Phase 3 of the HCG Diet – The Full Breakdown & Tips for Success
If you’re on a diet now, and considering the HCG diet for weight loss, understanding how it works is imperative for success. One of the most, if not the most, important phases is phase 3 of the diet. It is not only going to help you on maintenance, but help you once you have reached your goal weight to keep the weight off for good.
What is Phase 3?
You’ll start on the 500 calorie protocol on the HCG diet. Once you finish this, you enter into a 21 day stabilization phase to help you with your maintenance goals. This is officially known as P3. It doesn’t matter if you previously did the 26 or 46 round of HCG, once you hit phase 3, you’re going to play by the same rules.
You’ll begin phase 3 immediately after the final dose of HCG leaves your body, so you’ll wait 72 hours (this is how long the hormone will remain in your system after the final dose). In Dr. Simeon’s book, Pounds and Punches, the HCG diet founder lays out the groundwork for phase 3. You’re basically off the HCG hormone, meaning you can’t survive off 500 calories a day any longer. Therefore, you’ll have to increase your caloric consumption. This, however, has to be done gradually, so you don’t shock your system and start packing the pounds back on immediately.
You’ll do this initially by increasing the vegetables, protein, and some fruit-based calories into your diet gradually. Dieters are also allowed to introduce new foods into their diet at this time. But, they’re going to stay off the “starchy white foods” and carbs, for the 21 day period that they’re on phase 3. Even health, complex carbs, like sweet potatoes, are to be avoided.
How Important is Phase 3?
In short, it’s important. Some dieters who complete HCG don’t understand the importance, or for one reason or another choose not to finish the 21 day phase, even after they put in all that work to lose the weight. The end result is that they begin regaining the weight. The rhyme and reason behind phase 3 is to reincorporate calories to your system gradually. You just finished consuming 500 calories daily; you can’t do this forever. In P3, you’re adding foods back in, in a healthy and safe manner.
Dr. Simeon’s research suggests it takes about 21 days for your body weight to stabilize, and this is why phase 3 is 21 days in length. Phase 3 allows your body to readjust without the refined sugars and carbs; you can eventually add these in, in moderation of course, but not that early on after you’ve removed them from the diet for so long. You’ll also learn to reincorporate healthy fats like eggs and avocados, without doing so prematurely, to help you adjust your body and avoid putting weight back on after dieting. Once P3 and phase 4 are done, you can slowly reintroduce carbs.
What you need to Know About Phase 3
21 Days is a must. Dr. Simeon is critical on this point. His research indicates 21 days are necessary for your body to adjust and stabilize; but, the hypothalamus in your brain also needs this time to learn how to live within your new body weight. You prevent your metabolism from stabilizing normally if you don’t go through the entire 21 day protocol.
You’ll weigh yourself daily. The reason this is important is for you to learn how your body weight fluctuates after incorporating some new foods. Remember, you are adding foods you haven’t consumed in a couple of months back to your diet. You will react differently to some foods versus others.
If you overdid it on one food a certain day, the scale will show this. Don’t panic, you’ll readjust the next day, to see how your weight reacts. From there, you’ll learn what is working and what isn’t working for your body. Dr. Simeon reports you should weigh yourself each morning on P3 and fall within 2 pounds of your LDW (lowest daily weight) while on HCG. If you’re within 2 pounds, no need to adjust. If you go over 2 pounds, you’ll do a “steak day.” This is done the next day, and you’re basically fasting all day only drinking water. For dinner you’ll consume a large steak and can add tomato or an apple if you choose. This helps your body to readjust and the high protein dosage should help you bring your weight back down the next day.
You’re not in “weight loss phase” on P3. Some people will go down a few pounds, our weight fluctuates daily. But, you don’t want to fall below 2 pounds of the LDW you were at while on the HCG diet. For some, people try to go to a low calorie diet again, while others reintroduce exercise (too much) too soon. You can’t maintain this forever. In P3, you are trying to maintain, the goal here isn’t too lose. If you continue on this slope, you’ll fall into the diet yo-yo, and find you can never maintain a healthy body weight. What Dr. Simeons suggests is that if you hit P3 and still want to lose weight, do another 21 day cycle of HCG, then start maintenance. Many people are surprised how much they can eat on phase 3, without regaining weight. But, you have to understand what this phase is for, and it’s not to lose weight.
What about cheating on phase 3? Yes, even the best of us have fallen into the trap and given into a food we love. If you do it, the best thing to do is not cheat again! Sounds easy enough, right? And it is. You can’t hold yourself accountable or beat yourself up about it too long. Just go back to what you were doing.
Some people will do a steak day after cheating, but this isn’t the intention behind a steak day. Remember, on phase 3 you have far more food options than you did in phase 2, so use them to your advantage. You don’t have to eat chicken and broccoli everyday, add some avocado or tomato and color to your dishes. This keeps things fresh. Dr. Simeon even says a glass of wine every once in a while is okay while you’re in P3.
It’s also okay to dine out on phase 3. Don’t go crazy worrying about weighing your meals at a restaurant. Order what you want, and don’t freak out if they use a little butter or canola oil in their preparation. You have to enjoy what you’re eating, and this is what P3 is meant to teach you. You have to build a healthy relationship with food if you want to maintain your weight loss.
Scheduling is important, remember, P3 is part of the diet, it isn’t something that is optional for some people to do. This point is mainly for those who are considering working with us to begin the HCG diet. It’s hard to do on vacation or if you have a major event coming up and need to travel. So, plan and schedule things accordingly so you can stick through with it once you begin.
Phase 3 is part of the diet; many disregard it because they are no longer using HCG injections. This is a big mistake and can wreak havoc on the success you made on the first two phases of the diet. Be smart, plan things out, and make sure you complete the diet through P3 if you want to maintain your success.
Hopefully this information is useful to you on your HCG journey. If you have any questions or need some guidance on HCG in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Titan medical center.
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Sam has worked with several universities, pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the USA and Europe, most notably Harvard University as a chemical analyst, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Working with scientific research in biologics, pharmaceutics, and chemicals. He was a scientist visitor at the University of South Florida working at the College of Pharmacy.
He has practiced and learned at Stanford School of Medicine how to scientifically edit papers also published 2 papers during the work at the University of South Florida. Afterwards, he went to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich at the pharmaceutical sciences department under Prof. Dr. Ursula Quitterer a member of the Nobel Prize Committee for Chemistry. In Pharma he managed the in-house stability programs for the finished products. Review data and reports ensuring precise and accurate testing is performed. Graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.Sc. in Biology / minor in Chemistry and M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. Last but not least, he has a M.A in Business Management from Harvard University.