Here are some HCG diet questions regarding phase 3 of the diet. Remember, you can always email us your questions (, ask them on Facebook or give us a call on 1-888-689-3777.

Do you have a list of approved foods for phase 3?

Phase 3 is where in can incorporate all foods back into your diet. The key is moderation and slowly adding back in healthy fats (like olive oil, omega 3 fats, avocados, etc) and complex carbs like whole grains. The foods that you need to avoid are those that are high in saturated fats, starches (like potatoes, white rice, etc) and sugars. Phase 3 is your chance to really align your lifestyle to a healthy and active one. Increase your exercise; continue to make excellent food choices. We do recommend beginning the Body Rejuvenation program. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

What should the average calorie intake be for phase 3? Also are we adding oils, going back to regular deodorants, lotions etc? I was looking at some of the P3 recipes and thought I was still supposed to hold off on oils etc. however they all call for it.

Yes, you can introduce healthy oils like avocados, grape seed oil and olive oil. Use it sparingly. You can also incorporate your normal lotions and deodorants.

Can I have whole grain breads and cereals, or is that considered starch?

Whole grains and complex carbs are great. Stay away from starches like potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. Increasing quality proteins, fruits and most vegetables is great. Considering your weight, lifestyle, and levels of activity, you should plan on 1200-1500 calories a day.

In P3, can I add oils, go back to regular deodorants, lotions etc?

Yes, you can introduce healthy oils like avocados, grape seed oil and olive oil. Use it sparingly. You can also incorporate your normal lotions and deodorants.

What is the recommended calorie amount to take in after phase 3 is completed?
After phase 3 your daily amount of calories could be between 1300-2500 depending on lifestyle, exercise, body type, and what your doctor recommends based your health. For most people, they are 1500-1800 calories a day. Be sure that it is the right kinds of foods. It is not just he number of calories, but the quality of those calories.

Since you can't eat starches during phase 3, what else do you recommend for breakfast? It seems odd to go from such a healthy diet and then to meats like bacon and sausage that are high in fats.

You’re right and we encourage you to no jump right into eating fatty foods again. Your long term success will be based upon your healthy food choices. If you simply go back to the same diet you had before hcg, you will ultimately gain back all of the weight. Take advantage of your new life and continue to make healthy choices. In P3, you can incorporate healthy carbs like whole grains. You can add oatmeal or other whole grain cereals (hot and cold). You can add back in all types of fruits and veggies. You can eat eggs again (we would recommend mixing 1 whole egg with 2-3 egg whites for omelets or scrambled eggs). Even eating whole grain pancakes are fine. There are several excellent foods that you can eat without adding back in saturated fats.

Can I use meal replacement shakes on hcg phase 3?
Yes, you can - the meal replacement shakes taste great and only take a couple of minutes to make!

Can I drink milk in phase 3?
Yes, you can begin drinking milk. Be sure that it is fat free or 1% as you slowly introduce healthy fats back into your normal diet.

Are black beans allowed in P3?

Beans are a great source of protein; however, they contain starch as well. We would encourage you to delay eating them until the end of P3.

Can I have flax seeds? I saw a recipe for flax seed crackers:1 cup flax seed meal, 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1.5 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup water

In P3, flax seed is great and that recipe looks good.

Is it common to gain weight during phase 3 and why?

It is common to gain about 2 lbs. If you are going over that amount you need to do a steak day and look at what you are eating.

In phase 3 it says no sugars, but does that mean no fruit? Are there certain fruits I can have but stay away from others? And can we still have the melba toast or is that considered a starch?
As you begin Phase 3, you can eat any type of fruit that you like. The answer to your 'sugar' question is directed at refined sugars. Natural sugars in fruit are fine. As far as Melba Toast, that is fine as well. Try to stay on high protein and veggies for the most part, but you can incorporate healthy fats like olive oil, grapeseed oil, etc. Try to be balanced and slowly introduce those fats back in.

Can I have peanut butter on phase 3?

Peanut butter is fine so long as it is natural (Skippy and others have a lot of sugar).

I finished my drops and was told to stay on 500 for two more days as the hcg is still in system. I did this and gained 3 pounds. What should I do? Do I need to do an apple day?

In the diet protocol, it states that we need to stay on the 500 calorie diet for 3 days after we stop taking the drops. Even though you only did 2 days, you should not have gained 3 lbs. You can certainly do an apple day, but as you are moving to phase 3, you should try a steak day. Be sure that to introduce other food back in, and do it in a metered fashion rather than just eating anything you want. Phase 3 is so important that you continue to eat very healthy as your metabolism stabilizes.

Can you clarify what a 'starch' is? I think of carbs (pasta, potatoes, corn, peas, bread, sugar) as starch.
ut the booklet says to eat whole grain cereal for breakfast. Is that right?
Yes you are right about the starches. All of those foods are high in starch, however, the whole grains would be cracked wheat or long grain wild brown rice. The whole grains are not the base of your diet during P3, but you need to begin introducing them into your daily diet.

