The last phase of your HCG diet is the maintenance phase. This is when you are free to do and eat anything. However, you still have to be careful about your food choices. This is because you are not allowed to go back to your old eating routine after your HCG diet. Phase 4 is when your flexibility is enhanced because you can make choices by yourself. Maintain your weight loss as you reach your objectives.
- Foods and recipes
You can make your own recipe during your maintenance phase. However, you have to be careful with the food items that cause you to gain weight. Do not load on to unhealthy foods and do not prolong your indulgences. Sugar and carbs recipes must be introduced to your body slowly and in minimal amount. You also have to maintain your portion control in every meal setting. This is to help your body in adjusting from your VLCD and weight stabilization. Remember that P4 is a lifetime phase.
- Consider Planning and preparing your meal
As much as possible continues to eat in your home. Do not eat outside because you might load on too much. Plan your meals ahead of time to void improper loading. Choose organic products as a reference in meal preparation for your P4 or the HCG diet. Study each food choices and determine whether it causes weight gain or weight maintenance.
- Your activity level base on your age
Your energy level decreases as you age. Lower your activity level if you are beyond 40 years old. This will help you in maintaining the rate of your metabolism even after your HCG diet. You can increase your time of exercise during your Phase 4. However, do not overdo extreme exercises because it will cause stress and weariness. Maintain your energy level during your maintenance phase.
- Eat right
Control your indulgences with sugar, fats, or carbohydrate-dense foods. Do not do phase 4 as if you were doing the loading phase. Consider eating the right kind of foods. P4 is allowing you to eat fatty food that is why you have to choose healthy fat choices. Integrate slowly towards food choices such as banana, milk, rice, butter, beans, and yogurt. You also have to slowly introduce papaya, kiwi, watermelon, and avocado on your meal.
Consider the control of your intake of calories during this phase. Stay hydrated so that you will avoid weight gain or retention. Water is important to replace the fluids that are discharged during your exercise. It will also burn and push out extra calories from the foods that you have been eating.