The main goal of this phase is to stabilize and maintain your new weight. Many people are so enthusiastic about their weight loss in Phase 2 that they want to keep losing in Phase 3, the maintenance phase. If you have more weight to lose, your goal should be to maintain your new weight until your next round of HCG treatment begins.
A summary of Dr. Simeons’ maintenance phase is as follows:
“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.”
“Eat what you want, when you want (preferable when you are hungry, and listen to your body for when you have had enough) except no sugars and no starches, and weigh EVERYDAY. If you are 2 pounds over your last treatment (HCG) weight, perform a Steak Day*.”
*Steak Day: ” . . .the moment the scale goes beyond 2 pounds (the morning weight), even if this is only a few ounces, they must, on the same day, skip breakfast and lunch but take plenty to drink. In the evening they must eat a huge steak with only an apple or a raw tomato.”
An adapted Steak day: Try this first and if it works, great, if not then on the following day, try the above steak day. You will have fluids for breakfast (coffees, teas, etc.), and 2 boiled eggs and an apple for lunch. A large steak for dinner accompanied by a salad (lettuce and vegetables only).
Review of the following sections of Dr. Simeons’ manuscript is highly suggested to help you through phase 3:
Concluding a Course
Skipping a Meal
Trouble after Treatment
Beware of Over-Enthusiasm
Many people panic in phase 3 because how much can be eaten is not specified. Dr. Simeon wanted his patients to start to regulate themselves. Your metabolic test will also give you a calorie range to stay within that is specific to you, which you can follow if more strenuous monitoring of your intake is preferred.
There are four main rules that MUST be kept during this phase to successfully keep the weight off and reset your body’s new weight. They are as follows:
No sugars or sweets.
Eat until you start to feel full. Follow the Hunger Scale.
Weigh yourself every day, and initiate a Steak Day if weight is up by two pounds or more (from the weight of the last day of injection).
Let’s review each phase specifically.
No starches. No breads and crackers, cereals, pastas, grains and rice. Dr. Simeon was not specific about legumes (such as kidney beans, refried beans, etc.) so if you decide to eat them, they must be eaten cautiously and in small portions (1/4 cup). Nuts are also starchy and should be eaten with the same caution.
No Sugars. Stay away from the obvious sweets and goodies. Also, be careful with very sweet fruit, and no fruit juices. Avoid added sugars to unsuspected foods. Closely watch labels and be wary of fat-free or low-fat items that may be pumped up with sugars and carbohydrates. Artificial sweeteners, sugar-free gum, and diet drinks are caution. Watch your labels.
Don’t eat until you are full. Rather, stop when you are satisfied. This takes a certain degree of awareness while you are eating. It is very helpful to use the Hunger Scale as a tool to help track your physical response to the food you are eating.
Weigh Yourself Every Day. Dr. Simeon said it best when he stated in his protocol, “Relapses may be due to negligence in the basic rule of daily weighing. Many patients think that this is unnecessary and that they can judge any increase from the fit of their clothes. Some do not carry their scale with them on a journey as it is cumbersome and takes a big bite out of their luggage-allowance when flying. This is a disastrous mistake, because after a course of HCG as much as 10 lbs. can be regained without any noticeable change in the fit of the clothes.” Take your scale with you!
Following are a list of foods that would be considered ok on phase 3:
Fruits – Most fruits and berries are ok. No fruit juices. Avoid canned fruits with added sugars or in heavy syrup. Also avoid dry fruit. No canned cranberry sauce (too much sugar). Be careful with grapes and bananas.
Vegetables – All vegetables are fine except the starchy ones; potatoes, yams, corn, peas, rutabagas, chicory root, or tomato sauces with added sugars.
Meats – All meats are ok. Trim the visible fats and go for the leaner choices. Be careful with hotdogs. Jerky’s are ok if they do not have a lot of added sugar (7 grams carbohydrate per serving or less). All seafood’s are fine, but no breaded items (or crab cakes).
Dairy – Aim for lower fat options. Cheeses are ok, but don’t overindulge. Do not do yogurt unless it is regular plain and you add your own stevia. Fat-free and low-fat versions of yogurt are usually loaded with carbohydrates. Cottage cheeses are fine, check the carbohydrates and pick one with the lowest.
Starches/Breads – If you thought you were going to see anything listed as ok, it hasn’t yet sunk in – No Starches!
Legumes/Beans – Edamame is ok. Most other legumes need to be eaten very carefully and in very small quantities. They are quite starchy and need to be eaten with caution. Chili should be avoided.
Nuts/Seeds – These are very starchy and need to be eaten with caution. Peanut butter in small quantities may be eaten. One serving a day of 10 -15 nuts is the maximum that should be eaten. If you are having a hard time controlling your weight in phase 3, cut nuts out completely.
Condiments – Watch for added sugars and carbohydrates. Low sugar B.B.Q. sauce is ok. No jams and jellies unless made with stevua or (sigh) artificial sweetener. Low sugar ketchup is ok. Honey mustard has too much sugar. No sweet pickles or sweet pickle relish. Watch out with low-fat salad dressings, many have added sugars – you may be better off going with the regular higher fat versions.
