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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 09:50:24 (permalink)
Jiminky: Thanks for the article.

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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 10:07:25 (permalink)
I had tremendous success with the South Beach diet. I'm female, mid-30's, lost 10 lbs in the 1st 2 weeks. And it really wasn't difficult at all.
Rather than read the book, I had signed up on the website, which I think cost $6.95 a month. I really enjoyed doing it that way, because they have very active discussion boards, and so whenever I had a question, I found almost instant help (just like I get with you nice people here!)
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 10:25:09 (permalink)
I am now on day 3 of the first phase of South Beach, and considering whether to quit. Maybe this isn't enough time to know if it works, but I'm miserable. I'm used to starting my day with either a whole-grain bun or steel cut oatmeal. Without it I'm getting constipated and feeling vaguely nauseous most of the morning.

I think I'll try adding back half of my whole-grain bun tomorrow morning and see if I feel better. I just hope it doesn't bring back the sugar cravings, too!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 14:08:16 (permalink)
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Originally posted by JimInKy

The January 19 issue of Newsweek came Tuesday and the cover story is titled:

Diet & Carbs: What you really need to know

Blurb from Contents page:

"Everyone, it seems is suddenly obsessed with counting and cutting carbs. But are we all doomed to years of bunless burgers? In a "Health for Life" Special Report, Newsweek explains how to tell the good carbs from the bad.

The main artilce begins:

Going Beyond Atkins

There's no question that carbs can make you fat. But are bunless burgers the best alternative? Here's a healthier, and tastier, way to cut carbs.

Choose wisely: With careful planning, you can have your carbs and eat them too

The above article and 5 others about health and living can be read at Newsweek's Web site. You can read them there for free until about Sunday or Monday.

Go to: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3927814/




Great article JiminKy!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 14:17:20 (permalink)
4fish, what are you having for breakfast now? don't give up....it takes some getting used to, and there's ways to conquer the problems you're having.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 14:35:59 (permalink)
Eggs, either fried over hard with a slice of Canadian bacon, or scrambled with shallots and a small piece of cheese on the side. I missed my orange juice something terrible the first two days but I remembered this morning that I'd bought tomato juice, so I had some of that.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 15:40:03 (permalink)
My better half -- aka "Mr. Metabolism" -- thinks I am absolutely insane for wanting to attempt this diet. He saw my phase one list. "No fruit? What, are they crazy?" And this is from a guy who considers applesauce "fruit".

I am SO out to prove him wrong.

After all, there is a lonely leather miniskirt in my closet, calling my name, begging to be worn again.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/17 13:16:08 (permalink)
Well, it's now Day 6. I must be getting used to the diet because I'm feeling better. And I weighed myself yesterday morning at the gym and I'd lost two pounds, so I'm making some progress!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/19 09:36:52 (permalink)
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Well, it's now Day 6. I must be getting used to the diet because I'm feeling better. And I weighed myself yesterday morning at the gym and I'd lost two pounds, so I'm making some progress!


Good for you 4fish! I began the diet yesterday. It's going to be hard to give up my morning bowl of cereal. I'm not a bacon & eggs kind of girl, but I did hard-boil about half a dozen last night to take with me to work this week. How are you coping w/breakfasts?
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/19 14:51:33 (permalink)
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Well, it's now Day 6. I must be getting used to the diet because I'm feeling better. And I weighed myself yesterday morning at the gym and I'd lost two pounds, so I'm making some progress!



Good for you 4fish! I began the diet yesterday. It's going to be hard to give up my morning bowl of cereal. I'm not a bacon & eggs kind of girl, but I did hard-boil about half a dozen last night to take with me to work this week. How are you coping w/breakfasts?


