HCG Diet Phase 3 – Transition Phase
Phase 3 of the hcg diet is absolutely essential and should not be skipped! The purpose of Phase 3 is to stabilize your weight and allow your body to readjust to every day eating once again. It is also an opportunity to discover weight management culprits as well as food sensitivities.
Frequently Asked Questions About Phase 3 of the HCG Diet:
- What is Phase 3 of the HCG Diet? (You’re on the right page! Scroll down!)
- Exercise and Phase 3
Phase 3 Foods and Eating
- Phase 3 Foods List
- How to gradually increase calories on Phase 3
- Do I add fats during phase 3?
- How to add fats during phase 3
Phase 3 Help and Support
- HCG Diet Phase 3 Recipes
- What if I gain weight on Phase 3?
- Identifying hormone imbalances that may be causing weight maintenance challenges
Now you have reached your weight goal, it is very important to transition swiftly into maintenance. The point here is to return to eating as normal as possible and maintain a healthy weight. You will now teach your body to stabilize and be able to eat more foods in moderation and remain on track. The challenge here is that when you re-introduce more types of foods, temptation will strike. In phase 2 you may have gotten used to a strict eating plan and completely avoiding certain foods and food groups. Stepping out of that ‘safe zone’ may seem like a challenge. Don’t feel bad about eating more but don’t binge. Try to stay focused and remember how far you have come. The HCG Diet protocol lasts three or four weeks and the target is to slowly increase the calories back to the maintenance target and then reintroduce some foods back into your diet.
Dr. Emma, a well known HCG Diet expert according to Dr. Oz, stresses the importance of increasing the calories first and ensuring the weight remains stable. Later, you can start introducing non-HCG foods very cautiously. Realistically, you may never be able to go back to how you ate before (that’s what got you here in the first place). Many non-HCG foods may prove to be triggers for overeating and therefore may best be avoided.
Many people assume that since they have lost all this weight, they can simply return to eating normally and that’s the core of the yo-yo effect issue. Your body is used to running on a significantly low caloric intake. If you up it right away – you will gain. Doing it over time is essential here.
A few principles which will help you stay on track.
- Stay away from your trigger foods
It may be challenging since you have probably been looking forward to indulging again but before you make a mistake, consider the possible consequences. It is simply not worth it. If you know you’re not able to just eat 1 square of chocolate but rather it will lead to a binge – steer clear.
- Weigh yourself regularly.
Don’t let yourself fall into denial, if you gain you must know and immediately do something about it. The longer you don’t weigh yourself the more you can possibly gain and not know. It may seem like ‘just a few days’ but it really isn’t worth it. It’s not just about the pound or two, it’s about not falling into your old habits!
- Observe your body
Reintroduce foods one at a time. It will enable you to observe any intolerances, sensitivities or weight gain triggers. For example, eat a dairy product watch your body for a few days then add a wheat product. If you see bread or milk causing bloating, weight gain or cravings, stay away from those or eat them rarely.
Exercise and HCG Diet Maintenance
Do not think that since your diet is over, the exercise can now be forgotten or done occasionally. You should continue to exercise regularly and stick to it with even more dedication. You will maintain good shape and a healthy weight more by means of exercise than calorie restriction now. Having regular physical activity in your life is a lifestyle change – a habit you must keep for good. It will keep you healthy, busy enough to not obsess about food and help you get away with any potential slip ups.
You may worry that you won’t lose more weight. The significant loss that occurred in the recent weeks may have become somewhat addictive and you may be reluctant to increase your calories. This fear is perfectly natural but you shouldn’t worry too much. Be reasonable and try to stay strict. Introducing more foods does not mean eating whatever you want whenever you want. Now is the time to fully apply the actual lifestyle change. The advantage of Dr. Emma’s HCG Diet Protocol is that the whole process of losing is supposed to be educational for patients. You may have gotten used to having support in your doctor, the injections or other patients. This doesn’t have to stop. If you feel you need support, join a fitness group or a food addict support group. You will make friends with people who share your goals and motivate you. Let the whole process change your outlook on food and exercise. It’s a chance to make a clean break from old unhealthy habits and live the rest of their lives in a better healthier way.