A LIST OF HEALTHY FOODS TO EAT AFTER COMPLETING THE HCG DIET
Once you have completed the low calorie phase of the HCG diet, you will move onto the maintenance portion of the diet. There tends to be some confusion regarding what to eat when on maintenance after HCG. A good rule of thumb is no starches or sugars during the first half of maintenance, then slowly work those sugars and starches back in during the second half. Also keep in mind that maintenance does get longer after you. Don’t rule out simple exercises after HCG diet as well. Take a look at these great exercises for the HCG diet will also help maintain your weight loss.
- After round 1 – 6 weeks of maintenance
- 3 weeks of no sugars & starches, followed by 3 weeks of SLOWLY reintroducing sugars/starches.
- After round 2 – 8 weeks of maintenance
- 4 weeks of no sugars & starches, followed by 4 weeks of SLOWLY reintroducing sugars/starches.
- After round 3 – 12 weeks of maintenance
- 6 weeks of no sugars & starches, followed by 6 weeks of SLOWLY reintroducing sugars/starches.
- After round 4 – 20 weeks of maintenance
- 10 weeks of no sugars & starches, followed by 10 weeks of SLOWLY reintroducing sugars/starches.
- After round 5 – 6 months of maintenance
- 3 months of no sugars & starches, followed by 3 months of SLOWLY reintroducing sugars/starches.
After HCG During The First Half Of Maintenance Consider These
- Lean proteins to include chicken, fish, lean beef, turkey, and more. Make sure to avoid proteins that are processed like bacon, hot dogs, etc. until the second half of maintenance. They often contain nitrates, sugars, and other ingredients, which can cause the scale to go up. Other forms of protein that can be introduced are raw almonds, roasted cashews, and more as long as they do not contain any added sugars.
- Fresh fruits including apples, oranges, strawberries, and grapefruit. After HCG, during maintenance, you can start to add in a wider variety of fruit including plums, pears, berries, and peaches. You’ll want to avoid fruits that are starchy like bananas, plantains, store bought dried fruit, etc.
- Fresh vegetables including the ones listed on the low calorie diet protocol. You can start to work in more vegetables like avocado, Brussel sprouts, peppers, green beans, squash, mushrooms, and more. You’ll want to avoid veggies that tend to be starchier like corn, potatoes, peas, etc.
- Dairy is allowed in maintenance, but you definitely want to be a label reader. A lot of dairy has added sugars, which can cause a gain. We recommend no sugar added almond milk, full fat milk, plain Greek yogurt, and no sugar added creamers. You’ll want to use caution with creamers though because often times if they don’t contain sugar, they will include artificial sweeteners.
After HCG Stay Motivated
Once you have completed the second half of maintenance, after HCG, you can start to work in more and more foods. During the second half, you’ll want to work on slowly bringing in sugars and starches. For one of the first starches you introduce, try ½ c. of brown rice, quinoa, or steel cut oats. If you do not see a gain after HCG and your weight is still stable, then add in another serving of whole grains the next day. Continue to do this with both sugar and starches until you are able to maintain your new weight without much of a struggle. Try introducing refined starches and sugars towards the end of maintenance. This will include white sugar, white rice, white bread, refined pasta, and refined flour. Take a look at these other tips to prevent weight gain after the HCG diet.