I was used to having eggs about three times a week, so it's OK, but I'm getting a little tired of them after eight days straight! I just keep repeating, "Next Monday, next Monday" like a mantra, to remind myself that then I can add back some whole grains!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/19 15:01:43 (permalink)
4fish....happy to hear things seem to be working better for you. I'm glad you didn't give up.
I try to keep my breakfasts "interesting"... saute any of the allowed veggies for omelettes, crumble turkey bacon into them, maybe a tiny bit of low-fat cheese.
Keep us posted on how you do!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/20 23:42:56 (permalink)
New to this forum and new to Sb diet. Only on it for three days
I cant stand eggs or fish but found the meals to be very tasty. If I can eat eggs and fish then anybody can. My breakfast before was lots of coffee and bread. If anyone is having a hard time drinking veggi juice just like I was try adding some salt and lemon.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 00:18:30 (permalink)
I'm gearing up to start the South Beach diet. I'd heard about it and dismissed it as a fad diet, until I'd had a chance to actually talk about it with my doctor, who urged it.

I've picked up the book and have read through it--and it makes a lot of sense! I'm just waiting for pay day to roll around so I can go out and replace most of my food (right now my pantry seems to be host to the great satan carbohydrate demon, which is just no good at all for the dieting...). Wish me luck!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 09:01:47 (permalink)
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Wish me luck!


Good luck Helen! I'm doing okay on it so far. I've discovered that lentils make a decent pasta substitute - just add sauce. Lentils almost taste like orzo. I'm learning just how strong my willpower is - it's a lesson in character, you will discover!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 13:25:30 (permalink)
I have a question for anyone who can answer. I feel full after a meal and I stay full for a good while is this normal or am I eating too much? Scared that I might gain weight instead of loosing it.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 15:25:31 (permalink)
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I have a question for anyone who can answer. I feel full after a meal and I stay full for a good while is this normal or am I eating too much? Scared that I might gain weight instead of loosing it.


I've felt quite full after my meals, too, and I've lost six pounds in nine days. I'm just getting a little tired of eggs and lettuce. Hang in there!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 15:34:13 (permalink)
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I have a question for anyone who can answer. I feel full after a meal and I stay full for a good while is this normal or am I eating too much? Scared that I might gain weight instead of loosing it.


I've felt quite full after my meals, too, and I've lost six pounds in nine days. I'm just getting a little tired of eggs and lettuce. Hang in there!

I get that full feeling too. I think that's the way it's supposed to be. My friend says that he feels full after following the regimen. So it sounds normal! I'm not going to weigh myself until a week has passed. Eggs and lettuce. I may never eat them again after this diet is through!
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 17:03:13 (permalink)
Thank you 4fish and Kristi S I feel much better now.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 18:03:28 (permalink)
Hi fellow dieters....I'm not an "egg person" either but using Eggbeaters and doing different things with them makes them tolerable for me. The little quiches are very good and we both like them...and they are handy. Make 12 of them and each morning the day's quota can be microwaved quickly. And additions to the Eggbeaters makes for different tastes daily.

As far as salads are concerned, we both love salad but again, there is room for a lot creativity in salad-making. We use baby spinach, mixed spring greens, Romaine and Butter lettuce, not all at the same time, but for a variety of tastes. We don't eat the steak allowed but I buy ground lean sirloin (95% lean) and put it atop a salad for not only difference in tastes but textures and temperatures.

I've tried many, many diets, and many weight loss groups over a period of 50 years and this is the best one, and the easiest one yet. We've begun adding good carbs carefully and so far all is great in our part of the dieting world.

Again, you all have my best wishes for good health, and success in your efforts to lose weight.

Donna
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/21 22:02:41 (permalink)
Can anyone give me any info on Splenda. I just read in the Atkins web site that you have to limit your intake. Is this true on SB?
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 03:14:21 (permalink)
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Can anyone give me any info on Splenda. I just read in the Atkins web site that you have to limit your intake. Is this true on SB?


Berry:
I can't answer your direct question, but my personal experience is that Splenda is the only artificial sweetener that doesn't leave me with an unpleasant aftertaste.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 06:15:26 (permalink)
Anyone here tried food combining and/or detox?

I'm doing it at the moment because I need to straighten out my bad stomach and some variations of it are effective as weight-loss diets. It's basically eating either all-protein meals or all-carb meals that are accompanied by lots and lots of raw veggie and fruit. All carbs that are allowed are complex carbs--lots of fibre.

Detox is what I do on the occasionaly weekend--just drinking a lot of water with a squeeze of lemon juice and having steamed veggies, salad veggies and lots of fruit. It's to flush out my system.

