Phase 3 (often called the Maintenance Phase) of the hCG diet is the most rewarding stage. You have successfully reached the final step of the protocol, you have lost weight, effectively reset your metabolism, and now its time to gradually increase your caloric intake.
Keeping the Weight Off During Phase 3 of the hCG Diet
Now that you are in the homestretch of the revolutionary hCG diet it is time to learn how to maintain your newly achieved weight loss with healthy eating habits. You will need to remain cautious and not slip back into your old eating habits, or you will regain the weight that you have worked so hard to lose. Phase 3 is all about keeping the weight off so you can maintain the goals that you have reached.
Increasing Your Caloric Intake
It is critical that you increase your caloric intake slowly so your body adjusts and you do not gain back the weight that you have lost. If you have been following Dr. Simeons 500-calorie per diet protocol during Phase 2, then it is time to build up your calories to 800 to 1000 per day.
Often keeping a food journal when you first transition to Phase 3 will help you keep track of your caloric intake. Within the journal, you can record everything that you eat so you can watch how your body reacts to any new foods. You will also be recording your daily weight so you immediately notice any fluctuations. If your weight increases then you should avoid the food or foods that caused the gain.
Stick to Safe Foods
During Phase 3, you must stick to fruits, vegetables, and protein. At Nu Image Medical, you can receive an easy-to-follow detailed protocol for Phase 3 that offers precise guidelines.
Watch Out for Carbs
When first starting Phase 3, you must be careful with the types of carbohydrates that you include in your diet. You should consume very few carbohydrates that come from grains, sugar, or other high glycemic index sources. Undoubtedly, it is hard to balance even simple carbs. They pose a significant danger to your newly achieved weight loss because your sugar spikes and you can gain weight rapidly. Many people find carbs extremely addictive. Once you let yourself consume rice, bread, sugar, potatoes, or pastries, you start to crave more. Also, you won’t achieve the same nutritional benefits consuming such carbs. Ideally, avoid simple carbs and only focus on fruits, vegetables, and proteins, so your body continues to adjust. Foods from Phase 2 are satisfying and help you better control your hunger.
Rest Rejuvenates the Body
During Phase 3 of the hCG diet, your body is in a recovery mode from the low-calories that you consumed during Phase 2. It is imperative that you let your body rest and rejuvenate with a good night’s sleep. If your body is tired, then it will crave an energy boost from food. The cravings will tempt you to consume more calories to increase your body’s energy level. The additional foods might amp up your energy, but they also add unwanted pounds.
Each day, plan your meals so you can determine the number of calories per meal. Your daily meals should stay initially within 800 to 1000 calories per day depending on your metabolic requirements. By slowly increasing your calories you will be far less likely to gain weight, and your body will have a chance to adjust to the added calories.
When you enter Phase 3 of the hCG diet, you should stick to the same types of foods that you consumed during Phase 2 but slowly increase the daily caloric intake. You will need to be careful not to overindulge. If you slowly add additional approved foods, you will not start to gain weight.
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