The steps you take to prevent weight gain on the HCG diet are very important because there is a risk of regaining weight after the diet has been completed. You don't want to lose your hard earned results after the three week or six week very low calorie diet. Nu Image Medical provides you with a comprehensive diet that shows you how to prevent weight gain through the carefully designed Phase 3 of the diet. By following the dietary recommendations of Phase 3 properly, you can ensure that you don't gain back the weight that you lost. The medical professionals at Nu Image Medical have carefully constructed Phase 3 of our HCG diet to prevent weight gain. You will be monitoring your weight while adding foods back into your diet and noting if there is any weight gain at all.
Don't get overwhelmed by the maintenance phase
Don't get overwhelmed by Phase 3 of the diet (the maintenance phase) and take it gradually. There are many details to follow that you will need to get acquainted with, and you should spend the time necessary to review those details prior to starting Phase 3 if you can. The more that you know about this phase of the HCG diet the easier that it will be. If you jump into this phase without properly researching it, you may not have enough experience and understanding to be successful with the requirements of this stage. You may also slip up and eat something you're not supposed to.
Have a routine in place
Just like the VLCD phase of the diet, you will need to have a routine in place for the maintenance phase. Try to continue to cook your meals at home if at all possible, and avoid eating out. You should try to split your meals up into regular intervals and eat multiple meals each day if possible, as many do during the VLCD. Establish a routine that works well for you, for example you might find that it is easier for you to eat breakfast right when you wake up, while other people may need to wait a few hours to get hungry.
Avoid cheating as much as possible
Cheating will continue to be your worst enemy during the maintenance phase of the diet, and you should do everything you can to avoid it. If you cheat during the maintenance phase it can be just as detrimental as cheating during the VLCD because your metabolism will be negatively affected. When you are reintroducing foods into your diet based on the instructions of the protocol, and you avoid eating grains, sugars and starches, you will protect your metabolism and ensure that it operates properly. If you aren't careful and start eating grains and starches too soon, you can easily regain much of the weight that you lost, and it weight regain happens very quickly. To avoid this, be sure to continue to follow the protocol to the best of your ability, at least for the three weeks of Phase 3.
Exercise will be a part of your life that you can start implementing during Phase 3 of the diet. With regular exercise you will maintain your weight loss results and you will feel better as well. There are several different types of exercise that will help you maintain your weight loss, and there is no particular program that stands out as being more effective for weight loss maintenance. It simply depends on your goals, if you are trying to increase your muscle mass you may prefer a more difficult exercise routine while light exercise may be better for those who aren't as concerned muscle gain. The main thing is to be consistent with your exercise routine and try to work out at least two to three times per week.
Increase your calories during Phase 3
It is very important to increase you calories during Phase 3 to your LDW (last dose weight) maintenance. Before you start the diet, your medical professional at Nu Image Medical will consult with you and help you determine the proper caloric intake for your LDW maintenance. Without the proper caloric intake you run the risk of hurting your metabolism and slowing it down. The reason why a very low calorie diet works during Phase 2 is because the hormone breaks down fat at a faster rate than what the body would normally do on its own. Once the hormone is not available for this effect you need to increase your daily calories to compensate, otherwise your body will go into starvation mode.
Ask questions when you eat at restaurants
If you absolutely have to eat at a restaurant, be sure you ask plenty of questions before you order anything. Most importantly, make sure that your dish does not have any grains, starches, or sugar. If your dish has a type of fat that isn't allowed during Phase 3, sugar, carbs, high glycemic index fruits and vegetables, or other ingredients that are not recommended, it can throw off your diet completely, especially if you eat out on a regular basis. Always ask plenty of questions, and if you aren't very familiar with the requirements of Phase 3 you should most likely eat at home as much as possible.
Count your calories
It may have become tiring to count all your calories at every meal during the VLCD, but you have to continue to do this during Phase 3 of the diet or you will lose count and start to eat too many calories too quickly. Remember that you will have a very specific calorie requirement that you need to stick to throughout the maintenance phase. If you exceed this, your body will store the excess calories as fat, especially if they come from carbs. Don't make the mistake of letting up even for a minute and stay fully aware of how many calories you're eating with every meal. Studies have shown that people who continue to track their calories after their diets are finished are more likely to maintain their weight.
Although you don't necessarily have to continue to count calories after Phase 3 is finished, it may be to your benefit, especially if you want to eat grains and starches every now and then. Quantity is very important when you decide to eat those foods, and although getting rid of them entirely is your best bet, you need to be very careful about how much of them you eat if you do decide to eat them once you reach Phase 4. For more information about how to maintain your weight loss results on the HCG diet, speak to one of the medical professionals at Nu Image Medical here.