Why Am I Gaining Weight in P3? 5 Reasons You May Be Having Trouble
First of all, let me say that having your weight fluctuate at the start of Phase 3 is normal. There’s a 2 lb window for stabilization for a reason. But there will also be times when you have to be reasonable with yourself and realize that stabilizing within that window is just not for you.
There are a few things that will have a bearing on stabilizing:
- Are you trying to stabilize the correct LDW weight?
- Did you eat fruits and or melba/grissini on P2?
- How exercise can affect Phase 3
- Fats on P3
- Adding calories full throttle or easing into it?
We will get to each of these points in coming weeks here, but to start……
Are You Trying to Stabilize the Correct Weight?
This is a common mistake so let’s be sure about this.
Your weight on the scale the first day of Phase 3 is NOT the weight you are attempting to stabilize.
Your LDW (or LIW) – which stands for Last Day Weight or Last Injection Weight, is your weight on the scale the morning OF your last dose of hCG. This is the weight you will be attempting to stay within 2 lbs of. And remember there ARE actually times when you need to actually just ignore this 2 lb rule altogether.
After that last dose of hCG, you will have 72 more hours of the 500 VLCD diet though. Most people lose more weight during this time, so that by the time they are starting P3, they are actually under their LDW by 1-3lbs. This weight is almost always regained right away, and that is normal.
So say it’s the day of your last injection and you weigh 150 lbs that morning. That’s the new weight you will be trying to stabilize around. During the next 72 hours of very low calorie diet though, as the hCG is leaving your system, you likely will lose more weight and end up at say, 148lbs, by day 1 of Phase 3. During the first couple days of Phase 3, your weight might shoot back up to 150 lbs or 151 lbs right away, even if you feel you are doing everything right – that is normal. The fear is that your weight will continue just shooting up like that till your back where you’re started, but that’s really not what happens.
While you MAY find it easy to stabilize under your LDW, this is not the norm, so I guess my advice here is not to focus on trying to do that. If it happens naturally, great, but you can find yourself in a difficult battle with a ton of steak days and discouragement if you mistakenly think that you must stabilize the weight you were on the first day of P3, when just a couple pounds higher it could have been super easy to stabilize and maintain.
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