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Southbeach - thoughts, opinions?
I have been thinking about trying the Southbeach diet. I really need to kick my sugar addiction and i have heard this is a good way to do it. Is anyone doing it right now, or has anyone done it?
Mon. Aug 1, 4:02pm
I see many people who have done it and have been quite successful. You can lose like 6 pounds right out of the gate! That said, I havent' seen many people stick with it.
Monday, August 01, 2005, 5:16 PM
I am actually starting out on south beach...my doctor recommended it as an option because after the initial 2 week phase (no fruit, breads) you can start adding back in fruit, bread, etc. I tend to look at it as the way that you are supposed to eat, the good carbs, lean protein, veggies and fruit, and some tasty desserts. I tried south beach last year and kicked butt for the first 2 weeks, but then left for 2 weeks in Paris, and, well, that is where it ended.
Best of luck on whatever you choose!
Monday, August 01, 2005, 10:12 PM
For the last 6 days I've been doing the first phase of the South Beach diet (VERY few carbs) and I've lost about 3 pounds in 6 days. I don't intend to stick with the diet past an audition that I have on Friday but I def recommend the diet to kick your sugar addiction. I do caution though - if you cheat on the diet (from what I can tell, at all) you won't lose the weight. My roommate last year did the diet on and off (and cheated) for a year and ended up not losing any weight, she just yo-yoed up and down. Just a caution. Also, if nothing else, you'll notice how many carbs you really do intake and I think, at least for me, it will help me make healthier choices after I'm done the diet.
Good luck! (Warning - the first 2 weeks where you can't eat any carbs - especially if you have a sweet tooth SUCK, a tip I got from a friend is to buy Cool Whip 'cause it is low in carbs and it satisfies you sweet tooth when you really need some sugar.)
Sorry - this really was meant to be a more encouraging post. Oh yeah - and make sure to take multi-vitamins because you don't get a lot of nutrients you need from the few foods you are allowed to eat. I didn't take vitamins for the first couple of days and I had NO energy...I'm taking them now and it really seems to be helping though.
Again, good luck. I don't mean to scare you off - just my comments from my 6 days. It really does help you lose weight if you are willing to stick to it!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005, 7:36 AM
I think it's great! I've been on it for 4 or 5 weeks and have lost 9 pounds (lost 6 during Phase I). I probably would have lost more by now if I didn't have a not-so-perfect 2 weeks of vacationing. But really for me, it's not hard to stay on it because it's healthy stuff that I usually eat anyway. Eating tons more veggies makes me feel good. No fruit for 2 weeks was the hardest (and yes, I'd recommend the multi-vitamin too) but now I'm past it. Try it out! If you don't lost any weight in 2 weeks or if it's too hard to follow, at least you'll find out in a short time!
Friday, August 05, 2005, 6:23 PM
Southbeach vs ZONE
I much prefer the Zone to South Beach diet. I will never be the type of person who can go without any carbs for any length of time. It's too depressing. The Zone is a diet I can live with for a long time and not feel deprived at all. Plus the energy level is tremendous.
Sunday, August 07, 2005, 4:19 PM
I've been on this diet for a bit over 5 weeks and as of last Wednesday I have lost 7 lbs. The first 2 weeks weremurder but now it has gotten a lot easier. So my advice to anyone starting just stick it out. It gets easier and I think it is worth it!
Thursday, May 17, 2007, 12:41 AM
I gained weight because I did not stay on it. This diet is for life so unless you are ready to commit to it forever dont do it. The concepts are great though so maybe just take advantage of the ideas
Thursday, May 17, 2007, 3:39 AM
I learned a lot about what foods are truely healthy by reading the South Beach Diet. The first 2 weeks were murder, but like someone else mentioned, they really do help you get over your cravings for sugars and unneccessary carbs. I've never craved white bread or potatoes again since that first 2 weeks. I'm no longer following that diet strictly. I'm just applying what I've learned about healthy carbs and healthy fats into my life and I'm still losing weight, eating healthy and enjoying the foods that I eat!
Thursday, May 17, 2007, 6:28 AM
I don't follow south beach, but i have had the south beach foods (pizza, meal bars, snacks). While processed foods can have their downsides (sodium, etc.), i have to say that these foods actually taste really good, and are a great way to get in enough protein and fiber. I'm not sure what part of the diet they fit into, i think one of the later phases.
Thursday, May 17, 2007, 11:06 PM
I started South Bwach on Feb 13, 2004. I lost 10 lbs. I am still on the program though I have gained back 3-5 punds (depending on the day). If I go off of it I gain more weight, I go back on inductio for a week or so and drop the pounds. I am 50 and a diabetic, the 3-5 pound gain seems to be related to that. My cholesterol level has also dropped. I think it's a great program.
Saturday, May 19, 2007, 8:17 AM
my husband and I started SBD 6 days ago. its actually quite a bit more food than i'm used to. i really needed to eat more veggies so this has helped me do that. i have had few cravings but found that if i do want something a little sweeter that i can have a bite of a nonfat, no added sugar fudgesicle. the whole thing is only 80 cals and 13 carbs but i'm usually satisfied with just a few bites. the trick is to find foods that you like during the 1st phase. chicken can get pretty old. try modifying foods that you love to fit the diet. good luck! its really a great way to eat!
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