The South Beach Diet Phase One Food Restrictions and Eating Schedule

So in these past two weeks I have been getting a LOT of questions about the South Beach Diet…

..(especially as I share my meal prep photos and weight loss numbers on my personal Facebook)! As a result I keep repeating myself and not doing a very good job of explaining things properly when I am trying to answer the same questions multiple times a day. So a blog post is seriously in order.

(Please forgive me if I forwarded you this link to answer your question!! I’m not trying to brush you off or be rude.. I’m trying to give you a thorough and organized answer!)

Understanding the South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is NOT low carb. It’s NOT low fat. It just teaches you to rely on the RIGHT carbs and the RIGHT fats – the good ones – and to avoid the bad ones.

You eat normal size helpings of meat, chicken, turkey, fish and shellfish.

You have plenty of vegetables, eggs, cheese and nuts.

You can have salads with real olive oil in the dressing.

You can have coffee and tea.

You have three meals a day, with snacks and dessert.

You never feel hungry. At all.

There is NO counting calories, no “points”, no obsessing measuring out ounces of food on a food scale.

The toughest part of the diet is Phase One, where some old habits and unhealthy cravings might rear their ugly heads. In this phase, the toughest one (that only lasts 1-2 weeks to kick start your new lifestyle) you WON’T be having any: bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, baked foods, candy, ice cream, alcohol, sugar or fruit. (You’ll slowly begin adding those things back into your diet again in Phases Two and Three, but in the beginning, they are off limits.)

Even if you are addicted to the “off limits” Phase One foods, you’ll be amazed at how painlessly these two weeks fly by, while pounds just melt off! (I am currently approaching the end of week two and I have lost nine pounds already!!)

 

After Phase One, your body has changed the way it reacts to food, and you can begin adding more variety to your diet. This is a great phase to see how your body reacts to certain foods, and to see which ones are the “diet wreckers” that are best eaten sparingly. You continue losing weight at a bit slower, but a steady pace. How long Phase Two lasts depends on just how much weight you need to lose.

Once you hit your goal weight, you even Phase Three, which is a bit of misnomer, because it isn’t really a “Phase” so much as this is your new LIFESTYLE… A new healthy way of eating, where you are empowered to make the right choices for REAL foods, and GOOD nutrients, that help you to maintain your health, your weight, and your overall wellness. Not a diet, but a lifestyle.

So there you have it! That is definitely the “how” answer and now really the “why” explanation, so perhaps a more science based blogged post is due in the near future… but for now, for those of you curious as to what I am doing and how it all going down, I hope this blog post has answered your question! <3

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

30 thoughts on “The South Beach Diet Phase One Food Restrictions and Eating Schedule

  • 28 January, 2018 at 5:59 am
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    I’ve never done this diet but congrats on it working for you.

  • 28 January, 2018 at 6:00 am
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    This is a well formulated reply. I feel the longer it takes to lose the weight, the more likely it will be that you will keep it off as your new eating plan becomes habit.

    • 30 January, 2018 at 5:26 pm
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      I have always heard that, but all the people I know who actually changed their lifestyle long term decided to quit certain habits cold turkey, and that usually results in drastic weight loss initially…

  • 28 January, 2018 at 9:02 pm
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    Congrats on those 9 pounds, friend!

    Eating healthy gives us a sense of peace knowing that we’re doing what we can to take care of our bodies.

    But I gotta admit that chocolate still beckons me closer …

    ;-}

    • 30 January, 2018 at 5:26 pm
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      Chocolate isn’t bad.. it’s just the sugar in it! lol!

  • 29 January, 2018 at 7:13 am
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    I’ve heard so much about the South Beach Diet. Thanks for sharing informatio about it!

  • 29 January, 2018 at 8:04 am
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    There are so many great diets out there… this is the first time I hear about “the south beach diet”.
    Ohh I love bread!!!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  • 29 January, 2018 at 3:19 pm
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    Congrats on loosing 9 pounds! I’ve gained 20 since having the baby, whoops. I think not eating fruit would be hardest for me, but maybe this diet would work, definitely need to loose their variety pounds so I can ditch the stretchy pants and wear jeans again, haha.

  • 29 January, 2018 at 3:36 pm
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    if i was shopping for a diet, i’d be sold on this one!

  • 29 January, 2018 at 7:42 pm
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    I never heard of the South Beach Diet before! It is really great to read and learn about it! I don’t think you were rude, it’s something bad to answer all the time to the same things – you know when people get married, the first question is “when is a bay coming?” Then the first is born, and the next question is “will you have another” and so on, so on – but there’s a limit for everything, so I like that you answered all on the blog! Hope you have a nice day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

    • 30 January, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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      Whew, I am glad I didn’t come across a rude, that is a huge relief!!! <3

  • 30 January, 2018 at 12:30 am
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    I’m terrible about sticking to diets, but this sounds interesting!

  • 30 January, 2018 at 4:00 am
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    Eating healthy with a wide variety of foods is the way to go, but no baked goods??

    • 30 January, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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      No baked goods, only in moderation in the third phase!

  • 30 January, 2018 at 4:51 pm
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    Yes, I am very familiar with this diet and tried it over a decade ago. Phase one sucks but your body does adjust and I lost about 25lbs when I tried it but I wasn’t able to stick with the diet for over a year but it does produce results.
    LaToya
    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

    • 30 January, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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      Did you go through all three phases?? And congrats on the 25 pounds!!

  • 31 January, 2018 at 12:40 am
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    Congrats on the weight loss and thanks for explaining it. Don,t worry you can eat this week’s aphrodisiac recipe (and next week too).

    • 31 January, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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      OMG, I seriously had a dream that I ate your chocolate recipe and we were doing a YouTube cooking show about it. haha…

  • 31 January, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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    glad to hear that it’s working out so well for you! i do think phase 1 is harder than you’re saying it is- you’re just making it look easy (;

    • 3 February, 2018 at 2:39 am
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      Hahaha, I guess everyone just reacts differently??

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