Fats/Oils – Ok in small amounts.
Sauces – Be carefully with starchy gravies made with a lot of corn starch or flour. If the sauce tastes really sweet, it probably has a lot of added sugars, and should be avoided.
Two Sample Maintenance Phase Menu:
Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, a fresh fruit.
Mid – Morning Snack: 10-12 almonds.
Lunch: Grilled chicken breast with sautéed peppers and onions, ½ cup cottage cheese.
Mid-Afternoon Snack: Apple
Dinner: Grilled steak salad with crumbled blue cheese and red onions w/regular salad dressing.
Late-Night Snack: Cheese-stick with 1 cup of sugar-free wassail or sugar free lemonade.
Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with turkey sausage, onions, and peppers, sprinkled with a little cheddar cheese.
Mid-Morning Snack: Peach with ½ cup cottage cheese.
Lunch: Ham slices with green beans and small salad/regular dressing.
Mid-Afternoon Snack: Celery slices with peanut butter.
Dinner: Hamburger patty with slice of cheese melted, coleslaw (cabbage with mayonnaise, a splash of vinegar, and a little stevia).
Late-Night Snack: ½ cup of plain yogurt, ½ cup unsweetened berries, and a little stevia or Xylitol.
The purpose of the maintenance phase is to allow your body to stabilize to your new weight. In order to do this, you should follow the maintenance plan exactly, adding in more foods to allow your body to stabilize at your new weight.
When you stop taking the HCG, you need to continue the diet for another three days. At the end of the three days, you can start eating anything you please, except sugar and starch, provided you faithfully observe one simple rule. This rule is that you must have your own scale always at hand, particularly while traveling. You must weigh every morning as you get out of bed, without clothes, after having emptied your bladder, before breakfast or liquids of any kind.
It takes approximately 3 weeks before the weight reached at the end of the treatment becomes stable. For example, it does not show violent fluctuations after an occasional excess. During this period you must realize that carbohydrates, meaning: SUGAR, RICE, BREAD, POTATOES, PASTRIES, etc are by far the most dangerous. If no carbohydrates are consumed, fats can be indulged somewhat more liberally and even small quantities of alcohol, such as a glass of wine with meals, will do no harm. When fats and starches are combined, weight gain can get out of hand. This has to be observed very carefully during the first 3 weeks after the treatment is ended otherwise weight gain is very likely.
Weight gain of more than 2 lbs in one day:
As long as your weight stays within 2 pounds of the weight reached on the day of the last HCG dose, you should take no notice of any increase, but the moment the scale goes beyond two pounds, even if this is only a few ounces, you must on that same day entirely skip breakfast and lunch but take plenty to drink. In the evening eat a huge steak and 1 apple or 1 raw tomato – nothing else.
It is of utmost importance that this is done on the day the scale goes above 2 pounds and not postponed until the following day. If a meal is skipped on the day in which a gain is registered in the morning, this brings about an immediate drop of often over a pound. But if the skipping of the meal (and skipping means literally skipping, not just having a light meal) is postponed, the phenomenon does not occur and several days of strict dieting may be necessary to correct the situation.
Most people hardly ever need to do this and if they have eaten a heavy lunch they feel no desire to eat their dinner, and in this case no increase takes place. If they keep their weight at the point reached at the end of the treatment, even a heavy dinner does not bring about an increase of two pounds on the next morning, and does not therefore call for any special measures. You may be surprised at how small your appetite becomes! And actually how much you can get away with eating and not gaining a pound! You will find that you are much more satisfied with less food to eat! In fact, many people are usually disappointed that they cannot manage their first normal meal, which they have been planning for!
Losing more weight:
You can continue the remedy and WeightAid during the maintenance phase and beyond as this will help your body continue to burn fat and thus may aid in continued weight loss.
Beware of over-enthusiasm
After treatment has ended, most people are afraid to begin adding foods back into their diets, afraid they may gain weight. If you do not begin to add foods back in again, the opposite may actually occur and you may gain unwanted weight. So make sure you begin to add some of the foods again.
Many people think that this is unnecessary to weigh daily and that they can judge an increase from the fit of their clothes. Some do not carry their scale with them while traveling, as it is cumbersome and takes a big bite out of their luggage allowance when flying. This is a disastrous mistake, because after a course of HCG as much as 10 lbs can be regained without any noticeable change in the fit of their clothes. The reason for this is that after treatment newly acquired fat is first evenly distributed and does not show the former preference for certain body parts.
Pregnancy or menopause may annul the effects of a previous treatment. Women who take the treatment during one year after the last menstruation – that is, the onset of menopause – do just as well as others, but among them the relapse rate is higher until the menopause is fully established. The period of one year after the last menstruation applies only to women who are not being treated with ovarian hormones. If these are taken, the pre-menopausal period may be indefinitely prolonged.
If you experience weight gain, coming back for a second course of HCG is completely acceptable. Repeat courses are often even more satisfactory than the first treatment and have the advantage that you already know that you will feel comfortable throughout treatment.