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Lose Weight Fast on the Southbeach Diet

Updated on April 19, 2013
Had it with your scale?
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There is a secret to it!

Tired of the scale going up, up, up? Do you want to lose weight fast with little hunger and lots of energy? The South Beach Diet helps you to do both, quickly and with ease.

Many dieters have struggled with being overweight because their intake of refined sugars and "white"…white flour, white rice, white bread, white pasta…causes them to store fat. Even on a low calorie regime, these high-glycemic foods fight against them.

Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of “The South Beach Diet Super-Charged: Faster Weightloss and Better Health” explains that increased levels of insulin are a direct cause of an increase in fat. Consistent ingestion of insulin-stimulating foods cause weight gain and can even put your health at risk.

The South Beach Diet was first developed by preventative cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston with the purpose of improving the health of his many heart patients. To their delight, they were finding that they were losing weight with a certain amount of ease while improving their health. Hunger subsided and energy increased. Along with pounds, inches were melting away. Who could ask for more?

A great benefit of South Beach is that, after the initial two weeks of a stricter Phase One regime, foods of greater variety are re-introduced. With good choices and moderation, the lost weight can be kept off forever and your daily menu will be diverse, delicious and delightfully healthy.

South Beach Diet

A quick view of the three Phases of The South Beach Diet:

South Beach Diet Phase1: for two weeks only, follow this strictest of phases. It is a very low carb diet utilizing primarily protein, good fats and carbohydrates that are the lowest on the glycemic index. Beef, fish, seafood, poultry, pork, low fat lunch meats, low fat cheese, nuts (in moderation), eggs, tofu, fats and low carbohydrate vegetables and beans are allowed. One of the dessert "delicacies" acceptable even on South Beach Diet Phase 1 is a sugar-free fudgesicle.

Here is a rich ice creamy recipe, Phase 1 approved, that will help you forget that you are on a diet: PEANUT BUTTER FUDGESICLE DELIGHT (also known as South Beach Diet Faux Ice Cream)

South Beach Diet Phase 1 Food List

South Beach Diet Phase 2: the second phase of the diet has more variety. Weight loss slows up a bit but this phase is designed for the long-haul. Dieters are encouraged to gradually add healthy carbs back into their menu while monitoring weight loss. If weight loss has stopped altogether, you may want to pull back a little bit on the carbs. In addition to the Phase 1 food list, you can now add back fruit at a gradual pace along with some whole grains, brown or wild rice, low fat milk and yogurt.

South Beach Diet Phase 2 Food List

South Beach Diet Phase 3: “normal” eating is restored, minus the unhealthy choices. "White" such as white flour, white refined sugar, white rice is banned forever! If you start to gain weight, return to either Phase 1 or Phase 2 briefly to bring things back under control.

South Beach Diet Phase 3 Foods

Yes, you can have ice cream on a low-carb diet!
Yes, you can have ice cream on a low-carb diet! | Source

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Other Low Carb Diets

There are several popular low carbohydrate diets, in addition to The South Beach Diet, that you may want to consider. All of them promise quick initial loss of pounds and inches, almost no hunger and a reintroduction of a wider variety of foods that will allow the dieter to remain healthy and maintain their new slim figures.

Here are some of the low carb weight loss plans and their differences:

Atkins Diet The Atkins Diet begins with virtually all protein. Very little in the way of even vegetables is allowed in the two-week Induction Phase. Following those two weeks, slow introduction of vegetables and eventually low glycemic fruits and whole grains is encouraged.

The Atkins Diet also has a product line of shakes and protein bars that can be used on all phases to help make the diet more diverse and palatable for those with a sweet-tooth.

Carbohydrate Addict's Diet: Formulated by Dr. Richard and Rachael Heller, this low carb diet is all about timing. The basic plan consists of three meals per day without snacks. Two meals should be high protein, very low carb. The third meal (most often this will be lunch or dinner) can be anything you wish. This is called the "Reward Meal". The dieter is encouraged to select a variety of healthy foods but is not restricted in this area. As long as the meal is eaten within a one-hour time period, even rich desserts or high calorie cream sauces are allowed. Want a hot fudge sundae with real ice cream, fudge, whipped cream and a cherry on top? You can do it, and lose weight, as long as it is within that one-hour time frame. The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet premise is that the addiction to carbs has to be broken, and that can be done using 23 of the 24 hours of the day.

