My Manic-Depressive Love Affair With South Beach Diet
Posted Apr 08 2011 9:47am
I tried South Beach diet years ago, and lost 14lbs. All of which I gained back, and then some. For some reason, I remember hating it. My mother has started South Beach again, and I’ve watched the pounds melt off her, 17lbs so far! (Congrats Mom!). She has tried to coerce me to taking the plunge again, but I had no desire. I was going to do it my way. But clearly, my way was not working. I was pretty much already following the diet, I just had to eliminate fruit and carbs.
Carbs. Oh carbs. How I love thee, let me count the ways. I love you in the form of pasta, I love your crusty breads, I love your frosting on my cupcake… you’re always in my head. Yeah, a poem. That just happened.
The diet is relatively simple. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to a lighter you!
1. Just take everything you love, and throw it in the garbage.
2. Curse the cheesesticks and sugar free jello and damn them to hell.
3. Weigh yourself obsessively.
4. Convince yourself that “lettuce tacos” tastes like the real thing, and that they are going to be a huge hit someday.
5. Fruit is poison.
6. I hope you’re not a vegetarian!
7. Check to see if you have scurvy yet.
8. Convince yourself that having cancer from all the fake sugar substitutes is SO much better than those extra ten pounds.
9. Dismiss yourself from all social engagements, by now you’re too irritable to be around anyway.
10. Nap frequently. The less time your conscious, the better.
Feel skinny yet?
Ok… clearly, I’m being grossly dramatic. It’s not that hard at all. But I do miss fruit…and bread. The diet is actually pretty simple, and the first two weeks also known as Phase 1, is made for you to rid yourself of carb and sugar cravings, it just balances out your blood sugar. There is a lot of science behind it so I’ll give you the jist.
Sugar + Carbs = Energy. Energy NOT burned = Stored Fat
Now, if you eliminate sugars and carbs from your diet, it will use energy from the Stored Fat, which is what you want. Sugars and carbs are immediate sources of energy, so it will take a long time for your body to finally use the stored fat (which is why your badunkadunk might have added another –dunk). If you just have your body use the stored fat as energy, you will see the weight fall off much faster!
Which is exactly what happened to me. In 9 days I have lost 10lbs. I haven’t been able to lose 10 lbs this fast in my life. Results vary person to person, but Phase 1 expected weight loss is between 8-14lbs.
A few things that helped me stay focused:
I took a break from taekwondo to focus on my meal plan and make it part of my routine.
Plan your meals for the week
Out of sight out of mind – throw away or donate your unhealthy food items
Read the book, the science portion really helps you understand.
I usually don’t push diets, nor recommend them. But this looks like a lifestyle change I can stand behind. Phase 1 lasts for 2 weeks, I think I may stay on it one more week, because I sort of had cheesecake this week.
The Hard Parts:
- No fruits no sugars no carbs
- I kind of got sick of eggs
- I wish I liked fish, because that is big on the menu
- You really have to prep and bring most of your food from home.
- No alcohol. Mama misses her special juice.
- If you’re a vegetarian, it might be difficult. Lots of lean meat proteins involved.
The Easy Parts:
- No calorie counting! Eat when you’re hungry
- I ordered burgers from restaurants, just eat it bunless
- Sugar-free snacks: Jello, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Vanilla Ricotta Crème
- Planning meals makes your life and morning easier
- Trying new vegetable recipes is totally fun. Creativity is key!
- Honest to Blog, you will lose your cravings after a couple days.
Tip: While you can eat till you’re satisfied, moderation is still important!
Here is just a sample of my meals this week:
Tip: Take supplements if you need more vitamin C. I recommend Super Orange from Emergen-C. It’s just powder you put in water, and drink it twice a day. Tastes really good. While it has sugar, it’s not that much and you’re getting a ton of vitamins that you would normally get from fruits.
So this is how I lost 10lbs. I’m excited to see my progress once I start working out regularly again. I went to my first class in over a week last night and it went really well.
* Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician, doctor or nutritionist. I am not paid nor have I received any monetary exchanges of goods or services from South Beach. Consult your doctor if you are interested in changing your diet. I am simply sharing my success story with other for inspirational purposes.