Congratulations on completing what can be described as the most difficult, yet rewarding phase of the HCG diet. After three to five weeks of intense discipline, application, and calorie restrictions, you’re now ready to tackle phase three, known as the ‘Diet Break’, and stabilize all the progress you’ve made so far.
During this phase, you’re going to start consuming carbohydrates once again. Although you may be feeling excited at introducing a new type of food to your diet, it’s not without its limitations. The purpose of this phase is to help your body reset your metabolism, prevent long-term weight gain, and to help ensure insulin sensitivity is optimized to better prevent blood sugar spikes and fat cell storage.
Although you may feel so ecstatic at your weight loss and new body that you want to prolong phase two, it’s important that you start and complete the Diet Break phase to secure and maintain your weight loss and high, fat-burning metabolic rate.
What Does it Involve?
The Diet Break is approximately three weeks long. Just long enough to allow you to introduce carbs, reset your metabolism, and stabilize insulin sensitivity. Your calorie restrictions will lift from the daily 500 – 800 plan to 1500 – 2000 calorie plan.
You’re going to allow yourself one serving of an approved carbohydrate to your dinner meal. You can also look forward to the optional serving of an approved fruit at your breakfast meal too. Included in this Diet Break is the ability to introduce no more than two teaspoons of butter to each meal if you would like. Most people tend to stick to the preferred coconut oil instead.
Everything else about the diet plan remains the same. If you’ve quickly been caught up in the excitement of hearing ‘carbs’, let’s re-cap what the remaining part of your diet should look like:
- 100g protein (1 portion with all meals)
- 1 cup of approved vegetable (optional)
- 1 serving of approved fruit (optional)
Ensuring that you get the right kinds of carbs into your diet is just as important as not skipping this phase. One serving of carbs should be about 40 grams. You’ll expect that this serving size should be equal to one cup of the following:
- cooked rice
It’s also the same as having two slices of bread and one potato.
Although there is typically no weight loss during this phase, there is the possibility that you can gain weight. If this occurs, you need to implement the ‘Steak Day’ remedy where your only meal is a portion of steak at dinner. This is done for one 24 hour period followed with continuing the diet plan for phase three. This usually helps to stop any further weight gain during the Diet Break.
Please note that during this phase you don’t want to introduce any dairy products at this time. After completing the three weeks of the Diet Break, you can restart phase two to begin a new rotation of the low calorie diet to kick-start weight loss again until you’ve reached your desired weight goals. At that point, you can happily continue onto the HCG Diet Maintenance phase.