HCG Phase 3 Maintenance Questions
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Below you will find the answers to the following questions...
- What is a summary of HCG Maintenance?
- Is HCG Phase 3 required?
- Can I exercise on HCG Maintenance?
- What is my ‘HCG lock-in weight’?
- Can I lose more weight on HCG Phase 3?
- What if I lose weight during my exit days?
- When can I start another round of HCG?
1.) What is a summary of HCG maintenance? This part of the HCG Diet is 6 weeks long. The first 3 weeks, you should avoid eating any sugars and starches. During the 2nd 3 weeks, you slowly add sugars and starches back into your diet. Most people can easily go to 1500 calories a day. There are a few that are more comfortable with slightly less, but 1500 is a good rule of thumb. On maintenance, it is still really important to weight yourself every day. If you are ever 2.1 pounds or more over your lock-in weight, you must perform a steak day. If you are planning another round of HCG we recommend waiting at least six weeks before starting again to avoid becoming immune to the HCG.
2.) Is HCG Phase 3 required? Yes! You MUST do the maintenance phase. This is almost more important than Phase 2. It is during this time that you are training your body to remember your new weight set point. If you do not get this new weight set point established (between 2 lbs above and 2 lbs below your lock-in weight), you may gain all the weight back.
3.) Can I exercise on HCG maintenance? Yes, you can start incorporating exercise if you want. Remember to start slow and monitor through morning weigh-ins to see how the exercise is affecting your weight. If your weight starts to fluctuate greater than 2.1 pounds or less than 2.1 pounds under your lock-in weight you would want to cut back on your exercise routine, until your weight is able to 'lock-in'.
4.) What is my ‘HCG lock-in weight’? Your lock-in weight is the scale weight from the morning of your last day taking the HCG drops. It is NOT the morning weight from your last HCG exit day (the 3 days where you follow the 500-calorie diet without taking the HCG).
5.) Can I lose more weight on HCG Phase 3? Simeons recommends that you do not lose more than 2 pounds below your HCG lock-in weight point while on P3. The goal of maintenance is to lock-in your new weight, so that your body recognizes your lock-in weight as your new, normal weight making it easier for your body to maintain that weight in the future. Therefore, it is strongly not advised for you to lose weight on maintenance.
6.) What if I lose weight during my HCG exit days? If you lose some weight during the HCG exit days (the 3 days of the VLCD Diet without the drops), it can be considered as a little buffer weight. If you go 2.1 lbs or more over your lock-in weight, then you would perform the steak day.
7.) When can I start another round of HCG? According to Dr. Simeons, there should be a minimum of 6 weeks between rounds and he recommended waiting a couple of additional weeks longer between additional rounds.
- Period between rounds 1 & 2: Six weeks off the HCG drops
- Period between rounds 2 & 3: Eight weeks off the HCG drops (6 weeks of P3 & 2 weeks of P4)
- Period between rounds 3 & 4: Ten weeks off the HCG drops (6 weeks of P3 & 4 weeks of P4)
- Period between rounds 4 & 5: Twelve weeks off the HCG drops (6 weeks of P3 & 6 weeks of P4)
And so on... adding 2 additional weeks off between each subsequent round. The waiting periods between rounds of the HCG Diet are important to avoid becoming immune to the HCG.
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