Phases Explained!


There are four phases protocol.

Phase 1:

Phase one is preparing for the diet. This is a preparatory phase that is very important but many skip. We recommend at least reading Pounds and Inches and trying one of the detox methods as you await your shipment. You can use this time to read Pounds and Inches, do your measurements( check out the myotape) and work on detoxing your body to prepare for the diet. Try the Health Pro Detox Plan. Click here for all your Phase 1 information.

Phase 2:

When you start taking the drops is the beginning of phase 2. The first 3 days of phase 2 you will be eating a high fat diet while taking your drops 3x a day. Hold the drops under your tongue for a minimum of two minutes to absorb sublingually. On Day 4 you will begin your start of the VLCD diet.

Phase 3:

This phase is one of the most important phases of the diet. The goal here is maintenance. You do not want to lose or gain during this 3 week period following your last dosage weight. Dr. Simeons says in Pounds and Inches you are resetting your hypothalomus to this new weight so your body will remember it and it will keep you from gaining back weight in the future. You do not want your weight do go above or below 2lbs. of your LDW. During this cycle you are to have 1500 calories including fats with no starches or sugars. If you need more calories to maintain (if you are still losing on 1500 increase your calories to avoid any weight fluctuations, men especially sometimes need to do this to keep their LDW). After you have reached stabilization you will want to slowly start adding in items one at a time to see how your body responds. You will monitor this by weighing daily and seeing if a new food has caused you to gain. Once you have stabilized for 3 weeks you can return to p2 (if you are taking injections this is 6 weeks) or you can move on to P4, which is the phase once you have reached your goal weight and are ready for lifetime maintenance. If you experience a gain during your stabilization period immediately do a Steak Day or Alternative Correction Day. Click here to visit the Phase 3 category for tips and recipes.

Phase 4:

Once you achieve your goal weight you are ready for phase 4. Phase 4 is the “forever” phase. We do not ever want to return to our previous weight and will want to maintain and stay at our LDW. Phase 4 is actually easy once you have stabilized correctly. If you happen to have an off day the weight comes right back off easily and you can continue this process. In Phase 4 you can begin to add back in limited sugars and starches. I know for me I love chocolate and have tested this in phase 4, while I do not eat it everyday I have been able to enjoy the “treats” in life i.e. Pizza, a donut, cereal etc when testing the phase 4 lifestyle with no gains. You will always want to monitor your weight so that if you have a serious gain you can correct it, but it is easier to have a treat in p4 and actually see no gain at all. Click here for all your Phase 4 category information.

I hope this information was helpful. I know the phases can be confusing. You need to know this terminology to get the correct recipes for which phase you are in. There is a category section on the right side bar of the blog for your convenience. We are here to help and you will be seeing more p4 information as Carol and I have been in phase 4 for months now. We are an interactive site so please share any tips or recipes you think others would find helpful and we will all be healthier and skinnier together. More information on Phase 4 click here


  1. on April 12, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Do I have to wait 6 weeks before r2? Or can I start r2 after I finish 3 weeks of p3

  2. Stacy on April 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I just purchased my initial bottles of the drops.  Why am I finding it hard to follow the phases.  Example:  How long to do each phase?

  3. Dee on October 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I’m in my last week of p3 and lost 3 lbs so far from my liw. I don’t want to increase calories n gain it back, I’m was taking in about 1300 calories but now have stopped counting. Am I setting myself up for failure in phase 4?

    • Shawna Culp on October 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      I would just stay p3 until this weight is good and set and you will be fine

  4. Suzie on July 30, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I’m finishing phase 3 and need to go back to phase 2. Do I go back
    to the 3 days of loading again at the beginning?

  5. admin on November 26, 2013 at 11:07 am

    You will need to do 21 days stabilization. You should email specific questions so I can ask some questions before giving definitive answers. or come join the support group

  6. Diane on February 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I bought 2 bottles how many more for for the stages?

  7. admin on August 22, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    you can detox with whatever has worked for you in the past..Not everyone detoxes before starting but if you chose to do so then a week is good.

  8. Karen Shelley on October 11, 2019 at 2:15 am

    This is the first time I heard of 3 days of binging instead of 2. Is this new, ore just what you recommend?

    • admin on October 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Yes P&I states it takes 3 days before it becomes effective. Email if you need some support or need help

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