We have people ask us all the time about Phase 3 and tips for stabilization. We have a special section on the blog dedicated to Phase 3 stabilization. We strongly believe in stabilization before moving into any other phase, whether you are going back to Phase 2 or on to Phase 4. The importance of resetting the hypothalamus is written in Pounds and Inches. Dr. Simeons recommends a six week break between rounds and I believe this allows you enough time to get completely stabilized before moving on. We were very careful to stabilize before adding in any starch or sugars to our diet.
I am 100% positive if you track you foods and see what is making you gain in the beginning of Phase 3 you will be able to correct this and modify your diet to stabilize. There are some who see gains with milk or cheese, so it is best to see how your body responds to the Phase 3 basic foods by adding them in slowly and tracking the results. Use Fit Day or something similar to journal your diet and keep good notes. You should also check your calorie range for your current height and weight for maintaining at Calorie Council website.
The biggest reason we gain in Phase 3 is not tracking our daily diet, staying within our calories and cheating. It is easier to cheat in Phase 3 when we are not as limited in our food choices or as disciplined. Don’t let your hard work be for nothing and really concentrate on stabilizing correctly so you will not regain the weight. It worked for all of us and it will work for you too! Good Luck~ Shawna