This is a very critical phase. If you have lost the weight you wanted to lose and don’t need another round, this will be your maintenance phase. If you have more to lose, this Phase will be part of your first round of the hCG protocol.
Now that you have lost the weight that you wanted to lose, this Phase becomes the critical one for two reasons. One. You want to maintain your weight loss. Two, You reset the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus plays a significant role in the endocrine system. It is responsible for maintaining your body’s internal balance, which is known as homeostasis. To do this, the hypothalamus helps stimulate or inhibit many of your body’s key processes, including:
Heart rate and blood pressure
Fluid and electrolyte balance, including thirst
Appetite and body weight
Glandular secretions of the stomach and intestines
Production of substances that influence the pituitary gland to release hormones
The rules of Phase 3 are pretty easy. Eat whatever you want, watch your weight, stay within 2 pounds of your total lose. If you gain more than 2 pounds you should, do an apple day or steak day. BUT, the reality is that eating whatever you want is not the smartest way to maintain your loss.
If you eat cookies, fast food, chips, dips, pizza, cake and cookies, the weight will come back. Liposuction, Lap Band, and Gastric Bypass, those people all regain weight if they ‘go back’ to eating the way they did before. If you lift weights, you will gain muscle, then the 2 pounds may not apply either, because muscle weighs more than fat. This is why taking your measurements is just as important as scale weight.
Change your life style. The hCG diet protocol gives you a huge advantage because you have learned a lot about portion control, you have learned a different way of cooking, a different way of nourishing the body, and you have substantially decreased your taste for sweets. All these things are to your advantage as your real challenge commences.
If you have more to lose you, will stay on phase 3 for various times between hCG injections or hCG oral. For example, when you end your first round of the hCG protocol, you stay on hCG diet phase 3 for 8 weeks, the same number of weeks when you end your second round of the hCG diet protocol. When you end your third round of the protocol, you stay on phase 3 for 12 weeks, and when you end your fourth round, you do another 12 week before starting another protocol round. This comes from the Pounds and Inches manuscript and is strict Dr. Simones protocol.
The #1 question persists, with this phase of the hCG diet, “What Do I Eat?.” It’s not an easy question to answer, and Dr. Simeons didn’t elaborate. In general, the best choices keep company in the low carb realm (this includes low carb variations such as South Beach, 40/30/30, etc.), eating in moderation, and eating healthy Omega 3 fats and mono-saturated fats, like olive oil.
If you are finished with the diet, and lost all you wanted, then these rules apply; if you have more weight to lose, then these rules apply. Just watch what you eat, eat in moderation, make healthy choices and make a life style change.