After losing your desired weight during the first two phases of the Official HCG Diet Plan, you then enter Phase 3, or what is called the maintenance phase. During this phase, it is normal for your weight to fluctuate, especially during the first three weeks, so you need to keep in mind that a red light flashes if you gain or lose more than two pounds (though most people probably wouldn't mind losing three or more pounds). Therefore, the first essential of HCG Diet Plan Phase 3 is to weigh yourself daily. If you gain more than two pounds, you need to go back on a steak day to regain your weight control. If you lose more than two pounds and you don't want to, you may need to examine your eating habits.
What, then, are the proper eating habits to maintain your weight loss after finishing the HCG diet drops regimen? Here are some tips, consisting of a lot of do's and don'ts that are carried over from Phase 1 and Phase 2.
First off, you must continue to avoid foods and drniks that contain sugars and/or starches. Second, you should continue drinking one ounce of water for each pound of your body weight each day. Third, you must up your caloric intake to 1,500 or so calories a day. If you continue on a daily consumption of just 500 calories a day without the HCG diet drops, this will wreak havoc on your body since the drops will no longer be regulating your metabolism and fat consumption. Finally, at least double your daily intake of approved proteins from 50 grams to 100 or more.
Here is how Dr. A.T.W. Simeons explained Phase 3 in his book Pounds and Inches, but keep in mind that he used injectable HCG since in his time Human Chorionic Gonadotropin had yet to be synthesized into drops (which are just as effective, cheaper and easier to use):
"When the three days of dieting after the last injection are over, the patients are told that they may now eat anything they please, except sugar and starch, provided they faithfully observe one simple rule. This rule is that they must have their own portable bathroom-scale always at hand, particularly while traveling. They must without fail weigh themselves every morning as they get out of bed, having first emptied their bladder. If they are in the habit of having breakfast in bed, they must weigh before breakfast.
"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 carbohydrates, that is sugar, rice, bread, potatoes, pastries etc, are by far the most dangerous. If no carbohydrates 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."
Now, don't take the three-week admonition too loosely and interpret it to mean that after that span of time, you can go back to eat fats, starches and sugars with reckless abandon. If you do, the pounds will start packing back on. It's important to enjoy your eating, but keep in mind what got you to your desired weight--your adherence to sound nutritional practices, coupled with the miracle of the HCG.
One last note about fruit consumption: Some fruits are to be avoided entirely (bananas, dried fruit and mangoes), and some are high in sugar and should be eaten cautiously (grapes, tangerine, oranges, pineapples and kiwi). Use your common sense and experience from successfully undertaking the Official HCG Diet Plan to guide you, and remember, call our Customer Service line with any questions you have.