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2004/01/08 14:11:40 (permalink)

South Beach Diet

I have a buddy that lost 8 pounds on this diet in one week. He highly recommends it. But I'd like to get other opinions. Has anyone here tried it, and how were your results?

I think the only thing that would kill me on this diet is the "no-pasta" thing. I am an affirmed pasta-holic!
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 15:41:51 (permalink)
    It is very similar to the Dr. Atkins thing. It adds a few more berries and nuts and veggies.

    I am on the Atkins thing and I think I would have preferred the South Beach.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 15:51:15 (permalink)
    Paul, why don't you just switch into the South Beach diet? I'm re-starting on Atkins this week (I'm in day 4) and everyone is telling me that I should do South Beach as it is "more realistic" for following long term.
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 16:00:36 (permalink)
    I'm switching from Atkins to SB too ! They say it is much easier on the body !!
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 17:19:19 (permalink)
    Help all! I am so excited to try the South Beach diet as well, the food looks great and do-able. I am allergic to eggs though and am baffled as to what I can substitute as a protein source. Any suggestions? Eggless in Kansas
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 17:25:44 (permalink)
    That's why I think I'm going to try this. It allows a lot of the things I love, like veggies and cheese and seafood. It definitely seems more realistic. Since I'm no soda drinker anyway, I can survive on this kind of diet. I've been sitting here all day studying the list of do's and don'ts for Phase 1, and the do's-list is much longer! That's why it seems appealing to me. (plus the fact that my friend swears by it)

    I will begin this probably next week, after my birthday. I want to have a birthday glass of wine and maybe some cheesecake. Then I'll begin!
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 18:01:35 (permalink)
    But I thought you can have veggies and cheese on Atkins. What are these questions?
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 19:13:36 (permalink)
    I think I'm going to start this next week. I need to do something drastic after the holidays. I'm not familiar with the Atkins diet beyond the commentary I've read here and in the newspaper, but my understanding is that the South Beach diet pushes more vegetables and leaner meats than Atkins.

    The hardest part for me is going to be cutting out sugar. They swear that after the first two weeks you stop craving it, so we'll see!
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 20:47:11 (permalink)
    My husband and I went on the South Beach diet together this past summer. We followed the menu plans for Phase I. It was fun to prepare the tasty recipes. After two weeks, he lost about 13 pounds. I lost...ONLY 1 1/2 pounds! "Cheating" was not a factor in my case. For some reason, I don't lose weight on "low-carb" diets. Maybe it's a "female thing". Since then, I've basically reduced my food portions by about a third, focusing on a low-fat diet and have lost, since mid-October, about 20 pounds. I'm not a fan of the South Beach Diet. It didn't work for me. Sorry.
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/08 20:49:56 (permalink)
    Have done the Adkins with success--lost 20 lbs. -- and quit smoking at the same time-but I found that I gained when I resumed eating in a real fashion--this with running 2 miles 5 days a week. So--I think this diet reeks!!!! When you look at all of these diets,you find that they all offer the same thing--a rapid weight loss the first 2-3 weeks and then a rapid weight gain the next 2-3 weeks. I have decided that the old addage is true--eat less and exercise more. I don't eat lots of carbs now and try to have 1/2 portions. OK --so I'm not a size 4 anymore--merely an 8 but I refuse to parse over
    every calorie and every gram of carbs. I'm healthy and happy!!
    And you know what-- that's OK by me!!
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/09 18:17:56 (permalink)
    I started Atkins again this week after my holiday splurge and have lost 6 lbs. in 5 days. I've heard a lot about SB though and may switch to it when I'm done with the Atkins induction phase. I think eating more fish/seafood this time has helped me. Good luck to all of you in diet land!
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/11 09:01:26 (permalink)
    Amybody been on this diet for any length of time? Im about to actually start dieting---boy that sounds weird!!!---ive always bee---shall we say--big---but i also worked everyday---hard---now that im semi retired i dont get anywahere near the exercise i once did and decide its time start walking and lose a bunch of weight. My brother actually just went through a gastric bypass---he looks and feels great--- he's gone from 475 lbs to 250---but im not real thrilled about surgury so im looking at diets seriously and resovled to walk 20 mins OUT and then 20 back, up the old Texas Rd that runs by my home.at least 4 days a week. Any feed back from someone that has tried this diet would be appreciated
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/11 09:11:51 (permalink)
    Hi fellow dieters.....my husband and I have been on the South Beach diet since July 1. He had only 25 lbs. to lose and he lost it well in just three months and is keeping it off. I have lost 20 lbs but have a long way to go yet to goal. I understand women lose less rapidly than men and that could be. Also, I have bad knees and can't really exercise much as walking is very difficult, but I try.

