(Closed) south beach diet

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I haven’t done south beach, but I lost 30 lbs on medifast in a little under 2 months. The diet sucks, but it works and helps teach better eating habits.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I did South Beach for a while and liked the results. I lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks and consistently lost a few pounds a week after that. The biggest advice that I would give is to have a buddy. At the time, one of my roommates wanted to do it, so we did it together. If I had done it alone, I would have failed! The first phase is hard, but doable. After that it gets easier.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i also did south beach and lost about 7lbs in a week and a half, but its VERY HARD! I love my some carbs and its very difficult to not eat carbs for the first phase of the program…but if you have determination im sure you’ll be fine, just stick with it.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Let us know how it goes!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m on South Beach right now! I love it. I went on it before and lost 30 lbs in 2 months. (I went on a cruise right after and started to gain it all back, plus some.) But, now with 8 months until my wedding, I decided its now or never.

I’ve just finished my first week. During that time is when your cravings are the strongest and you will get headaches, especially if you reduce your caffeine intake which I strongly suggest because caffeine will make you more hungry. There are simple things you can make and you can still go to several fast food places if you are on the go. If you need any help or have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I did it a few years ago, and lost about 10lbs. Earlier this year i did it and lost about 4 lbs, but I still drank pop. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You will definitely lose weight on South Beach, but it is hard to stick to! Also, I had really low energy on Phase 1, because carbs give you energy. I lost close to 10 pounds after a month of South Beach, and I am getting back on the wagon but skipping to Phase 2 so I can have fruit and popcorn, though I’m still not eating any bread or pasta. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@ms sweets – I have a lot of recipes! Also, I’m a pretty picky eater as well. And there are a lot of tricks you can do to still eat your favorite meals but switch out carbs for something else. Like tonight, for instance, my Fiance and I are going to my brother and SIL’s house for spaghetti night (We do this about once a month), and instead of not enjoying the food with them, I am bring spaghetti squash for noodles and still eating everything else except the bread with them. I don’t feel like I am missing out at all and I am not loosing any of the social aspect of eating with them.

For anyone that feels like they lost a lot of energy – Personally, I have the reverse effect when I go on phase one. My normal bad diet had gotten so out of whack and it was so carb heavy I always felt sluggish. When I go on South Beach, I feel like a whole new me. But, the main reason you are feeling sluggish, is you are not snacking enough! South Beach tells you to snack and snack often! Always keep a bag of nuts with you, keep cheese in the fridge, and make sure you get a little something sweet everyday (in sugar free form, of course). Also, if you are in a pinch, you can have an Atkins shake every once in a while. They are really convenient.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just picked up some Atkins shakes (thanks for the recommendation, puggy!) and some South Beach meal bars to help me get from meal to meal this week. I do think snacking helps as your meals aren’t as bulky as you might be used to without bread, pasta, or rice. The South Beach meal bars aren’t Phase 1 friendly, actually, as they have 22 carbs, but they are high in fiber and protein which is just what I need.

Has anyone else been constipated on South Beach? Maybe its Too Much Information but I certainly am! Dairy usually makes me less regular and I eat more dairy than usual on South Beach, and I don’t really love vegetables, so even though I have a salad everyday, I don’t think I’m getting enough fiber without grains. I picked up a fiber supplement at the store too, so hopefully it will help.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

No problem on the shakes! I think the Chocolate Royal are the best ones. I freeze them and eat them as a slushie type drink. But, be careful with those South Beach Bars. They are iffy, even on Phase Two. But, the thing that makes Phase one work so well, is you are eliminating all carbs. You just might notice slower weight loss incorporating sugar in like that.

And as far as the constipation, you might not be eating enough veggies, you definitly need the ruffage. Personally, it has the opposite effect. (TMI Alert) I go like everytime I go to the bathroom. Not like a lot, but I just become really regular.

Here’s my favorite veggie recipe:

Vegetable Primavera

This is really good as a side dish, or you can add in a pound of shrimp for a whole meal.

1 Small/Medium Spaghetti Squash

1 half each – Red, Yellow, Orange and Green Bell Pepper, chopped coarsely

1 small onion, chopped coarsely

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can, “No Salt Added” diced tomatoes

1 cup quartered button mushrooms

2 tbs EVOO

1 tsp Italian seasoning

¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

1 tsp Splenda (you can add a little more if you feel the sauce is still a little too acidic)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350º. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Scrape clean and place cut side down in large baking dish. Pour in water to about an inch in pan. Poke holes in squash and place in oven for about 30 minutes, or until soft. After baking, let cool until it can be handled and take fork and scrape out the “noodles.”

While the squash is in the oven – in a large pot, pour 2 tbs of EVOO and add in the onion and garlic. Sauté until onions are transparent. Add in peppers and mushrooms until tender. Pour in canned tomatoes, and add seasonings. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Add noodles to sauce, grate fresh parmesan cheese over the top and serve immediately.

*If adding shrimp, add right before noodles and let them cook in the sauce.

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