2 – 3 weeks after you come off HCG Ultra Diet Drops.
Congratulations are in order for successfully reaching Phase 3! You should have a great feeling of victory when you reach this point. Chances are that you are not only 20 or more pounds lighter, but you feel better, too. You have more energy, so life seems easier and everything seems possible. To preserve your accomplishment, stay on course in Phase 3 while your weight is stabilizing at the new set point level. This is the time when your hypothalamus gland is resetting. Completing Phase 3 properly will help you maintain your weight for the long term.
When you finish Phase 2, you continued the 500 – 1000 calorie diet for 3 more days after you stopped taking the HCG hormone. During these 3 days, the HCG is leaving your system.
What to eat: Phase 3 is basically a low carb diet.
Start by increasing serving sizes, including the same foods that were on the Phase 2 diet, but introducing new foods gradually. It is especially important to increase your protein intake. Many dieters add cheese and eggs as the first foods. You may have many regular salad dressings (avoid those with sugar). You should be eating at least 1200-1500 calories per day right away. Hoorah! Move the calories up gradually while watching the scale.
Day by day, introduce new foods, making a point of including fats and more protein.
- No sugar in any form such as sucrose, honey, molasses, corn syrup, agave syrup or any other sweetener. Continue to use sugar substitutes for sweetening needs.
- No starch, including bread, pasta, wheat, rice, potatoes, yams, corn, etc.
Additionally, avoid the following:
- No fast food. It can’t be depended on to be clean enough for this phase of the diet.
- No trans fats, hydrogenated oils.
- No nitrites, preservatives, MSG, or food additives, food coloring, etc.
Weigh yourself every morning, just as you did in Phase 2.
Here are the original Phase 3 Instructions:
You must try to maintain the weight you are on the morning of your last dose of HCG. You may lose a little more during those last 3 low-calorie days, but the object of Phase 3 is to stabilize- so do not allow your weight to go more than 2 pounds above your end weight, or more than about 2 pounds below your end weight. My thoughts on this: 2 pounds above or below your last dose day may not be realistic for everyone. 3 or even 4 pounds may be more likely for some people, especially if very little or no weight was lost during the last 3 days of the VLCD after the HCG is stopped. If you kept your system very regular during the VLCD you will pick up a bit more weight when there is more bulk moving through your system. Eating a bit more salt that will come along with adding more foods may also cause some water weight to come back on. I stabilized up 3.5 pounds during the 6 week maintenance, however it remained very stable. You may want to overshoot your desired end weight by about 3 pounds to allow room to stabilize up to your goal, especially if you tend to hold a bit of water weight.
If you weigh yourself one morning and you are more than 2 pounds above your end weight, do a protein day: 2 eggs for breakfast, protein for lunch and protein for dinner only.
Examples of food to add in Phase 3:
Fattier meats, such as turkey, dark poultry meat, sausage, scallops etc.
Butter, milk, cream, cheeses (not shredded-contains starch), all nuts (add nuts slowly, they do contain a lot of fat and calories, measure or weigh a serving size), peanut butter (check label for sugar). It would be best to get your peanut butter fresh and unadulterated from your local health food store. Do not buy no fat dairy, such as cream cheese, because starches and sugars are often added. Read labels.
Okra, eggplant, etc. Avoid high starch vegetables including potatoes, corn, winter squash, yams until the next phase.
Add oils and fats: Emphasizing extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Coconut oil is not generally stored in the body as fat, but is burned for energy. It also has a high heat tolerance. Some butter is fine as well.
Avoid very sweet and starchier fruits, such as tropical fruit: banana, pineapple, mango, etc. Gradually introduce other fruits such as grapes and any berries.
See, the three weeks of Phase 3 are not so bad after all! You’re almost there, now go to our Phase 4 maintenance page.