But basically, when I was losing weight, all I did was eat less and eat sensibly (low fat, high fibre, lots of veggies and fruit, NO SUGAR), exercise more. As my cousin who is a doctor said: it's simple--input vs output: less input and more output means your weight and size goes down. Input must be quality input with all the vitamins and nutrients you need too... and NO SUGAR!!!!

If there's one thing I notice that all diets are united about, it's the "no sugar" rule... correct me if I'm wrong...
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 08:25:24 (permalink)
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If there's one thing I notice that all diets are united about, it's the "no sugar" rule... correct me if I'm wrong...


Yep, sugar is bad, bad. It's also hard to give up. I've been on South Beach for a month now, and have only lost about 5 pounds. But that could be because I haven't had time for my thrice-weekly workouts in the gym due to other stuff going on. But I'm not giving up. If there's anything I have learned from this diet, it is how to eat more healthfully.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 11:54:07 (permalink)
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I'm probably going to be popped in the noggin for this but........

Please folks....be very careful with these fad diets. Remember the liquid diets of the 80's and 90's? The weight came off quickly..........Many hospitals sponsored such programs.....many hospitals started getting sued because they neglected to mention a little fact. The deprivation of fats from the diet caused many a gallbladder to atrophy or basically die from lack of use and lots of surgeries had to be performed that probably would of not, otherwise. Conversely with these little carb, high protein and high fat can make the same said gallbladder go into hyperdrive and cause the same problem...a malfunctioning gallbladder. Also the ketoacidosis that can occur with the same kind of diets can be very dangerous for diabetics, people with hypertension or people with kidney problems. Although this is not a quick fix rapid loss diet, one that follows American Diabetic Association protocol is much less stress in the long run on your body as well as teaches you some modifications. Talk to a reputable nutritionist before going on any of these please.


I would not consider eating whole grains, lots of vegetables, fruit, lean protein, low fat dairy, legumes and lots of water, not to mention very little sugar a "fad" diet. If it didn't have a name like "The South Beach Diet", I'm sure you would consider this a very healthy way of eating.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 14:27:33 (permalink)
To those of you who are thinking about doing SB you will get over wanting the bad carbs and you will feel good about it. If you are on Atkins and thinking that you should Change over to SB you whould. You get to eat a bigger and better veriety of veggies and some fruites Just with the large amounts of veggies it is healthier for you and the lean meats instead of the bacon and sausage etc. You will lose weight and feel good and be healthy too.
Good Luck
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 16:52:55 (permalink)
The Sundancer just got back from the doctor . The reason was to check Cholestrol. The reason I wanted to do this was because I have been doing Atkins for five months.

Cholestrol went from 280 to 180 and Blood pressure went from 160/100 to 130/80. I am down about 35 pounds and I feel pretty good about myself.

I realize that there are many questions about any diet. I have seen negative things written about all. Perhaps it comes down to what works for you. My personal MD advised against it but today he indicated that the results I am seeing was good.

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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 19:30:24 (permalink)
I will continue this diet until results yield unfavorible results. At this point it looks OK but the minute it looks different, I will stop

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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 19:32:05 (permalink)
I will continue this diet until results yield unfavorible results. At this point it looks OK but the minute it looks different, I will stop

Paul e. Smith
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 19:38:41 (permalink)
Congratulations, Sundancer. My doctor proscribed a number of vitamins and diet changes in lieu of Lipitor, and my cholesterol has gone, so far, from 248 to 207. I'm actually about to start a diet (sorry for using the word here) to get rid of a pesky 10 pounds, and in lieu of Atkins -- which I did a couple of years ago -- I'm going to try South Beach. By the way, I lost 12 pounds on Atkins and only gained two back. I just never lost as much as I wanted.
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RE: South Beach Diet 2004/02/13 20:01:13 (permalink)
Phil J: Way to go !!!! In my opinion there is no way to go but what works for you. Others may say that what they have is the best but only you know what works in your situation. The same goes for me.

I am not in to the looking good thing, All I care about is the health thing. I am working on it and it appears you are also. Good luck to you and others that want to achieve good health.

Paul E. Smith
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