    The SB Diet is truly easy and lots of things to eat and new recipes to try. We use only Splenda but never did use much sugar anyway. We keep sugar free popsicles on hand along with sugar free jello for snacks. So far we aren't bored with the diet. We love salads and I do make some creative ones to keep our interest.

    I think we miss most having potatoes occasionally but have begun adding them once in awhile so we've never really felt deprived of things we like.

    Good luck everyone who is trying to lose weight...we all need all the encouragement possible...just be patient, be motivated and be confidant....it can be done!

    Donna
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/11 16:07:09 (permalink)
    I lost 40 pounds - fast - on the low carb diet, but got sick as a dog, too so I'm skeptical of all these diets, but it sure sounds like the South Beach is a lot healthier, if you have to choose...IMHO anyway!
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/11 18:49:30 (permalink)
    The Sundancer has been on the Atkins diet for about four months and I have lost about 30 pounds. It is boring and i personally believe the SB diet is better as it allows more options.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/11 19:25:35 (permalink)
    When I voluntarily facilitated one-month smoking cessation clinics for the American Cancer Society (23 clinics over 7 years), I learned weight gain sometimes factored into a quitter's success or failure. Some individuals were less accepting of the weight gain that normally accompanies quitting and would abandon the effort.

    Weight gain following cessation of smoking is almost universal and happens rather quickly. Because nicotine supresses appetite, smokers typically eat less and snack less. When nicotine is removed, the average smoker begins eating more and misses fewer meals and snacks.

    Both men and women sometimes try to fill the void created by quitting with food and drink, and unless they accompany this behavior with a commensurate level of exercise, weight gain is inevitable.

    In two sizable studies conducted in California, the ACS found that ex smokers adjusted their eating over time, and at the end of the first year weighed considerably less than in the months just after quitting. One study found the average net weight gain of all ex smokers after one year was 3 pounds. The other study found the net gain was closer to 4 pounds. It takes a little while but the body's metabolism adjusts and ex smokers eat like everyone else.

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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/11 22:45:09 (permalink)
    I have never tried the south beach diet but my wife and I are both on the atkins and are haveing great success. we started in september and lost about 30lb each up until Thanksgiving. then we paid attention to what we ate but by no means adhered to anything DR atkins would have approved of. and now we are back on the atkins program as of 01-05-04 and have I have lost 13lbs and she has lost 9 lbs. I do know that the south beach diet sounds more lax as far as what you can eat, but we are sticking with atkins simply because we know that it works for us. I also know that alot of people think the atkins program is boring but I do alot of experimenting that has proved to be woth the trial and error. one of our favorite thing are the tortilla free taco salad and the grilled portbellos with creamy garlic shrimp or scallops on top. Good luck with whatever diet you do decide. Barry and Kimberlee in MI
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/12 12:39:07 (permalink)
    Is anyone familiar with the "Carbohydrate Addicts Diet"? I have heard it is a good one to try too. Anyone tried it?
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/12 16:42:33 (permalink)
    I started South Beach one week ago today and have stayed to it stitcly thus far. However, I have not lost one single pound. Any ideas?

    Also, the book does not mention whether diet sodas are allowed. I would assume they are.
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/12 17:38:26 (permalink)
    CMR: I would suggest you contact the Atkins web site but I am sure that diet drinks are allowed as I do about six a day and I have lost 30 pounds.