The Dukan Diet This diet is relatively new to the U.S. Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French physician, developed this diet quite accidentally as he tried to help a very obese patient to lose weight. The man could not limit portion sizes of meats --which he loved--so the doctor told him to each as much as he wanted of meat, only. Surprisingly, he was happily losing weight. The refined version of The Dukan Diet starts with 1-10 days of a very strict, protein-only phase. This is called the "Attack Phase". The variation in his approach is that 1-2 T of raw oat bran must be included with one meal. As the dieter loses weight, he or she can gradually add back healthy carbs until "normal" eating is resumed. If one day per week is followed as an "Attack Phase" day, Dr. Dukan promises that you will never regain the weight you lost!

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Sinea Pies is a freelance writer for a popular parenting magazine and professional blogger on Ducks 'n a Row. Click for more: Sinea's profile

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    Mandeeadair 6 years ago from California

    Great hub! Thanks for the link! I am loving all your new hubs, and I am a fan of this diet so this was very great. Gonna link it to mine!! Thanks.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks for the link! I go back and forth from low carb to low cal to who knows what but Southbeach is a sensible plan that I always return to. It works!

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I might just have to give this diet a try now. I gave up on Slim Fast last week. Liquids that make you feel full - bah! It just didn't work for me.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Me neither. If it is possible to be a diet-expert from a string of failures, I'd be queen! Slim Fast tastes great but I want a meal with it! LOL

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    Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    A very good hub! I am always interested in checking out various diet plans, as I am always on a diet. :) I love your writing!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you so much, Vocalcoach. Actually, today is Day One of Sinea back on Southbeach. I've had a month of illness and a death in the family and I fell right off the beaten path. Ate every carbohydrate on the planet. Today is a new day, a fresh start.

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    Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I have a book on the SouthBeach Diet. I want to lose that belly, so I think I will pull it out dust it off and read it! Thanks for explaining how the diet works!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're welcome. I am on "day two" of my return-trip to Southbeach Land. Lost 1.5 pounds in a day.

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    Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    WOW,that is fast! Just in time for the warm weather too!

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    Ghaelach 6 years ago

    As I'm an omelette lover you can bet I'll be trying this open face omelette with in the next day or so.

    Duck'n a Row is very good, and will be having a good look at it. Don't need to diet, just love the food. LOL

    Ghaelach

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    It is such an easy omlette to make...no trying to flip it closed! LOL. Thanks for the nice comment about my website. I am so concentrated on Hubs right now, sometimes I forget to mention it.

    Enjoy!

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    acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

    This omelette sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    It really is good. Thanks!

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    Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

    Now I want to go out and try the diet. Very well written, voted up/useful!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    For those of use who enjoy carb-rich foods (and I sure do) it can be challenging to stay with but it does work!

    Thanks so much, fastfreta. Looking forward to more of your hubs!

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    My husband and I both lost some weight using the South Beach Diet. For some reason fell off the bandwagon and need to start it again. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

    Voted up Sinea Pies. Great links to so much useful information. It does sound challenging, but capable. Thanks for so much great info.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you Peggy W and thelyricwriter for your encouraging comments. Southbeach can be a winner for those who are determined!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks for the tip, Ted Franklin.

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    CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

    Awesome Siena :) Thanks for sharing. My husband is doing the no/low carb diet right now and just looking at him you can tell it's starting to work. It's been three weeks for him so far. Depending on his results I might actually have to start on it too. It's nice to read more information on it. Your descriptions are easy to understand. Thanks again!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks CassyLu1981. Congrats to your husband! Three weeks? That's great. I think it helps to really love proteins. Lo carb is not that difficult if meats, eggs, cheeses etc are your favs.

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    cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

    This is something I should try as I am trying to lose weight :D

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    Don Simkovich 5 years ago from Pasadena, CA

    Glad to read. I'm on a weight management plan right now that I'm going to write up. It's working well for me. To start with, I had to identify one of my reasons for weight gain--and that was emotional eating -- or eating due to stress.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Cebutoristspot, thanks for stopping by. It is a good plan...lots of variety, especially on Phase 2.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    We'd love read about your weight management adventure, Don. Looking forward to it.

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