If I only had a nickle for every time I’ve come across this question!: “I’ve been maintaining okay for X weeks/months, but I just weighed myself and I’ve gained 3 lbs! I haven’t done anything different! I’m scared I’m going to gain all the weight back! What’s going on?”
First and foremost, RELAX!
Second, (brace yourself): I don’t know. In fact, no matter how many nickles you throw at them, no nutritionist, dietician, or doctor would claim to know what’s going on. They could guess, perhaps, and offer suggestions for more (or less) protein to fat ratio, more (or less) frequent meals, drinking more water, cutting out snacks, etc. – but those are all (you guessed it) – guesses.
Unfortunately, there are no “one-size-fits-all” answers to maintaining one’s weight, especially if you’ve been maintaining your weight for an extended time. It’s impossible to troubleshoot a gain like this.
Any diet or maintenance regimen you follow should always be based upon REAL food, not shakes, mixes, or meal replacement concoctions.
I’ve never seen one approach for weight maintenance that works for everyone; so many other factors come into play: stress, biology, exercise, age, gender, sleep, etc. …in general, LIFE. I’ve found a sensible approach to weight in Gary Taubes’ book Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It, David Kessler’s The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, and Michael Pollan’s Food Rules and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.
What I know is that you can use these spikes in weight as a cue to reflect on your lifestyle, choices, state of mind, etc. For example, you may find that you haven’t been as thirsty, so your water intake has decreased (preventing you from flushing out extra waste), or you’ve been unusually busy/stressed, etc. Other than that, understand that precious few people maintain the exact weight every day.
So, What To Do About Post-Diet Weight Gain?
Perhaps weigh yourself every week, to avoid undue stress over a completely normal fluctuation. If you see an upward trend, then you can make an informed choice.
Chances are, eating the good food you’ve grown accustomed to during the weight loss phase (Phase 2 and Phase 3A and 3B) of the HCG Diet, along with staying hydrated will take care of things.
Also, give those books a try – or others that may sound promising. And be sensible enough to accept that ANY diet/maintenance regimen you follow should always be based upon REAL food – not shakes, mixes, meal-replacements, etc.
Real food. Exercise. Moderation.
Those are the foundations for healthy living.