(Closed) Has anyone done the South Beach diet?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This is the diet my sister is/was on. She lost over 100 pounds!!!

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did SB a long time ago and I DID lose the 12 or 14 lbs. within the phase 1 period. It does work if you follow it. I stopped following it and of course gained it back. The diet is quite healthy, it promotes a lot of vegetables, lean meats/protein, good fats & little to no sugar/carbs. It does introduce limited carbs after phase 1. I think it’s a good plan personally.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MM423: allrecipes.com has a lot of really great diet recipes =D

I’ve never tried south beach, but I’ve done paleo, which is like south beach’s heroine addicted second cousin, and it was hard =O

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I tried the SB diet, and its really hard through phase one, but as you can introduce foods back into your diet its not so bad. 

@murmur: I tried the paleo diet for a bit, and it was wayyy too hard for me.  haha.  I like my beans and can’t eat chicken for breakfast as one of my diet plans suggested haha. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@mkewed2010: yea, the only reason I survived is because I’m a fruit fiend, I just ate fruit all the time…but eventually it got a little ridiculous! I lost about 15 lbs on it which put me ‘technically’ underweight, and I was eating all the time.  So I had to add some things back in to stop losing weight so much.  That diet is hardcore lol.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did a modified phase 1 SB for a few weeks.  I don’t remember the specifics, but I ate some foods from phase 2.  It worked really well and helped me lose a few pounds, but I couldn’t sustain it because I felt very…backed up….  I guess I needed more fiber.  It didn’t feel too restrictive, but it was difficult because I had to read every single label of everything I bought, and I just wasn’t used to doing that.  There’s cornsyrup and other no-no’s in all sorts of stuff you wouldn’t expect. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you can get through Phase 1, its manageable. I did 12 days of Phase 1 a few years ago, lost 10 pounds, and nearly killed everyone I knew – I was such a raving lunatic from the lack of crabs. It sucks, because it really does work, but I need bread and fruit to survive. Good luck if you try it!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

like almost any “diet” it will work if you follow it. however phase 1 is really hard to follow. Especially if you are an active person. I felt so hungry all the time. But, I also dont eat much meat. I lost weight but gained it all back very quickly because it was too hard for me

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

SO is actually doing South Beach right now!

I’ve been thinking about starting it myself, because I can’t eat the things he cooks very well without gaining weight, probably because I’m not restricting carbs or much of anything at all, really. I got the book and another small book that is a quick yes-or-no when you need to find out whether something is permissable or not.

I recommend Half Price Books/your local used book store or thrift store. It’s been out long enough that people who have tried it and decided it wasn’t for them are selling and donating the books in quantity. I got mine cheap.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve done it before and it does work.  Only problem is if you go back to eating fatty foods you’ll gain the weight back quickly.  If you follow the diet and make it your normal diet you should be fine.

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