The South Beach diet is a low carbohydrate eating program for a period of two to three weeks and then you reintroduce good or low glycemic carbs back into your diet. On phase one, you basically have low fat meat/fish, low fat dairy/cheese, 20 nuts, eggs, and vegetables and most beans. Here is the list of phase one foods: South Beach Phase 1 Food List.
The goal of phase one is to cut out the cravings by consuming low glycemic foods which will help stabilize your blood sugar levels. In this phase, you will see the greatest weight loss. If you have a lot of pounds to drop, you might see an eight to ten pound loss in weight. Right now, I haven't gotten on the scale but I know I have lost weight and I'm not craving sugar anymore. I'm weighing in on Thursday so I will let you know the results. Kathy has already lost four pounds and she started on Thursday also.
After phase one, you move to phase two in which you add the good carbohydrates back into your diet. I tell my clients the best way to do it so you won't crash, would be to add one carb per day to your diet a week. So by week three, you should have added 3 carb servings a day to your eating program.
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The South Beach Meal Plan/Food Delivery Great for those who don't have time to cook.