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Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 9:24 PM


Has anybody out there been on the South Beach diet?

My husband and I started today, and I have already turned into a raving, mean lunatic. I think if my daughter were old enough (and brave enough) she'd give me the finger and leave home!

I'm not hungry, I love the food I'm making, but golly.......

How long will it take until everything stabilizes and I'm nice Sheri again??

Oogie54  (Level: 209.6 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 9:34 PM

I'm on the deep-south beach diet, it's pretty easy...

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 9:45 PM

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 9:47 PM

I know many people who have done Atkins and South Beach - the problems they seemed to encounter was staying power. I lost close to forty pounds this year - I am at my high school weight - never thought I would be here at this weight again. Anyway, I got the book, " Dr. Ann's 10 - Step Diet" and used that as a guideline. I worked out every single day for the first three months - that was key for me. Now I work out 3-4 times a week and I even indulge every once in a while and have not gained one pound back. I'm not on any kind of maintenance program - just a commitment to be healthy and smart about food and life choices. Another cool book is "Eat This, Not That". It's an illustrated guide to thousands of foods - supermarket, fast food, restaurants, etc. They have one for kids also. My son has made healthier choices because of that book.

I do wish you and your husband great success in whatever direction you go in - hang in there! If you ever need extra encouragement please feel free to pm me - I have never felt more physically well - I just wish I hadn't waited so long to get started.

Best of luck to you!

Oogie54  (Level: 209.6 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 9:49 PM

Caffeine and nicotine complement the refined sugars and citric acid, a well balanced diet

Oogie54  (Level: 209.6 - Posts: 1120)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 9:53 PM

Darn, Karen's response was much healthier sounding , maybe you should disregard mine good luck,and persevere.

Pennwoman  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 2476)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 11:25 PM

I am dating a nice man, who does alot of walking, biking etc.
So being the proper girlfriend, I called an suggested that we walk today, since it was such a beautiful day.
We walked four miles.
At mile 1 and 1/2, I suggested that he might get a better work out if he jogged in circles around me.
At mile 2 and 3/4 ( who is the clever clever child that marks quarter miles?)
I offered to let him go ahead and on his return, he could either cover my body with leaves or drag my carcass back to the van.
At mile 3 and 3/4 I had to pee -- could I wait just a little longer? NOOOOOOO!
If I can move tomorrow, it will be a Christmas miracle.
No idea what this has to do with the South Beach diet. Other than I wish I was on a beach, where the big excercise is turning over......

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 11:44 PM

A group of friends and I all started the South Beach diet together a few years back.

The first two weeks were the hardest. I knew that if I could just get through them, I'd be okay. That turned out to be right. Although you're "supposed" to lose 10 pounds or so the first two weeks, I only lost 2. All of my friends lost much more than that, and cheated at that. I was religious about it, so it was a tad discouraging. Nevertheless, as my circle of diet comrades dropped out of the program, I stayed in. Although it took me a year and a half, I eventually lost 45 pounds.

It's a good program. Don't pay too much attention to the scales at first, as it can be discouraging -- although the big weight loss does occur for some at the start. For me, it came in fits and starts.

Go for it! Give it at least a good solid month or two, and if nothing else, the dietary program is healthy at best. I recommend it. Even though I've been off of it for a couple of years now, I haven't gained the weight back.



Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 12:40 AM

Not a big fan of dieting.

I'm not an expert (I'm sure Sicko is) but I know you can't cut out carbs. It may work for awhile, but long term not so good. I'd be interested to hear from someone that has been on it for over 2 years. For quick weight loss, from those I know that have tried it, seems to work great.

Again, not an expert, but the only way to loose weight FOR GOOD is to burn off more than you take in. Try the long walks in conjuction with whatever diet you choose. The diet will burn out, but the exercise won't.


Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 12:40 AM

Thanks for the encouragement, everybody. I have a lot of weight to lose - the result of simply letting myself go and not getting exercise. My parents have been doing South Beach for 3 weeks now, and have lost almost 40 pounds between them. Andy and I are both committed to walking, and sticking to it. Really the only complaint I have (other than my initial grumpiness), is that I have spent the last 2 nights doing nothing but cooking! Strange for somebody on a diet....

Anyway, I'll keep you all posted on our progress. I am generally optimistic and fully expect to be buying new clothes by the end of the month!

Oogie, thanks for your advice - I might have to skip it just for now!


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 3:28 AM

Chick, the South Beach diet is not like the no carb diet. The first two weeks are pretty severe, and then you add many things in, including carbs in small amounts. It's a lifestyle diet, not a quick loss thing. My doctor recommended this diet, as it has definite health benefits. Another doctor prescribed it to a friend with diabetes. Again, although the first two weeks are difficult, it gets much easier after that. If you stick with it, you will lose weight.

Exercise is highly encouraged as a part of the whole program.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 4:09 AM

Diets are dangerous and so is exercise. If a person is excessively overweight, they should diet under a doctor's supervision and the same thing with this exercise stuff. Those of us who have dieted know that taking the pounds off isn't as hard as the maintaining the weight level (or plateau) you have accomplished. My son is a licensed ,certified physical trainer who works at a very popular Health club, full time. He has been there almost six years and there has been five or six deaths at the club since he has been there. Men and women over 45 have been the victims of over-exercising and taxing the limits of their hearts and bodies. "Know when to say when", may apply to more than Budweiser. Be careful !!!!!

