This is Daniel Riedel, owner of Life Prime dba Body Solutions Rx writing about PHASE 3 of the HCG Diet.
I wrote the following email to a client who wanted some specific advice on WHAT TO DO after the last day of the PRIME Diet Phase 2 – based on the HCG Diet created and published long ago by Dr. Simeons.
Most people know HOW to do the diet, with PHASE 2 being the core of the program – it utilizes a low calorie diet plan of specific foods to elicit major correction in the body and how it processes and stores body fat. The program either uses (in the past, but most doctors don’t offer it anymore), injectable HCG, OR, OTC products that mimic the same response such as certain drop and sprays, such as out PRIME Appetite formula.
WHAT had eluded people, and is the cause of weight gain AFTER this portion of the program, is HOW to conduct themselves AFTER the program – or, PHASE 3.
Phase 3 had been basic in nature, but as originally written, allowed people to return to old behaviors thinking the diet changed everything and they would not gain weight back. But, this is faulty, and has never completely been explained to clients – clients who SHOULD be able to keep weight off AND even lose more because of the changes in their own chemistry through the correction the diet itself causes.
EMAIL AS WRITTEN:
Good morning CLIENT,
I hope you are doing well. I wanted to give you some more specific, personalized ideas for Phase 3 of the diet. I know this is long, but it’s all important information you need to know.
I know you’ve been a client for a long time. Phase 3 has always been this elusive, but fairly basic takeoff from the diet.
Generally, it’s important to know stats, when giving a client a more personalized PHASE 3 diet plan: your age, height, weight before the diet, weight after, pounds lost, and your weight loss goal. And, it’s helpful to know what regular foods you eat because they play a significant role in HOW your body will respond after the diet.
** Phase 3 is simple in theory: After your last spray/drops and your last day of the diet, you go off the product but eat the same foods on the diet list for the next few days, generally increasing consumption little by little.
** After a few days, the OLD Simeons Protocol said most people could resume eating what they wanted and not gain weight. But, this is faulty, and I never agreed with it when old staff directed clients to do it.
Why? The diet is really corrective; it cleanses the intestines and liver, regulates the pancreas and insulin production, and its ALKALINE nature shifts your blood chemistry from ACIDIC to more neutral, WHICH IS WHAT YOU WANT TO MAINTAIN.
Note: Human blood is supposed to be slightly alkaline, about 7.3 on the pH scale. MOST people, especially those who have gained a lot of fatty tissue over the years, have created a chemistry that is more acidic … 7.0 – 6.0 in general. An ACIDIC chemistry enables all these bad things to happen to the body:
– fat is acidic, and more fat is stored to HELP regulate the pH of the blood. Change the blood’s chemistry to more alkaline, and fat cells begin to give us their stored, acidic, fat.
– an acidic chemistry bogs down the liver, causing it to focus more on trying to deal with toxins than process fat properly… hence, fat cells work harder to store all this toxic mess away from the liver, blood, and organs… and we GAIN fat.
– an acidic chemistry is a TOXIC chemistry, they go hand in hand. A toxic chemistry leads to increased organ and cellular function over time… this leads to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and neurological and mental decline.
SO… you see how the diet CORRECTS this, and why doing the diet can be so hard on some people. The diet is VERY detoxifying. When we detoxify the body as we shift our chemistry from acidic to more alkaline by the nature of the foods on the diet, fat cells give up their toxic fat which is 1.) use for fuel, and 2.) dumps its toxins into the blood stream to be eliminated through the GI tract and kidneys. WHEN the fat being given up dumps all this toxic mess into the blood for elimination, we experience all the symptoms the body had been trying to save us from:
– flu like symptoms; fatigue; muscle exhaustion; GI upset; headaches; cravings and excessive appetite;
When clients experience these symptoms on the diet, it’s not because the diet OR product are faulty, it’s because we have to give up the toxins in the process.
SO… PHASE 3:
Now that a client has done the diet, and eliminated a degree of fat (and toxin) for 1 or 2 months, the next steps are important.
Note: If you get back into eating the same old foods you did before, and to soon after the diet take up going out to eat, consuming alcohol, getting into too many high GLYCEMIC foods (sugars, starches, things that convert to sugars), and bad fats, you RISK pushing your body BACK INTO it’s old way of doing things – storing toxins away in fat in order to keep your body healthy.
When the diet is OVER, your body had learned a new behavior, that’s the correction that goes on. HOWEVER, this is a delicate state, and the body can easily default to it’s OLD BEHAVIOR very easily if you do what I indicated in the previous paragraph on PHSE 3.
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO:
After the 3 days of wind-down when you do your last spray/drops, and when you have been eating the same foods, you SHOULD do the following:
1.) limit your starch/carbohydrate intake – I suggest following a similar strategy as the diet, where you get some simple AND complex carbs from a couple servings of fruit (simple sugars), and starches (preferably gluten free things like breads, rice crackers, brown rice, sweet potato, Quinoi, oatmeal). Your brain functions from the breakdown of carbohydrate into GLYCOGEN, and so you NEED carbohydrate for brain AND muscle function.
2.) eat 2-3 servings of protein a day, together with a variety of vegetables, and limit the carbohydrate in these meals – maybe a 1/2 to 1/4 cup of something from the carbohydrate list above.) If you can think of your lunch and dinners on the diet, consist of vegetable and protein, that’s a good rule to follow, but you can increase your options.
