Anyone ever try the South Beach Diet? - page 2

Does it work? How healthy is it for you...really? Did you regain the weight after losing it because you didn't stick to the diet, or did you change your eating habits completely and keep the weight... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    Hmmmm...thanks for the reminder stressgal...I TOTALLY forgot about the upcoming County Fair in our area.

    I'll still buy the book, read it, plan the attack on my body fat, and go for the prize after I have fun at the County Fair.
  2. by   live4today
    Well, I bought the book today for about 24 bucks, so I better read every page as well as follow the diet plan to get my money's worth. :chuckle

    The salesperson told me I was the fourth customer he had personally sold the book to this morning. Wish me weight loss!
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Well, I bought the book today for about 24 bucks, so I better read every page as well as follow the diet plan to get my money's worth. :chuckle

    The salesperson told me I was the fourth customer he had personally sold the book to this morning. Wish me weight loss!
    Take my thighs with you
  4. by   live4today
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    Take my thighs with you
    Come on thighs! Work it, work it!
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally posted by cheerfuldoer
    Come on thighs! Work it, work it!
    Evidently they are hard of hearing. :chuckle
  6. by   Tiki_Torch
    I heard about this book/diet in my Prevention magazine. Being a subscriber to that peroidical, they also sent out a big packet really pushing this diet's soundness and benefits. Because I'm having trouble with high cholesterol & triglyceride problems as well as middle-age weight gain of about 50 pounds, not to mention both my parents are Type II diabetics, I decided to give the diet a try.

    It's been over a month now and I'm doing great on it. The first two weeks weren't so bad but I was glad to get to the third week and beyond. I've gone from a tight size 14/comfortable 16 to a loose 14/tight 12 and lost about 8 pounds. I've lost more in the way of inches than pounds though. I'm walking 30-40 minutes 6 days a week and just added some light weight lifting. I'm planning to pull out my Windsor Pilates DVD this week and start that back up again... I found it incredibly helpful for the tummy area and for stretching. I plan to stay on the "Part Two" of the diet until all my unwanted weight is gone and then go to "Part Three" forever.... that's my plan.

    I had my cholesterol checked almost 2 months ago and will have it rechecked in December. I'm looking forward to seeing "scientifically" how well this diet will be working for me. All in all I'm quite happy with it.

    Best of luck to you!
  7. by   Tweety
    I almost bought it myself today too Cheerful, because it seems to make a little more sense to me than Atkins. Looks good. But I'm still looking for a vegetarian away to go. I've finished with the Atkins induction.

    Basically, I think his book is about lower glycemic index eating and insulin control, which is all the buzz in the nutrition world (kind of an interest of mine) these days. That we're finding that insulin control can expediate weight loss and greater health.

    Good luck! Looks like a good book.

    Tiki_Torch awesome! Congrats and keep up the good work!!!
  8. by   PlanetCaroline
    Don't know about South Beach...Sounds cool except I don't eat meat & eggs that often. Whatever you can do to get motivated is worth trying. Here's a tip I heard on Hollywood Squares (where I get all my peer reviewed medical info).

    Question: What is the simplest way to lose 10 lbs?


    drumroll please....


    Answer: Write down 100 times that you are going to lose 10 lbs.

    I took that to mean that making the decision is a great start to a weight loss program. I lost 8 lbs just deciding to lose weight.

    The other 20 came off with a LOT of sweat & hard work. I went through agonizing setbacks, plateaus, & hundreds of moments where I almost gave up entirely. Don't ask about the binges. I still have 10 lbs left & let me tell you I empathize with your plight. Even though losing weight is rewarding, it is really, really hard. Harder than quitting smoking IMO & that was hard.

    There are rewards. Just yesterday, I decided to keep size 12 jeans (my skinny jeans) as a momento. I left the house wearing my size 6 jeans.

    ---
    Caroline
  9. by   live4today
    Tiki_Torch......I'm luvin your "quote" at the bottom of your post comments. Too real in my life girlfriend. Just tooooo real!

    Congrats on your success! You inspire me because I'm on medication to reduce my cholesterol, and it's past time for me to contribute my share of the hard work of keeping it under control.
    I went through a bit of a funk when out of nursing (almost) six years before returning to the field, and that funky period I got into was not good for my body, mind, or soul. But...I'm rolling again, and getting mentally and emotionally stronger everyday. I'm more than ready and able to slap myself into shape if its the last thing I do.

    Tweety....thanks for the encouragement! I already know those first two weeks are going to be a "killer" for me since I can't seem to do without chewing my Juicy Fruit chewing gum everyday. It's my one SANITY pick me upper when working those looooooonnnnggg shifts. But...anything for my health and state of mentality. Well.....my health anyways. :chuckle

    PlanetCaroline...You go woman! Strut your stuff in those size six jeans! Heck, I just want to be a HEALTHY size 12.
  10. by   Cynthiann
    Coming from someone whose lost 25 pounds the hard way (lots of exercise and healthy eating) from what I've heard on that show it sounds like a good diet. They stress eating the right types of carbohydrates and fats. This is a big key to successful weight loss. And because of that fact it gets my thumbs up.

    Good luck on your weight loss.
  11. by   Tiki_Torch
    If anyone is checking out the recipes in the book conerning the first two weeks phase, let me suggest you try the "Roasted Veggies" recipe. It is awesomely simple to do and absolutely delicious. Be sure to use a good quality extra virgin olive oil (I love the Greek ones). The veggies are also good in an omlet. One of my favorite meals is an omlet (I make it with one egg and 1/4 cup egg substitute) with 1/4 cup roasted veggies in it, 2 slices of turkey bacon (cooked in the microwave) and a tossed salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and red onion with a little olive oil and rice wine vinegar. It fills me up and I'm not hungry for 5 hours! A favorite snack is to eat a big celery stick filled with low fat "Laughing Cow" cheese. It's very filling and tasty and the crunch is great. Easy snack to pack too.

    Just thought I'd share...

    Thanks for the kind comments some of you sent my way too!

  12. by   angelbear
    what is laughing cow cheese? Also is there a web site that tells more about this diet?
  13. by   Tiki_Torch
    "Laughinc Cow" is a brand of soft swiss cheese. I find it in regular supermarkets in the "fancy" cheese area. Also, Sam's Club discount warehouse carries it. It comes in a small round thin cardboard container which is about 6 inches in diameter and 1 inch high and each piece of cheese is shaped in a triangle and individually wrapped. It's really good, and easy to spread. There is a cartoon picture of a laughing cow on the packaging. Being that they are packaged individually makes them easy to toss into a plastic baggie along with a celery stick to carry along in my purse.

    Not sure about a web site though...

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