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    First Day of P4!

    Everyone I am SO EXCITED!

    Phase 3 for me started off with a bit of a struggle. I had some intense stomach issues (I'm assuming from suddenly eating a variety of foods again, and in a larger quantity) in the first week, and had to do a steak day by the end of it. But after that, I settled down to be the -exact- same as my LDW on my last day of P3! Additionally, I had already added in some risky foods like spaghetti squash, pumpkin, red wine and tapioca flour with absolutely no gains (I even went BELOW my LDW a couple times eating these foods in the last week!). I found a mostly Paleo diet with the inclusion of dairy (it doesn't bother my stomach and I love cream in my coffee, greek yogurt and CHEESE!!) to be very easy for me to maintain and I really love the way it makes me feel

    Before I started this round of HCG, I was hitting the gym hard with heavy weights and seeing no results. I was strong as heck but not lean and slim like I wanted to be. I shed 11.5lbs and I've been reintroducing weights into my gym visits with success. I'd -like- to be able to lift as heavy as I was again, hopefully I'll be there again soon!

    So, I've been looking for advice about P4 as the first time I did this diet (YEARS ago) I didn't really take P4 seriously. I gained about 3lbs, which may not be a HUGE deal to some, but I'm very small so 3lbs makes a big difference on my tiny frame. Now, a lot of Paleo recipes include things like sweet potatoes and maple syrup, which I'd love to start eating, but I'm not sure really how to go about it. Do I just ... take the plunge and go for it? Weigh myself the next day and see how I do, P3 style? I keep reading about people with major carb sensitivity having to do the Fast Metabolism Diet in P4 to not get mad gains when reintroducing starches. I -have- been eating an abundance of fruit in P3 (I heard it should be kept to a minimum but I am a fruit LOVER, much more than veggies) and I had no issues stabilizing. Would this maybe imply that I am not particularly sensitive to carbs and could in fact enjoy some sweet potato?

    Lastly, a friend of mine told me that by the time P4 rolls around, your metabolism should be completely reset and therefore you should be able to eat whatever you want. Is this true? It seems sketchy to me.

    Thanks everyone, I am SO EXCITED about completing P3 and feeling GREAT! What an incredible diet plan, it truly, truly works!




    TL;DR: Great success stabilizing on P3, love Paleo, tips for introducing carbs like sweet potatoes in P4?

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    Super Chief-Ninja Moderator grammy1952's Avatar
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    Congratulations! But your friend isn't really correct. It's important to take your time as you add foods back in to make sure there are no gains from sensitivity.
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    P4 is also about finding the levels of starches/sugars your body can handle. So yes, I would say you would treat it basically like P3 and test your levels. So maybe start with a half cup of sweet potato and see how you do. Then increase the amount on another day if you like and see if you can tolerate more. You may find you are ok with a certain amount of starch, but then will gain if you go over that. Does that make sense?

    Most people will find that if they continue to keep starches and fats at separate meals for the most part, they will do well. So if you do have some butter with your sweet potato, you would keep it minimal--like half a teaspoon.

    I think that a very few people can maintain without careful planned eating, but most of us who came to HCG as basically a last resort cannot. Any sensitivities discovered during P2 or P3 will still need to be observed, and you will still need to pay attention to getting enough protein and healthy fats.
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    Frankly, coming into day 3 of P4 tomorrow, I'm still a little scared of adding new things. I've taken the liberty of trying out new paleo recipes, like ones that include maple syrup and more tapioca flour, but other than that, I can't bring myself to try anything grain-wise. In fact, someone brought muffins to work, sweetened with dates but made with whole wheat flour. I took one home intending to try it, but it's been sitting on my counter for the last 2 days taunting me! I just can't bring myself to do it, worried I'll mess everything up and get re-addicted to that garbage D:

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    Wheat would be the LAST thing I tried in P4. It's often the most problematic. So that's a good choice not to eat it. LOL I'd start with steel cut oatmeal for breakfast. Stir in some egg whites, xylitol, and cinnamon. The egg whites give you a little protein and make it pudding like. It's pretty good. Or try quinoa or wild rice. Maybe a sweet potato with fish for dinner. It works well to limit the fats in a meal where you have higher carbs. So you wouldn't want two whole eggs with the oatmeal, for example.
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