South Beach Diet?

Updated on February 09, 2009
N.D. asks from Glenview, IL
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anyone have experience with south beach diet? I really mean Phase 1. I just have a few pounds to lose. I already work out 5-6 days a week am eat sensibly. However I find that I easily pack on pounds if I eat too many high-glycemic foods which I've been doing lately. That's why SBD attracts me a lot.

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So What Happened?

wow it sounds like it did well for all of you. I realize it's a lifestyle change but I'm already living a changed lifestyle since I began my weight loss journey 2 years ago. I really like how of teaches me what foods are bad -- something I intend to follow closer from now on!! I'll keep you posted how it goes!

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answers from Chicago on

The south beach diet is really great and makes a lot of sense. I lost tons of weight (I forget how much) when I did it a few years ago. But, you really need to treat it as a lifestyle and not just a diet. If you really stick to the "rules" and eat what you are supposed to, it really works. Just remember that you should watch your portion sizes as well. I would be doing the south beach thing right now, except I decided to go Vegan instead (no eggs, dairy or meat). I lost 20 pounds doing this, and the weight has just stayed off. Good luck!

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answers from Springfield on

I was able to lose 9 pounds on the south beach diet just on phase 2. I couldn't do phase 1, it made my blood sugar too low and i felt bad. It's a great diet and really just teaches how to eat. Good Luck!

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answers from Chicago on

I've had 2 friends follow it very faithfully for the first phase and lose a lot of weight. Seems hard to stay on long term, but it really jump-started their process and made them aware of what has lots of carbs, etc. even when they went back to eating more normally. Seems like a good thing to try for a couple of weeks.

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answers from Chicago on

I have never done it but have heard from others that it takes a LOT of discipline and patience. With my second child, I had GD and went on a low sugar diet. I maintained those eating habits after he was born and the weight came off easily.

As for the exercise, I am an aerobics instructor and am curious as to what you are doing. Maybe adjusting intensity and variety might help.



answers from Champaign on

I know you've already responded, but here's a little extra info. We began this for my husband when I was nursing. He lost weight and I ended up losing some too (unintentionally, but it was fine with me-10 lbs).

Years later when I got pregnant again my cooking/energy/etc. went down the hill and we're having to start over now, but that's how it is with all diets.

Glad you have a good perspective on it, it is work, but it works if you do it.

Also, I love the cookbooks. Some of our favorites from the main book are Tomato Soup and Balsamic Chicken (both work in the crock pot).

Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

First time I tried it I lost 15 lbs and the second time I lost 25 lbs on SBD. I did the phase 1 for 6 weeks and then very slowly started adding foods allowed in phase 2. Problem is that it was impossible for me to live by the SBD rules, I don't really eat junk food, but bread is my weakness. When I went back to normal eating, having a couple of beers here and there and just eating normal, I ended up 20 lbs heavier then I was before starting SBD. So, it works, but once you get off of it, you'll gain it back and then some....

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