5 Rules on How to Do Phase 3 of the HCG Diet

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Rule #1: Never ever eat starches and sugars while on the P3 of the HCG Diet

But why? Why should I stay away from foods high in carbs? Let me tell you why. Foods high in carbs can cause a fluctuation in your insulin levels and this can affect your blood sugar level and fat storage. After doing the 500-calorie diet, your body becomes more sensitive. After some time, your body will soon adjust. What you can do right now is to avoid these foods.

Here are some starchy and sugary rich foods that you may want to avoid:


  • Lentils
  • Split Pea
  • Garbanzos
  • Beans

All grains

  • Rice that includes the brown rice
  • Barley
  • Corn that includes the chips and tortillas
  • Quinoa
  • Wheat


  • Cakes
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Other obvious sugar sources


  • Avoid fruits that are high in fructose sugar. You may want to include berries on your meal but you have to limit it about ½ cup.

There are also foods with hidden carbohydrates like:

  • Nuts – A cup of nuts contains about 20 grams of carbs. You can have them but in a lesser amount.
  • Milk- Check the labels of dairy products. A cup of milk has about 12 grams of carbs and sugar.

Rule #2: Gradually introduce calories into your system

Many dieters seem to get confused with P3. Yes, you can increase your calorie intake to at least 1450 calories a day but you have to do this gradually. You cannot right away start eating on a normal phase or you’ll end up gaining more weight.

You might want to consider this guide here:

During the FIRST WEEK on P3: 900 to 1000 calories per day

During the SECOND WEEK on P3: 1100 TO 1200 calories per day

During the THIRD WEEK on P3: 1300 TO 1450 calories per day 

Rule #3: Introduce FATS slowly

This is because your body is still sensitive to fats. So, introduce fats back into your diet slowly.

Rule #4:  Follow the 2 pounds rule

Keep your weight 2 pounds higher within your last day of weight on your last day of injection. Don’t be confused. Your last day weight is the day during your last injection. However, you might want to skip this rule for some reasons. Check this out now.

Rule #5: P3 Steak Days only when needed

Do the Steak Day only if you go more than 2 pounds above your last day of weight. When your last day weight is 165 and you woke up one morning weighing 172 pounds, then it’s time for you to do the steak day.

How are you going to do this? The whole day you are going to fast then when evening comes, you eat a large steak with an apple or a tomato as your dinner. Steak day allows your body to create a balance of calorie over the two days. The protein content is also good for letting go of water retention.

Am I going to be hungry during the normal mealtime? Actually, yes but the hunger calls usually go away after some time when you don’t respond to them. If you are a first-timer, you might find it a little bit harder. However, your body will get used to fasting after some time.

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