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In my newfound fitness regimen, I've decided to try losing weight by dieting in addition to my 45 minutes a day of aerobics. My brother told me a rather inspirational story about a friend of his who tried the South Beach Diet, so I bought the book. Read it, understood it, and began phase 1 of the diet yesterday. I'm not really hungry now, thank God, but I'd eat my left arm if I could just have a slice of bread! I try to put it out of my mind, and I'm somewhat successful, but the only thing left to do is to go to bed and not think about it.

If any of you did this, please tell me about it! It gets better, right? I love that I can eat til I'm full of the meats and veggies, but this getting my body used to no white flour or white sugar is going to kill me! And it's only the 2nd day of the first week... :o

Anybody?

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In my newfound fitness regimen, I've decided to try losing weight by dieting in addition to my 45 minutes a day of aerobics. My brother told me a rather inspirational story about a friend of his who tried the South Beach Diet, so I bought the book. Read it, understood it, and began phase 1 of the diet yesterday. I'm not really hungry now, thank God, but I'd eat my left arm if I could just have a slice of bread! I try to put it out of my mind, and I'm somewhat successful, but the only thing left to do is to go to bed and not think about it.

If any of you did this, please tell me about it! It gets better, right? I love that I can eat til I'm full of the meats and veggies, but this getting my body used to no white flour or white sugar is going to kill me! And it's only the 2nd day of the first week... :o

Anybody?

Don - I am so disgusted with myself, I can't seem to stick to diet or exercise for more than a couple days - you have made HUGE STRIDES!~

I have done Atkins, and also a couple different food addiction food plans which exclude sugar and white flour. In fact, no sugars at ALL or wheat -- according to some food addiciton specialists 'we" are allergice to the sugar/flour in the same way an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol.

"We" meaning me, and other food addicts, not you.

I do know that when I did these food plans, I lost the wt, fast, and once kept it off for 2 yrs by staying on the food plan. Plenty of food and the right food - and avoiding the "bad" food.

I have thought about South Beach, it is less restrictive than any of the others I've tried (I definitely FEEL better without the sugar and flour!), just looks like I would have to "think a lot" in order to figure out what to eat. Probably that's not true! maybe just an excuse...

Good luck, sorry I am not being helpful :) But maybe this discussion will be enough to get me to TRY! As I said, I'm disgusted that I just can't seem to stay motivated to do something for more than a couple days - but at the same time, hate the way I look and feel right now :(

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white flour white sugar=evil

15lb in 12 week modified eating don

good luck to you

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I went on the South Beach diet 4 years ago and lost 30 pounds without much exercise. I would've liked to have lost 5 more pounds, but was quite happy with what I did lose. I thought the first 2 weeks (Phase I) were the hardest. After that, it got easier.

I like the diet because it is fairly easy to still "eat out" since many restaurants now offer "low-carb" options. And many grocery stores now stock "low-carb" products, including desserts, breads, pastas, etc. You really learn how to read labels and make healthy choices. It's amazing how much difference there is between brands in carb content.

I kept most of the weight off the first 3 years. Over the past year I have gained due to stress eating. Although I am 10 pounds more than my lowest weight, I know if I go back on the diet and stick to it, I will again lose the weight. It really is a healthy diet and one that is possible to maintain.

Don, feel free to pm me if you need encouragement or have questions. Since you are already exercising, you should do fine with the weight loss. It really is true......You can lose around 10 pounds by the end of the first 2 weeks.

GOOD LUCK!!!!

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Made it to 2nd phase. I thought it got harder as the diet went on. I was ok without carbs for a few days and then I started getting *witchy* and people offered me bread. I stuck to it and lost.....................................nothing! Nada! But, at the time I was doing it I was having severe problems with my UC and not feeling well anyway plus I was taking loads of steroids. So maybe I'm not the best example. But I think a normal healthy person should be able to lose weight. It makes sense. It's not a fad and it doesn't starve you. So is it really a diet without starvation? :spin:

Good luck and keep us posted! I might try it again.

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A woman at work did it several years ago. She had at that point dropped all but the last 10 lbs of 40 that she had set as a weight loss goal and was feeling that no matter what she tried, she couldn't lose that last bit. She's still on the maintenance phase and has kept it all off.