    [url]www.Atkins.com[/url]

    For two weeks avoid sugar, grain in any form, potatoes, bread. You can have any meat and cheese. Just avoid breaded meat as it has grain. I have a drink every night and I still lose. A lot of people think that because any meat is allowed, they can have breaded fried food. You cannot do that. It only takes a small amount of sugar, grain or bread to convert carbs into fat.

    After you do the induction phases, you can slowly add carbs into your diet.

    Good luck

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/12 21:55:08 (permalink)
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    Is anyone familiar with the "Carbohydrate Addicts Diet"? I have heard it is a good one to try too. Anyone tried it?

    Yep. Tried it about 4 years ago. The "key" to that diet is to have no carbs during the day, but you are allowed to "pig out" in the evening, as long as you keep EVERYTHING you eat or drink within a 1 hour time period. Yeah, right.
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/12 22:05:32 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Bushie

    quote:
    Originally posted by EdSails

    Is anyone familiar with the "Carbohydrate Addicts Diet"? I have heard it is a good one to try too. Anyone tried it?

    Yep. Tried it about 4 years ago. The "key" to that diet is to have no carbs during the day, but you are allowed to "pig out" in the evening, as long as you keep EVERYTHING you eat or drink within a 1 hour time period. Yeah, right.



    I think Bushie is right. I heard that you have to do the carbs between 1:00AM and 2:00AM Stay up and pig out in the earlyt morning.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/12 22:58:53 (permalink)
    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.
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/12 23:27:00 (permalink)
    Thanks redtressed and no, we're not goin to pop you in the noggin. I think a sensible diet as low fat as possible with lots of good vegetables and salads and fish, low fat meats....AND a proper work out every day is the best way to keep the weight off.
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/13 13:20:56 (permalink)
    Whats the defining line between a Fad diet and a Sensible diet? seems like ALL diets end up fads--that doesnt mean it wont work though---guess those that do are the sensible ones,huh?.....and btw---how much you wanna bet i got a leg that weighs more then "Miss Size 4" Lleechef! In my old neighborhood the best way to keep the weight off you was to not tick off the Teague Boys or the football team!
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/13 13:39:52 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by cmr586

    I started South Beach one week ago today and have stayed to it stitcly thus far. However, I have not lost one single pound. Any ideas?

    Also, the book does not mention whether diet sodas are allowed. I would assume they are.


    CMR586: Sorry to hear that you haven't lost any weight on the South Beach Diet so far. Are you male or female? I'm female and have tried the South Beach Diet. After two weeks, I lost maybe 1 to 1 1/2 pounds. For some reason, the low-carb diets don't favor women as much as men, in my opinion.
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/13 13:51:58 (permalink)
    Walden Farms and several other manufacturers make zero carb products like syrup, dressings, etc. Has anyone tried any of these?
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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/13 15:41:47 (permalink)
    There is a store in Columbia SC (Rosewood Market) that has a whole speciality area of low/no carb foods. They have LC bread, bagels and wraps, candy bars, snacks, syrup, jellies and so on !! Some are Atkins brand, but many or from various other companies. I have tried many, but not all. Some are good, but some are just plain NASTY !!


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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 09:21:35 (permalink)
    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/

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    RE: South Beach Diet 2004/01/14 09:41:29 (permalink)
    I'm in agreement with all who warn of fad diets, and I've been dieting all my life! But the South Beach Diet book makes so much sense to me and the regimen is reasonable so I can't see the danger in at least trying the diet. As I said before, it worked well for my husband and is working for me....the first two weeks are the most strict, then after that carbs (the good carbs) are reintroduced. And the first two weeks aren't all that "fadish," just eliminate bread, potatoes, sugar and pasta. And stay off the scales as long as you can so you don't get discouraged if there is no, or little, loss at first.

    I weigh only once a month and that works for me. I'm always pleasantly surprised, and the weight is coming off slowly, the way it was put on in the first place.

    Even if one doesn't want to follow the diet itself, reading the book is worthwhile. So much explained. It all makes sense.

    Again, good luck however you do it....we all need encouragement.

    Donna
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