The Maintenance Phase comes directly after the VLCD Phase( phase 2) and lasts for six weeks. This is when you teach your body to maintain the weight you lost during the 500 calorie phase. You should not be losing or gaining more than 2 pounds while in this phase. This phase is just a weight maintenance phase.
If you still have more weight to lose, you should do another round of the protocol after completing the maintenance phase. Knowing your BMR, or basal metabolic rate, is crucial for success on this phase. Your BMR will tell you exactly how many calories you should be consuming while on phase 3 of the HCG diet. You can find a BMR calculator by looking online. For example, http://www.calculator.net/bmr-calculator.html.
You can also find a list of foods and guidelines you’ll need for the maintenance phase here.
The goal of Phase 3 of the HCG diet protocol is to reset your metabolism so it is much faster than before. To ensure long-term results, this phase is very important. Throughout the maintenance phase you should stay within 2 pounds of the weight you are when you begin this phase.
It is important to monitor your weight every day preferably at the same time and adjust as needed. You will experience weight fluctuations during this phase while your metabolism is being set. If you do experience more than a 2 pound HCG diet weight gain after starting phase 3 you should do what we call, a steak day.
The very day you see the 2 pound gain you just skip breakfast and lunch and eat only a large steak or other lean protein with an apple or raw tomato, and nothing else. Drinking water during this day is very important. If you do all of this, the weight should be gone when you weigh-in the next morning.
You should also be sure that you don’t drop more than 2 pounds while on the maintenance phase, this is a sign that you are not stabilizing and raises the risk of gaining back the weight you’ve lost throughout the diet.