What is a planned interruption and how can I have planned interruption success while on the hcg diet? Are you going on a vacation or business trip? Do you have a weekend of weddings or holiday parties coming up? A planned interruption may be just what you need.
Here’s how Dr. Simeons explains it in the section of Pounds and Inches manuscript entitled “Unforeseen Interruptions of Treatment“:
If an interruption of treatment lasting more than four days is necessary, the patient must increase his diet to at least 800 Calories by adding meat, eggs, cheese, and milk to his diet after the third day, as otherwise he will find himself so hungry and weak that he is unable to go about his usual occupation. If the interval lasts less than two weeks the patient can directly resume injections and the 500-Calorie diet, but if the interruption lasts longer he must again eat normally until he has had his third injection.
An Hcg Planned Interruption should be for a minimum of 4 days. You should stop taking your hcg 72 hours (if you are using homeopathic Hcg, like drops or patches, you should stop 48 hours before) and then eat Phase 3 (P3) during the interruption time. This means you should eat lots of protein, fat and non-starchy vegetables with no sugar and no starch.
During my rounds of the Hcg Diet, I have done several successful Hcg planned interruptions. A few weeks ago I attended a conference in Las Vegas and utilized a planned interruption. I stopped wearing my Hcg Patches 48 hours before I left, while continuing sticking to the VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet or Phase 2). After the 48 hours (the day I left) I started eating like I was in Phase 3. This meant I upped my calorie intake, had no sugars or starches and focused my eating on protein, healthy fats and non-starchy vegetables.
I continued on my planned interruption for the 5 days of my trip, although you can do an Hcg planned interruption for up to 2 weeks. Once your Hcg planned interruption is over, you should immediately resume the VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet or Phase 2). You should not do Phase 1 (Loading phase) again, you should immediately start taking your hcg drops, put on a new hcg patch, or injections, and start right back into your 500 calorie, VLCD eating for the remainder of your round.
It is also important to note that you should not take a planned interruption until you have had at least 20 effective treatment days following the hcg diet protocol. You may find this is not possible and that is ok too. Just follow the same steps for a planned interruption and understand that you may gain a little more. Your weight loss should resume and the gained weight should come back off as soon as you return from your hcg planned interruption.
As a final note, it’s important to understand that an hcg planned interruption still requires you to be vigilant of your eating habits. An hcg planned interruption should not be used as an excuse to eat anything and everything you want. If you feel you will be in a situation where even following Phase 3 eating would be too demanding, then it is best if you just hold off on starting your round until after the event or trip.
I know that if you follow these tips above, you will be able to have Hcg planned interruption success!