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What Is the Purpose of Phase 3?
We will go into lots of detail in other blogposts on HOW to do Phase 3. In fact, you can check out the Do-Able Way to Do Phase 3 for more on that. However, this 3 part series is dedicated to
“What’s the Point of P3?”
so we can understand why it’s important to take seriously and make choices and decisions with insight.
For sanity’s sake remember:
Don’t let whatever troubles or challenges you end up facing in P3 scare you into thinking this is how your body will be forever.
The reason P3 is part of the protocol is because this stabilization period is inherently volatile. It’s not what happens in regular life, which is why you have to live by different rules for a few weeks till your body is “back to normal.”
With Phase 3 it seems there’s basically 3 different factors that are being addressed.
- Weight Stabilization:
Stabilizing your new weight so it stays in about the same place with relative ease.
- Digestive System Adjustment:
Gradually readjusting your digestive system to eating both larger amounts of foods and more fats
- Discover Possible Food Sensitivities:
Discovering if you have any food sensitivities that could be causing inflammation and make weight maintanence difficult
#1 Stabilizing your New Weight so it Stays in About the Same Place with Relative Ease
When you lose a lot of weight very fast- say 25-30 lbs in just 6 weeks- your weight is VERY volatile when you first get into p3. It’s going to naturally want to go back to where it was AT FIRST. This is normal, expect it.
Sometimes you will find your weight stabilizes out very quickly and you don’t have any hairy scary situations with your weight freaking out, but that’s not always the case, so it’s good to be prepared for what might be, and then be pleasantly surprised if it ends up being easier than you thought.
How Hormones Are Involved
In Robin Woodall’s book Weight Loss Apocalypse she discusses how important keeping your hormones in a level state are to getting your weight stable.
She says on page 143, “The *third* phase is the vital step requiring consistent hormonal balance, which allows for the entire endocrine system to recalibrate a new equilibrium or “set-point”. Because a significant amount of body fat was lost during the *second* phase, the brain and other organs must readjust their coordinating system to match having fewer fat hormones……Without proper hormonal stabilization during the *third* phase, the body might react by inducing a return in fat.”
This is why it’s so important to keep starches and sugars out of the picture because these types of foods can have a very profound and fast acting impact on hormone levels which while your body is in an, let’s call it, “unsteady” state, can lead to rapid fat gain, more so than normal, say in Phase 4.
How Sugar and Carbs Affect Hormones
Here’s a couple articles related to how carbs and sugar affect hormones, which is even MORE true while in P3:
It’s not that you should never eat carbs or that you should always eat low carb – it’s that during P3, these types foods will have an especially strong effect on your system until you’re body has adjusted to it’s new weight.
The Endocrine System and Weight
It’s probably been AWHILE since most of us were learning our sciences, so I found a couple pretty interesting videos explaining how the endocrine system works:
The hypothalamus and homeostasis – the video mention among other things, the hypothalamus is kind of like the ultimate control for homeostasis.
The Endocrine System
Have you ever been at a weight where you feel like even if you maybe cheated a little or ate more than you probably should have, your weight still stay about the same, or perhaps it went up but all it took was a day of clean eating to put it right back where it was? My weight is like there where I’m at 124-125.
Pretty much for the last 5 months, my weight has been somewhere between 124-125 and if it went above, it was only for like a day from either water retention, overeating, or muscle soreness. This is not where you will be at the start of P3 but it is P3 that will get you TO this point.
The First Week of Phase 3
Especially this first week can be scary folks!
Your weight might easily go up and down 2lbs overnight from small indiscretions. That is why Dr. Simeons made the guidelines he did requiring that you abstain from starches and sugars for a period of time so that your weight could get used to being in this new place and get comfy there.
What Happens As P3 Continues
The scary part is worrying if it’s going to always be that changeable. It won’t. Believe me, as p3 progresses, as long as you are following the guidelines, your weight will get more and more stable with time. Eventually it will stay around the same weight quite well (barring occasional temporary gains from too much sodium one day or ovulation/period).
Carbs CAN Be In Your Future Again
That is why you can eventually eat carbs and sugars again (in moderation). You really can. I eat organic corn tamales all the time now, loaded baked potatoes, lots of fruit, refried beans, etc,- and my weight stays the same- I fluctuate consistently between 124-125 lbs. But if I were to eat any of those things in phase 3, watch out! The scale would do a number on me.
So you really will find that as time goes on, most will not be trapped into eating low carb forever.
Your New Normal
But it’s a process of gradual introduction of these higher carb foods, once you have spent some time having your weight get stable where it’s at first. But few will find that they have complete free reign when it comes to carbs either.
I think most will find one or more of the following to be true:
- You can gradually start eating carbs, but you will find that you can’t have them everyday- you may find your body stays in balance best when you say, have tamales one day, but the next day or two eat more clean/low carb.
