The 3-Half-1 Diet for P3 HCG Maintenance
3:1 ration of Protein to Carbs + Fat.
If you’ve completed the HCG diet plan with success, the last thing you want to do is waste all of your hard work and perseverance by immediately resorting to old eating habits. The first 3 weeks following the low calorie phase of your HCG diet plan are critical to maintaining your weight loss. What you need to understand is that your body is not accustomed to it’s new weight as it is likely that it’s been a considerable amount of time since you’ve at your new weight. As a result, your body will be determined to restore its fat reserves and return to your old weight. This can be prevented by implementing a high protein, adequate fat and low carb diet for the first 3 weeks following your low calorie phase.
To remedy this, I’ve developed what I’ve been calling the 3-Half-1 HCG maintenance diet and my patients have had a tremendous amount of success with it. Not only are they not gaining any weight back, but they’ve continued to lose up 2-3 pounds per week. See below for details.
Summary of 3-Half-1 Maintenance diet..
3 = Two protein shakes with ideally 20+ grams of protein and less than a combined 10 grams of carbs + fats. Look for a ratio of greater than 2:1. See the food label to the right.
Half = The means a half lunch which would consist of your identical HCG low calorie phase lunch.
1 = A full (LOW CARB) dinner. Carbs are not your friend in the first 3 weeks following your low cal phase.
What is the 3-Half-1 maintenance diet? The 3-Half-1 diet consists of 3 PXR Protein Shakes (or similar subsitute), ½ lunch or HCG menu lunch consisting of 4-6 oz protein, salad/vegetable and a fruit, and a full, low carb dinner. According to Dr. Simeon’s manuscript, moderate to high protein combined with zero to low carbs is the key to maintaining your HCG weight loss. This diet is recommended for the first 3 weeks of maintenance of the HCG diet plan.
Following the first 3 weeks of maintenance, unless you plan on doing an additional round of HCG through InsideOut Wellness, there is no more “dieting.” The word “diet” has mistakenly assumed a short term connotation, when in fact, your “diet” is your lifestyle. On a typical day, your “diet” should amount to 100% to 125% of your BMR, consisting of 40% protein, 40% fats (with a 1:1 ratio of Omega 3s to Omega 6s) and 20% carbs (with half coming from fruit).
Written by Dr. Zach LaBoube
For more details about the important maintenance phase of the HCG diet plan, review your InsideOut Wellness and HCG Weight Loss Patient Education Guide. For free HCG diet recipes, check out blog for weekly updates.
To learn about other options for your protein source, view Dr. Zach’s blog Whey Protein; A Late Addition to the HCG Diet.
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