Chicken Showing South Beach Diet

South Beach Diet, Phase #1

What is the South Beach Diet?

The South Beach Diet is maybe, one of the most popular diet plans. The advantages of this diet plan are that cuts “bad” carbohydrates from your diet and encourages the consumption of “good” carbohydrates and healthy fats instead.

What is Phase #1?

Phase 1 is often referred to the first 14 days of The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet includes the most stringent rules about what you can and cannot eat, that means you have to give up the foods you regularly eat, as bread pasta, fruits or flavored yogurts.

Phase one is the most restrictive phase of the South Beach Diet. The dieter is introduced to foods which are low in saturated fats.

From of all aspects of the South Beach Diet, phase #1 is the most important thing. Many people find this phase quite hard, and I wonder whether it is a nod to instant gratification.

Dropping carbs out of your diet often results in rapid weight loss in a short period of time, some will be fat, some may be muscle, and a lot will be loss of water. You will build all of your meals around a selection of specified foods that rank low on the glycemic index and are prepared in a healthy way.

The purpose of phase 1 is to relive you of cravings for sugar. As an added benefit, you will also achieve a significant amount of weight loss in short time. It is possible to lose up to 14 pounds in two weeks of diet.

What can you eat?

1/ Meats and other protein:

On the South Beach Diet, meats and other protein sources (such as soy and eggs) should be low in saturated fat and without extra breading or other sources of carbohydrate. This list includes which cuts of beef, pork, and poultry fit into these categories, as well as a complete list of approved protein foods.

2/ Vegetables:

Vegetables on the South Beach Diet are pretty much the same as a regular low-carb vegetable list. A few starchy vegetables can be gradually added on a limited basis after Phase #1.

3/ Fruits: 

No fruit in Phase #1. Fruits are phased in gradually after that Phase #1 period.

4/ Dairy products:

Dairy is limited to fat-free and some low-fat dairy products and cheeses, without added sugars.

5/ Nuts and seeds:

Nuts and seeds are allowed in limited serving sizes.

 6/ Fats and oils:

Sources of fats and oils (including mayonnaise, avocados) have to be encouraged or avoided on South Beach Diet.

7/ Condiments and sauces:

Condiments and sauces that avoid sugars and saturated fats are the key for a successfully diet.

8/ Beverages:

South Beach Rules regarding beverages, including caffeine – limit to 1 to 2 cups per day.

NO alcohol in Phase #1.

9/ Sweet treat:

The rules around sweet treat – always sugar-free.

10/ Starches and grains:

No starches in Phase One. Following this, some whole grains and other starches can be phased back only in Phase #2.

Caution:

IF you have any illness or you are pregnant or have any concerns, consult your family doctor prior starting this diet.