Why does it seem like some folks need a Steak Day on
the second day of Maintenance / P3
First of all, be sure that you are using the correct weight to calculate if you are more than 2 pounds over, and indeed actually need a Steak Day. Your weight the day that you take your last dose of hCG is the weight that you want to stay within 2 pounds of, in either direction. This is NOT the lowest weight that you record on the morning of the first day of P3, which is 72 hours later!
That “First Day of P3” weight is typically 2 or even 3 pounds less than the LIW, or Last Injection Weight (also called LDSW or Last Sublingual Dose Weight, if you are taking hCG sublingually). Many people on the HCG Diet are given bad information, leading them to make the mistake of thinking that they need a Steak Day if they are more than 2 pounds over the weight they record the morning of starting P3, but this is entirely wrong. Trying to stay within 2 pounds of the weight reached on the morning of the day P3 starts is a recipe for P3 misery, because it is almost impossible for most folks. Doing a Steak Day, Protein Deficiency Day, or alternate type of Recovery Day every other day in P3 can be maddening. Not to mention that it is so very unnecessary in most cases, IF you are using the correct weight, reached on the morning of the last day of taking hCG.
Another mistake is not eating enough protein when first starting P3, which will cause water retention due to protein deficiency, since Dr. Simeons tells us that we are just on the verge of it during P2. The Protein Deficiency Day that he prescribes is to eat two eggs for breakfast, a large steak at lunch, and another steak for dinner, to bring your protein level higher. It’s still important to continue P3 after that, but with much more protein than you were eating previously, to avoid experiencing what Dr. Simeons calls “hunger-edema” again.
Why do we regain the weight lost in the 72 hours after the HCG Diet so quickly, anyway? Usually, whatever weight is reached after the 72 hours after the last hCG dose, is regained quickly due to restocking glycogen stores when beginning to eat normal amounts on P3. While on the diet, glycogen stores in the muscles and liver are depleted so that fat stores can be used instead for fuel. Since each gram of glycogen requires somewhere between 2.5 to 4 grams of water to be stored as well, you will gain at first, but it shouldn’t be more than 2-4 pounds from the glycogen, because usually it is about 50-100 grams of glycogen that is stored in the liver and about another 300-400 grams in the muscles (although that muscle glycogen might not all be restored until P4 when you eat more carbs). So that’s why those last few days of losses are always regained quickly and you use the last dose day weight instead of the lowest you reach after the 72 hours.