YOU WANT TO EAT SIMILAR FOODS AS THOSE ON THE DIET WELL AFTER THE DIET IS OVER TO “LOCK IN” THE NEW HABIT YOUR BODY HAS LEARNED NOW THAT IT’S MORE ALKALINE AND PROCESSING PROPERLY.
Here’s where it gets annoying:
– People don’t know HOW MUCH to eat.
Unless we are creating a unique plan for you, you have to do a lot of guess work. And the wrong guess work, and wrong foods, will – over time – push the body back into being acidic and defaulting to its old behavior.
Most people just want to get on with their lives after the diet, and rightly so – AND DO IT ON THEIR OWN… diet programs and personal diet plans from any center are not cheap.
SO, here’s some advice (Again, do steps 1 and 2 above for your foods, 4 meals a day – one is a snack that should be protein based, like a protein drink).
A.) At the beginning of this email to you I asked for: your age, height, weight before the diet, weight after, pounds lost, and your weight loss goal.
These numbers can help you determine what your needs will be – your daily nutrition needs.
You SHOULD know what your BMR is if you want to plan out your daily eating and stay within a proper caloric range. Too many calories, and to little expenditure, means fat storage too. You want to know your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate – the calories your body needs each day at rest).
There are some good FREE online calculators to help you do this, and here’s a web page with one you can plug your figures into: https://goodcalculators.com/tdee-bmr-calculator/
(Note: on the calculator leave the Unit System as Imperial, Equation as Miffin St, and do your best to figure your Activity Level.
ALSO – this is important – in the WEIGHT (lbs) field, don’t use your current weight, which includes any excess fat you are holding, but put in the WEIGHT your “should” be at, realistically – this should be a realistic lean weight = your body minus the fat you don’t need)
When you push the CALCULATE button, you’ll see 2 figures at the bottom.. you only need the BMR number.
This is the daily calories you need, and SHOULD NOT go over.
So… 1.) you know your daily calorie needs, 2.) you know the foods you SHOULD be getting into, 3.) … you can now do some basic daily food tracking to keep you in the caloric range for your body.
Like I said, this is where it can get annoying, BUT, it’s actually quite easy to.
WHAT DO I DO ON PHASE 3?
I’m getting older too, and I can get into trouble if I’m not paying attention.
With a little effort, I plan out 90% of my meals for the week. Sundays, I pre prepare meals for lunch and snacks, I keep my breakfasts the same so I can run out the door without thinking about it, and I while for the most part my dinners are predictable (and I don’t eat after 5 pm), I save dinners for the time I can spend cooking, listening to music, and having something different.
But generally: I extend my overnight fast by eating breakfast later in the morning, and usually fruit and eggs. This is one reason WHY on the diet your first meal isn’t until later in the morning too by the way. For lunch I know I’m going to be hungry and have a lot of work ahead of me, so I eat some good vegetables, maybe rice crackers or toast with real butter, and a good portion of protein like salmon, swai (easy to cook), or four eggs with the yolks, or roasted chicken. For my afternoon snack I always eat the same thing so I don’t have to over think it.. like an apple and some Nut Thins gluten free crackers ( I like cheddar), and maybe a Chobani greek yogurt an hour after that for extra protein and probiotics.
On PHASE 3, when I get home, I eat my dinner, usually salad with a protein choice on top, like ground turkey and taco seasoning, or beef once in a while, or chicken… about 8 ounces.
I don’t eat carbs for dinner, you want to burn out your carbs before bed so your body 1.) doesn’t store extra carbohydrate as fat and 2.) when you’re not storing or burning excess carbohydrate at night because you could NOT keep it off your dinner plate, or you have an affinity for dessert, or night time snacking, your body will BURN FAT while you sleep. Imagine that.
If you absolutely, positively NEED that slice of chocolate cake or something like that, have it in the morning with your tea or coffee, that way, you have a better chance of burning it off during the day and you’re not storing it at night. But this statement is not permission to do it! 🙂
I HOPE this make sense to you. Figure our your BMR (of send me your stats and I can do it), figure out what FOOD you want to eat, and plan your day, for the most part.
After a short period of time, you will be able to go out for that high calorie, fattening, delicious meal you’ve been craving and YOUR BODY WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT. However, I warn you, after your body becomes so clean, when you eat some of the naughty foods you THINK you want, you may find you no longer want them, and if you do eat them, they make you feel awful.
Lat note: If you need a way to figure out your best options for ALKALINE foods, you can GOOLE “Acid Alkaline Chart” online. You will see MANY charts come up. Blow one up and look at it. The range will be from highly alkaline on the left to highly acidic on the right. TAKE NOTE of the acidic foods on the charts… you will what that they are all easily consumed and what most people eat. Many of the acidic foods we need, like carbs, proteins and fat.
It’s the foods on the other side of the charts – the ALKALINE foods – you need to now eat more of, in order to BALANCE OUT the acidic meats and fat and carbs your body also needs.
Think of your dinner plate: it should NOW 1/2 loaded with dark, colorful vegetables; 90% of the other 1/2 should be your protein, and the small pice left and be a dollop of potato or rice, etc,… you should get the idea. Lunch and dinner should look like this… dinner, preferably the vegetable and protein.
AS you can see, PHASE 3 is time to learn and continue the process of eliminating unwanted fat, and improve your body.
Yours in health,
Daniel Riedel, Life Prime / Body Solutions Rx