Melissa is nearing the end of the low-calorie phase of the HCG 2.0 diet and she had some questions regarding her maintenance phase (P3) of her HCG diet, specifically relating to the amount of carbs that are allowed. In her question, posted to our Facebook Page, she references the 40/40/20. What that refers to is the breakdown of calories in the maintenance phase. Keep in mind the despite the fact that I use the word “phase” following maintenance, it’s not a phase in the literal sense of the word, but rather a permanent lifestyle that should be… maintained. This means that your diet should be made up of 40% protein, 40% fats (1:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6) and 20% carbs. The total amount of calories you’re allowed to consume on HCG 2.0 diet maintenance (P3 or Phase 3) is 125% of our BMR, which will be determined by using the BMR calculator on the home page at www.insideoutwellness.net.
I think what Melissa is really asking is how does she convert calories to grams of net carbs. There are a couple of instances in the book mentioning calorie to carb conversion, but I probably would have better served my readers had I included the chart below, which indicates the number of calories in a single gram of the following…1 gram of Carbohydrates = 4 calories1 gram of Protein = 4 calories1 gram of Fat = 9 calories1 gram of Alcohol = 7 calories
Using this chart, Melissa can take her allowable carb calories and divide by 4, the sum of which is her daily net carbs. So let’s say Melissa determines her BMR to be 1500 calories. We’ll multiply that by 1.25 giving us 1875 calories per day during the maintenance phase of the HCG 2.0 diet. Twenty percent of 1875 is 375, which is determined by multiplying 1875 by 0.2. Finally, we’ll take the 375 calories and divide by 4 to get a net carb amount of roughly 93 grams per day.
This may seem a bit complex, but it’s something you only have to calculate once. In addition, there are several smart phone apps that do a lot of these calculations for you. You can click the Free HCG Diet Tools tab above for links. Finally, keep in mind that this certainly doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat that many carbs. You may not want or feel the need to go back to eating that many following the HCG 2.0 diet and the is perfectly okay.
Melissa’s other question is if so many people had success on Dr. Simeons traditional HCG diet, why is it flawed? This will be my blog topic tomorrow. I wouldn’t say the traditional HCG diet is flawed, it just doesn’t have to be as difficult as it is. There’s a smarter way to lose. I’ll post to the HCG 2.0 Facebook Page as well. Hope this answered your question Melissa.
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