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Foods to Add for the First 3 Weeks of HCG Diet Maintenance

After you complete either the 3-week or the 6-week diet, you will need to transition back to regular food.  By this time you will doubtlessly be eager to add back lots of different foods.  But wait, there are a few rules to follow as you begin to eat more diversly.

During the first three weeks after the HCG part of the diet has been concluded, Dr. Simeons instructs us to totally avoid any version of sugar and to avoid as much starch as possible.  This is because the body will take this period of time to reset itself so as to maintain the new weight you have achieved.  After these 3 weeks, you will gradually add back any remaining food items you want (while keeping an eye on quantity and the effect they have on your own body and weight.)

So, it’s not possible to list everything that you can include during these 3 weeks; instead, you need to carefully evaluate whether the food or drink you are considering contains any sugar or starch.  It may be useful to consult either a nutrition book or a website to check on particular foods.

Instead, as a guide only, here are some suggestions to get you started.

First, here are foods that you can add during maintenance. Add back more fruits:  any berries, cranberries (unsweetened), grapefruit, melon, plums, peaches, pears, guava, rhubarb, cherries, apples, papaya.  These fruits are high in sugar, so be careful about quantities, or skip them altogether until you have reset your weight after maintenance:  grapes, kiwi, nectarines, pineapple, oranges and tangerines.

Add back more vegetables:  asparagus, avocado, bamboo shoots, green  or wax beans, brussels sprouts, cabbage, raw carrots, sprouts, cauliflower, celery, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, turnips, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, radishes, olives.Do add eggs, fats and oils, any meats (except processed ones), dairy including cheese and milk as well as plain yogurt and cottage cheese, alcohol (in moderation.)

Add these nuts and seeds:  Brazil nuts, coconut (including unsweetened coconut milk), macadamia nuts, pine nuts, sesame seeds, all in moderation, and almonds in smallish amounts.Now here are foods that are not good for maintenance—you can add them slowly afterwards, though, once you have reset your metabolism.Don’t eat these fruits at all during maintenance:  bananas, mangos and any dried fruits (they are too concentrated and have a high sugar content.)

Vegetables that have too much starch for maintenance include artichokes, beets, beans (not green), legumes, peas, cooked carrots, corn, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams, Hubbard squash, winter squash, banana squash.Don’t select commercial sauces or bouillions without checking for starch and sugar content; also no MSG.  

Anything with flour is off limits until after maintenance, unless you KNOW that it has only almond or coconut flour.Rice and other grains will have to wait until after the 3 weeks.  Tofu is OK but canned or cooked soybeans are not.Wait until later to enjoy cashews, chestnuts, peanuts (and peanut butter), sunflower seeds and walnuts.Processed meats like sausages and lunch meats are likely to contain sugar—check the labels.

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