Saturday, August 21, 2010

South Beach Diet Part 1

So as of tomorrow, Andrew and I will be starting the South Beach Diet. Tonight to celebrate we are going out for Mexican food and beers - I am calling this the last horrah! I've done this one in college with my old boyfriend and its pretty effective. After the first two weeks of total carb and sweets withdrawal, you slowly get back into eating normal foods but cut out a lot of "bad carbs" as well as sugar-rich foods.

I'm really nervous about the next two weeks, but this week at the store I bought the following for meals this week:
  • Pork chops
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Catfish and Cod fillets
  • Salad stuff such as green leaf lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes (from my garden)
  • Leeks and Onions
  • Low fat, plain yogurt
  • Berries to put in the yogurt
  • Eggs (yup you can still have those!)
  • Low fat string cheese
  • Hummus for veggie dipping
  • Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese
  • Ground turkey
  • No salt added trail mix
I'm a total bread and pasta lover. We have already cut out "white carbs" like regular pasta and white bread a long time ago. But for these first two weeks, I can't even have those. No wine either (AHHHHHH) but this will slowly be reintroduced in the second phase. I got the South Beach book today as well as the cookbook that stresses easy meals in 30 minutes or less. I'm going to continue with my workouts and try to up the miles I do on the elliptical and lift more weights.

I researched this diet a lot and a few magazines, including Forbes, listed it as one of the Top 10 diets. I thought about the Vegan thing, but I just don't think I could deprive myself of all of that stuff plus most people I know who do it cheat all the time anyways. You loose weight at first, but then get sick of all that stuff and start eating bad again. I think this is true for most diets, but it seems that South Beach is something you really can do for a long time!

I'll be updating as the week goes on with how its working! Supposedly you can loose 8-13lbs in the first two weeks :)

1 comment:

Di said...

Hi! I just happened across your blog. Best wishes on the south beach!!

I'll testify that the SBD IS something you can do for a long time; I started in 2004. The hardest part was those first couple of weeks, but it was smooth sailing after that! I did lose that 13lbs! Since then I've incorporated more RAW foods into my diet. Felt like a natural progression since SBD worked so well for me!

Taking care of the body is addictive and fun... once you start to see the results, you'll be so much more inspired!

Sounds like you've got your menu down pat. :) I would also encourage you to try making some green smoothies!

I look forward to following your journey. Best wishes!