This will be a 3 part series- before we get into the nitty gritty in parts 2 and 3 (links at the end of the article to these posts), let’s break down the most basic information for the technically required breaks between rounds on the hCG Diet.
Per Dr. Simeons, Phase 3 is always 3 weeks long.
Time to wait between rounds of hCG:
Round 1 and Round 2: 6 weeks total
Round 2 and Round 3: 8 weeks total
Round 3 and Round 4: 10 weeks total
Round 4 and Round 5: 12 weeks total
As you can see there is 2 weeks added to each successive round.
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What do you do during the remaining weeks left after you complete the 3 weeks of P3?
Typically you enter P4, where you can start gradually adding healthy starches/sugars and see which ones your body likes and which ones make you gain, or others choose to live in a perpetual modified P3. I will discuss in another post why P3 might end up being longer than 3 weeks at times in the future. But for now, these are the basic rules.
But you know there is always more to it than the basic rules right?
Questions We Might Ask Ourselves
Often once we discover this protocol and how quick it can be for weight loss, an inner desire to get to our goal weight as fast as humanely possible starts brewing.
This seems natural- who wants to delay achieving the ultimate goal when the path to getting there seems perfectly clear right?
The original diet as Dr. Simeons wrote it called for taking designated breaks of a certain amount of weeks that increased successively with each round you Do. Why did he have it this way? His reasoning was he found some people seemed to develop an immunity to the hormone and this prevented or cured it. To be honest, I haven’t really seen immunity actually happen.
However there ARE reasons that taking these breaks into consideration seriously has merit.
The majority of us follow many aspects of the original diet, but have chosen to try minor changes here and there based on our personal feelings. I’m not against this because I have done this myself and, when the changes are made strategically, can work out well – it has for me.
These are the questions I wanted to answer in relation to that.
Are there times when it would:
1. work well to do the Protocol for a longer period of time without stopping OR
to take shorter than usual breaks between rounds?
2. be advantageous to take longer than normal breaks from the hCG Diet?
These questions are answered in the following posts:
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