Phase 3 of the HCG diet is regarded by most people (even Dr. A.T.W. Simeons himself) as the most important phase. Once phase 2, the weight loss phase, is completed, you now need to be able to stabilize your weight in order to keep yourself slim. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you embark on phase 3. They should help clarify exactly what you need to do in order to maintain your body weight.
First, you should remember to continue your abstinence from starches and sugars. These kinds of foods are anathema to the would-be dieter and possess the capability to quickly, and easily, destroy all your weight loss results. A safe way to transition into phase 3 of the HCG diet is to continue eating a diet exactly as you have been, with the exception of simply eating more of it. Lean proteins and vegetables are your friends during phase 3. Fruits can be eaten as well, but certain ones contain higher amounts of sugars and calories than others, and should be avoided. Bananas, for example, are extremely dense and a large one can contain several hundred calories. Grapes, while small and seemingly harmless, contain extremely high amounts of sugar. If you don’t believe it, look at the nutritional information on the back of a box of raisins and see for yourself. Stick to apples, oranges and grapefruits if you’re unsure as to which fruits you should be eating or not, and remember to take vitamin supplements. You can still encounter HCG diet dangers during Phase 3 when you are not careful with what you eat.
As you increase your caloric intake, be sure that the majority of it comes from vegetables and not from fats. Red meat, while allowed on the HCG diet, contains higher amounts of fat than chicken or fish, and should be eaten sparingly.
Fish is an excellent source of protein for phase 3 because it is less dense than chicken or beef. While it does contain fat, the fats are unsaturated, liquid fats (like those found in olive oil) and are far less likely to end up around your waistline than the saturated fats found in red meat. Fish can be expensive, so eating it 3-4 times a week might not seem like a viable option for some people, but it is possible if you shop smartly. Look through the mailers of your local grocery stores, and don’t be afraid to shop around a bit. You can usually find an inexpensive white fish somewhere, if you’re diligent in your search. Your weight loss is on the line here.
Since you have to increase your caloric intake during phase 3, it might be a good idea to check out just how many calories are right for you. There are BMR (basal metabolic rate) calculators online that can be of great assistance in this. Your BMR is basically the amount of calories your body needs each day to function. It isn’t really possible to get an accurate number through online calculators, but even a ball-park figure is an invaluable tool in helping you design your phase 3 HCG diet meal plan.
Make sure you weigh yourself every day during phase 3 of the HCG diet. You don’t want your weight to fluctuate more than 2lbs above or below your last recorded weight at the end of phase 2. Provided you control what and how much you eat, you will be well on your way to successfully completing the stabilization phase of the HCG diet and keeping your weight off for good.