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Atkins 20®, Phase 3: Maintaining Your Weight After Dieting

You're probably now just 10 pounds from your goal weight, which you'll achieve in Phase 3. This phase is designed for fine-tuning your low carb diet so you can eventually focus on maintaining your weight loss. In Phase 3, you will gradually see how much you can raise your daily net carb intake while exploring the final three rungs of the Carb Ladder.

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How long

Phase 3 will last until you have lost your target amount of weight and have kept it off for a full month. Waiting a month ensures that you have adjusted to the plan and will be able to smoothly transition into Phase 4. 

Purpose

We like to call this phase a “dress rehearsal for Lifetime Maintenance,” which includes both trimming your final excess pounds and continuing to explore your personal carb balance. You’ll also find your tolerance for carb intake by gradually increasing the amount of net carbs and paying close attention to your body. If you stop losing weight, you may have found your net carb tolerance. In order to find out, you’ll reduce your daily net carbs by 10 grams for at least a week. If your weight loss resumes, start gradually increasing carbs in 5 gram increments. This will reveal if you’ve found your tolerance or were simply in a plateau. 

Goal

The goal of Phase 3 is to fully prepare you for your new healthy lifestyle. This means finding your optimum diet by increasing your daily net carb intake in 5-10 gram increments. By Phase 4, you could be consuming anywhere from 80 to 100 grams of net carbs daily. Most importantly, expanding your diet as you continue weight loss will help you understand how your body responds to different ingredients. You’ll do this by introducing foods like starchy vegetables and noting which dishes may be contributing to new cravings or slowed progress. 

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