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Avril Ramsey

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Hi all,

@morning glory suggested I begin a thread on the South Beach diet that my husband and I are currently following.

This is less about being on a diet and more of a way of life. The 'diet' is in three phases - the first being the most difficult and lasting two weeks - eating only lean protein, loads of vegetables and salads, beans, legumes, nuts, reduced fat cheeses. In this phase, breads, pastas sugars (including fruits) are allowed.

Phase Two is still in the weight loss phase and its here that carbs are reintroduced (whole grain breads, pasta and brown rice), fruits are also allowed and some root veg. A glass of wine with meals is also permitting occasionally.

Phase Three is the maintenance phase once you've reached your goal weight.

I am presently in in Phase 1 as I have quite a bit to lose. We've been on the diet for over a month now and keep re-setting as we have been socialising a bit and tend to 'fall off the wagon' thus begin again.

I don't feel hungry at all - in fact, there are times when I feel I'm eating way more than I ordinarily would. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. There is a lot of prep work on this diet - I usually make extra dinner which serves as our lunch for the following day and then pack snack items for both of us - I am easily spending up to two hours daily in meal prep and packing (tho this does include our evening meal) - I am lucky that I'm not working so am able to make meals daily.

I'm happy to answer any questions anyone may have (I'll be consulting the books as I'm no expert) and more than happy to chat with people who have been on, or are still on this diet and perhaps have some tips to share.
 

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Do you mean breads, pastas and sugars aren't allowed in phase 1? If so, then you have a typo in the first paragraph. You forgot the not.
 

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Do you mean breads, pastas and sugars aren't allowed in phase 1? If so, then you have a typo in the first paragraph. You forgot the not.
I think that must be so! I would hate giving up carbs. I love carbs, potatoes and bread being amongst the favourites.

I am presently in in Phase 1 as I have quite a bit to lose. We've been on the diet for over a month now and keep re-setting as we have been socialising a bit and tend to 'fall off the wagon' thus begin again.

I don't feel hungry at all - in fact, there are times when I feel I'm eating way more than I ordinarily would.
I like the idea of eating way more than normal and not feeling hungry! The key question is - have you actually lost any weight so far?
 

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Yep I forgot the 'not' in the first paragraph. My apologies. No breads, no pasta, sugars and my worst - no fruit or fruit juice, on Phase 1. I love fruit, potatoes and crusty bread so this is a difficult phase for me.

I have lost 4kg in the four weeks we've been on Phase 1 - the book suggests two weeks on Phase 1 but we're doing a tad longer as due to various social engagements we attend, we very often will eat non-compliant food. :happy:
 

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Yep I forgot the 'not' in the first paragraph. My apologies. No breads, no pasta, sugars and my worst - no fruit or fruit juice, on Phase 1. I love fruit, potatoes and crusty bread so this is a difficult phase for me.

I have lost 4kg in the four weeks we've been on Phase 1 - the book suggests two weeks on Phase 1 but we're doing a tad longer as due to various social engagements we attend, we very often will eat non-compliant food. :happy:
That is pretty good going. Well done! I hope it continues to work for you. Keep us updated...
 

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Good luck with the diet. I can see that working - carbs and sugars are the killers, no matter how much you cut back on everything else you are unlikely to lose weight if you still consume white bread, pasta, rice, fruit juices or anything containing refined sugars. Sugar interferes with the way insulin works in the body, and one of insulins main functions is to control the absorption of fat.
 

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Good luck with the diet. I can see that working - carbs and sugars are the killers, no matter how much you cut back on everything else you are unlikely to lose weight if you still consume white bread, pasta, rice, fruit juices or anything containing refined sugars. Sugar interferes with the way insulin works in the body, and one of insulins main functions is to control the absorption of fat.
Doesn't wine come under that banner too? I don't know - but it is made from fruit juice.
 

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My wife is trying to get me to do something like this and give up carbs. No bread, no rice, nothin'! Not even whole wheat, unless it's organic and non-GMO.

I may need an attorney for this one.
 

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My wife is trying to get me to do something like this and give up carbs. No bread, no rice, nothin'! Not even whole wheat, unless it's organic and non-GMO.

I may need an attorney for this one.
I could never do it. Does she think you are overweight or something?
 

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I am.

:(

I should drop about 30 to 40 lbs.. I'm 183cm, but I'm a fairly thick build, so I feel pretty confortable under 220.
 

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Much higher in carbs, cider is probably the worst. Pales into insignificance when compared with a glass of apple juice though. Did you know that a 250 ml glass of apple juice contains over 7 spoons of sugar? All over the world people are glugging away on fruit juices thinking they are being healthy.
 
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