Many find diet maintenance to beso easy but not with the HCG Diet. Unlike other diets, excluding sugar andcarbohydrates from the diet is a real-life challenge. Gaining the weight backafter losing them seems unimaginable.
Here are the most common problemsdieters encounter when on the maintenance phase of the HCG Diet:
Afterlosing all those pounds and inches you suddenly feel that your body haschanged. Now, you have the right to eat whatever you want only to find out thenext morning you have regained the weight you’ve lost, worst added more pounds.When this happens, you feel ashamed, frustrated, and powerless. Probably, readyto throw up your hands in defeat.
How to fix: Don’t be so reluctant togoing back consuming a whole box of cookies. Instead, continue eating the sametype of foods that have helped you shed pounds. I am not saying that you should go back eating the 500 calorie diet. Youneed to determine how many calories you need each day based on your currentweight, age and sex. Remember that the Maintenance phase is not a weight lossphase. If you try to keep eating the 500 calories a day without the hormone,your body will think that it is in the starvation mode and will start to storefat again and burn muscles for energy. Eat foods that are healthy, tasty andnot bland and boring.
Consumingstarches and sugars will definitely sabotage your success during P3 and youwouldn’t want to gain all the weight back, do you?
How to fix: Avoid overly starchyveggies and fruits like potato and banana. Stay away from pre-packaged foodsbecause most of them contain added sugars. Avoid eating ultra-sweet fruits likemelon and mangoes. Be mindful of what’s in the food you are eating too.
Hungerpains during P2 likely happen due to many reasons. Perhaps you are notfollowing the protocol to the letter, maybe you are not using the right dose oryou have used up all the stored fat.
How to fix: You can increase yourcalorie intake from 500 calorie to 800 calorie if you think the reason why youare hungry is that you have lost all the weight you need to lose.
Phase 3is still part of the diet and cheating can happen to the best of us.
How to fix: The first thing that youneed to do is to forgive yourself and don’t cheat anymore. You have a lot offood choices and a bigger amount of foods but do not overdo.