The Diet Break is the crux of phase three of the HCG diet program. By this point, you’ve experienced rapid weight loss that has you excited and eager to continue the low calorie diet to keep the trend of melting off the pounds in style. However, it’s extremely important to start the diet break now.
Phase 3 Overview
Whether or not you feel you’re ready to undergo phase three, your body is desperately anticipating the much-needed calorie increase introduced in the diet break. The purpose of this diet break is to provide a rest and recuperation period for the body to enable you to achieve and maintain maximum weight loss in the future.
Over the course of the last three to six weeks, your body has undergone dramatic weight loss, high intensity metabolic fat-burning, and balancing and increasing your energy and hormone levels. Staying too long on the low calorie diet can actually reduce the rate your metabolism is burning fats and can later detriment your weight loss goals in the long-term future. To avoid retrogression from happening, the diet break comes in to save the day – or rather, to save all the progress you’ve made.
You’re now ready to implement the diet break which consists of increasing your daily caloric intake to 1500-2000 calories. The immediate increase in calories will continue to boost your metabolic rate over the course of the next three weeks. You’ll need to re-introduce starchy carbohydrates into your HCG approved food diet for just one meal per day. You can also have one extra portion of protein any time during the day.
Your body will be able to optimize insulin sensitivity while still enabling a hot and high fat-burning metabolism. Another benefit of the diet break is it’s often seen as a practice round of how you personally maintain your diet and weight after completion of the HCG diet. Many are so excited with their progress at this point that they can fall into temptation and can tend to go crazy and cheat now that you’re allowed more calories. Instead continue in your excited state by adhering strictly to the protocol set before you to achieve maximum weight loss without compromising all your hard work.
During this diet break it’s important to turn to supportive allies and forums to look for HCG approved recipes to ensure you’re introducing the newly approved carbohydrates into your diet appropriately. Since you’ve successfully completed phase two and are now embarking on phase three, you can also be a positive support and reach out to those still on the low calorie diet and encourage them to keep going.
Important: Continue to remain on the three-meals-a-day schedule with your HCG permitted protein, vegetable, fruit, and oil.
Need to know about the diet break of phase three? Below are some common questions and misconceptions that are frequently brought up during this part of the HCG diet.
Questions About Phase 3 of the HCG Diet
Q. How long does the diet break last?
A. Three weeks is the recommended time period for phase three.
Q. Why do I need to introduce carbohydrates? Can I skip the carbs and increase my protein or fat intake instead?
A. The diet break is to facilitate the body’s rest period and to maximize continued boosted levels of your metabolism. Carbohydrates are necessary for an optimum functioning body, and is essential for continued hormone balancing and a high metabolic rate. Don’t be afraid of carbs since this all comes down to enabling further weight loss long after the HCG diet is completed.
Q. What starchy carbohydrates are approved during phase three?
A. Each food approved should be equivalent to 40 grams of carbohydrates.
- Oatmeal – 1 cup (cooked)
- Rice – 1 cup (cooked)
- Whole Wheat Bread – 2 slices
- Quinoa – 1 cup (cooked)
- Beans – 1 cup
- Potato – 1 medium
- Pasta – 1 cup
Q. Should I increase my calorie intake slowly in the diet break?
A. Slowly increasing your daily calories to meet the 1500-2000 requirement of the diet break in phase three is unnecessary. On day one of phase three, you should immediately increase your calories to include the carbohydrates as specified. Because the diet break is a such a short period of time (three weeks), it’s better to give your body the replenishment it needs and the metabolism the immediate boost it requires to keep fat-burning engines revving in high gear.
Q. I don’t want to increase more than 1200 calories in the diet break. Can I do this?
A. The body needs to reboot the metabolism and reset your body’s set point. This can only be done by increasing the calorie intake to a healthy level where the body is nutritionally getting what it needs during the period in time. Not eating enough can still cause the body to drop its rate of metabolic fat-burning prowess.
Q. What range should my increased daily calorie intake be?
A. You should discuss with your HCG doctor the best caloric intake to consume during the diet break. Because every individual is different and has unique weight loss goals, your calorie intake will vary to the next person’s. If you have a lot of weight to continue to lose, increasing to only 1500 calories may be recommended. A few hundred additional calories can compromise your results, so it’s best that you discuss first with your HCG doctor based on your weight loss and body sculpting goals where your calorie intake should fall in the 1500-2000 range.
Q. Can I do the low calorie diet again after phase three?
A. Yes. If you have continued weight loss to undergo, discussing with your HCG doctor about doing another round of phase two after phase three is completed is highly recommended. Again, it’s important that you don’t extend phase two longer than the five to six weeks advised. You’ll need to complete phase three again to keep the benefits of your increased metabolic rate and to prevent insulin sensitivity. You’ll need to ensure you have sufficient HCG without lapse to continue the program and diet successfully.
