When people are talking about the hCG diet, they usually talk about phase 2. You know, the heavily calorie-restricted meal plan and the introduction of the hCG hormone to your body.

But, what most people do not know is that the hCG diet entails many more phases aside from the aforementioned phase 2.

There is phase 1 and phase 3 of the diets and oftentimes, they are overlooked. They too are very important should you try the hCG diet for yourself.

In today’s article, I will talk about phase 3 and everything you should know about it. As I’ve said, every phase of the hCG diet has its importance and I am going to go over every one of them.

Phase 3 of the hCG diet is called the “maintenance” phase. During this phase, you are now allowed to increase your calorie intake up to 1500 calories per day (which is 1000 calories more than phase 2’s requirements).

This is because phase 3 is where you will recalibrate your body to baseline levels. If you recall, phase 2 requires you to eat only 500 calories per day for a couple of weeks to lose the bulk of your weight.

In phase 3, you will slowly increase the calorie intake so that your body will get reacquainted with the normal calorie intake a person needs.

Now, what are the most important foods that you must eat during phase 3 of the hCG diet? The most important food you should eat during the maintenance phase is protein.

Protein is the building block of muscles and since phase 2 heavily restricts your calorie intake, your body may lack the protein that it needs to build muscle.

Aim to increase your protein intake to at least 80 grams per day. If you really want to hasten your muscle growth, aim to consume at least a gram of protein for every pound of lean weight.

You can also safely eat steaks now. Steaks are heavily discouraged during phase 2 of the hCG diet mainly because of the calorie content. But, since you’re going to be liberally increasing your calorie intake, you’re pretty much okay to consume steak even during lunch and dinner (in fact, some hCG dietitians recommend it).

Of course, you should also put some fruits and vegetables on your plate as well. Aim to put at least 2 portions of fruits and vegetables on your plate to ensure that your body gets a lot of nutrition during this phase.

Now, I know that you can increase your calorie intake when on phase 3 of the hCG diet but it can be very tempting.

Remember that you’ve been restricting yourself from eating a lot during phase 2 of the diet and usually, when phase 3 comes, a lot of people just regain their lost weight back.

It is important to have restraint no matter which phase of the hCG diet you’re in. If you’re nearing the end of your hCG diet journey, make sure to keep the things you’ve learned during the course of it.