- You may find there are certain food groups, whether higher carb or not, that your body is just sensitive to and you may find that your weight just stays stable more easily without them entirely for the long term.
You might like that’s unfair, but the truth is there are 2 factors going against most of us:
- few of us are as active as we were probably meant to be, and
- the toxins in our food and environment are also something our bodies weren’t meant to cope with and our body can use storing fat as a way to shield our bodies from those toxins we’re ingesting.
To me this means that we may not be as “free” to eat as we might have been without these 2 factors.
Take What Control You Can
You can have a some control over both these factors- I know without a doubt that I wouldn’t be able to eat as freely as I feel I do without my consistent crossfitting, and we can control to some extent what’s going in our bodies by avoiding GMO’s, choosing organic etc. – however, that can be expensive and you may not always be able to afford doing that 100%.
But really, any changes you make is better than no change.
I hope this helps! Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 discussing the other 2 purposes of Phase 3.
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Sherry Kivin says
Wow, This works for my BRAIN! I have done several rounds of HCG over the past 3-4 years.. Each time I followed everything to the letter, got to P3 and said I’m ready to eat! Yay! Uhhmmm…not! Seeing now that’ it is NOT just about losing the weight and fitting back into those cute jeans but its about staying in them! FINALLY I understand and I see the LIGHT!
Thank you [email protected] this was the best info! Even for us old broads!
Hi, I hope you can help me. I am about to start the program but I dont understand the table of phase 3, more specificly, i dont know what the numbers mean.
Which numbers/table are you referring to?
Li-an, Rayzel’s assistant
Hi, I am new to this and have a few questions. I hope you can help…. I have been in phase 3 for about ywo months now. My ending weight from the vlc was 126, I eventually stayed around 127-128 for a few weeks, as I really got back to my workout schedule my weight went up another pound and a half (muscle) and now I have been around 129-131. Let me tell you that I have not cheated once!!!!! I had about 10 lbs to lose at the start of this, and although I am eating clean, I am worried that Im gonna keep gaining. I am only 5 lbs from where I started and not even eating carbs or sugar, another fun fact is that it seems I have gained yet again, because of ovulation so I have been at 132 for the last two days. (I know your body gains during this and tom) but, I feel like Im gonna lose my mind…. any suggestions?? How do I stay at 129, without doing a correction day every two days!!!
I really enjoy your videos, the information and support you provided. I recently discovered some valuable information and wanted to share… Eating for Your Blood Type. I am reading this book that discusses your blood type and how different foods effect our body ~ weight gain vs. loss. Tons of valuable information, it’s worth reading. I am about to start Phase 3 and plan on using the information in this book to help reach my goal. Thanks for all you do!
Joseph Dickerson says
Phase 3 is actually the most important part of the diet, if you do not get it right, you will pack on the pounds, I gleefully ignored Phase 3 during my second round of HCG, went on a trip overseas, enjoyed exotic foods, gained back the weight I lost during Phase 2, and had to wind up doing a third round, its very important to do phase 3 because it allows your weight to stabilize and not to react to occasional excess, which happens in real life, vacations, holidays, social events. If you fail Phase 3, its a guarantee the weight will return with a vengeance.
I love you, Chica!
I have watched almost all of your videos, but recently concentrated on the ones concerning P3, especially the purpose of P3. I have done several rounds in the past but always end up regaining a large portion of my loss. You made it so clear to me that stabilization is the key to P3. So, this time I was very slow and conscious of any new food introduced in P3 and was ultra conservative about it. I found that I never needed a steak day, my weight was always within the 2 lb range. I have just successfully stabilized in my P3 round and am moving into P4. I intend to do the same in P4, introduce gradually, only one or two new food items at a time so that I can gauge the effects they have on my body. I feel so much more in control this time. The previous rounds, when I was done with P3 I was just kind of turned loose with no real plan or direction. I didn’t think about the slow re-introduction of foods. So I ate what looked good and the scale would climb and I would have no idea what the true cause was because I wasn’t journaling and introducing with purpose! This time will be different, I am so stoked!
Thank you, Chica, for making sense of the protocol and helping us to wrap our brains around it so we can own our health.
I am with you to the end<3
Start 170 lbs
End 142 lbs
Hey @disqus_SF1axHHcdw:disqus! How wonderful to hear you are doing so well with Phase 3 now. Thanks so much for sharing – I was curious would you by any chance be interested in letting me interview you about your Phase 3 experiences – I think we need more info about what doesn’t work and what does work for others- you’ve probably seen some of my hCG interviews- would you be interested? I want to start having some interviews focused more on P3 successes. Let me know what you think! You can email me about it at [email protected] if you’d be open to it- I think it would be very helpful to others. I can tell you more by private email how I do them.
Brenda Smith Wrigley says
Excited for some P4. Then back to to P1, I need patience.