The HCG diet can be followed for a 60 day period, although if you find that you reach your desired weight loss goal before the 60 days are up, you can stop the diet, continue with the low calorie diet for 48 hours, and then start the maintenance period. If your desired weight loss goal is achieved before 23 days, you should continue with the HCG drops, but add some extra servings of protein, vegetables or fruit to your diet so that you are consuming between 800 and 1000 calories per day.
The HCG diet is very strict and you must be careful to follow the instructions to the letter for maximum diet success and optimal weight loss results. The first cycle of the HCG diet involves taking the HCG drops for a minimum of 2 days—this includes 2 days of maintenance and 21 days of a low calorie diet. Taking the HCG drops for this amount of time will give your hypothalamus gland time to adjust.
What can I expect once I reach the end of the HCG diet?
Post HCG diet, continue monitoring your weight closely to ensure you neither gain weight, not lose any more weight. It is recommended that you follow a 6 week maintenance phase at the end of the HCG diet cycle to complete the adjustment of the hypothalamus gland.
During the first half of the maintenance period you will be allowed a higher calorie intake and a more varied selection of food, but you will still have to avoid starches, sugars and processed food. Weigh yourself each day to make sure you are staying with 2Ibs of your recorded weight at the end of the HCG diet. During the second half of the maintenance period you can slowly begin to eat sugars, starches and whole grains into your diet, although add new ingredients carefully and monitor your weight closely to ensure you do not gain any extra pounds.
For each cycle of the HCG diet you follow, the maintenance periods will lengthen. Between a second and third cycle of the HCG diet, the maintenance period extends from 6 weeks to 8 weeks. If you wish to continue, there is a 12 week maintenance period between the third and fourth period of the HCG diet; a 20 week maintenance period between the fourth and fifth round; and a 6 month maintenance period between the fifth and sixth round of the HCG diet.