Do You Make These South Beach Diet Mistakes ?
The South Beach Diet works, for most people. Its low fat, low carb approach
helps you lose weight quickly and easily. Health benefits are great too.
But there's some easy mistakes you must avoid:
Gain Weight in Phase 2
Most people do well being strict in Phase 1. But what happens when you switch
into Phase 2 ? Often, you put some weight back on again. Why ? Because your
body's starved of carbs for 2 or 3 weeks. At the start of Phase 2 it grabs at
every carb you give it, and turns them into fat. I learned this lesson the
hard way, gaining 2 lbs in my first Phase 2 week. So reintroduce carbs slowly
when you go into Phase 2, and make sure they're good carbs.
Yes, if South Beach makes you hungry, you're doing it wrong. You don't need to
feel hungry. Eat 3 meals a day, with snacks in between, choosing from the
foods allowed in your current phase.
Stay in Phase 1 for too Long
Isn't Phase 1 great ? You can lose from 8 to 13 lbs in just 2 weeks, without
being hungry. So why leave Phase 1 ? Why not keep up your rapid weight loss ?
Because you must start adding some carbs back in. A healthy diet includes some
good carbs like wholemeal bread, porridge and fruit. A permanent Phase 1 also
gets a little boring, and you'll start to cheat. Yes you will. A few biscuits
here, a few biscuits there, and soon you're cheating rather than dieting. It's
better to switch into Phase 2 after 2-3 weeks, and accept a slower healthier
Fall Victim to Bread Craving
How many people list 'bread' as an addiction ? Seriously, there's a lot.
Unfortunately, white bread is right near the top of the Glycemic index, and
about the worst food you can eat on your diet. When you get into Phase 2
you're allowed to eat bread, but only slices of wholemeal. Same with rice and
pasta. Small amounts, and ideally whole grain versions. Bad carbs add weight.
Ignore the Health Benefits
Most people start a diet to lose weight. I guess that's what a diet is for.
But some diets, particularly South Beach, have major health benefits. In fact,
it's worth going on the South Beach Diet just for the health benefits, even if
you don't lose weight (but you do). My blood pressure was high when I started.
After 3 weeks it was back to normal. People with pre-diabetes, or potential
heart problems, can much reduce their risk by following this diet. So there's
lots of beneficial internal changes in your blood chemistry happening while
you're losing weight.
So if you follow the South Beach Diet properly, you'll get great results.
You'll lose weight quickly, keep it off, and get some major health benefits.
- by Neil Stelling B.Sc, MBA
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