The Program: Phase 3

Objectives of Pre-Maintenance (Fine-Tuning)

How long

Until you’ve reached your goal weight and maintained it for a month.


Trim your final excess pounds, continuing to explore your personal carb balance. Then find your tolerance for carb intake while maintaining your new weight. This phase is a dress rehearsal for Lifetime Maintenance.


Gradually increase your daily Net Carb intake in 10-gram (or 5-gram, if you prefer) increments, continuing to reintroduce new carb foods, as long as you continue to slowly lose weight and then to maintain that loss.

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