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South Beach Diet: Here’s How Phase 3 Works!

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The South Beach Diet is a popular weight loss program consisting of three phases. If you are reading this you may have already completed the first two phases of the South Beach Diet. If so, congratulations!

In Phase 3, you will learn to maintain that healthy weight while feeling full with fewer cravings. Here’s more about how the third phase of The South Beach Diet works:

How Phase 3 Works:

Here’s a quick review of the first two phases:

  • Phase 1: The goal of the first phase is to reboot your body and prepare for fast weight loss by switching your body’s energy source from carbs to body fat.
  • Phase 2: Is steady weight loss until you reach your goal weight

Phase 3 is all about weening you into a lifestyle in which you make your own healthy eating and lifestyle choices, eat almost any foods in moderation, and don’t depend on the South Beach Diet prepared meals as much. At this point, they hope that healthy choices are now a habit and already fit into your daily routine.


Just like the previous phase, you’ll continue to eat 6 times a day (3 meals and 3 snacks) to regulate blood sugar, and increase your metabolism and energy levels. You’ll also have the option of continuing with South Beach Diet prepared meals or building and “perfectly portioning” your own with their containers. (more on that in a second) 

Every day in Phase 3 you will:

  • Eat 6 servings of non-starchy vegetables 
  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water
  • Get 60 minutes of activity (that’s up from 30 minutes in the previous phase)

You’ll also continue to track your food and water consumption, weight, and daily activity in the South Beach Diet Tracker App. We also recommend bookmarking their blog, The Palm, for tips and healthy recipes to keep you inspired and on track.

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What You Get In Phase 3:

Did we mention that portions are a problem in America? It’s not just what we eat that’s making us overweight but how much, as we’ve grown accustomed to portions that are way too big.

That’s why Phase 3 of the South Beach Diet continues to emphasize portion control by incorporating their “portion-perfect” container set into the program.

The containers encourage easy preparation of fresh and healthy DIY meals without the fear of eating too much. You’ll perfectly portion your own meals in addition to the prepared meals that you choose to receive monthly.

It’s quite possible to do this third phase of the program without continuing to pay for their prepare meals. In fact, many people are able to quit and avoid that significant monthly cost altogether while staying on the principles of the program and maintaining their weight.

Have You Joined South Beach Diet Yet?

If you’re researching Phase 3, you’re probably already on the South Beach Diet, so congrats! If you haven’t joined yet, you can check out our review of the program. Plus, we’d be happy to pass on our exclusive promotions so that you can get the best price at signup.

South Beach Diet is also very similar to Nutrisystem which costs a little less, but is built on the same principles. You can compare the two diets here.

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Bonus: Meaning of the Number 3

Now, I’m going to go on a tangent, but I hope you appreciate what I’m saying!

In history and the Bible, (angel number 3) the number three itself is significant. Three encourages you to be sociable and to communicate more with your friends and family. The number 3 asks you to grow emotionally and to live your life with joy and keep a positive attitude towards life.

That seems appropriate when it comes to diets, as well. Usually, the third phase of a diet also symbolizes this part of a journey that also requires a new, healthier perspective on life along with the continued support of others.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by Wonky Pie, and good luck! 

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