Phase 3 Stabilization 21 Consecutive Days

Phase 3 Secret to Keeping the Weight Off

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

Related Links:

Phase 3 Stabilization Section

Calorie Control Council

Pounds and Inches

Fit Day Website


  1. LHiser on November 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I have a P3 question. I made some Chocolatey Delights and used Ideal sweetener as a sub for stevia. Is this allowed? I have been doing fine until this morning gained 1 lb and put me over my 2lb and had to do a steak day. I can’t think of anything else it could be. Thanks for your wonderful website. It has taught me soooo much

    • Shawna Culp on November 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      I have never heard of ideal sweetener can you send me the ingredients or a link?

      Shawna Culp

      • LeAnn on November 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

        I looked up the website and it is There is regular sugar, brown sugar and confectioners sugar.
        I did my steak day and got back down to just 6 oz above my last LDW, but today I’m back up 1 lb over my LDW again…URGH!! I’m having a horrible time stabalizing. I’m on day 8 of P3 and very discouraged. I’ve decided not to do a correction day today and instead take all cheese out of my diet just to see if that is the culprit. I don’t know what else to do

        • Shawna Culp on November 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm


          Cheese especially the wrong kind can cause you to stall or gain, but there
          could be other factors at play. Email me and and we will go over your menu
          and try to get you on track. 🙂
          Shawna Culp

          • LeAnn on November 9, 2010 at 11:10 pm

            Thanks Shawna! I will email you tomorrow with all the info. I have to run off to a jewelry party so I can get some new pretty jewelry to go with my brand new skinny clothes!! 🙂

          • Hiserplln on November 12, 2010 at 2:18 am

            Oops sorry I think I replied to you on the wrong thread. I think I might have P3 under control. I have dropped all cheese except for cream cheese out of my P3 diet for now…will try to re-introduce maybe late next week, small amount at a time. Also I’ve dropped my calories quite a bit. I’ve had calculators tell me anywhere between 1570 and 2100 and I was eating like around 2200. So the last few days I’ve eaten 1690 and have stayed pretty steady within just a couple oz’s. So I am pleased and hoping it stays this way. I apologize for not emailing you what I’ve been eating, but my week has been way busy and just gotten away from me. If I experience anymore trouble I will email you for sure. Thanks for all your help!

          • Kaysu07 on May 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

            Hi shawna i have a week left on my phase 3 diet and i dont seem to want to stabalize either well a couple days ago i was at my 2lb mark so i did a steak day and today I am like a half a pound from being at my 2 lb mark and today i think i gained because i had a 1/2 a cup of cottage cheese but that was my first dairy product in a long time so u would think that i would be able to finally have some dairy because im getting so close to my end, but why does it seem i cant?

  2. Michelle on December 6, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Hi there. I am so excited to have found such a supportive and informative website. Thank you so much for the vlogs, etc.! I have a dilema though that I’d like to talk about. This Friday was my first day of 1500 calories and in the morning I weighed in at 170 lbs. This is five pounds less than I targeted for. I need to mention that on Thursday and Friday I was painting at a friends house. The amount of exercise I did was far more than the whole time on this program thus far. I think I should have eaten more calories but anyhow I want to give you an acurate picture. According to fitday I ate 1391 calories on Friday. When I woke up Saturday morning I was surprized to see I had lost an additional 3 pounds. I knew from your site and Dr. Simeons diet that you want to stay within 2 lbs either way so I was concerned. On Saturday according to fitday I consumed 2052 cal. Well I knew I would have gained weight but to my surprize I gained 6 pounds! I was shocked to the point I had to have my husband come in and read the scale. I probably should have eaten a correction day or some kind but instead today I decided to try for a 1500 cal day to see how that went (according to fitday I ate 1450). We’ll see tomorrow morning, sigh. My questions are: 1. Have I totally ruined everything with such a huge fluctuation in weight? 2. Is there are formula of how many fat g, prot g, etc. you should yield in those 1500 calories? 3. Could you post some daily menu plans for P3 as I’m spending so much time just trying to figure out what the heck to eat to meet 1500 cal, plus the amount of protein I should be eating etc.? I can make it so that you can view my menu choices on fitday if that helps. Many thanks and much gratitude for taking the time to read my post and offer me some much needed assistance! Sincerely, Michelle

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    […] Popcorn can be incorporated as a satisfying and healthy snack! Popcorn is an excellent source of fiber, and contain antioxidants, and B vitamins. I can help reduce your cravings for other high-fat, high-calorie snacks. Popcorn is a whole grain snack and is good for you as long as they are not popped in in unhealthy oils. Introduce once you have stabilized for 21 consecutive days. […]

  4. Devrah on October 1, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Can I stay on phase 3 for 6 weeks or more before restarting round 2 phase 2?

    I am traveling and feel that my body needs this time before I start over again.

    Also when starting second round of drops…do I start with load days again?

    • admin on October 10, 2015 at 10:50 am

      yes this is fine

  5. judith Huskins on April 10, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Does the 21 days start after the 72 hours of VLCD afterP2? Or does it start after last dose of drops?

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