To ensure long term stabilization of your hCG weight loss, follow these hCG Diet Phase 4 Tips. These practices will help to avoid the need for a steak day or similar correction day.
- Use a little common sense and a lot of willpower. It’s important to remember that as with any diet, long term successes are only maintained if healthy lifestyle adjustments are made for the long term. You’ve probably read that a successful P3 of the hCG diet resets the hypothalamus at your new low weight. However, it’s important to note that Dr. Simeons claimed that this reset would prevent any weight gains due to OCCASIONAL excess. The theory is that you’ve adjusted your metabolism to be able to withstand occasional indulgences, not a return to the former eating habits that caused the weight gain in the first place. Try to limit big indulgences to once a week until your weight is more stable.
- In P4, alternate P3 and P4 days. In P3 you are allowed to eat virtually any foods apart from sugar or starches. In P4 no foods are off limits. By alternating P3 and P4 days you always give your body a day to recover/rebalance from the intake of any starches or sugars. It’s also helpful in the early days of P4 to have only starches or sugars on a single day. For example, you might have starches such as bread on Monday, then eat P3 on Tuesday. On Wednesday you could indulge in sugar with a higher content fruit such as banana, or even chocolate. Then eat P3 again on Thursday. On Friday indulge in starch and/or sugar. Then resume P3 on Saturday. By alternating P3 and P4 days you are not only easing the transition to regular eating for your metabolism, you are also easing the transition for your willpower. By keeping up with the P3 days you are maintaining the healthy habits you started in P2 and P3. This will help to make sure you don’t fall back into old habits and regain the weight you worked so hard to lose.
- Continue to read labels. Remember to check labels on all packaged foods. Don't assume that packaged items such as bacon, deli meats, sauces and condiments are sugar/starch free. Unfortunately, most are not.
- Eat good fats. Although it helps to limit your intake of sugar for the long run, the same is not true for fats. It’s true that “bad fats” such as trans fats should be avoided. However, “good fats” such as those containing Omega 3, 6 or 9 are beneficial to overall health. Omega 3’s are considered the most important as they decrease inflammation in the body. Try increasing your intake of healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, flaxseeds, chia and fish oil. If you have a sweet tooth you can get your daily dose of coconut oil by making the infamous hCG Cocoa Crack (melted coconut oil + cocoa/carob powder + stevia) for a homemade chocolate fix.