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 5:11 AM

I am far from an expert but do discuss these diets with my patients every day. One of the docs in our practice is a low carb lunatic but he has given several lectures to our interns and residents - his facts and his results are undeniable so I began recommending it to my patients and guess what - it really does work. The results on everything from diabetes to high cholesterol are sometimes amazing.
As for South Beach - I actually think it is one of the better ones - yes those first few weeks are really tough - and more than one person has said how "mean" they get - you just don't feel all that great at first - but things get better - so I say stick with it. I am not a fan of fad diets - but I think there is a lot of science behind Atkins and South Beach and might not even put them in the "fad diet" category.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.6 - Posts: 2709)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 5:46 AM

The South Beach Diet was put together by a cardiologist who was concerned about overweight patients. I was on the South Beach Diet (Phase 1 & 2) for a few years and lost about 100 pounds. Then I gradually started adding foods that are not appropriate on it. When I finally ordered a baked potato at a restaurant, I acknowledged that I really was ignoring SB totally and from then on would eat anything I wanted (a plain baked potato will make the body's blood sugar rise faster than an equal amount of pure sugar). I got back on about 2 months ago, and I've started to lose the 40 pounds I regained.

The first 2 weeks (Phase 1) are the hardest. It definitely gets easier afterwards. My attitude changed from stark raving bitch to sanctimonious and holier than thou, almost like a vegan. I find that if I think of it as a healthy way of eating rather than a diet where I can't have various things, I do much better. Good luck!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 9:56 AM

My doc put me on the old 1200 calorie low-carb diet back in '72 and I have been on the roller coaster ever since. I have tried a lot of diets and I have lost a bunch, then I put it back on. I reached a high of 285 about eight years ago and now I seem to maintain around 240 by simply eating less. My whole family on both sides were stocky, ( I hate to use the old stale term "Big Boned"), and I believe this is a factor for anyone. I don't count calories or carbs. Structured diets can drive you batty. I set aside two days a week to have whatever I please and the other seven I eat moderate. More chicken, fish and veggies and less red meat, eggs. etc. Even my doctor seems OK with it.
One thing is certain; No matter what you add or eliminate from your diet, no matter what the opinion is today on eggs, red meat, booze, caffeine, etc, you can be assured that somewhere, as I write this, there is a study going on, at some well respected university, that will contradict all previous information on everything you have been told before, and whatever you are eating is going to kill you.

Thank you,
Don "Fats" Deniston

Garrybl  (Level: 291.9 - Posts: 6773)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 11:11 AM


If you are eating nine days a week that might explain the extra weight gain?

(Apologies for smartalec comment)


Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 12:25 PM

Hubbie and I went on Atkins about five years ago and were religious about it for three years. He lost 70 lbs and kept off 50; I lost 70 and kept off 40. Now eating everything in site and re-gaining, much to my chagrin. I know what I am supposed to do but the addage "just don't put it in the hole" doesn't always hold water. My precious size 12 pants are now too tight and I refuse to "buy up". I'm going to restart Atkins this week, but am not going to be so crazy about it this time.

Suggestion - DO NOT weigh yourself every day. Once a week is plenty and keep a log.
Suggestion - measure your neck, under your arms, chest, waist, hips, calves and ankle and re-measure every month. It's too much fun to see what happens.

My best friend had a bypass (and she had to GAIN 8 pounds to qualify) and now is wearing a size 8 and looking fabulous but I don't think she's very happy. Certainly I don't recommend that unless you are so morbidly obese you will die if you don't take drastic measures.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 12:32 PM

Thanks Barry!

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 2:55 PM

I've been on the diet roller-coaster for many years, and I really believe this one is different - it doesn't even seem like a diet - only like a change in what we eat. I'm sure not hungry - just cranky.

I know we're not supposed to get on the scale after one day, but we couldn't help ourselves this morning - 2.8 lbs less on me. Andy is 3 lbs less. We vow to not get back on the scale until the end of the week.

In any case, I equate 2.8 lbs to almost 3 packages of store-bought margarine that is now gone from my body. And that is a good thing.

We took pictures Sunday night - boy, am I nasty looking! When I'm down 50 lbs I'll post that and a new one. Then I'll work on the rest. Long road ahead.

Happy Election Tuesday - only 3 more days until Friday!


Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sat, 8th Nov '08 9:43 AM

Just to update those who are interested:

Andy and I each lost 6.8 lbs. the first 5 days. My daughter lost almost 5 lbs.

I'm not grumpy anymore (Andy didn't get grumpy). I do, however, spend a LOT of time in the kitchen cooking.

Happy Sabbath!


Oogie54  (Level: 209.6 - Posts: 1120)
Sat, 8th Nov '08 11:23 AM

WTG Sheri!!

Barb1111  (Level: 112.7 - Posts: 215)
Sat, 8th Nov '08 11:52 AM

Congrats! I was on the South Beach diet about two years ago and lost over 40 pounds. Yes, the first two weeks are hard but I think that is your body going through carb withdrawal. Once you get used to the program and start adding back those good carbs you will begin to see a big difference. The main point is that you really need to stay off certain carbs or you are only going to put the weight back on so this diet is certainly a life-style change. Also, you need to exercise at least three times a week. That will help as well as give you more energy.

Good luck to you.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sat, 8th Nov '08 12:20 PM

Yes - and say goodbye to the potato - it is not your friend! I haven't had a potato all year and I don't miss them. Once you realize what it does to your body sugars and how bad it is for you it's just not worth it. Whole wheat pasta is a healthier side.

I'm glad to hear about your successes - keep up the good work!

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 14th Nov '08 11:39 PM

I do miss potatoes.

This morning's stats:

11.8 lbs for me, 11.2 for Andy, and 6.2 for Allison.

No complaints here - the grumpies are gone, and we are settling into the new routine nicely.

Staying on Phase 1 for an extra week, but looking forward to having half a whole wheat bagel in a week!



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