Before you begin reading this I want you to ask yourself why you’re considering the South Beach Diet. Do you need to lose belly fat? Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to make your family and yourself healthier? Are you willing to give up an unhealthy menu if someone will help you plan a healthy one? If you answered yes to any of these questions the South Beach Diet is for you. Please read on.
The South Beach Diet helps you learn how to eat, be healthier and lose weight. Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist, created the South Beach Diet to work with you instead of against you, so that you can reach your goals. With his approach, you can stop counting calories, stop worrying about food portions. You never have to feel like you have been deprived from eating good food again! Finally there is a diet that can satisfy your hunger. The South Beach Diet works by getting rid of bad carbs and fats. Many doctors prefer the South Beach Diet to other low carb/ low fat diet plans because it is more heart healthy and does not cause rapid changes in blood glucose levels. Also, you’ll still receive the suggested dietary amounts of protein, vegetables (with dressing!), and dairy.
With the South Beach diet you may still eat average helpings. You’ll eat 3 meals a day as well as 2 snacks, all of which are your own choice. In addition to this you can still eat out, drink diet soda, or have dessert! How many diets do that?
I know what you’re thinking. This diet sounds too good to be true. Well, the first 2 weeks may be a little rough if you’re accustomed to eating an abundance of carbs. During these two weeks you must avoid grains and starches (bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit, etc) Also, at this time you may not have alcohol of any kind. Later you’re allowed to add healthy versions of these foods to your menu. When you do this be sure to add versions that are not highly processed. By adding whole grains, wine, and chocolate you can control cravings. This allows you to be fulfilled while receiving essential vitamins and minerals. Through this process you will reach and maintain your ideal weight.
The South Beach Diet has three phases. Phase 1, requires all carbohydrates be avoided. It focuses on lean meats, vegetables, and other high protein low fat food. During this phase most lose approximately 10 pounds. Phase 2, will allow you to reintroduce foods while weight loss continues slowly. You will remain in this stage until you have lost all you wish to lose. Phase 3 is maintenance. This must be continued for as long as you want the weight to stay off. If you cheat and gain weight, no problem, just return to Phase 1. The best thing about the South Beach Diet is that all meals are always normal size. You never have to feel hungry again!
Granted there is a little more to the South Beach Diet than just adding and subtracting foods. When you add foods you must be cautious to watch the glycemic index (GI) of your food. There are a lot of good, websites that can help you manage GI. There also many websites that off recipe suggestions to go with the South Beach Diet Plan. These are very helpful and make managing your menu exciting and easy.
Both my aunt and I use this diet with great success. Between the 2 of us we have lost 150 lbs and maintained the loss over 2 years. Even during the first 14 days we were able to have a large variety of delicious food. For my aunt’s birthday I made her an amazing Chicken Masala and roasted vegetables with herbs. To go with it there was a delightfully refreshing watermelon mint salad. I even found a recipe for sugar- free Italian Torte which I served in place of her birthday cake. Yet with all this delicious food, the best part of the whole meal was when my Grandmother accused of cheating on our diets. I knew right then that if she couldn’t tell it was diet no one could.
Believe it or not the foods available to you on the South Beach Diet really are that delicious. The most difficult part for me was giving up bread and potatoes, but soon the first phase was over. I felt so much better about myself. It really was worth it!
Some people have made statements against the South Beach Diet. Some claim it is too expensive; others say that it is hard on the body. My response to these accusations is that there is nothing too expensive if it keeps my family and I healthy. Also, by cooking yourself instead of buying prepackaged meals you can save money. While purifying your body may seem tiresome and costly at first the results will be tremendous. You’ll feel better, look better and your family will be healthier.
That’s right I said your family. I cook the same menu for my family as I eat. It has made them more active and they have been sick less often. Want another plus? Since I introduced these healthy foods early in my daughters’ life she prefers them to sweets and junk food. By taking these steps I have improved not just our quality of life, but also that of her children.
If you’re looking for a diet that is going to offer a wide variety of foods the South Beach Diet is for you! Full meals, great recipes, no weighing your food or counting calories have made this diet the number 1 diet of 2009. Easy access to support, recipes, and GI ratings are made readily available on line to help you reach your goal. The unbelievable success rate and terrific selection will keep you on your diet and happy for years to come. At the same time you will be keeping your family healthy and sharing good food values with them. Are you excited yet? I know I was, so give it a try NOW.