet is no stranger to controversy, specifically phase 2 and its 500 calorie a day requirement. While some people have harder times than others completing phase 2 of the HCG diet, there are several things you can do to help ensure your success and maximize your weight loss results:

Chewing gum is a tried and true method for people on all sorts of diets to help overcome cravings. Sugar and many artificial sweeteners are not allowed on the HCG diet plan, though stevia is. Find a chewing gum sweetened with stevia and chew it whenever you feel the need to have something sweet. This simple trick can go a long way to helping reduce not only cravings, but hunger as well.

Don’t forget to spice your food. Eating plain, boring, bland meals often leads to feelings of deprivation. Feeling deprived leads to cravings, and cravings often lead to going off your diet. Make sure to utilize the list of approved foods and seasonings as much as possible when preparing your HCG diet meal plan in order to avoid this potential pitfall.

Brush your teeth. The minty-fresh taste of toothpaste often reacts badly with any other flavors. If you feel like your craving something, instead reach for your toothbrush and give your teeth a good cleaning. Mouthwash works well for this also.

Reach for support. Have you checked out the HCG diet forums? If not, you should definitely do so. Any time you’re feeling the temptation to go off your diet, simply reach out to your fellow dieters and explain your state of mind. They can often provide encouraging comments and advice that will help steel your will and keep you on the path to weight loss.

Drink water. Drinking a glass of water helps you feel full, albeit for a shorter amount of time than a meal will. While on the HCG diet, it is important to drink a lot of water, so doing this helps two-fold. Not only will you sate your hunger, but you’ll be filling your body with the much needed liquid it needs in order to function optimally and filter out toxins.

The HCG diet plan does allow snacking, provided it falls within the guidelines of the list of approved foods and does not cause you to exceed 500 calories a day. Melba toast or grissino bread sticks make excellent snacks. The fiber will help you feel more full and the boost you get will help you make it to your next meal.

Lastly, eat vegetables. If you find yourself unable to control your hunger and simply must eat something, make it veggies. They are filling, loaded with vitamins and nutrients, and very low in calories. In the unfortunate situation in which you exceed 500 calories a day occurs, it is far better that you eat vegetables than proteins, fruits or fiber. You’ll be able to eat more, feel fuller, and cause far less damage to your diet than if you choose to eat any of the other three.

The HCG diet protocol does not take very long, and thanks to the HCG, your cravings should be minimal. Following these easy tips should help keep cravings at bay.


Best HCG Diet Recipes

Pretty much every diet plan excludes some food or another. For example, the Atkins diet had people excluding starches and carbohydrates almost completely. It is a forgone conclusion that, when beginning any diet or nutritional plan, there are some foods you just aren’t allowed to eat, plain and simple. The HCG diet is similar, it not only excludes starches and sugars, but a number of other fruits and vegetables. The reason for this is that certain foods will interact poorly with the HCG hormone and reduce the weight loss results. Also, sometimes people don’t realize just how sugary or starchy certain foods can be. Grapes, for example, are extremely high in sugar. Bananas are densely packed with both sugar and calories. Often, when people go on diets and eat more fruits and vegetables, they experience less weight loss than they hoped for simply because the foods they are eating possess too much sugar.

The HCG diet includes a pretty limited list of foods that you are allowed to eat in order to help keep people from making mistakes. Such a limited list of approved foods, though, can lead to a difficult  time when it comes time to make your HCG diet meal plan. If you lack enough HCG diet information, then your meal plan will look boring and repetitive. Too often have people failed at their diet simply because they weren’t creative enough with their meal plan. If you want to help ensure your success on the HCG diet, then it might be a good idea to check out some of the HCG diet books.

The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You To Know About by Kevin Trudeau is a very popular source of HCG diet information. It goes into detail as to what to eat and when, and is written in an easy to understand way. However, there are other sources for HCG diet information out there and if you’re specifically looking for HCG diet recipes, then an actual HCG diet cook book might be more suited to your needs.

101 Worry-Free HCG Diet Recipes is filled with all sorts of different things you can eat while on the HCG diet. It is focused on the 500 calorie a day portion, but any of the recipes can easily be altered to contain more food if you’re in one of the other phases, or simply looking to continue eating a healthy diet into phase 3. This phase is often overlooked on the HCG diet because the weight loss phase is so controversial. Phase 3 is very important, however, and making sure you plan accordingly can make maintaining your weight loss much, much easier.

Aside from the HCG diet recipe books, you can always ask your peers on the HCG diet forums about any good recipes they know of. Often, you can find a very eclectic selection of recipes if you broaden your base and ask online. Keeping your HCG diet meal plan varied and interesting is one of the easiest things you can do to help ensure your success on the diet. Any diet and exercise program requires that you give your all in order to achieve success, and the HCG diet is no different. However, unlike other diets, you don’t have to participate in rigorous exercise to lose weight on the HCG diet.