During phase 3, will I continue to drop weight or just stay within the 2 lbs, for three weeks? I'm down 24 lbs and would like to drop more weight.

Phase 3 is a stabilization phase. There are some people who continue to lose a little more weight, but most people are staying right at their weight when they are done with phase 2. If you want to continue to lose weight, you may consider extending your phase 2.

What is my objective in phase 3? It says in the book to go between 1200-1800 calories, and that the metabolism is "set" during this phase. I’m finding so far I’m not very hungry, and don’t feel like eating a lot. What would your advice be?

Great questions. It is normal to not have a big appetite after 6 weeks of the diet plan. Phase 3 is there to stabilize your metabolism. You do not want to take in an extreme amount of calories. You want to slowly introduce the other foods so that your body does not grab them and try to hold onto them since it has been deprived of starches, fats and refined sugars for so long. It you slowly introduce them, your body will not just grab and hold. During P3 you should begin exercising so that you body is burning calories and using all of the metabolic functions efficiently.

What foods are considered starch and carbs and I don’t understand if I can eat the carbs on phase 3 or not? I thought that pasta, bread, potatoes, corn, beans are starches, but it says melba toast is okay on P3 and I thought that was starch. Also, if I can eat carbs, is there a limit per day? Can you clarify this for me?

As Dr Simeons compiled decades of research, he came to certain conclusions. He wrote the manuscript Pounds & Inches as a guide for people to follow his diet protocol. He found that certain foods yielded better results than others. Although some things have changed from modern medicines and understanding of nutrition now versus in the 1950s, it still comes down to what we eat (including how often and how much). To answer directly, you can eat carbs in phase 3. Your confusion may stem from the relationship between carbs and starches. Although many of the foods we eat contain starches and carbs, Dr Simeons was trying to keep people away from the starchier foods, like potatoes and rice. To eat Melba toast or Grissini bread sticks are just fine in both phase 2 and phase 3. The key is to eat a proper balance of proteins & carbs. The best carbs are the whole grains and others that have a good balance of fiber. You cannot get away completely from starches, but you can limit them quite a bit. It is the same thing with sugars. There are natural sugars in all of the fruits and veggies that we eat just like there are starches in many of the same foods that have carbs in them as well. Just try and avoid your rices, potatoes, yams, white flours, etc. It is impossible and impractical for us to tell you every food that has starches in them. You will simply have to use your best judgment in deciding what foods you fuel your body with. As far as answering your questions on how many carbs a day you can have, there is no right answer for that questions. You will have to be the judge of that based on what your level of activity is, do you exercise, do you suffer from any illness, etc? This is one of the reasons that we insist that people work with their doctors before and during the protocol so that your doctor, who has a better understanding of your personal health, can make any adjustments to your diet for you that will help you maximize your results including exercise and dietary recommendations.

After completing the HCG diet, are there vitamins or herbs of some sort for glandular support for the hypothalamus that need to be taken to aid in metabolic stabilization? I purchased my HCG from your site and am very happy with the results so far and want to make sure I have not missed anything for the maintenance in Phase 3.
The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you continue to look at your foods that you put into your body. You have found great success and probably come to realize that your body does not need all of the poor foods that we typically eat. Use this opportunity to modify your lifestyle. You can continue to take the B-Vitamin Complex that will help support your metabolism and also strengthen you blood cells, but more important than that is continuing to make healthy choices in the foods that you eat and the level of exercise that you give your body. Good Job on your diet!

I have been on the diet for 3 weeks, what I want to know is once I finish and go back to regular eating is there a list of foods that I can eat and in what quantity?

Once you are done with the drops, you will enter phase 3 of the diet. You should be eating 1200-1700 calories a day depending on your lifestyle and level of activity. You can eat everything but starches and sugars. You will stay on phase 3 for 3 weeks and then it is back to normal foods without restriction on type of foods. Be smart though and drop back into your old eating habits. Chose a fruit instead of a sugary snack. Pay attention to your portion sizes. Once you are back to normal foods, try and stay between 1500 and 1800 calories a day. Try and limit the empty calories from sugars and simple carbs or starches as much as possible. You will be healthier and happier.

I worry about the term "no starch" in the 3 week, the maintenance phase. I understand no potatoes, rice, etc. but how about beans and whole wheat bread, and do you have a list of things to avoid?
Whole grain foods are fine. Complex carbohydrates are fine. Beans are not, even though they are great source of protein. Stick to non-starch veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats (that are slowly introduced) including olive oil, grape seed oil, avocados, salmon and other fish oils, etc.

Can you do 2 steak days in a row?
It is not recommended. You need to have some veggies to balance your diet more.