Phase 3 of the HCG diet is probably the least worried about but most important, even Dr. Simeons himself thinks so. After the weight loss during phase 2 is complete, the next challenge is to stabilize your weight in order to stave off any potential weight gain. After completing the difficult weeks on the 500 calorie a day diet, it would be horrible to find out that you’re rapidly regaining the weight you just lost. There are things you can do to help ensure that this does not happen, however.
Stabilizing your weight loss isn’t particularly difficult provided you have self-control. The mere fact that you’ve completed phase 2 and successfully lost weight is testament to the fact that you do, indeed, possess large amounts of self-control, so you shouldn’t be too worried about that. The biggest mistake that most people make when undergoing phase 3 is that they end up “treating themselves” after abstaining from certain foods for so long. The thing is, the diet isn’t done and “treating yourself” at this point would be premature, and is often counter-productive. Remember that the point of phase 3 is to stabilize your weight, and eating things that have a direct effect on weight gain is simply not going to benefit you in any way.
Once your time on the 500 calorie a day diet is complete, it might be a good idea to continue to eat similar to what you have been over the past weeks, only more of it. Lean meats and vegetables, in the proper amounts, will most likely not cause you to gain any of the weight back. Fish and poultry are good examples of lean meats, but beef can be eaten as well provided that you eat it sparingly. Steamed vegetables are very low in calories, highly nutritious and the best part is that you can eat mountains of them without worrying about gaining any weight. If you have a fear of feeling hungry during phase 3, then make sure you stock up on fresh veggies. Be mindful though that you don’t eat anything too calorie dense, and don’t use too much butter or oil. A massive plate of steamed veggies from the list of approved foods will most likely contain less than 200 calories. That means you can eat five of them a day and still be well under your daily limit.
Speaking of daily limits, you may want to check out your BMR online while undergoing phase 3 of the HCG diet plan. Your BMR or basal metabolic rate is the bare minimum of calories your body needs in order to function during the day while completely at rest. This means that any excess movement that you do will need to be powered by either fat stores or eating more food. BMR is different for everyone, and it’s not possible to get an accurate reading outside a laboratory setting. However, the general number you can get from any of the BMR calculators you can find online will give you an excellent ballpark figure to work from. It’s better to have this information than not, especially for phase 3 of the HCG diet.
Phase 3 lasts about 3 weeks, and after that you can increase the types of foods that you eat. It’s a good idea to think about starting an exercise program, though, if you decide to reincorporate starches and sugars into your diet as you may end up finding yourself with more energy than you need and that leads to weight gain.