The HCG diet is a weight loss program that combines a strict low-calorie diet and the use of the hormone HCG. The diet is supervised by a medical doctor and boasts weight loss in the difficult areas of the body such as the hips, stomach and thighs. The third phase of the HCG diet is the maintenance portion of the diet, when dieters are happy to add back in some of the foods that were restricted in phases 1 and 2.
Phase 3 is the portion of the diet where the body and hypothalamus resets the metabolism to a high normal state, maintains a normal level of hunger and avoids fat stores from developing in problem areas of the body, according to HCGFatLoss.com.
Duration and Guidelines
Phase 3 lasts 21 days and allows you to eat as much food as you want with some specific exceptions. No sugars, starches or artificial sweeteners of any kind are allowed. You may not eat fast food, trans fats or any food containing nitrites such as lunch meat or hot dogs. You are asked to limit the use of over-the-counter or prescription drugs, as well as consumption of ice cold drinks, and to avoid air conditioning and florescent lights.
Foods to Include
As part of phase 3 of the HCG Diet you are advised to eat at least two organic apples or grapefruits daily, as well as several teaspoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar. You may drink organic teas such as chamomile, yerba mate, green tea or wu long tea and use stevia as a sweetener. In place of the oils eliminated in this diet, you are advised to consume 2 tsp. of raw organic coconut oil daily. It is also recommended you add high fiber foods such as flax seed and oat bran, as well as cinnamon and hot peppers to your meals. You are encouraged to eat a large salad with all of your meals, except breakfast.
It's recommended that you drink up to a gallon of purified water daily with coral calcium as well as occasionally including organic chicken, turkey, beef, fish or veal as a snack an hour before bedtime. Eating a big breakfast is advised, as well as eating at least six times each day. You should not eat dinner close to bedtime, ideally allowing three to four hours before getting a good 7 to 8 hours of rest. Taking probiotics, vitamin E and digestive enzymes is also recommended. You should avoid food additives such as monosodium glutamate, and you must avoid using microwaves. The use of any personal care products containing sodium laurel sulfate or propylene glycol is not recommended.
Doing daily physical exercise such as yoga, using a rebounder, walking or using weights is encouraged. Sweating out toxins through the use of a sauna and getting a colonic is also recommended. Listening to relaxing music and getting 10 to 20 minutes of sun daily is also beneficial.
Weighing yourself daily is considered an important component of the HCG diet. The strict guidelines of this diet state if you gain 2 lbs. from the previous day at any time you must not eat anything until 6 pm the next day. At that time you can eat a large steak and some vegetables. According to HCGFatLoss.com this is thought to reset the hypothalamus so you won't store any new fat.
The very restrictive nature of this diet dictates that it be closely supervised by a physician. If you are taking any prescriptions drugs, have any pre-existing health conditions or have any uncomfortable or questionable symptoms during phase 3, talk to your doctor.