Phase 3 of the HCG Diet is absolutely very important for a lot of reasons. After losing 20 to 30 pounds doing the 21 days or 46 days protocol, which is under very strict guidelines and direction, your body has to begin to adjust to normal calories. Your body weight settles into its new, lower set point and is very volatile. So, it is very crucial that you need to keep your weight close to your ending weight during Phase 2. This is how you achieved STABILIZATION
What is stabilization?
One good reason for not jumpingright into eating all that you want is to achieve stabilization. As soon as youstep into this phase, your weight is very volatile. Without any restriction,you could end up getting back your original weight. Yes, there are stillrestrictions but only on the two categories: SUGAR and STARCHES. You need toavoid these two.
How to do the stabilization?
Before doing the stabilization,you need to pass through the transition period first. Youwill discontinue having your injections for 3days but you will still follow the500 calorie diet. After the transition period, you may begin with P3 already. Youwill begin eating normal foods but you stay away from sugars and starches. Thisis because your body is not yet adjusted to sugar and starches. According toDr. Simeon, it takes about 21 days for your weight to become stable and notfluctuate. So, better keep sugars andstarches out of the picture. You may start reintroducing back sugar andstarches into your diet during the next phase. Eating them too early can causehuge fluctuation to your weight. Proper stabilization is needed so your bodywill not react by inducing a return in fats. Aim for whole foods, some fruit,proteins and lots of vegetables. Eat every time you are hungry but be mindfulof your weight. Always remember the 2 pounds rule.
As Phase 3 progresses, yourweight will become stable as long as you follow the guidelines. Your first weekcan be volatile but it usually settles down by the second week. Eventually,your weight will stay around the same weight quite well. Once it happens, youcan introduce carbs and sugars but in moderation. You may gradually eat thembut you will find that you cannot have them every day.