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Dietary Questions

With all the hype that the South Beach Diet has been getting lately, I took a look at it and it seems that it's one of those "no carbs, higher fat" diets.

Now, I know several people have been either on it or thinking of trying it out, so I was wondering if anyone with any health know how could do me a favor.

Thanks to Christine, I found this place called Fit Day that keeps track of what you eat and your exercise activities.

I posted what I was considering making my daily diet here and I was worried that while I don't have a lot of carbs, I have a ton of fat. Steven always told me that it wasn't the fat that was my problem, but the carbs.

Anyone care to offer up their opinion?

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Personally, I have a hell of a time giving up the carbs. Therefore, I have done Weight Watchers and LOVE it. It actually works. You may not think you are losing weight as fast, but I feel for me that this is something I could stick to and work with forever.

.: Adelle said on December 8, 2003 10:58 AM :: link it :.

I've lost a bit of weight recently, mostly from cutting my fat to 30g a day and limiting carbs where I can. If you're getting a lot of exercise, you can up the carbs a bit, you'll need it.

I get virtually no exercise cause I'm a lazy-butt, so I've cut out most of the bread, potatoes and pasta that make me full but a fatty. I went from a 16 jeans to a 14 without even really noticing that I was "dieting", and now those jeans are getting baggy too.

Good luck!

.: Danelle said on December 8, 2003 11:47 AM :: link it :.

I believe in limiting PROCESSED/white carbs such as white bread, pasta, refined sugars and the like.

I try to eat smaller amounts of white rice but can't cut it out completely for cultural reasons.

SBD makes a lot of sense to me, and Atkins, if done properly...

.: Zorbs said on December 8, 2003 02:52 PM :: link it :.

I agree with Adelle. I don't think all carbs are evil - you just have to watch what you eat. I'm *way* too picky of an eater to do the South Beach diet. Half of the recipes in the book made me want to hurl.

Personally, I think you need to watch what you eat, and then work on toning exercises - I really think it would do the trick for you after all the weight you've lost already.

.: Christine said on December 8, 2003 10:59 PM :: link it :.

I couldn't resist adding my two cents. I carried extra weight for years until I tried Canyon Ranch portion control. You don't have to count or measure anything, just eat spa type food most of the time. Buy their new cookbook, or buy all three books if you like them.

.: Julia said on December 9, 2003 04:54 AM :: link it :.

I just started the SBD on Monday. I haven't have any cravings yet. I'm a very picky eater. So far so good. I'm going to check out Fit Day.

.: Ash said on December 10, 2003 03:36 PM :: link it :.

Just a little info on the south beach diet - since we've been doing it for the past week. It is definitely NOT a "low carb/high fat" diet. That would be Atkins - and this is nothing like that. Actually the diet is more well-balanced than anything I've done before, and the weight loss is SURPRISING. (Who would have known that just "eating right" would mean an automatic weight loss!)

The diet is about eating the RIGHT carbs - (like the ones you get from vegetables (not all, certain ones) and some dairy) - pasta and bread are out in the beginning, but after a week or so, they're brought back - but only in whole wheat types. There is "high protien" but only those with low fat as well. You can't just go eat bacon and eggs and call it a day. Eggs, yes, but bacon is limited, and only low fat (I think it's restricted to turkey bacon). And when you have protien, it's important to have vegetables as well because it slows digestion and will make you feel "full" longer. The diet really gets you looking at what you're eating and what it contains. And what it boils down to is that anything "pre-made" is USUALLY not good for you. (unfortunately - because it means you have to preare EVERYTHING yourself)

My only complaint on the diet is that it's EXPENSIVE to buy so many vegetables, and all the low fat stuff. Our grocery bill for the last two weeks has literally doubled.

But I'm CONVINCED this is a healthy way to eat. Personally, I think there's a TON of foods you're allowed. But if you're not a vegetable person, South Beach may not be for you. Because I think what makes it work is the low fat/protien/vegetable combo.

I'll stop taking up your whole comments area now. LOL! If you have any questions about the diet - feel free to email me. :D

(FYI - I just tried to post this, and it gave me an error with the "subscribe to post" button checked)

.: Jennifer said on December 13, 2003 08:27 PM :: link it :.

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