Diet & Fitness
Do You Make These
South Beach Diet Mistakes?
South Beach Diet works, for most people. But
there's some easy mistakes you must avoid...
by: Neil Stelling
The South Beach Diet works,
for most people. Its low fat, low carb approach helps
you lose weight quickly and easily. Health benefits are
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
About The Author
Neil Stelling successfully
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