Posted by Leanne Mennemeier on October 06, 2017
After completing the low-calorie phase of the diet (yay!), you move on to maintenance. For the first three weeks, you are encouraged to only eat natural, healthy, whole food such as meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables, and fresh fruit (be careful with the very sweet fruit like pineapple, watermelon, bananas, etc.). You may even have some dairy like skim milk, cottage cheese, sugar free yogurt, but starches and processed sugars are not allowed! You should weigh every day and on the very day that your weight is more than 2 lbs. above your “last hcg weight”, perform a steak day*. These three weeks (no sugar/no starch weeks) are followed by three weeks of relatively the same except you may s-l-o-w-l-y add sugars and starches back into your diet. Continue to weigh every day and do a steak day if necessary, and it’s on to the rest of your life!
(*Steak Day – Drink plenty of water, coffee, and/or tea but eat nothing until your evening meal. Then, for dinner, eat a huge steak (8-14 ounces) along with either a raw tomato or a raw apple. This should knock your weight back down 2-5 lbs.)
Most people do fine maintaining if they follow these rules consistently, but there are some people who, although they do everything right both during the low calorie and maintenance phases, continue to struggle to maintain their weight loss. These people are finding the tips below to be the illusive pieces of the maintenance puzzle that help them find control to maintaining their weight loss.
If you are one of those “strugglers” after losing a considerable amount of weight on the HCG Protocol, try not to be discouraged. Remind yourself that it’s a lot more fun and comfortable to struggle in your new size 10 than to hopelessly struggle in your old size 14 or 20!