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Thanks, you all; this is exactly what I need to hear! Y'know, when I was reading the book, everything that Dr. Agatston said made perfect sense, especially about the insulin response to sugar, and how it could trigger cravings with it's peaks and troughs. I am very determined to drop about 50 pounds, and the exercise regimen is working. I'm firming and toning and losing weight. And I like the fact that you don't go hungry on this meal plan; you just cut out the foods with high glycemic indeces (no more pineapple or bananas!), and substitute the white flour for the whole grain kind. And I can have things I want in the later phases; I just can't eat the whole cake! I feel better today; at least I don't want the bread now!

Thanks again, everybody!

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You go Don!!!! Good luck.

SBD is a very good one because it includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are important. People focus on the protien aspect of it, but that's not what it's about.

I should join you and loose 10 lbs.

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You go Don!!!! Good luck.

SBD is a very good one because it includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are important. People focus on the protien aspect of it, but that's not what it's about.

I should join you and loose 10 lbs.

Please do!!! Another good friend on these boards is doing it with me, too! We could get a daily conference call for support!

And I've seen you; you don't need to lose 10 lbs...

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Last October, my blood sugars finally put me in the pre-diabetic category -- and with them rising steadily over the last 2 years and a history of Type II diabetes in my family, I knew I had to take it seriously. So, I decided to try a low-carb diet and have been happy and successful with that approach. My doctor is thrilled.

I have not followed any particular low-carb diet plan as I am not one for regimentation. I don't live well inside a little box, if you know what I mean. But I followed the general idea of avoiding all the high-glycemic index foods, but allowing myself as much lean meat, fish, and low-glycemic vegetables I wanted. I also test my blood glucose twice a day and can directly see the effects that specific foods have upon my blood glucose.

In the first few months, I lost between 5 and 8 pounds per month (and that was over the winter holiday season!) Since then it has tapered off to about 2 pounds per month as I have gradually included a few more carbohydrates (and calories) into my diet. At first, I didn't eat any foods that were high in carbs -- but now, I am allowing myself some whole grain pasta and bread products ocassionally. I am more on a "maintanence" plan and thinking of it as a long-term lifestyle rather than as a temporary diet. I've lost 37 pounds in 8 months and my cholesterol and triglyceride numbers have all improved. My hemoglobin A1C's and fasting glucoses remain in the high normal range and I have not needed to go on meds for my diabetes. My plan is to just keep doing what I am doing and try to lose another 20 -30 pounds gradually over the next year or so. That only requires a loss of about 2 pounds per month. As I said, my doctor is thrilled with me.

For me, the hardest time was day 2 through day 5, when I craved the carbs. Then the cravings started to subside. Even now though, I find that when I eat carbs -- even the whole grain kind -- it starts to bring those cravings back again. For me, it's better to consider those foods a "special treat" rather than a daily staple.

There are some decent low-carb products out there -- and of course, some that aren't so good. I have liked the "Nature's Own" 7-gram bread for sandwiches: but I find it is much better toasted than plain. I also like the small South Beach snack/cereal bars, but not the larger meal-replacement bars. My favorite flavors are the mixed-berry and the cinnemon raison. Just this weekend, I tried the new low-carb Bryers ice cream bars and loved it. Even better, it had almost NO effect on my blood glucose! Yeah! Sugar-free jello is not bad, particularly if you put Ready-Whip on it. (Yes, I eat Ready-Whip. Read the label: you'll be pleasantly surprised.)

Good luck to you. Feel free to PM me if you need some support. I am online frequently.

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Don, yes I do need to loose 10 lbs.

llg, congratulations! I'll chime in that the South Beach bars are good, but I am not one to do meal replacement bars....just give me the meal please. Also their TV dinners are a good quick lunch at work in a pinch.

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Don, yes I do need to loose 10 lbs.

llg, congratulations! I'll chime in that the South Beach bars are good, but I am not one to do meal replacement bars....just give me the meal please. Also their TV dinners are a good quick lunch at work in a pinch.

I'm not one for meal-replacement either. But I was looking for something to eat at my desk in the morning as breakfast. For a low-carb dieter, breakfast is tough. There aren't a lot of good choices. While I love eggs and bacon or sausage, it's not healthy to eat that much animal fat every day -- and most other breakfast foods (cereal, pastries, fruit, etc.) are very high in carbs.

I like peanut butter on low-carb toast for breakfast, but I am always looking for some other options.

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