Favorite Phase!

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Phase 3 is easily my favorite part of the Amino Acid diet for several reasons. One, you are feeling better about yourself! You have lost those last few pounds and are feeling more healthy overall. You have also developed better eating habits that you can take with you moving forward. After all, the last thing you want to do at this point, is go back to your old habits and gain back the weight you have come so far to lose.

The goal in Phase 3 is to maintain what you have lost – do not focus on losing more weight at this time. If that is your goal, you can complete another Amino Acid round at a later time. You will need to wait at least 6 weeks before beginning another round so that your body is fully affected by the Amino Acids again.

Maintaining the weight includes just as much careful preparation as Phase 2 so you should be prepared to slowly begin adding other foods back in to your diet and increasing your caloric intake a little at a time. This is not the time to go crazy and begin eating whatever you want; rather begin by slowly adding in one more small meal per day. Ideally, you should be eating 5 or 6 small meals a day – breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner.

At this time, you need to refrain from eating sugars and starches. Continue to drink plenty of water and eat lots of lean protein and vegetables. One of the things people on Phase 3 struggle with is knowing how much to eat. You should limit your calories to 1000-1400 per day. Keeping a food journal may be helpful as you navigate this part of the diet.

During Phase 3, it is acceptable to begin incorporating small servings of milk, cheese, nuts, sees, and yogurt back into your diet with one serving a day. Eliminate starchy vegetables and extra sweet fruits.

If your weight increases 2 pounds or more, you will need to complete a steak day. On a steak day, you will fast for breakfast and lunch while drinking plenty of water. For dinner, you should eat a large steak and apple or raw tomato. The steak day needs to be completed on the same day there was an increase in weight.

To avoid a steak day, carefully keep track of your weight each morning. If you see your weight begin to increase, here are some tips:

*Drink water! You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces each day. SO if you weigh 140 pounds, you should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water each day.

*Avoid salt and sodium

*Fast until lunch

*Eat only protein for lunch and dinner. Eat your carbs in the morning so your body has time to efficiently burn them through the day.

Here are some Phase 3 tips that have worked for customers in the past –eat a large breakfast and smaller lunch and dinner meals, finish your last meal at least 4 hours before your bedtime, begin walking or exercising to build up muscle tone, stay away from refined sugar, white flour, and any food with lots of carbs, and stay vigilant about keeping a weight journal and food journal.

Developing these healthy eating habits will help you keep off the weight that you have worked so hard to lose! This is a clean slate where you can start over making choices that will keep the weight off and keep you healthy and happy! It will still take focus and discipline, but if you can make it through Phase 2, YOU’VE GOT THIS! Focus on the positive and make new goals for your continued health and wellness. 

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