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.