Phase 3: Pre-Maintenance
During the third phase of ANA, Pre-Maintenance, you’ll take ownership of your new Atkins healthy eating habits.
The Importance of Pre-Maintenance
Pre-maintenance is a practice run for a lifetime of well-being, as you take approach your goal weight and take ownership of the healthy eating habits of the Atkins Nutritional Approach. As you come within 5 to 10 pounds of your goal, build on your success by perfecting your eating habits for the future. The gradual weight loss during this phase puts you on the right track for a successful transition toward a life of healthy eating and weight maintenance.
How Pre-Maintenance Works
This phase, like OWL before it, empowers you to take your carb level up a notch while still losing weight. During OWL, carbs were increased weekly in 5 gram increments. Each week in Pre-Maintenance you can bump your daily allotment up another 10 more grams of Net Carbs, as long as you continue to lose those last few pounds. Ideally you will increase carbs until you’re losing less than a pound a week.
Continue this phase until you score your winning weight and maintain it for one month. Your ultimate goal is to achieve the state of balance called Atkins Carbohydrate Equilibrium (ACE). This is your individual level of carbohydrate intake at which you neither gain nor lose weight.
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