Q. I want to go longer on phase two. Is phase three really necessary?
A. The diet is an essential step in the HCG diet program. Without strict adherence to the protocol, your weight loss results may not be as effective or as dramatic as you hope it to be. You’ll also compromise your body’s ability to effectively drop the pounds long after the HCG diet is completed.
Q. I know many people are feeling energized at this point, but I’m feeling tired and ready for the break. Does this mean I did something wrong?
A. No. You’re simply more sensitive to your body’s need to rest and recuperate from phase two. Depending on your weight loss goals and the advice of your HCG doctor, you might want to consider a shorter period in phase two of three to five weeks next time to prevent the onset of these symptoms. Continue into the diet break to give your body the replenishment it needs to get you energized and transitioning into maintenance with ease.
Q. I’m having feelings of anxiety about increasing my calories after so long on the low calorie restricted diet. Is this normal?
A. Yes. You’ve been adhering strictly to the protocol of phase two and you’ve experienced wonderful weight loss results that you were so desperately after. It’s normal to experience anxiety about entering the diet break and increasing calorie intake. Don’t be afraid of the calories or the starches. This is the phase that solidifies your weight loss and will help you to continue your awesome progress in the future.
Q. Do I need to drink more water during this phase?
A. Continue to keep hydrated according to the 8×8 rule (eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day) at the bare minimum. However, you should always consume more water and if you’re incorporating exercise during this phase.
Q. Do I need to keep recording my foods in my food journal?
A. Yes. Now is just as important to record what you consume as it was in phase two. You’ll be able to pay more closer attention to the effects of the starchy carbohydrates into your diet. You’ll also be able to keep yourself accountable to adhering to the strict guidelines of the HCG diet protocol of phase three. Just because you can increase your calorie intake and introduce certain carbohydrates, it doesn’t mean you should get slack or relaxed about your intensity to adhere to the diet.
Q. I’m afraid the calorie increase will hike up my appetite to wanting to always eat more. Will this happen?
A. The additional portion of protein and introduction of starchy carbohydrates will actually do more to suppress and satisfy the appetite. You’ll find you’ll have less cravings and hunger problems if you had them to begin with.
Q. Can I exercise during the diet break?
A. Yes. Now is a great time to implement exercise or if you’ve already been working out, to increase intensity and endurance. Because of the increase of daily calories while still eating clean, you’ll have continued weight loss and more energy to be able to endure and perform effective exercise and workout regimens. It will also help you to continue exercise during the transition and maintenance phase which will help you turn it into a lifestyle change long after the HCG program is completed. This will help you to achieve continued weight loss in the future.
Q. Will I gain weight during the diet break?
A. Many people don’t gain weight during phase three. Your body can continue to lose weight if you’re adhering to the approved HCG foods and you’re incorporating exercise. Don’t be alarmed if you stay within a couple pounds (plus or minus) of your new weight. Your body’s set point will be reset during this phase, so it’s important to concentrate on trusting the diet by eating the approved HCG foods for the diet break.
Q. Should I continue weighing myself daily?
A. Yes. Continue daily weigh-ins to keep track of your progress and new weight. Any dramatic increase in weight should be discussed and reviewed with your HCG doctor.
Q. I have diabetes and I tend to avoid starchy food to begin with. What should I do?
A. Increase your protein portion as recommended and definitely bring this up with your HCG doctor. You may be given a modified phase three diet or your medications may be adjusted to cater to the carbohydrates to introduced.
More Questions and Concerns?
Because phase three consists of a doubled daily increase in calorie intake and the re-introduction of starchy carbohydrates, it’s recommended that those with diabetes or other various conditions seek the advice of their HCG doctor to adjust medications as necessary. The HCG diet is a medically supervised weight loss program that brings effective results when coupled with the advice of HCG doctors that specialize in HCG induced weight loss. If in doubt about any aspect of phase three, seek the counsel of an HCG doctor.
The diet break is a mere three weeks that your body will thank you for. During the rest period of phase three, you’ll maximize your body’s ability to continue to burn fat and drop the pounds even after completion of the HCG diet. With hormones balanced, insulin sensitivity optimized, increased energy, and proper lipid and fat metabolism restored, your body can continue to go to work to provide the healthy and slim look that you’ve been working so hard for. Doing your best during this phase will set you up for your best chances of success to maintain weight loss after the HCG diet. With the same gazelle-like intensity you applied during phase two, go get it in phase three!