The hCG diet is one of the many diet plans that requires a lot of phases. For the hCG diet, there is a total of 4 phases a person must undergo to complete the entire hCG diet plan.
These phases are the loading phase (phase 1), the hCG phase (Phase 2), pre-maintenance phase (Phase 3), and Maintenance phase (phase 4).
Now, I just want to talk about Phase 3 and 4. For most people, phase 3 and 4 is actually just phase 3, only that it has two sub-phases. The first 3 weeks of phase 3 would require you to gradually increase your calorie intake. After that, you’re pretty much going to eat 1500-1800 calories per day for the rest of your life (if you want to live healthy, that is).
I just want to differentiate the 2nd part of phase 3 and I am going to call it phase 4 instead.
Now, people think that many people fail on the hCG diet because of the 2nd phase, but it is not actually phase 2 where people stumble; it is phase 3 of the hCG diet.
You see, the first three weeks after phase 2 is where phase 3 begins. During this time, you have to gradually increase your calorie intake.
So, for example, you’re consuming 500-800 calories per day on phase 2 of the hCG diet. In phase 3, you are going to gradually increase it to, say, 1000 calories on the first week; 1200 calories on the second week; and 1500 calories on the third week.
What most people do, however, is eat more than they should. Since the hCG diet is a very calorie restrictive diet, most people fall into the trap of just eating to their heart’s content. In their minds, they’ve successfully completed phase 2 of the diet which was considered to be the most strenuous.
Although I do agree that phase 2 of the hCG diet is hard, it is not to say that after phase 2, you should go back to your unhealthy eating habits and binge eat all the food that you want.
You still have to instill discipline in how and what you eat. That is why pretty much everyone who tries the hCG diet fails in phase 3.
Now, what can you do to prevent this? Well, I know that it is tempting to indulge in foods. Actually, you can indulge in phase 3 of the hCG diet, provided that you eat the right foods.
Aim to eat the macronutrients your body needs. This includes carbs, protein, and fat. If you’re eating protein-rich foods on phase 2 of the diet, you can pretty much cook the same recipe but add more protein or vegetables to it.
You can also introduce some nuts into your diet as they contain healthy fats and antioxidants as well.
Also, make sure to not eat foods that have refined sugar in them as they are detrimental to your health. If you want to sweeten your foods up, use an alternative sweetener such as Stevia, for example.
Just remember, you have to instill discipline when you’re on the hCG diet, especially when you’ve reached phase 3 and phase 4. By doing so, you will not only continually lose weight but you will also keep off the pounds as well.