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HCG Diet Step 3 is maintenance.
Foods during HCG Diet Step 3 – maintenance
Maintenance stage of HCG Diet had been designed to help you to keep the weight off.
The most exciting part of HCG Diet step 3 – maintenance that there is no calorie restrictions, so no need to calculate calories or watch portions. But there are restrictions – sugar and starches. so we would advise it as simple – high protein, low carbohydrates for 3 weeks at least.
Maintenance starts on the third day after you finished drops. Weighting yourself every single day is extremely important for this diet.
It takes about 3 weeks before the weight reached at the end of the treatment becomes stable, i.e. does not show violent fluctuations after an occasional excess.
During this period patients must realize that the so-called STARCHES, that is sugar, rice, bread, potatoes, pastries, etc. are by far the most dangerous.
If no carbohydrates / starches whatsoever are eaten, fats can be indulged in somewhat more liberally and even small quantities of alcohol, such as a glass of wine with meals, does no harm, but as soon as fats and starch are combined things are very liable to get out of hand.
This has to be observed very carefully during the first 3 weeks after the treatment is ended otherwise disappointments are almost sure to occur.
Here are the foods to choose during HCG Diet step 3 – maintenance:
** This is a very small list compared to the foods that you can eat while on HCG Diet maintenance.
Hemp Protein Powder
MRM Protein Shakes
Jay Robb Protein Shakes
Extra virgin coconut oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Cranberries (use caution)
Honeydew (use caution)
*Check ingredients for added sugar/preservatives
You want to AVOID starchy foods like:
Sweet potatoes and yams
Also AVOID very sugary fruits like:
On day 22 of maintenance, you will start adding complex carbohydrates back to your diet. You’ll want to start with a small (1/2 cup) serving of some whole grain, like:
Or alternately you can start with a small potato or sweet potato on day 22. Check the scale to make sure your weight doesn’t increase from that small serving of grain. If your weight is still within 2lbs of your LDW, on day 22 have another small serving of whole grain or root vegetable. Continue having one serving of whole grain, potato or sweet potato for the next couple days. On day 26 increase this to 2 servings of starch. On day 32 have 3 servings of starch. Continue having no more than 3 servings of starchy foods daily until you finish maintenance.
It is of vital importance to weigh yourself every morning for the 42 days of maintenance. You want to keep your weight within 2lbs of your weight the last day you took the drops. If your weight rises 2.2lbs or more above your LDW, have a steak day or vegetarian steak day that same day.
Maintenance (Phase 3)
This phase is relatively simple.
For 21 days immediately following the last day of the low calorie diet (Phase 2) you are allowed to eat as much food and any type of food you choose (provided it doesn’t contain sugars or starches or any of the ingredients listed below).
During the first 3-4 days on maintenance (Phase 3) watch out for protein deprivation. If you begin to gain weight it is likely due to insufficient protein. To resolve this issue, eat protein every 3 hours for 3-4 days. This will restock your protein supply and release the water weight. After the 1st three weeks of maintenance are over, you will slowly bring sugars and starches back into your diet for another 3 weeks.
This will complete the maintenance phase.
Please note that if you are doing multiple round of HCG, the maintenance phase will increase in length each time (page 27 in Pounds and Inches).
During the 1st half of maintenance you will want to avoid the following foods:
• No sugar, dextrose, sucrose, honey, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, maltodextrin, or any sweetener.
• No starch, including breads, pastas, any wheat product, white rice, potatoes, yams, etc.
• No artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, sucrolos, NutraSweet, Splenda, saccharin, etc.
• No food from fast food restaurants.
• No trans fats, including hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (no processed foods).
• No nitrites.
• Limit non-prescription and prescription drug use.
You must absolutely weigh yourself every morning after first emptying your bladder. You must do this daily without fail. As it takes about three weeks after completing Phase 2 before the weight stabilizes, it is important that daily weighing during this phase be adhered to. As long as your weight stays within two pounds of the weight reached on the day of the last drop you are fine. The moment the scale goes beyond two pounds, even by only a few ounces, you must do the following steps:
• The same day you notice the increase you must entirely skip all food until 6:00 p.m. During this time you should drink as much water, up to one gallon, as you can. You must drink a minimum of half a gallon of pure water. In addition to the water, drink as much of the various teas that are recommended. You may use stevia in the teas. In the evening eat the biggest steak you can from grass fed organic beef. The steak can be grilled or fried with oil and seasoned with pepper and salt, but nothing else. You may have either a large organic raw tomato or large organic raw apple.
It is of the utmost importance that these steps of skipping meals occur on the same day as the scale registered an increase of more than two pounds from the weight you achieved on the last day of injections. You must not postpone this protocol until the following day. Weighing yourself daily is vitally important. Because the hypothalamus is now corrected from its abnormal condition, when you gain weight the body will not store the excess in the secure abnormal fat reserves. This means that weight gain will now result in storing of fat evenly throughout the body in the normal or structural fat areas. This means that by looking in the minor, or by feeling how your clothes fit, will be misleading. You can actually gain ten to fifteen pounds and never notice it. This is why daily weighing is so important.
During the three weeks in maintenance monitor and be aware of your appetite. Many people out of habit put large amounts of food on their plate. During this time you will notice you get full very quickly. Take note of the feeling of fullness and loss of appetite and stop eating! It is very important that you eat a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and have three snacks, ideally consisting of an organic apple or an organic grapefruit, however, during each meal it is advised that you eat slowly, consciously be aware of chewing your food thoroughly, and stop eating when you are full.
Many overweight people have the fear that if they don’t continue to eat during mealtime they will be hungry later on and feel miserable. This 1st three-weeks of maintenance is important as it helps change behavioral habits that played a part in your weight problem. Some basic guidelines that will help change past behavioral habits that lead to obesity include the following:
• Sit at a table and be relaxed when eating a meal.
• Do not eat in front of the TV, in the car, or standing up.
• Eat slowly and consciously chew food thoroughly.
• Play relaxing music while eating, ideally baroque classical music or other types of music that are known to relax the
• Put smaller amounts of food on your plate, and don’t go for seconds.
• Be conscious about whether you are really hungry or full. Stop eating when you are no longer hungry and are full and satisfied.
You should never gain more than two pounds during this phase without immediately correcting this situation by doing the skipping meals and steak protocol. Surprisingly, Simeons discovered that it is equally undesirable for you to lose more than two pounds after the last injection. This is because any loss of weight after the last injection is usually a loss of muscle, or structural fat.
Simeons noted that some patients become overly enthusiastic after the success they achieved during the low calorie diet. These patients do not believe they can eat normal amounts of food six times per day without regaining weight. They disregard the advice to eat anything they please (with the short list of exceptions) and want to play it safe. They try, more or less, to continue the low calorie diet with minor variations. To their horror they find that their weight actually goes up. They then follow the instructions of skipping breakfast and lunch, but are afraid to eat the steak for fear of gaining more weight and instead have something such as a small salad. They become hungry and weak. The next morning they find they’ve increased yet another pound! They feel terrible and even the dreaded swelling of their ankles comes back. Dr. Simeons explained these phenomena in these terms. During treatment the patient is just above the verge of protein deficiency, but because of the hCG protein is being fed back into a system from the breakdown and release of the secure problem area fatty tissue. Once the treatment is over, there is no more hCG in the body and this process no longer takes place. Unless an adequate amount of protein is eaten as soon as treatment is over, protein deficiency is bound to develop. This inevitably caused a marked retention of water, increased weight, which many times results in swelling of the ankles, huge hunger, tiredness, and irritability.