Finally, the starvation period is over. Probably, a sigh of relief should be in order for majority of dieters who may have found it quite an uphill task. Now, you have withdrawn the HCG drops and injections. So, what’s next?
You are by now probably excited about the 40 or 50 pounds you’ve shed. But what’s next? Will you now go back to your old eating habits? That tasty burger you’ve been preserving for yourself after the HCG diet plan is over?
Just as the title suggests, this phase now focuses on maintaining the new found weight. The stabilization phase has a lot at stake. The 3-week phase occurs right after 3 days of withdrawal of the HCG drops. This is in a bid to ensure the HCG drops is completely out of the system.
Your body is now figuring out how to adapt to another new change in it. In phase II, the body got energy for its normal day functioning from the body fat, now it’s shifting to relying on food for its energy source. Probably shifting may not be a big deal, but how to shift without gaining weight is probably the question you should be asking yourself.
According to Dr. Simeon’s protocol on HCG diet protocol; this stage is pretty vital if one intends to maintain that new weight. He stated that in this phase;
- One may go back to eating the normal food except anything that has starch and sugar
- If carbohydrates are whatsoever not being consumed, then maybe a little fat can be included but in monitored amounts. Starch and fats when combined can be a huge disaster
Guidelines on phase IV
Stabilizing is more of a long term strategy that requires a lot of self discipline and monitoring. We highlighted some of what you should adhere to when focusing on this phase
- Avoid carbs like plague.
Carbohydrates should be your number 1 enemy when it comes to this phase. Why, you may ask. It is more of a scenario of drinking water and preaching wine. In phase II, one was on a 500 calories diet. Why? Because carbohydrates equals to starch and sugar. The same applies here. We want to maintain the new found weight, and add carbohydrates won’t do you any good.
- Keep tabs on your food intake
Monitoring the kind of foods you are eating and the portions gives you a rough idea of what is good for you and what you should scrap off. This way, you will be able to notice when you are gaining pounds and quickly remove what you ate from your diet.
Keeping a food journal is a much better way of ensuring that you can do a follow up on what you are consuming.
Note on daily basis what you’ve been consuming together with the amounts. Get a good kitchen scale for doing any weighing of your foods. Also have a list of the recipe of the foods you cook. It helps.
- Drink water, plenty of water
Water always has its way of fitting in any lifestyle you adapt. Be it starvation or ‘binge days’, water will always come in handy. Keeping your body hydrated is an essential step that we need to adhere to especially when in stabilization phase.
Even much better, try dividing your weight in halves and drink the number of ounces of water equivalent to half your weight. This way, your body will never fall short of hydration.
- Eat organic natural foods
Organic foods never hold anything against your body. Actually, your body should see organic food as a boost to its immunity.
Organic foods contain healthy nutrients essential for your body. Processed foods on the other hand will do you no good in consuming it. In most cases, it’s full of starch which will end up adding weights.
- Keep your weight within 2lbs of the last weigh
Constant weighing of your body is important to see your progress. Nutritionists suggest that a bathroom scale should be an essential so that every morning you can weigh yourself to see how you are faring.
Gaining around 1or more lbs should not get you all worried since its normal and within the limit. But anything more than that should prompt you into action in order to restore that weight. Any more than that, it is suggested you can skip breakfast, and have a fruit for lunch.
For supper, have a steak to ensure you don’t go all hungry and look weak. This is what is referred to as a steak day. It is done in a bid to create a calorie balance.
Phase IV of the HCG diet is an important stage that requires a lot of monitoring especially with what you are consuming.
A list of some of the acceptable foods we have included just to ensure you are in line with what is need of you.
Phase IV diet
Make your stabilization phase are success by keeping tab on foods you take on daily basis. Weigh yourself every morning as you wake up and keep record of the daily weighs. The 3 weeks will be over even before you know it!