We all remember the hype associated with the Adkins diet and actually saw proven results from co-workers, friends, and family. Many of us have also gone through the stages of choosing a fat-free diet which actually made us believe it was “ok” to eat more because of the low gram count of fat. As “dieteers” we often search for ways to lose weight without hard work and excercise. In most cases, we can lose a few pounds on several different diets, but, as soon as we see the success start to happen, we decide that it’s time to treat ourself to some fried, greasy food. On some of the basic diets, relapse will lead to quick gainage of those pounds you once lost.
Although I usually am a leader, I couldn’t help myself by following the people on the South Beach Diet. Just like many of you, I wanted to lose some extra pounds with minimal effort. I planned on excercising (so I say), but wanted a quick jumpstart before I began my physical journeys. Many people classify this diet as a low carb diet. After researching this, myself, it is actually a no-carb diet for the first two weeks. I think the whole trick to this diet is actually revolved around cutting sugars from your diet. The good news, for all you “sweet” junkies, is that you can use sugar substitutes such as splenda.
With this diet, there are three stages. Believe me when I tell you, stage one can be brutal. If you are a carbohydrate junkie (like me) you may have a tough time making it through the first phase. In a nutshell, you are limited to, basically, low fat cheeses, eggs, water, lean meats, NO SUGAR or CARBS, and certain vegetables. I am not sure to credit the weight loss of 7-10lbs in the first phase to the diet or to the person on the diet who is so sick of eating eggs that they decide not to eat them at all! Honestly, there are only so many things you can do with meat and eggs before you become nauseous at the thought of eating them again. All in all, if you can battle it through the first two weeks, eating wheat bread and pita in the second stage will seem like a luxury.
Many people on this diet want to weigh themselves, daily, because of the rapid weight loss reputation. I urge you not to do so! Sometimes you may not see the weight loss until the third week. In many cases, if people do not see success from the beginning, they tend to relapse. Personally, I did not see the success until the third week. I must admit that I cheated in the first week because I did not see a quick result. Luckily, I jumped back on board and continued my diet. Within two weeks from my relapse, I weighed myself and noticed a five pound weight loss.
As mentioned previously, phase two and three of the diet allow better foods. You are encouraged to add some carbohydrates in the form of wheat and whole grains, and also are allowed portions of low fat and sugar free sweets, including fruits. Do not mistake this for the adkins diet, though. You are allowed some things such as tomato soup and ketchups, which are frowned down upon by the Adkins lovers. By the time you reach phase three, this style of eating becomes part of your lifestyle. Things you normally would not eat become favorites. This diet actually persuades you to enjoy healthy foods through habits and actually makes you eat less than you normally would.
All in all, I love the diet and have had great success with it. I cheated a couple times, but found the will power to continue where I left off. I recently just started phase three and have lost more than 10 lbs after a month’s time. You can read all of the books you want, but the trick to this diet is fairly simple. Cut your sugars and replace them with substitutes, replace your carbohydrates, and give the new foods time to reconstruct the way your body thinks. In order for this diet to be successful, you have to be successful in following the rules. Once you start to see the results, you will continue to diet. Unbelievable, but the South Beach Diet really does work.