Anyone ever try the South Beach Diet?

  1. 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 off?

    Here's a link to read about the South Beach Diet if you wish:{B7F18B8A-5BA8-43FC-

    Thanks for your responses!
    Last edit by live4today on Aug 15, '03
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  3. by   Monica RN,BSN
    This is a new one cheerful!
    I have never heard of it, I will be interesting to hear what others have to say.
  4. by   live4today
    It was just on Dateline tonight, and is the "brainchild" of a cardiologist in Miami, Florida.
  5. by   Monica RN,BSN
    So is this like a cardiac diet or a diabetic diet. I have read that anyone who follows a diabetic type diet will loose weight.
  6. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Made me think... My boyfriend's last name is Beach... He is not exactly a diet plan though! ( He's skinny.... Me, NOT!)
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The South Beach diet was also featured on ABC's "20/20" tonight (or actually yesterday)
  8. by   Tweety
    I have a friend on it and is steadily loosing weight. The first two weeks sounds like Atkins, with very restricted carbs.
  9. by   RN-PA
    I'd never heard of it either-- After reading the article, though, it sounds just like the Atkins diet.
  10. by   live4today
    Hmmmm....wonder if I should give it a shot, or leave it alone?

    I need to lose weight and get toned up for my elderly years, but not sure I want to try a diet plan that excludes foods that are part of the four basic food groups.

    I would LOVE to go away to a weight loss camp for women and lose the weight by making it my number one focus without having to juggle work and working out together.

    Working three heavy stressful twelve hour shifts a week certainly moves my body more than it can bear some days, yet I don't see much weight coming off. I know I need to eat more than I do but I don't really like eating unless I'm hungry, and I'm told "no weight loss", sooooooooo what's a nurse in my position to do?
  11. by   Tweety
    cheerful, it says ""This plan really does meet several criteria for a health-promoting diet," says Cindy Moore, RD, a director of nutrition therapy at The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). "It appears to be scientifically based. It is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein, and it doesn't omit any major food groups."

    I guess the first two weeks aren't as restrictive as the person I mentioned thought.

    I know three 12's are exhausting, but and we may be covering miles, but it's not aeorbic and doesn't produce weight loss, even if it is exhausting.

    I try to work out and exercise, do yoga on the off days. Because I can't fit anything on the 12 hour days.
  12. by   DMoon
    I haven't finished reading yet, but my understanding so far is that although the first two weeks resemble the induction phase of the Atkins diet, severely restricting carbs, the focus after that is on more of a balanced diet that includes the necessary food groups. What I like about South Beach is that instead of restricting/limiting/eliminating ALL carbs, it focuses on glycemic index and restricts certain carbs based on that. Considering how much at risk so many of us are for type 2 diabetes, this part appeals to me and my family. We're about to try--we'll see how it goes!
  13. by   live4today
    Thanks Tweety! I'll go out today and purchase a copy of the South Beach diet which has already sold more copies than Hilary Clinton's book about her mismanaged love life with old Bill.

    Thanks for the further explanation of that diet. I'm going to try it. What do I have to lose for trying it but weight....hopefully the weight and nothing else.
  14. by   stressgal
    I have purchased and read the book, looks pretty sound as diets go. Have tried several of the recipies and they are delicious. Have not started the diet in full force yet, summer is NOT the time for me to diet with County Fairs and cookouts, but will jump in September.